The Fenway - January Music Spotlight

From huge, loud touring acts to local acoustic songwriters, there’s something musical happening in The Fenway every day of the week. We’ll keep you up to date on the latest shows and events. Here are some highlights from this month’s schedule.

January 13 — House of Blues

Ratatat

Rocktronica’s Dynamic Duo

Blending electronica and rock, Ratatat’s instrumental guitar-and-synth compositions are both soothing and searing. Backed by the powerful blasts emanating from the drum machine, don’t be surprised if you find yourself bobbing your head and shaking your tail all the way to the dance floor.

January 15 & 16 — House of Blues

Guster

Songs with Luster

Formed in the early 1990s while attending Tufts University, the members of Guster have long been heralded as hometown heroes. From their underground indie beginnings to major label success, Guster’s career of catchy pop songs stretch over two decades and seven albums. Bear witness as the band returns home for a celebratory two-day stint at the House of Blues.

January 20 — Museum of Fine Arts

Boston Conservatory Performers present the John Cage Song Books

Unlocking the Magic of John Cage

One of the most important composers and musical theorists of the 20th century, John Cage’s body of work spans genres and generations. Complex and unparalleled, Cage’s influence is still very alive today in the realm of the avant garde. During this performance, students from the Boston Conservatory will recreate pieces from Cage’s Song Books. Heavily influenced by the I Ching, Cage’s work asks for the performers and audience members to liberate themselves as they participate in song, theater and electronics. Don’t worry, we’re just as confused and intrigued as you are.

January 31 — Berklee Performance Center

Charles Lloyd and the Marvels with Bill Frisell, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland and Greg Leisz

Jazz in January

Charles Lloyd’s musical resume reads like a highlight reel. He played saxophone for B.B. King, Howling Wolf, Ornette Coleman and was even a member of the renowned Cannonball Adderley Sextet. And that’s just what he did before 1965. For this performance he joins legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Eric Harland and Grammy Award-winning guitarist Greg Leisz for a night of improvisation.

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