The Fenway – February Music Spotlight
The Fenway – February Music Spotlight
February 5 – Museum of Fine Arts
The Romantic Cello
The Instrument of Love
Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms all wrote swooning pieces specifically for the cello. Guy Fishman and Ian Watson will reenact the inherent beauty of these period pieces at the Museum of Fine Arts. Valentine’s Day comes early this February. Make note and bring a loved one.
February 10 – Berklee Performance Center
The oud (/uːd/) is a pear-shaped string instrument with 11 or 13 strings, and Dhafer Youssef is known as one of the most inventive oud musicians in the world. Combining traditional Sufi music with world music and jazz and Arabic lyricism, Youssef performs alongside piano, bass, and drums to create epic musical journeys. This performance marks his Boston debut as he tours the world in support of his new record, Diwan of Beauty and Odd.
February 12 – House of Blues
The SNL dance-off skit between Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze may be the best reference point for some, but the Chippendales are known the world over as being the sexiest, most chiseled male dance squad ever constructed. Think, “Magic Mike” and lots of fun.
Hailing from Gainesville, Florida, Less Than Jake is a ska/punk band that got their start in the early 1990s. Backed by brass, the band signed to Capitol and Sire during ska’s second coming and have since recorded with revered indie labels like Dill, Asian Man, No Idea, Fat Wreck Chords, Sleep It Off, Cooking Vinyl and the wonderfully named Fueled by Ramen. A staple on the Van’s Warped Tour, Less Than Jake have never stopped touring. Their last record came out in 2013, but their highly anticipated EP, "Sound The Alarm" is slated for next month.
February 18 – House of Blues
Still Never Giving Up
The following is a strange, but true tale of how the internet shapes the life of an artist. Rick Astley was known for his 1987 hit single “Never Gonna Give You Up.” It reached #1 in 25 countries and made him a household name. After that he went the adult contemporary route, with some success before “retiring” in 1993 at the ripe old age of 27. Then the unbelievable happened. Known as “rickrolling,” viral internet memes prompted users to click on a link only to be bombarded with a surprise performance of “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Apparently it was such a popular trick that it’s been viewed hundreds of millions of times, and Astley eventually came out of retirement. In 2008, he was voted "Best Act Ever" by internet users at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008, and his 2016 album, “50” debuted in the UK at No. 1. It’s possible no one in Boston knows any of his other songs, but this is a heartwarming story unlike any other.
Lesser known by her given name, Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson, Tove Lo is a Swedish singer-songwriter and Grammy-nominated artist. She has opened for Katy Perry and Maroon 5, and has collaborated with Coldplay, Wiz Khalifa. Nick Jonas, Flume, Ellie Goulding, and Hilary Duff. Her recent record, “Lady Wood,” is darker and dreamier than her first. She seems to be headed in the right direction as she’s already signed on to perform at this year’s Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball, Coachella and Bonnaroo. Catch her in the club while you can folks. She’s a shooting star.
February 21 – House of Blues
Dita Von Teese
Teese Me, Pleese
Dancer, actress, model and fashion designer, Dita Von Teese is best known for helping revive the American burlesque scene—well, that and being briefly married to Marilyn Manson. She’s been a staple on “America’s Next Top Model,” has appeared in music videos for Marilyn Manson, Die Antwood, Green Day and Thirty Seconds to Mars—oh, and strange as it sounds, has appeared on “Top Chef: Masters,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Cupcake Wars.” Catch Dita at the House of Blues as part of her “Art of the Teese” Tour in which she performs with a handpicked group of all-star burlesque performers.
February 24 – House of Blues
Run the Jewels
RTJ is a hip-hop super duo of sorts. Combining the skills of El-P and Killer Mike, Run the Jewels are that hip hip-hop consortium that carries with it an indie cred that has led them to do strange things. They have opened for Jack White at Madison Square Garden and made a remix record comprised entirely of cat sounds called “Meow The Jewels,” all proceeds of which were donated to charity. In their short career, they’ve played just about every major music festival out there, and last week it was announced that they’ll be playing the next Boston Calling Festival in May.
February 25 – House of Blues
The grandfather of funk, George Clinton was a part of Motown with the clean-cut Parliament before venturing into outer space with Parliament Funkadelic. Perhaps the most important and enduring funk band of all time, their music became source material for almost every important rap artist, provided a bridge between generations and a reference point for all urban music appreciators. Every year, P-Funk’s founder, George Clinton swings by the House of Blues Boston for a special area performance—and he always gives you your money’s worth. There’s no one else like him, and there never will be.