Alex Guaraldi is a student producer of the Berklee College of Music Summer in the City music series. He writes about his series, the Berklee Greenway Sessions:
For the past few months I’ve been working with Berklee to help produce the Greenway series in downtown Boston. The goal of this series is not only to showcase some of Berklee’s most talented and original artists, but to reach out to the community and give back to Boston. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Greenway staff and can’t thank them enough for all their dedication and support. Also, I’ve had the opportunity to sample each of the different food trucks that are at each show. It’s hard work, but I’ll manage.
July 6th – INSIGNIYA
Our first show went wonderfully. Despite the heat wave tons of people came out to see INSIGNIYA play an amazing set. I’ve known Dan the frontman since we went to the same music school. It was surreal watching someone I learned guitar with demolish a two hour set like that.
July 13th – EVOLFO DOOFEHT
I couldn’t wait for this show because EVOLFO DOOFEHT might be the closest I ever get to seeing Frank Zappa. I heard the term “gypsy funk” used to describe them before I saw them, and after my first show all I could say was “OHHHHH”. The guys might be one of my favorite groups out of Berklee. The crowd loved them, and being only human, anyone walking by couldn’t help but stop and stare.
July 20th – NUMASBALA
It appears that I must go back to my high school, find my spanish teacher, and apologize for ever saying “I’m going to music school, I don’t need to know this”. While I didn’t understand most of NUMASBALA’s spanish lyrics, I didn’t need a translation to appreciate the groove they were laying down. There wasn’t a single person on the greenway that was standing still. NUMASBALA es muy bueno!
I can’t wait for the rest of the shows. We have five more weeks, and five more incredible bands. I also have five more food trucks to try!