ICA FREE THURSDAY NIGHTS
July 7–September 8
Berklee College of Music boasts some of the most talented students, alumni, and faculty at work in music today and there’s no better place to hear them than a summer evening at the ICA. Enjoy the best of both institutions with Harborwalk Sounds, a free series of concerts featuring rising stars in jazz, world, Latin, and more. Relax on the Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld Harborway with a refreshing drink from the Water Café and hot sounds from the coolest music school around.
Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and '60s radio, Boston’s Emily Elbert fell in love with guitar when she was 15. Three years later, she released her first album of original music. Now at 22, Emily has played over 350 shows internationally, from Alaska to Memphis, Austin to New York City, and Italy, Scotland, Puerto Rico, Saint-Barthélemy and Peru. Glamour Magazine recently named her one of the “Top Ten College Women” of 2010, and her second album, Proof, was released in September. It features Emily at her best, with strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work.
In the past few years, Emily has opened for artists as diverse as Richie Havens, G-Love & Special Sauce, Raul Midon, Jorge Drexler, Janis Ian, Kaki King, Patty Larkin, and Kate Voegele. Fans from around the globe have watched her YouTube videos in droves, including over 300,000 views of her version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The Boston Folk Festival notes: “Emily is among the most glowing of the upcoming generation of American singer-songwriters, if ‘upcoming’ even applies to this phenom any longer.”