By Sam Plumley and Krista DeJulio – 1851 Staff and Features Editor
This “café” is located at 939 Boylston Street in downtown Boston and looks nondescript when passing. But Café 939 is not actually a café. Café 939 is home to the artists of Berklee College of Music, where it houses bands that form at Berklee to perform, showcase their talent and gain recognition.
Café 939 does not serve a single drink, cookie or doughnut as one may expect. Nothing. This café is actually an intimate venue that occupies Berklee students every Friday and Saturday night. The club is known as the Red Room at Café 939 and, in fact, is a room with dark red walls.
When Berklee students perform at Café 939 it is open to the public as often as there is a show and there is no cover or ticket charge to anyone. Exceptions include when major bands perform there, as there are ticket charges. Bands to perform there have been Hozier, Passenger and Young the Giant to name a few.
On May 6th, the Red Room was host to the talents of the Tori Leche Trio, the Noah Chenfeld band, and Yankee & the Foreigners, who opened for Drunken Logic.
Yankee & the Foreigners will be returning to the Red Room on April 12th for the highly anticipated Battle of the Bands. Doors open at 7:00 and admission is free.
Upcoming shows for those who will be in Boston during spring break can check out these artists and visit their website for their schedule:
- Max Ridley on Friday, March 13th at 1:00 p.m. This show is free.
- Kristin Diable with opener Anderson East on Friday, March 13th at 8:00 p.m. Prices start at $10 in advance and $12 general admission.
- Carrie Manolakos on Friday, March 20th at 8:00 p.m. Prices start at $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show.
- An Evening with Penny and Sparrow and Samuel Marks on Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. Prices start at $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.