Rethink Music: Evening Showcases

Our Impact Weekend takes place on the evenings of Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, when Boston will be a music epicenter. Several Boston music promoters are supporting Rethink Music by bringing leading artists in various musical genres.

Conference attendees can go to the Brighton and Allston neighborhoods to watch performances by indie buzz acts and mainstream performing artists at Paradise Rock Club and Brighton Music Hall, to the Back Bay for an intimate acoustic rock show at Café 939, and downtown for a larger mainstream spectacle at Royale.

Limited seating available for Rethink Music registrants.

Friday, April 20

  • The Lumineers
  • Kopecky Family Band
  • JD McPherson
  • Lucius
  • Washed Out with Memoryhouse

Saturday, April 21

  • Mieka Pauley
  • Sydney Wayser
  • Leah Siegel (of Firehorse)
  • Green River Ordinance
  • Graham Colton
  • Mayer Hawthorne
  • The Stepkids

The Lumineers and Kopecky Family Band at Café 939

Presented by SonicBids and PledgeMusic

Doors Open: 8:00pm

The Lumineers

The roots revival of the last few years has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music—the kind that nods to tradition while setting off into uncharted territory. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics.

Kopecky Family Band

‘The Family’ began creating music together in Nashville, Tennessee in the Fall of 2007. What began as late night talks about life and dreams gradually flowed into eccentric and beautiful music that has led to numerous tours, including adventures to CMJ, SXSW and Bonnaroo, three EP releases and friendships across the country.

JD McPherson and Lucius at Brighton Music Hall

Doors Open: 8:00pm

JD McPherson

Named as an “artist you should know” in 2011 by NPR, singer-songwriter JD McPherson will make his Rounder Records debut April 17 with the release of Signs and Signifiers, “a rockin’, bluesy, forward-thinking album that subtly breaks the conventions of most vintage rock projects.”


Lucius has been described by the New York Times as “The next Feist” having “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies”, by Seventeen Magazine as “alluring and magnetic” and their song “Don’t Just Sit There” is currently being played on NPR’s All Songs Considered.

Washed Out with Memoryhouse

Doors Open: 8:00pm

Washed Out

Within and Without is the debut album by 28 year-old Atlanta-based songwriter and producer Ernest Greene, AKA Washed Out. Long adored and critically lauded in the blog world, Greene first came to prominence in the summer of 2009 after unassumingly posting a handful of bedroom-recorded tracks to his Myspace page from his family home in the seclusion of the tiny rural city of Perry, Georgia. “I’d been writing music on my own for three or four years previous to that,” Greene explains, “mostly as a way to experiment with songwriting processes. Those were just the first I ever shared.”

Mieka PauleySydney Wayser, and Leah Siegel (of Firehorse) at Café 939

Presented by SonicBids and PledgeMusic

Doors Open: 8:00pm

Mieka Pauley

Mieka Pauley began as a solo artist in Boston. Her haunting voice and heartbreaking lyrics gained her more than a few fans, securing her bills with Citizen Cope, KT Tunstall, Natasha Bedingfield, Ben Kweller, Mason Jennings, John Legend, the Avett Brothers and many others.

Sydney Wayser

Sydney Wayser set about to make an album, and in the end she cleared a path to a world, and in the process she found her tribe and her sound. Sometimes the prettiest of things can be born of the hardest places.

Green River Ordinance and Graham Colton at Brighton Music Hall

Doors Open: 8:00pm

Green River Ordinance

Green River Ordinance Josh Jenkins, lead vocals Jamey Ice, guitar Joshua Wilkerson, guitar Geoff Ice, bass Denton Hunker, drums Over the decade-long journey from their first incarnation as kids in Fort Worth, Texas to the upcoming release of their latest album, Under Fire, Green River Ordinance has evolved steadily. GRO shared stages with Bon Jovi, Train, Counting Crows, Gavin DeGraw and other headliners; earned press coverage from CNN, Billboard and Alternative Press and got their music played on 56 network and cable shows along with three films.

Graham Colton

Graham Colton is an American singer-songwriter from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma most widely known for his hit song “Best Days”, featured on the television series American Idol and Kyle XY (finale of season 2). He has toured with John Mayer, Counting Crows, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, NeedToBreathe, and Kelly Clarkson, and appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, NBC’s Today ShowThe Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live with Regis and Kelly. Graham Colton’s solo debut, Here Right Now, was released on October 30, 2007.

Mayer Hawthorne and The Stepkids at Paradise Rock Club

Doors Open: 8:00pm

Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne, new school soul sensation, who has taken the Motown assembly-line production model and eliminated nearly every element but himself and a few hired hands. And for those willing to believe anything is possible, be grateful to have Mayer Hawthorne on the scene. It’s not just throwback music anymore – this revival is all about progression.