Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and ’60s radio, 23-year-old Emily Elbert fell in love with guitar when she was 14. She set her sights on earning a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and began winning awards, including a coveted spot in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Foundation’s jazz ensemble and a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. Now the recent Berklee graduate has played over 500 shows, throughout the U.S. and in 13 countries around the world, from Peru to Palestine.
Known for her strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work, Emily has performed at some of the best listening rooms and clubs in the country. These include Hotel Café, Club Passim, The Cactus Café, The Tin Angel, City Winery, The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Kessler Theater. She has also opened for artists including G. Love & Special Sauce, Tuck & Patti, Richie Havens, Kaki King, Joan Osbourne, Ryan Montbleau, Livingston Taylor, and Patty Larkin. Recent awards include being selected as the First Place Winner of the 2012 B.W. Stevenson Memorial Songwriting Contest, as well as a 2012 Timberland Community Eco-Friendly Artist. She was also named to the top five of the Mountain Stage/NewSong contest in 2010 and Glamour Magazine selected Emily as one of their Top Ten College Women, 2010. She’s a winner of Scotland’s 2009 BurnSong International Song Contest and was named the Best New Artist of 2008 by WUMB-FM Radio in Boston. The Dallas Morning News selected her as Local Rookie of the Year, 2007.
Every Wednesday from the beginning of May until the end of September, Club Passim presents the Kendall Square Concert Series in partnership with Boston Properties at Cambridge Center. The concerts are held from 12PM – 1PM and are free.
Sponsors: Boston Properties, the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, and Boston Marriott Cambridge.