Charissa Hoffman & Jess Kerber
We strongly encourage patrons to be vaccinated, and patrons are welcome to wear a mask. Disposable masks will be available at the door.
There will be beverages and limited snacks available for purchase during the shows.
Tickets will be on sale to the public 7/7 at noon. On sale to all Passim members 6/30 at noon. On sale to All Access Passim members at 6/23.
Raised by a musical family in Nashville, TN, Charissa quickly established herself as a formidable instrumentalist through her originals and chord-melody arrangements, and began playing writer’s rounds and concerts everywhere from local festivals to the Bluebird Cafe. Through her nonprofit concert campaign, Uke Can End It, she performed alongside artists like Al Nobriga, Kristin Andreassen and Phil Keaggy, and raised enough funds to finance a rescue operation for anti-slavery organization International Justice Mission.
In 2018, Charissa Hoffman became both the youngest and the first female ukulele principal to study at Berklee College of Music. Through Berklee’s American Roots program, Charissa began writing and performing alongside Lucy Nelligan under the name Buttonwillow; the duo has performed in various locations across New England, notably Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and FreshGrass Festival, and released their first EP in Fall 2019. Also in Fall 2019, Charissa was featured in Ukulele Magazine for her solo recital at Berklee, the first ukulele recital in Berklee’s history. In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 Charissa was selected as a songwriter for Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar (the virtual Stringband Spectacular is available here). She was also named a 2020-21 Fletcher Bright scholar by the Berklee American Roots program. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2021.
Musically, Charissa has been compared to everyone from Amanda Palmer to Joni Mitchell to Bela Fleck. She is thrilled and delighted by this because she wants her music to defy category; within her there is jumbled together a daring, open-hearted performer, a wistful, introspective songwriter, and an intentional instrumentalist who is driven to break down barriers for her instrument. She draws on singer-songwriter roots and jazz training in her music, creating dreamy, ethereal worlds for her listeners.
Charissa’s debut solo EP will be recorded in June 2021. You can check out her first single, “Goodbye”, on all streaming platforms.
Jess Kerber is a 20 year-old singer/songwriter from the Greater New Orleans area, taking influences from the 60s/70s era of folk. With both parents being musicians, from an early age she was exposed to artists such as Joni Mitchell, The Allman Brothers, and Bill Evans.
From self-releasing her debut EP, entitled Falling Forward (shortly after her high school graduation), to being chosen as one of the top ten songwriters to participate in the first Trimble House Songwriting Series in Nashville less than a year later, Jess is putting in as much work and time as possible to be able to continue to form her craft. Jess currently lives in Boston, MA, where she attends Berklee College of Music as the 2018 Lollapalooza full-tuition scholarship recipient; she is currently studying songwriting and music production and engineering. In her music, Jess is consistently striving to write what feels true and to continue to grow upward and on. But mostly, she is working towards exploring all corners of the planet while hopefully, making a change for the better with her words. And also making granola.
Jess is currently working on recording her 2nd album.
In February of 2020, Jess joined established New England singer/songwriter Will Orchard and band, playing guitar and singing background vocals.