Columbus / Endangered Speeches
The Red Room
Columbus is an authentic ‘70s-style funk/soul band that is leaving it on the 939 stage with its farewell tour. The blend of tight horn section, unyieldingly solid rhythm section, and expressive vocals makes Columbus one of Berklee’s most noteworthy bands. The goal of the band is to celebrate the ‘70s music legacy, paying homage to funk pioneers like James Brown, George Clinton, and Sly and the Family Stone.
Endangered Speeches, the creative brainchild of Greek MC/singer/composer/arranger Mariletta Konstantara, aims to restore a meaningful message and forward direction to hip-hop music. Rooted equally in hip-hop and reggae, Endangered Speeches’ sound is characterized chiefly by the unique global view brought by each of its 13 members. While Konstantara’s love for Rebetika (traditional Greek music) and drum ‘n’ bass contribute toward a diverse repertoire, the cemented rhythm section, airtight horns, and four-part vocal harmonies build a sound both unbreakable and unmistakable.
Endangered Speeches formed at Berklee College of Music and currently call Boston its collective home, but members hail from places as wide-ranging as Canada, Norway, Greece, India, Mexico, and across United States, each with vast musical experience.