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POST-GAZE'I-rE, MARCH 11, 2016 PAGE 9 by ngela Cornacchio Maggie Inc. model Lindsey Gren walked the UFashton Power Play runway at Copley Place in Neiman Marcus spring style. (Photo by Angela Cornacchio) ~ally Scene Reviewed ... els took center ice for the Nei- Recently, the center of Copley man Marcus-styled show. MLR Place was transformed into Artist Management and Owner a chic catwalk that held the Lou Rodriguezreturned to high- second annual "Fashion Power light the beauties of the runway, Play" to benefit the Bruins showing a classic and flawless Foundation and The Friends of feel with hair and makeup. Dana Farber. Spring season is upon us and Kathy Benharris and her the styling by Benharris and amazing production crew her team featured looks such brought the "B" puck back to as casual ripped jeans with a show Neiman Marcus's hot- sleeveless turtleneck sweater; test spring styles and usher in a flashing orange knee-length the cities top fashionistas for a fitted dress for the office with a charity event. This year's event bell bottom arm for a little flair; was larger than last year's after off-the-shoulder full-length what a success it was in 2015. pastel patterned dresses for a The evening was a hit from the Sunday flow; sexy chic all black cocktail hour to the final struts jumpers for a cocktail evening of style. The 110-foot runway in the Seaport and more. was an expansion from the The event was a success in its previous year and a must for second year and an original cre- the 250-seat sold out show. ation by Boston's best producer The second floor was a new Kathy Benharris. Benharris edition and blocked offfor a VIP commented, "The 'Fashion cocktail reception with donated Power Play' was my concept treats from the city's tastiest that I brought to the Bruins and restaurants, then connected with Copley. The red-carpeted event was This year we brought in Dana hosted by Jenny Johnson, two- Farber and their involvement time Emmy award,winning co- has been amazing. I am very host of NESN's Dining Playbook. proud that this event has grown Johnson was just the beginning and I'm excited to continue to of the A-list attendance; the see it do so. I have to admit my Bruins Coach, Claude Julien, production staffis amazing and and their front line sat right on I couldn't do it without them the runway. Representatives of and my right hands, Grace Goo- NESN, Channel 7, and Dirty dearl and Billy Francis, along Water TV; along with the Boston with this year's lead intern, Breakers Rachel Wood, their Meghan Borges. I am so grateful ESPN Analyst (and Olympic Gold to all the sponsors and donors Medalist} Cat Whitehill, Owner throughout the City of Boston John Powers and General Man- for their contributions. This is a ager Lee Billiard, were amongst charity show, so the generosity the celebrity faces seen. makes an important impact." The Bruins wives, girlfriends, The Fashion Power Play at Maggie Inc., and Dynasty mod- the center of Copley Place was all class, whether it was the spring styles modeled by Bruins beauties or the face of 12-year- old Paris being treated at the Jimmy Fund Clinic who was the last lady to hit the runway. Once again, Benharris brought fashion and charity together for a night not to be forgotten. Black Box Concert Con- tinues ... ArtsEmerson has announced the next Black Box Sounds concert series, with two events in March. On Friday, March 184, Black Box Sounds with Wax on Felt present a night of Boston's best emerging student musicians, including Juice, Cherry Mellow, Sara Kendall, The Symptoms~ Ben Mueller & the Low Ceilings, and Alex Navarro. Juice started out as eight friends at Boston College who wanted to have fun and play music. The group of freshman and one foreign exchange stu- dent banded together mere days before BC's Battle of the Bands and surprised everyone with an underdog victory, quickly establishing themselves as a musical presence on campus. Cherry Mellow is a cocktail of East Coast meets West Coast, drawing from influences like the Foo Fighters, The Doors, and the Strokes. Formed nearly two years ago and self-dubbed "Indie Russian Roulette" or "Heavy Mellow," this four-piece ensemble has no lack of drive and raw emotion in the studio and on stage. Sara Kendall is an air-pop songwriter from Southborough, MA, currently studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She has been integrating her piano and vocal skills with songwriting to play acoustic sets with her looper and, most recently, with her band. She is working on releas- ing a new EP in the summer of 2016. Her haunting melodies and intimate lyrics are show- cased in her newest release, "Love You More," which was recently featured on Berklee College of Musics official You- Tube channel and has received 17,000 views. The Symptoms are a four-piece experimental pop band. Their first full-length LP, Lens, blends gritty post-rock guitar tones with danceable rhythms and wide-open synths, and has been referred to as one of the best releases Boston will see this year. Preparing you for the finale of the evening will be Ben Mueller, who wrote and recorded music in his hometown of Windsor, CT, until he got to Emerson College and met The Low Ceil- ings: Phil Jones, Julia Brackett, Mike ljac, and Jesse Buchter. Now they're a fun-loving indie- folk quintet ready to jack some stuff up. The Ceilings' debut EP, People We Love, People We Loathe, was released in spring 2015 and their first full-length is due out in spring 2016. Closing out the Friday night show will be Alex Navarro, who Sara Kendall will perform on Friday, March 18th, in the Black Box Sound series at the Paramount Theatre. (Pi~to by A~~o~ is a Boston-based singer-song- Kempner's sophisticated musi- writer. Raised in a small town cianship and confessional style. on the Connecticut shoreline, Just before the finale featur- he began writing songs as a ing Amelia Bradley (formerly freshman at Boston College. Mr. Sister and now Thick Wild) Channeling folk-rock influences will be a band called Dirty and raw lyrical narratives, his Bangs. Lyrically described on debut album Pardon My Eyes, their website as follows: "They provides nine tracks of this were born in Massachusetts, distinctive style. Alex has honed created while being stretched his performance skills busking across area codes and run rabid on the streets of Boston, and purely out of the soul-burning you can still catch him out at necessity for creativity. The Faneuil Hall, pounding the band that never was supposed pavement. He strives to hold to be anything became some- nothing back in his writing, and thing very, very lovely. Five hopes to move others through gentlemen who create loud, soft, providing an unfiltered look into loud melodies of far-out pop his mind and emotions, sprinkled with do-wop, rock n' On Saturday, March 16th, roll, and dark days ingredients, Black Box Sounds with The bled from the pulses of old and Record Company present Pale- new friends making a noise. hound, Dirty Bangs, and Thick Take the anguished soul of Syl Wild. Boston's Palehound, aka Johnson and Bobby Womack, 21-year-old Ellen Kempner, re- add a slight bastardization of leased her debut LP, Dry Food, the sound with J&MC or BJM earlier this year via Exploding in making love to Alan Vega and Sound. The album has received you got what Dirty Bangs is accolades from the likes of PRch- going for. These are songs fork, Rolling Stone, NPR, SPIN, for the spirited, songs for the and more as it continues to gain misunderstood romantics, for international attention. (A label the drunks and the saints. The signing with UK's Heavenly Re- sound is pure and honest; it is cordings followed.] Recorded in~ the sound of someone giving the midst of her eight-show run it their all, being real with you at the CMJ Music Marathon, (Continued on Page 13) the performance highlights , L