About

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"Zoë has a uniquely electrifying voice that moves easily from soul-jazz to funk-rock to mystical." Steve Morse, Boston Globe

Deep & Funky Rock & Soul

Zo​ë Knight, Assistant Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music, is a Boston-based singer & music educator.  She has been composing & performing original music for over twenty years.  Her sound is rooted in infectious grooves with lyrics that speak to universal connections, fostering community and uplifting the human spirit.  Now in her second decade as a vocal pedagogue, she is dedicated to empowering humans with the tools they need to fully realize their own creative power.  

a classically trained soprano raised on classic rock, her performance career began with leading original hard rock & metal bands in New York City and Boston for ten years before attending Berklee, where she earned her degree in Music Education.  

While studying at Berklee, Zoë became immersed in found a deep love for improvisation and the styles that embrace it: soul, jazz, R&B, gospel, funk, and blues.  Soon after, she began blending these new & old styles with her lifetime of training & experience, and her passion for getting down on the dance floor. 

Her uplifting grooves provide a pedestal for Zoë's spectacular voice & inspired lyrics, in addition to masterful instrumental solos & improvisational jams with her band: a varying collective of monster players known as  Mythical Beasts. 

The roster of monster players includes members of Neighbor, Bearly Dead, Booty Vortex, BT ALC Big Band, KONG!, Krewe de Groove, The A-Beez, Roomful of Blues, Strange Machines, Maceo Parker, Soulive, and many more of Boston's best working bands.  Serving up Zoë's original deep & funky rock & soul with a few choice cuts by the greats, Zoë Knight & Mythical Beasts are a jam band at heart, and their groovy tunes are made to shake your booty to!

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Zoë Knight & Mythical Beasts have performed at: 

Scullers Jazz Club (Boston, MA)

Atwood’s Tavern (Cambridge, MA)

The Middle East (Cambridge, MA)

Opus Underground (Salem, MA)

Chianti (Beverley, MA)

Boston Harbor Distillery (Dorchester, MA)

Soundcheck Studios (Pembroke, MA)

The Burren (Somerville, MA)

Levitate Backyard (Marshfield, MA)

The Music Room (Yarmouth, MA)

Medusa Brewing Co. (Hudson, MA)

Electric Haze (Worcester, MA)

The Jungle (Somerville, MA)

Sally O'Brien's (Somerville, MA)

Bull McCabe's (Somerville, MA)

The Plough and Stars (Cambridge, MA)

Marina Beer Garden (Salem, MA)

The Square Root (Roslindale, MA)

Mayor Michelle Wu's Annual Block Party 2021 & 2022 (Boston, MA)

Wake Up The Earth Festival 2018 & 2019 (Jamaica Plain, MA)

The New York Faerie Festival 2019 (Harpursville, NY)

Notable Residencies Include: 

Second Fridays at Bull McCabe’s Pub

 Somerville MA (8/2018 – 1/2020)

Sunday nights at The Plough and Stars

Cambridge, MA (2/2019 – 8/2019)

First Sundays at Mercy Tavern

Salem, MA (6/2018 – 10/2018)

 Featuring Monster Players:

GUITAR:

Jeff Buckridge (Boston Horns, Booty Vortex, Jen Kearney)

John DeCarlo (Duppy Conquerors, Mighty Mystic, Soul Rebel Project, Sambalolo)

Brad Faucher (Session 450, KONG!)

Evan Goodrow (Boston Blues Award winner)

Andrew Gravel (The Gravel Project, Entrain)

Mike Keenan (John Brown’s Body, Dub Apocalypse, King’s Highway)

Jeffrey Lockhart (Lettuce, Soulive)

Josie Lowder (Josie Lowder Band, Solar Chariot)

Gregg Perry (& the Strange Berries, Roots Rock Rebels)

Riley Stockwell (Background Orcs, Skunk Sessions, Milque)

Nick Swift (Bearly Dead, Chameleon Rift)

Scott tarulli (Casey Desmond, Zeke Martin & The Oracle)

Jason Yost (Jen Kearney, Tost)

 

BASS:

Bob Abruzese (Portrait in Jazz, Cordelia, Gregg Perry & the Strange Berries)   

Domenic Davis (Lydia Harrell, Jen Kearney)

Craig Holland (Strange Machines)

Rich Lynch (KONG!, Booty Vortex)

Mike Miksis (The Vine Shakers, Sea Monsters)

Gregg Marcus (Deep C Divers)

Zachary Rochester (Thaddeus Hogarth, Lydia Harrell)

Dylan Sullivan (Background Orcs, As The Sparrow, Milque)

Greg Toro (Evan Goodrow Band, Sonya Rae Taylor Band)

Dave Walker (Krewe De Groove, Henley Douglas Band)

 

KEYS:

Ken Clark (Ken Clark Organ Trio)

Derek Dupuis (Sarah & the Wild Versatile, Krewe De Groove)

Sam Gilman (Otis Grove, Ryan Montbleau, BT ALC Big Band)

Jordan Gravel (The Gravel Project)

Ben Hillman (& the Moonlighters, Motown Masterpiece Orchestra)

Steven Learson (Pink Talking Phish, Booty Vortex, KONG!)

Justin Lopes (Bearly Dead, Jerry Garcia Project, Chameleon Rift)

Rider McCoy (Ghetto People Band, Soul Shot)

Jeremy Parker (Organ in Orbit)

Rusty Scott (Roomful of Blues, B3 Kings)

Darby Wolf (Band of Killers, Beast Mode, B3 Kings)

 

DRUMS:

John Bordage (The Grass Gypsies, Deep C Divers)

Erick Cifuentes (Booty Vortex)

JL Claybourne (Ms. Vee & A Badass Band, Kong!, Kurbside)

Derek Hayden (Krewe De Groove, Chameleon Rift)

Dean Johnston (Club d’Elf, Neighbor, BT ALC Big Band)

Randal MacCaffrie (KONG!)

Peter MacLean (Maceo Parker, The A-Beez, Jen Kearney)

Zeke Martin (& The Oracle, Dig Baterre)

Brandon Mayes (Ali McGuirk, Soulive, The Gravel Project)

Nathan Sabanayagam (Naya Rockers, Kings Highway)

 

HORNS:

John Aruda (Boston Horns, Arudawakening)

"Sax" Gordon Beadle (Sax Gordon, International Sensation)

Andrew Fogliano (Dub Apocalypse, The A-Beez, Club d’Elf, BT ALC Big Band)

Nate Fuller (Angelina Hightower & The Unit, KONG!)

Nancy Loedy (Taina Asili, Lovewhip, King’s Highway)

Will "Friendship" Lombardelli (KONG!)

Seba Molnar (Seba Molnar, Java Juke Box)

Alek Razdan (BT ALC Big Band, Roomful of Blues, American Symphony of Soul)

Eric Schindler (Krewe De Groove, Henley Douglas Band, Baker Thomas Band, KONG!)

Jason Torrey (Hobo Chili)

Marcus Washington (24 Karat Funk)