Berklee Summer in the City

The Berklee Sumer in the City concert series, sponsored by Natixis Global Asset Management, presents more than 200 free performances throughout the Greater Boston area from May through September. Bringing neighborhoods alive with free programs of pop, rock, jazz, Latin, and more, some of Berklee’s most promising young artists are poised to share the skills they hone on campus with the local community. The Boston-area concerts take place in vibrant destinations throughout the city, from the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Georges Island, and Atlantic Wharf to communities with strong cultural identities ranging from Jamaica Plain and Roxbury to East Boston and the South End. Just outside of Boston, audiences can take in free Summer in the City shows in places like Harvard Square’s Longfellow House and Club Passim, Salem’s Derby Square, the Charlestown Navy Yard, and more.

 

Witness Matlou

Friday / August 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute,...
Admission: Free

Witness Matlou

Friday / August 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute,...
Admission: Free

Perfect Mark

Friday / August 22, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Perfect Mark is the Boston-based musical project of Italian singer-songwriter Marco Perfetti. After 11 years of intense musical activity on stage and in the studio, winning national competitions like...
Admission: Free

Bailey Taylor / The Georgia English Band / Wambura Mitaru

Saturday / August 23, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Warm your soul on Georges Island with music from passionate artists that speak to humanity. Each artist will perform a set of her music with stories of hope, vulnerability, and joy.  ...
Admission: Free

The Western Den

Saturday / August 23, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Carson Beach
Driven by a passion to create music with purpose, Deni Hlavinka and Chris West formed the Western Den in 2013 to blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures, producing a sound all their own...
Admission: Free

Song Yi Jeon Quintet

Sunday / August 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
Hailing from South Korea, composer and singer Song Yi Jeon combines modern jazz harmony and odd time signatures with singable melodies that catch the ear of the listener. Heavily influenced...
Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt

Monday / August 25, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and ccmposer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston...
Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt

Tuesday / August 26, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston...
Admission: Free

Red Velvet

Tuesday / August 26, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
Red Velvet is an acoustic duo drawing on proud Southern roots, Northeastern tenacity, and fiery hair all around. Heavily influenced by greats such as Stevie Wonder, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Civil...
Admission: Free

ChoroBop

Wednesday / August 27, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
ChoroBop is a new ensemble formed by three current Berklee students from Brazil. The band's repertoire is based on the traditional Brazilian Choro genre, with a special twist...
Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt

Wednesday / August 27, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston...
Admission: Free

SkyBridge

Wednesday / August 27, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
SkyBridge is a band and project with diversity. Established in the city of Boston in Spring 2013 by the vocalist and composer Utako Toyama, a Japanese student at Berklee College of Music, SkyBridge...
Admission: Free

Common Thread

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
Common Thread is a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the globe, brought together by a passion for good vibes and music that makes you move, and the purpose of building musicianship in...
Admission: FREE

Jesse Taitt

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston...
Admission: Free

Crosswalk Anarchy

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Crosswalk Anarchy is five Boston-based musicians who seek to blow your mind with an arsenal of sophisticated hip-hop fusion originals that have you singing along. Video of Crosswalk Anarchy -...
Admission: Free

Red Velvet

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
Red Velvet is an acoustic duo drawing on proud Southern roots, Northeastern tenacity, and fiery hair all around. Heavily influenced by greats such as Stevie Wonder, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Civil...
Admission: Free

Luke Niccoli

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
First place winner of the 2013 BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship, Luke Niccoli is an alternative singer-songwriter combining the acoustic and pop sensibilities of John Mayer with the edge and...
Admission: Free

Yonit Spiegelman

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter and bassist Yonít Spiegelman and her band create original music inspired by Irish melody lines in an intimate environment of acoustic instruments, touching lyrics,...
Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt Trio

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston...
Admission: Free

Vivienne Aerts

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
Originally from the Netherlands, Vivienne Aerts lives in Boston and studies at Berklee College of Music. Her teachers include renowned jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, John...
Admission: Free

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Past Concerts

Check out some of the great shows that have been part of the Summer in the City series in prior years.

Osmar Okuma

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
Bassist Osmar Okuma’s journey from Peru to Los Angeles to Boston has taken him to the stage of many great venues including Jazz Zone, Cocodrilo Verde, La Noche, Berklee Performance center, Ryles jazz...
Admission: Free

Fabio Rojas Trio

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Legacy Place
As a jazz percussionist and film scoring and performance dual major, Fabio Rojas strives to express emotions through music that cannot be put into words. For this performance, he will be joined by...
Admission: Free

Oyinda and Bigfoot Wallace

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Oyinda is an alternative-influenced electro-pop singer and songwriter with a unique sense of cinematic storytelling. The indie-rock electronic outfit Bigfoot Wallace is Jon Hubbells's self-...
Admission: FREE

Karamel Day

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
Karamel Day, led by Dana Protsenko, draws mainly from the rich history of jazz but with a contemporary stylistic fusion of popular music. The group has performed at the Lily Pad, the Middle...
Admission: Free

Witness Matlou Trio

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute,...
Admission: Free

Jacob McCaslin

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
Jacob McCaslin is an award-winning vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Influenced at a young age by various soul and blues artists, McCaslin has been advancing in many areas of...
Admission: Free

Witness Matlou

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute,...
Admission: Free

Oyinda

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
Oyinda is an alternative-influenced electronic-pop singer and songwriter with a unique sense of cinematic storytelling.
Admission: FREE

Lady Rogo

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
Lady Rogo is an award winning songwriter and instrumentalist from New England. Influenced by country blues and American roots, she crosses an old genre with a young fire. She is full of surprises and...
Admission: Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
KeL is a Brazilian singer-songwriter who moved to Boston in 2011. Influenced by artists ranging from Corinne Bailey Rae to Susan Tedeschi, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Tom Jobim, KeL founded her band at...
Admission: Free