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.

 

Yakir Arbib

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records...
Admission: Free

Animal Flag

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
Animal Flag is the longtime project of songwriter Matt Politoski. With recorded works that range from heartbreaking solo acoustic tunes and full fledged folk-rock anthems to lush electronic pop songs...
Admission: Free

OSIRIS FIRE

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
OSIRIS FIRE frontman Itamar Edelman combines influences from his reggae-rich hometown of Ithaca, New York (the birthplace of John Brown's Body and 10 Ft Ganja Plant), with the heavy bass and...
Admission: Free

Swingin' in the Fens with Ron Mahdi and Friends

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 6:30 p.m.
Ramler Park
Swingin’ in the Fens is an annual free outdoor concert held in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood presented by Berklee College of Music, Fenway Civic Association, and the City of Boston Parks and...
Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records...
Admission: Free

LowTone Society

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
The members of LowTone Society came together in the fall of 2011 from diverse backgrounds and sharing a pure love of making music. Collectively they draw from musical training and experience in...
Admission: FREE

HartBeat

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
Lomar Brown, HartBeat's band leader, grew up listening to his dad play piano and sing the music of Jimmy Cliff, Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, Elton John, and Freddie McGregor. Listening to the...
Admission: Free

Jacinta Clusellas

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Jacinta Clusellas brings together jazz, Argentinean folk, and other Latin styles. She has performed at the Outside the Box Festival, the Boston Book Festival, and the Regattabar in Cambridge. Video...
Admission: Free

Damn Tall Buildings

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
Damn Tall Buildings is an all-acoustic bluegrass and blues band from Boston. While its instrumentation is bluegrass, it's not bound to it. With lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves...
Admission: Free

The Maniacs of the 4th Dimension

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
The Maniacs of the 4th Dimension, led by Davis Whitfield on piano, is a collective of creative individuals who share an interest in the Fourth Dimension. In trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet formats...
Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib Trio

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records...
Admission: Free

Jack Sheehan

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
New York saxophonist Jack Sheehan is notable performer at Berklee. He was selected to perform the Fall 2013 Convocation Ceremonies and the 2013 Berklee City Music Encore Gala. Besides leading his own...
Admission: Free

Valentina Blu

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Charlestown Navy Yard
Born in the Tuscan hills, Valentina found early on that music could liberate her mind from the intense emotions of life. An introspective and passionate observer, Valentina instills the same...
Admission: Free

Tom Zmuda

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Legacy Place
Tom Zmuda is a contemporary saxophonist and a recent Berklee College of Music graduate. Influenced by jazz, R&B, soul, and funk, Tom exudes a thorough passion for groove-based music and draws...
Admission: Free

Lowtone Society

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
The members of Lowtone Society came together in the fall of 2011 from diverse backgrounds but with a common love of making music. Collectively, they draw from musical training and...
Admission: Free

Bernardo Hernandez and La Tradicion

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Mission Hill Playground
Berklee alumnus and professor Bernardo Hernandez was born in Caracas, Venezuela and started playing the Venezuelan cuatro at the age of 8. He switched to harp and eventually to the classical guitar,...
Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Friday / July 25, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records...
Admission: Free

Kayla Corrine

Friday / July 25, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
I’m Kayla Corrine and I’ve been in love with music since birth. I would call myself a soulful singer-songwriter and I tend to write mostly on acoustic guitar because I adore the raw, crystal clear...
Admission: Free

Miriam Elhajli / Tim Reynolds Band / Zoya

Saturday / July 26, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Miriam Elhajli's sound recalls Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie with a touch of Delta Blues. Last summer she traveled to London, where she played at renowned venues, including the Cambridge Folk...
Admission: Free

The Frotations / Nikolas Metaxas / Arielle Vakni / Damn Tall Buildings

Saturday / July 26, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Topnotch Resort
The Frotations was forged in 2011 by singer-songwriter Chris Kazarian and bass player Pedro Ribiero (Pedro Zappa). The band headlined the HarborArts Festival in September 2013 and filled Boston’s...
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.

Yakir Arbib

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records...
Admission: Free

The Bonobros Trio

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
The Bonobros Trio was formed in the spring of 2014 by three Berklee students. They first met  in a “Singing for Brass Players” class taught by Christine Fawson, a trumpet professor....
Admission: Free

Tali Rubinstein

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
Tali Rubinstein, an Israeli recorder player, composer, and vocalist, will perform some of her original songs and arrangements. She has toured with Anat Cohen, performed and arranged for Latin Grammy...
Admission: Free

Lampião

Monday / July 21, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
Lampião formed in 2013 with three talented musicians from separate nationalities – Brazil, South Korea, and France —and different musical backgrounds, joined together to play high quality...
Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Monday / July 21, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records...
Admission: Free

Laney Jones

Sunday / July 20, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.
Longfellow House
Laney Jones’s songwriting is as quirky and charming as her upbringing in rural Mount Dora, Fla. Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, she spins tall tales of life...
Admission: Free

Elena Bonomo Trio

Sunday / July 20, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
The Elena Bonomo Trio was formed in the spring of 2014 by three friends who bonded over a passion for music. With Zerlina Devi on piano, Alex Dyring on bass, and Elena Bonomo on drums, the trio puts...
Admission: Free

Sarah McKenzie

Sunday / July 20, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
Sarah McKenzie is a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice,'' according to DownBeat Magazine. Her second album, Close Your...
Admission: Free

Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble

Saturday / July 19, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
South Shore Conservatory
…And I hope you like jammin’ too. The Bob Marley Ensemble will share its music and message. Matt Jenson, assistant professor of piano at Berklee College of Music, is creator of the...
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High Rock Mountain

Saturday / July 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
  Playing traditional broken-hearted bluegrass with freshness and groove, the members of High Rock Mountain come from all over the country to perform together and attend Berklee. Hailing form...
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