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.

 

Erick Peralta

Wednesday / September 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
A musical multilinguist, Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the evolution of music while still keeping in...
Admission: Free

Erick Peralta

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
A musical multilinguist, Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the evolution of music while still keeping in...
Admission: Free

Erick Peralta Trio

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
A musical multilinguist, Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the evolution of music while still keeping in...
Admission: Free

Dejehan Hamilton

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Legacy Place
Dejehan “Luckystickz” Hamilton is an accomplished entertainer, drummer, and one of the premier steelpan-ists in Canada. Luckystickz is of Jamaican and Trinidadian decent, born in Hamilton...
Admission: Free

Erick Peralta

Friday / September 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
A musical multilinguist, Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the evolution of music while still keeping in...
Admission: Free

Sarah McKenzie Quintet

Friday / September 19, 2014 / 9:30 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
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 Eyes,...
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Sarah McKenzie Quintet

Saturday / September 20, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
Sarah McKenzie is a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice," according to DownBeat magazine. Her second album, Close...
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Michael Wooten

Monday / September 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Michael Wooten is young pianist from Philadelphia. He started playing at the age of 11 during church services but soon gained interest in many other styles, including jazz, rock, R&B, folk, and...
Admission: Free

Michael Wooten

Tuesday / September 23, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Michael Wooten is young pianist from Philadelphia. He started playing at the age of 11 during church services but soon gained interest in many other styles, including jazz, rock, R&B, folk, and...
Admission: Free

Michael Wooten

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Michael Wooten is young pianist from Philadelphia. He started playing at the age of 11 during church services but soon gained interest in many other styles, including jazz, rock, R&B, folk, and...
Admission: Free

Grey Season

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
Grey Season electrifies living room music, perching harmonies atop a sound that envelopes folk in rock 'n' roll. The variety show that is a Grey Season performance may include the...
Admission: Free

Michael Wooten

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Michael Wooten is young pianist from Philadelphia. He started playing at the age of 11 during church services but soon gained interest in many other styles, including jazz, rock, R&B, folk, and...
Admission: Free

Michael Wooten Trio

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Michael Wooten is young pianist from Philadelphia. He started playing at the age of 11 during church services but soon gained interest in many other styles, including jazz, rock, R&B, folk, and...
Admission: Free

Michael Wooten

Friday / September 26, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Michael Wooten is young pianist from Philadelphia. He started playing at the age of 11 during church services but soon gained interest in many other styles, including jazz, rock, R&B, folk, and...
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.

Daniel Hines

Monday / September 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Daniel Hines, 24, is a British pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He was classically trained from the age of 6 and began to compose around the age of 15. His key musical inspirations include...
Admission: Free

Grey Season / Common Thread

Sunday / August 31, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
Grey Season, an all male folk rock band, and the all-female funk band Common Thread will perform original music.  Grey Season electrifies living room music, fixing harmonies atop folk-influenced...
Admission: Free

Grant Richards Trio

Sunday / August 31, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Oregon-born pianist and composer Grant Richards began playing piano and composing at age 8, and by the time he entered college, he had won four Student Music Awards from Downbeat Magazine and...
Admission: Free

J. Hoard and the Greenhouse People / Mad Satta

Saturday / August 30, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
J. Hoard has performed and recorded with award-winning artists and producers such as Victor Wooten, Tracy Pierce, and Kim Burrell. His background role cultivated his leadership skills as the...
Admission: Free

Ludovica Burtone

Saturday / August 30, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Italian violinist, composer, and arranger Ludovica Burtone came to Berklee in September 2012 to follow her passion for jazz. Coming from years of studying and performing classical, world, and...
Admission: Free

Great Caesar / Bigfoot Wallace / Will Gittens / Grey Season

Saturday / August 30, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Topnotch Resort
Great Caesar aims for the heart with a blend of brass, vulnerable lyrics, and indie-rock along the lines of Arcade Fire and Beirut, to create music that confronts the things that really matter:...
Admission: Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Friday / August 29, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
The colorful sound of KeL combines elements of jazz and pop with Brazilian melodies. The band's lead singer, Kel Do Nascimento, was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and toured her country of...
Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt

Friday / August 29, 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

Common Thread

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Common Thread is a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the world brought together by a passion for good vibes and music that makes you move, and the purpose of building musicianship in...
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