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.

 

Sarah McKenzie

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
Sarah McKenzie, a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice,'' according to DownBeat magazine, will perform. McKenzie's second...
Admission: FREE

Luis D’Elias Ensemble

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Using Venezuela as a point of departure, the Luis D'Elias Ensemble blends traditional South American music with contemporary jazz, rock, and classical music. Formed in 2012, the group has been...
Admission: Free

Tracy L J Robertson

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
A member of Pitch Slapped (Berklee's a cappella vocal group), Tracy L J Robertson grew up with barbershop. His focus is in ensemble singing, writing, and arranging, and looks forward to taking...
Admission: Free

C-bass' Infinity Band

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
C-bass' Infinity Band is an improvisational group led by percussionist and composer Santiago Sebastian "C-bass" Chiriboga. The group combines music with visual arts, dance, speech, and theatre...
Admission: Free

Davis Whitfield Trio

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
As the son of musicians, Whitfield's early years were filled with music. Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with Inna Dudukina. He also received a...
Admission: Free

Taylor Kelly

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Legacy Place
Taylor Kelly was born and raised in the suburbs of Rochester, New York and currently resides in Boston. She has a voice that blends jazz, soul, funk and truth. Her songwriting tells of triumph in...
Admission: Free

Sarah McKenzie

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Sarah McKenzie, a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice,'' according to DownBeat magazine, will perform. McKenzie's second album,...
Admission: FREE

Felipe Tinoco Quartet

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
Originally from northeastern Brazil, Felipe Tinoco grew up surrounded by the sounds of traditional samba, bossa nova, and choro from his family of instrumentalists. It was not until his adolescence...
Admission: Free

Frankie Rodriguez

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
Puerto Rican percussionist Frankie Rodríguez has been a mainstay in the New England music scene as the go-to bandleader whenever salsa superstars are performing in the region. Some of the artists he...
Admission: Free

Davis Whitfield

Friday / August 8, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Davis Whitfield performs solo piano. As the son of two musicians, Whitfield's early years were filled with music. Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with...
Admission: Free

Kyle Thornton & The Company

Friday / August 8, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Formed in Boston by guitarist and singer-songwriter Kyle Thornton, and featuring guitarist Sam Segerblom, bassist Henri Young, drummer Marshawn Fondren, keyboardist Johannes Burger, trombonist...
Admission: Free

Damn Tall Buildings / El Feeling / ChoroBop

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
 Damn Tall Buildings, El Feeling, and ChoroBop perform roots music from all over the U.S., Colombia, and Brazil. Damn Tall Buildings is an all-acoustic bluegrass and blues band from Boston....
Admission: Free

Grey Season

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Carson Beach
Grey Season electrifies living room music, fixing harmonies atop folk-influenced rock 'n' roll. The variety show that is a Grey Season performance may include the occasional five-part...
Admission: FREE

Sarah McKenzie Quartet

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square, Salem
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,...
Admission: Free

Giorgi Mikadze Trio

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Giorgi Mikadze and his group will perform both original and famous pop tune arrangements mixed with different genres, such as Georgian folk, jazz, and fusion. Mikadze began playing piano at age 5 and...
Admission: Free

Fate and the Family Band

Sunday / August 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
Fate & the Family Band is a Boston based blues/rock band with some serious soul. With influences ranging from Derek Trucks and Grace Potter to Willie Nelson and the Band, Fate & the...
Admission: Free

Thinkin' Big

Sunday / August 10, 2014 / 2:45 p.m.
Litchfield Jazz Festival
Thinkin' Big is an 18-piece big band formed in October of 2010 by Jonah Francese. Its goal has always been to play original student charts. Already it has gigged all around the Boston area, at...
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Daniel Pugh

Monday / August 11, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Daniel Pugh grew up in Syracuse, New York, and has been playing piano since the age of 5. He started playing jazz around age 13 and has since fallen in love with the style. He came to Berklee in 2011...
Admission: Free

Sarah McKenzie

Monday / August 11, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
Sarah McKenzie, a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice,'' according to DownBeat magazine, will perform. McKenzie's second...
Admission: Free

Sarah McKenzie

Tuesday / August 12, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
The award winning pianist, vocalist, and composer Sarah McKenzie is a graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with an impeccable musical pedigree, having been mentored by legends...
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Originally...
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

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

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