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.

 

Josh Shpak Group

Sunday / September 14, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
“I love connecting with people,” says trumpeter Josh Shpak.  “Whether they be teenagers or your grandma, if I can see that they’re feeling the music, I’m happy.” With a...
Admission: Free

Erick Peralta

Monday / September 15, 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

Tuesday / September 16, 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

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

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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Dejehan Hamilton

Saturday / September 20, 2014 / 2:00 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

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.

The Pedrito Martinez Group

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff summed it up aptly...
Admission: Free

Kina Zoré

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Charlestown Navy Yard
  Epic horns, organic vocals, and swirling polyrhythms make Kina Zoré a force of hypnotic beauty. Fronted by soft-spoken and charismatic Mozambican songwriter Helder Tsinine, the six-piece...
Admission: Free

Davis Whitfield

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
As the son of musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years were filled with music. While at Berklee, Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with Inna Dudukina....
Admission: Free

Latimbop

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Latimbop is an explosive contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group co-led by Colombian bassist Esther Rojas and Cuban pianist Issac Delgado Jr. Latimbop embraces various genres of Latin American...
Admission: FREE

Josh Shpak

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
“I love connecting with people,” says trumpeter Josh Shpak.  “Whether they be teenagers or your grandma, if I can see that they’re feeling the music, I’m happy.” With a...
Admission: Free

Jake Sherman Trio

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jake Sherman began taking piano lessons at age 5 and fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and composing rags. At age 12 he started studying jazz piano and was soon...
Admission: Free

Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke are fiddlers and singer-songwriters who love traditional music and close harmonies. With two fiddles, two guitars, and two intertwining voices, they perform old folk...
Admission: free

Son d’ LePua

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Son d’ LePua was formed from a mix of Latin and European sounds. Centered on jazz, its members experiment and explore the richness of both cultures.
Admission: Free

Jake Sherman

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jake Sherman began taking piano lessons at age 5 and fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and composing rags. At age 12 he started studying jazz piano and was soon...
Admission: Free

Luke Niccoli

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
Luke Niccoli is a 20-year-old recording artist and songwriter making his mark in the music industry both as a performer and as a writer. In the past year he has opened for Martina McBride and Chris...
Admission: Free