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.

 

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

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

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

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

Daniel Pugh

Tuesday / August 12, 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

Shea Rose

Wednesday / August 13, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
A Boston native, singer-songwriter Shea Rose graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011. Winner of both the 2012 Pop/R&B Artist of the Year and 2011 R&B/Soul/Urban/...
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