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.

 

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Past Events

Check out some of the great shows that have been part of the Summer in the City series in prior years.

Laney Jones

Saturday / August 2, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.

Carson Beach

This concert is canceled due to weather. Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, Laney Jones artfully spins tall tales of love and adventure in the swamplands.

Admission: FREE

Alex Gasser

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Alex Gasser grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and began to play the upright bass after studying classical guitar.  He received a full scholarship to Berklee.

Admission: Free

Oyinda

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

Grant Park

After unveiling her live persona earlier this year, Oyinda's presence does nothing to detract from her captivating demeanor. From the way she scans the crowd with a seductive stare to her effortless singing, Oyinda translates her studio sound into a gripping live performance. 

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Brian D Plautz

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Spectacle Island

Brian Plautz has developed a reputation as a dynamic saxophonist, composer, and educator with a modern and accessible sound. He grew up outside of Cleveland, where he developed a rich background in music from gospel to classical to jazz. 

Admission: FREE

Lonely Heartstring Band

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.

Longfellow House

The Lonely Heartstring band is a five-peice bluegrass instrumentation band from Boston that plays original acoustic music and traditional bluegrass with mastery.

Admission: Free

Jazz at the Fort with the Jaleel Shaw Quartet

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Highland Park

An annual concert featuring free jazz in Roxbury's Fort Hill neighborhood. This year’s concert features Berklee alumnus Jaleel Shaw. 

Admission: Free

Davis Whitfield

Monday / August 4, 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 Inna Dudukina.
 
 

Admission: Free

Song Yi Jeon Quintet

Monday / August 4, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Regattabar Courtyard Series

Hailing from South Korea, composer and singer Song Yi Jeon combines modern jazz harmony and odd time signatures with singable melodies that catch the ear of the listener. 

Admission: Free

Davis Whitfield

Tuesday / August 5, 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 Inna Dudukina.
 
 

Admission: Free

Kathryn Hallberg

Tuesday / August 5, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Emotional, evocative, warm, and natural, rooted in Americana with pop and country stylings lightly layered on top: This describes Kathryn Hallberg's music. Her second EP, Nocturnal, with musical contributions from Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen) was mixed by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, James Taylor) at the Surf Shack in Los Angeles.

Admission: Free

Davis Whitfield: To the Fourth Dimension!

Tuesday / August 5, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.

Berk Recital Hall

Pianist Davis Whitfield and band perform original compositions and covers.

Admission: Free

Davis Whitfield

Wednesday / August 6, 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 Inna Dudukina. 
 

Admission: Free

Bobby Wesley

Wednesday / August 6, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

Bobby Wesley is an up and coming guitarist, songwriter and vocalist from Detroit, now based in Boston. His compositions are a timeless mixture of contemporary jazz and neo-soul. He is in the process of recording his debut album.

Admission: Free

Davis Whitfield

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Davis Whitfield plays 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 Inna Dudukina. He also received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and a Presidential Scholarship at Berklee College of Music to pursue his undergraduate degree.  
 

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. 

Admission: Free

Sarah McKenzie

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

Sarah McKenzie is a pianist, vocalist, and composer whose second album, Close Your Eyes, won the ARIA award for Best Jazz Album in 2012.

Admission: FREE

Kathryn Hallberg

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Emotional, evocative, warm, and natural, rooted in Americana with pop and country stylings lightly layered on top: This describes Kathryn Hallberg's music. Her second EP, Nocturnal, with musical contributions from Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen) was mixed by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, James Taylor) at the Surf Shack in Los Angeles.

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 opportunities to keep a cappella a part of his musical career. 

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

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 scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and a Presidential Scholarship at Berklee College of Music to pursue his undergraduate degree. Tonight he will be performing piano trio.
 
 

Admission: Free

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