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.

Sarah McKenzie

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

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

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 that he decided to pick up the guitar and pursue a career in music, carrying his family tradition while following his own peculiar musical instincts.
 
 

Admission: Free

Taylor Kelly

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Legacy Place

Taylor Kelly has a voice that blends jazz, soul, funk and truth. Her songwriting tells of triumph in hopes to inspire many to live, love, and forgive. Also a trumpet player, Taylor strives for an instrumental-vocal approach, rhythmic phrasing, and improvisation reminiscent of her trumpet-playing influences.

Admission: Free

Frankie Rodriguez

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

O'Day Park

Join us for another evening of free salsa music and dancing in the South End.

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 Inna Dudukina.
 

Admission: Free

Kyle Thornton and the Company

Friday / August 8, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Greenway Boston

Formed in Boston by guitarist and singer-songwriter Kyle Thornton, this eight-piece soul and R&B group spreads love and positivity through music. With catchy, inspirational lyrics, grooving rhythms, and soul, Kyle Thornton and the Company make it hard not to move in your seat, let alone get up and dance.
 

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.

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. 

Admission: FREE

Sarah McKenzie Quartet

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Derby Square, Salem

Sarah McKenzie is a pianist, vocalist, and composer performing Salem Jazz and Soul Festival / Berklee Summer Series.
 

Admission: Free

Giorgi Mikadze Trio

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 6:00 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.

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 fresh tunes, dance moves, and an inviting vibe. 
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 and The Family Band takes old school sounds and puts a new coat of paint on them. 

Admission: Free

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. 

Admission: Free

Sarah McKenzie

Monday / August 11, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Regattabar Courtyard Series

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

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.

Admission: Free

The Collective

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

Summer Street

The Collective, a talented handful of Berklee students, is Neal Rosenthal, Zerlina Devi, Christian Saint-Louis, and Oscar Suchanek.

Admission: Free

Daniel Pugh

Wednesday / August 13, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

This concert has been canceled due to weather. 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.
 

Admission: Free

Shea Rose

Wednesday / August 13, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Arsenal Center for the Arts

This concert has been canceled due to weather. 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/Contemporary Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards, Rose was dubbed “artist most likely to make an impact on the national stage” by the Boston Globe. 

Admission: Free

Hadley Kennary

Wednesday / August 13, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

This concert has been canceled due to weather. Yes, Kennary is pronounced like the bird. Her sound is refreshing and real. Her music mixes the honesty of Sara Bareilles with the mellow cleverness of Ingrid Michaelson, finished off with defining harmonies similar to the Indigo Girls. 

Admission: Free

Song Yi

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

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

Admission: FREE

Daniel Pugh

Thursday / August 14, 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.
 

Admission: Free

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