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.

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

SA

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Club Passim

Vocalist Shilpa Ananth Narayanan will present music with colors from the East and West, keeping true to her roots.

Admission: Free

The Cuatro Venezuelan Project

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Plaza

The Cuatro Venezuelan Project, led by composer and performer Carlos Capacho, plays original compositions inspired by world music and jazz.
 

Admission: Free

Daniel Pugh

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 5:00 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

Song Yi Jeon Quintet

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

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

Admission: FREE

Guilherme Abud

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

Guilherme Abud, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, started playing guitar when he was 16, and was soon influenced by the Joao Gilberto bossa nova style. He started performing in bars and restaurants with singers; at the same time he attended college. When he graduated in 2009 he was accepted in the Souza Lima Conservatory, where he started his formal music studies.

Admission: Free

Edwin Pabon

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.

Mozart Park

Salsa comes to Jamaica Plain with an evening of free music and dancing.

Admission: Free

Daniel Pugh

Friday / August 15, 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

dmGida

Friday / August 15, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Greenway Boston

dmGida, a.k.a. Nick Aponte, is an electronic music producer based in Boston. His style can be described through influences such as Chelsea Wolfe, S.Maharba, Forest Swords, and Samiyam, to name a few.
 

Admission: Free

Fate & the Family Band

Saturday / August 16, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.

Carson Beach

Fate & the Family Band is a Boston based blues/rock band with fresh tunes, dance moves, and an inviting vibe. 

Admission: FREE

Laney Jones

Sunday / August 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

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

Oliver Monaco Group

Sunday / August 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Spectacle Island

Oliver Monaco's fluid style, personally and professionally, is his hallmark. Yet he knows that that kind of magic is created by preparing detail by detail, practice session by practice session. 

Admission: Free

Frotations

Sunday / August 17, 2014 / 3:45 p.m.

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival

The Frotations was forged in 2011 by singer-songwriter Chris Kazarian and bass player Pedro Ribiero (Pedro Zappa). The band headlined the HarborArts Festival in September 2013 and filled Boston’s Middle East Corner to capacity at its EP release show. The Frotations are a concrete blend of neo-soul and rock and roll with a little drop of hip-hop. 

Admission: Free

Alissia and the Funketeers

Sunday / August 17, 2014 / 5:45 p.m.

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival

Hailing from Geneva, Switzerland, bassist and composer Alissia Benveniste has been enjoying the success of her original funk tune “Let It Out” with her band, the Funketeers. A YouTube phenomenon, a video of the song has garnered nearly 300,000 views in four months. 
 

Admission: Free

Witness Matlou

Monday / August 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. 

Admission: Free

Lady Rogo

Tuesday / August 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Lady Rogo is an award winning songwriter and instrumentalist from New England. Influenced by country blues and American roots, she crosses an old genre with a young fire and is recording her debut album.

Admission: Free

Witness Matlou

Tuesday / August 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez.
 

Admission: Free

Witness Matlou

Wednesday / August 20, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez.
 

Admission: Free

Lesser Animals

Wednesday / August 20, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

Lesser Animals is a Boston-based band with James Sanderson and Noel Friesen on vocals and guitar, Mike Kerr on guitar, Myles Davis on piano and woodwinds, Charlie Porter on bass, and Roland Greco on drums. 
 

Admission: Free

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