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.

Jesse Taitt

Wednesday / August 27, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.
 

Admission: Free

SkyBridge

Wednesday / August 27, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

SkyBridge music is truly globalized, ranging from pop and R&B to reggae, jazz, soul, and funk. Through the exchange of culture, language, and ideas, Sky Bridge brings music that serves a warm message for the global community.
 

Admission: Free

Common Thread

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

Common Thread is a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the world brought together by a passion for good vibes and music that makes you move, and the purpose of building musicianship in one another.

Admission: FREE

Crosswalk Anarchy

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Atlantic Wharf

Crosswalk Anarchy is five Boston-based musicians who seek to blow your mind with an arsenal of sophisticated hip-hop fusion originals that have you singing along.

Admission: Free

Red Velvet

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Red Velvet is an acoustic duo drawing on proud Southern roots, Northeastern tenacity, and fiery hair all around. Heavily influenced by greats such as Stevie Wonder, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Civil Wars, and Parliament, Red Velvet brings to life a sound reminiscent of an era when music was synonymous with soul.
 
 

Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.
 

Admission: Free

Luke Niccoli

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Club Passim

First place winner of the 2013 BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship, Luke Niccoli is an alternative singer-songwriter combining the acoustic and pop sensibilities of John Mayer with the edge and arena rock energy of Kings of Leon. 

Admission: Free

Yonit Spiegelman

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Plaza

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter and bassist Yonít Spiegelman and her band create original music inspired by Irish melody lines in an intimate environment of acoustic instruments, touching lyrics, and tasteful simplicity.
 

Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt Trio

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.
 

Admission: Free

Common Thread

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Common Thread is a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the world brought together by a passion for good vibes and music that makes you move, and the purpose of building musicianship in one another.

Admission: FREE

Vivienne Aerts

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

Originally from the Netherlands, Berklee student Vivienne Aerts counts Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis among her musical influences.

Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt

Friday / August 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music under Boston Conservatory professor Harriet Lundberg and jazz with Hey Rim Jeon via the Berklee City Music Program.
 

Admission: Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Friday / August 29, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Greenway Boston

The colorful sound of KeL combines elements of jazz and pop with Brazilian melodies. The band's lead singer, Kel Do Nascimento, was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and toured her country of orgin before coming to Berklee in 2011.

Admission: Free

Ludovica Burtone

Saturday / August 30, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.

Georges Island

Coming from years of studying and performing classical, world, and folk music around Europe, Ludovica Burtone is presenting, along with her string quartet, a variety of compositions, from the classical repertoire to arrangements of jazz standards, tangos, and original compositions.

Admission: Free

J. Hoard and the Greenhouse People / Mad Satta

Saturday / August 30, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.

Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

Neo-soul songs come to life thanks to the efforts of J. Hoard and the Greenhouse People and Mat Satta.

Admission: Free

Great Caesar / Bigfoot Wallace / Will Gittens / Grey Season

Saturday / August 30, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.

Topnotch Resort

This free showcase features indie rock from Great Caesar and Bigfoot Wallace, pop tunes from Will Gittens, and eclectic folk rock from Grey Season.

Admission: Free

Grant Richards Trio

Sunday / August 31, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Spectacle Island

In his short career, pianist Grant Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gómez, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Grant has remained active as a performer and teacher both in the Boston music scene and internationally. 

Admission: Free

Grey Season / Common Thread

Sunday / August 31, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.

Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

In a stellar one-two punch of original music, Grey Season offers fiery folk rock and Common Thread delivers a slam dunk of funk.

Admission: Free

Daniel Hines

Monday / September 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Daniel Hines, 24, is a British pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He was classically trained from the age of 6 and began to compose around the age of 15. His key musical inspirations include Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy, and progressive rock— most of all Pink Floyd, Camel, and Dream Theater.
 
 

Admission: Free

Daniel Hines

Tuesday / September 2, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Daniel Hines, 24, is a British pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He was classically trained from the age of 6 and began to compose around the age of 15. His key musical inspirations include Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy, and progressive rock— most of all Pink Floyd, Camel, and Dream Theater.
 
 

Admission: Free

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