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.

 

Laney Jones

Saturday / August 2, 2014 / 3:30 p.m.
Laney Jones’s songwriting is as quirky and charming as her upbringing in rural Mount Dora, Florida. Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, she artfully spins tall...
Admission: FREE

Felipe Tinoco Quartet

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

Oyinda

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Grant Park
There is something alluring about Oyinda, the 22-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer. Depicted as a whirlwind of hair on her debut EP cover, the London raised Nigerian songstress has a unique...
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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 and performed at the Quicken Loans Arena (...
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 ,traditional bluegrass and, as the name suggests, a swath of Beatles covers....
Admission: Free

Jazz at the Fort with the Jaleel Shaw Quartet

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Highland Park
This year’s Jazz at the Fort concert features Berklee alumnus Jaleel Shaw.    Alto and soprano saxophonist Jaleel Shaw is presently a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet, Tom Harrell’s “...
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...
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. Heavily influenced...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Admission: Free

Sarah McKenzie

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

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,...
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,...
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. Formed in 2012, the group has been...
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...
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
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

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

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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.

Swingin' in the Fens with Ron Mahdi and Friends

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 6:30 p.m.
Ramler Park
Swingin’ in the Fens is an annual free outdoor concert held in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood presented by Berklee College of Music, Fenway Civic Association, and the City of Boston Parks and...
Admission: Free

OSIRIS FIRE

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
OSIRIS FIRE frontman Itamar Edelman combines influences from his reggae-rich hometown of Ithaca, New York (the birthplace of John Brown's Body and 10 Ft Ganja Plant), with the heavy bass and...
Admission: Free

Animal Flag

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
Animal Flag is the longtime project of songwriter Matt Politoski. With recorded works that range from heartbreaking solo acoustic tunes and full fledged folk-rock anthems to lush electronic pop songs...
Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records...
Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records...
Admission: Free

The Bonobros Trio

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
The Bonobros Trio was formed in the spring of 2014 by three Berklee students. They first met  in a “Singing for Brass Players” class taught by Christine Fawson, a trumpet professor....
Admission: Free

Tali Rubinstein

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
Tali Rubinstein, an Israeli recorder player, composer, and vocalist, will perform some of her original songs and arrangements. She has toured with Anat Cohen, performed and arranged for Latin Grammy...
Admission: Free

Lampião

Monday / July 21, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
Lampião formed in 2013 with three talented musicians from separate nationalities – Brazil, South Korea, and France —and different musical backgrounds, joined together to play high quality...
Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Monday / July 21, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Yakir Arbib was born in Jerusalem and studied classical and jazz throughout his childhood. In 2008 he won the Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award in Italy and was signed by Philology Jazz Records...
Admission: Free

Laney Jones

Sunday / July 20, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.
Longfellow House
Laney Jones’s songwriting is as quirky and charming as her upbringing in rural Mount Dora, Fla. Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, she spins tall tales of life...
Admission: Free