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.

Giorgi Mikadze

Friday / June 13, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

CANCELED: This event has been canceled due to weather. Noted for his skills as a fantastic pianist and composer in all styles, Giorgi Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia, and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, and Lenny Stallworth.
 

Admission: Free

Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul

Friday / June 13, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

Boston Public Library

Although rooted in traditional Scottish and Appalachian old-time music, Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul push boundaries with original compositions, breathing new life into old tunes.
 

Admission: Free

Gabrielle Walter-Clay

Saturday / June 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Market Street

Vocalist Gabrielle Walter-Clay delivers a powerful dose of neo-soul, drawing on influences such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Marvin Gaye, as well as contemporary singers such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill.

Admission: Free

Bobby Wesley

Saturday / June 14, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Derby Square, Salem

Bobby Wesley is a guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Detroit. Soon to release his debut album, his compositions are a timeless mixture of contemporary jazz and neo-soul. 

Admission: Free

Mike Kerr & Meghan Knowles

Sunday / June 15, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

Mike Kerr and Meghan Knowles are American songwriters who play original and traditional songs, moved to joyous dancing by the fingerpicking guitar of the Mississippi Delta, North Carolina fiddlers, and the melodies of Ireland. Their music aims to oil the stiff knees of the 21st century.
 

Admission: Free

Grant Richards

Monday / June 16, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

In his short career, Grant 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

Grant Richards

Tuesday / June 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

In his short career, pianist Grant Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gómez, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Admission: Free

Jacinta Clusellas Trio

Tuesday / June 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Since Jacinta Clusellas arrived at Berklee College of Music, she has been performing with musicians from all around the world, participating in many ensembles, recitals, recording sessions, and concerts inside and outside the school. She performs in different styles and brings together jazz and Argentinean folkloric music.

Admission: Free

Southern City Band

Tuesday / June 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

The Southern City Band is a group of musicians from various locations in the United States: California to Virginia and in between. The group finds common ground in its love of country music. 

Admission: Free

Grant Richards

Wednesday / June 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

In his short career, pianist Grant Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gómez, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Admission: Free

The Western Den

Wednesday / June 18, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Boston Public Library

The Western Den, the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, will perform folk-influenced original compositions. 

Admission: Free

Grant Richards

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

In his short career, pianist Grant Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gómez, and Terri Lyne Carrington. 

Admission: Free

The Erin Bentlage Group

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

Somewhere between Vermont and the sound of Billie Holiday and others, Erin Bentlage creates the organic quality of folk and the stylings of jazz. She and her group will present original compositions and arrangements ranging from Brazilian ballads to American Songbook standards.

Admission: Free

Danny Nagy Group

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Atlantic Wharf

Danny Istvan Nagy is a small town guy with a downtown sensibility. He was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and moved with his family to Hungary a few years later. One day, when exploring the attic of his family's home, he found his father’s old guitar and fell in love with the sound and feel of it instantly. 
 

Admission: Free

Jacinta Clusellas Trio

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Since Jacinta Clusellas arrived at Berklee College of Music, she has been performing with musicians from all around the world, participating in many ensembles, recitals, recording sessions, and concerts inside and outside the school. She performs in different styles and brings together jazz and Argentinean folkloric music. 

Admission: Free

Grant Richards Trio

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

In his short career, pianist Grant Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gómez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Liebman, Valerie Simpson, Simon Phillips, and Chuck Israels. Since graduating, Grant has remained active as a performer and teacher both in the Boston music scene and internationally.

Admission: Free

Unidentified Fusion Orangement

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Plaza

This jazz-rock group, based in Boston and founded in San Diego, plays jazz arrangements and compositions with electric vibrations. 

Admission: Free

Jeff Guthery

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

Jazz drummer Jeff Guthery won the “fastest hands” division of the World’s Fastest Drummer competition at the Anaheim Winter NAMM Show in 2007. He then donated the Pearl drum set and Meinl cymbals prizes to his old high school’s music department.

Admission: Free

Grant Richards

Friday / June 20, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

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

Ahmad El Haggar

Friday / June 20, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

Boston Public Library

Ahmad El Haggar, an Egyptian singer-songwriter and oud player, will play orginals and covers from the Arab world. 

Admission: Free

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