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.

 

Damn Tall Buildings

Wednesday / September 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
Damn Tall Buildings is an all-acoustic bluegrass and blues band from Boston. While its instrumentation is bluegrass, it's not bound to it. With lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves...
Admission: Free

Zoe Brush

Wednesday / September 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Zoe Brush is a singer-songwriter from Colorado. She began learning piano at age 4 and composed her first piece when she was 9. Since then she has been writing songs and growing as a pianist. She...
Admission: Free

Zoe Brush

Thursday / September 11, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Zoe Brush is a singer-songwriter from Colorado. She began learning piano at age 4 and composed her first piece when she was 9. Since then she has been writing songs and growing as a pianist. She...
Admission: Free

Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul

Thursday / September 11, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
Rooted in traditional Scottish and Appalachian old-time music, Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul have developed a sound that celebrates and explores beautiful melodies. The pair met while studying...
Admission: Free

Zoe Brush

Thursday / September 11, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Zoe Brush is a singer-songwriter from Colorado. She began learning piano at age 4 and composed her first piece when she was 9. Since then she has been writing songs and growing as a pianist. She...
Admission: Free

Zoe Brush

Friday / September 12, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Zoe Brush is a singer-songwriter from Colorado. She began learning piano at age 4 and composed her first piece when she was 9. Since then she has been writing songs and growing as a pianist. She...
Admission: Free

Affinity Quartet

Sunday / September 14, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
For the members of the Affinity Quartet, the process of making music is akin to getting to know each other. Their music is based on friendship, trust, and the curious things that happen every day....
Admission: Free

Erick Peralta

Monday / September 15, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
A musical multilinguist, Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the evolution of music while still keeping in...
Admission: Free

Erick Peralta

Tuesday / September 16, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
A musical multilinguist, Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the evolution of music while still keeping in...
Admission: Free

Erick Peralta

Wednesday / September 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
A musical multilinguist, Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the evolution of music while still keeping in...
Admission: Free

Erick Peralta

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
A musical multilinguist, Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the evolution of music while still keeping in...
Admission: Free

Erick Peralta Trio

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
A musical multilinguist, Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the evolution of music while still keeping in...
Admission: Free

Dejehan Hamilton

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Legacy Place
Dejehan “Luckystickz” Hamilton is an accomplished entertainer, drummer, and one of the premier steelpan-ists in Canada. Luckystickz is of Jamaican and Trinidadian decent, born in Hamilton...
Admission: Free

Erick Peralta

Friday / September 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
A musical multilinguist, Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the evolution of music while still keeping in...
Admission: Free

Sarah McKenzie Quintet

Friday / September 19, 2014 / 9:30 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
Sarah McKenzie is a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice," according to DownBeat magazine. Her second album, Close Your Eyes,...
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Sarah McKenzie Quintet

Saturday / September 20, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Monterey Jazz Festival
Sarah McKenzie is a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice," according to DownBeat magazine. Her second album, Close...
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Michael Wooten

Monday / September 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Michael Wooten is young pianist from Philadelphia. He started playing at the age of 11 during church services but soon gained interest in many other styles, including jazz, rock, R&B, folk, and...
Admission: Free

Michael Wooten

Tuesday / September 23, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Michael Wooten is young pianist from Philadelphia. He started playing at the age of 11 during church services but soon gained interest in many other styles, including jazz, rock, R&B, folk, and...
Admission: Free

Michael Wooten

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Michael Wooten is young pianist from Philadelphia. He started playing at the age of 11 during church services but soon gained interest in many other styles, including jazz, rock, R&B, folk, and...
Admission: Free

Grey Season

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
Grey Season electrifies living room music, perching harmonies atop a sound that envelopes folk in rock 'n' roll. The variety show that is a Grey Season performance may include the...
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.

Osmar Okuma

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
Bassist Osmar Okuma’s journey from Peru to Los Angeles to Boston has taken him to the stage of many great venues including Jazz Zone, Cocodrilo Verde, La Noche, Berklee Performance center, Ryles jazz...
Admission: Free

Fabio Rojas Trio

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Legacy Place
As a jazz percussionist and film scoring and performance dual major, Fabio Rojas strives to express emotions through music that cannot be put into words. For this performance, he will be joined by...
Admission: Free

Oyinda and Bigfoot Wallace

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Oyinda is an alternative-influenced electro-pop singer and songwriter with a unique sense of cinematic storytelling. The indie-rock electronic outfit Bigfoot Wallace is Jon Hubbells's self-...
Admission: FREE

Karamel Day

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
Karamel Day, led by Dana Protsenko, draws mainly from the rich history of jazz but with a contemporary stylistic fusion of popular music. The group has performed at the Lily Pad, the Middle...
Admission: Free

Witness Matlou Trio

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 5:00 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,...
Admission: Free

Jacob McCaslin

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
Jacob McCaslin is an award-winning vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Influenced at a young age by various soul and blues artists, McCaslin has been advancing in many areas of...
Admission: Free

Witness Matlou

Thursday / August 21, 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,...
Admission: Free

Oyinda

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
Oyinda is an alternative-influenced electronic-pop singer and songwriter with a unique sense of cinematic storytelling.
Admission: FREE

Lady Rogo

Thursday / August 21, 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. She is full of surprises and...
Admission: Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
KeL is a Brazilian singer-songwriter who moved to Boston in 2011. Influenced by artists ranging from Corinne Bailey Rae to Susan Tedeschi, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Tom Jobim, KeL founded her band at...
Admission: Free