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.

 

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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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

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...
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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...
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Taylor Kelly

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Legacy Place
Taylor Kelly was born and raised in the suburbs of Rochester, New York and currently resides in Boston. She has a voice that blends jazz, soul, funk and truth. Her songwriting tells of triumph in...
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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...
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Sarah McKenzie

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Sarah McKenzie, a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice,'' according to DownBeat magazine, will perform. McKenzie's second album,...
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Frankie Rodriguez

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
Puerto Rican percussionist Frankie Rodríguez has been a mainstay in the New England music scene as the go-to bandleader whenever salsa superstars are performing in the region. Some of the artists he...
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Davis Whitfield

Friday / August 8, 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

Kyle Thornton & The Company

Friday / August 8, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Formed in Boston by guitarist and singer-songwriter Kyle Thornton, and featuring guitarist Sam Segerblom, bassist Henri Young, drummer Marshawn Fondren, keyboardist Johannes Burger, trombonist...
Admission: Free

Damn Tall Buildings / El Feeling / ChoroBop

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
 Damn Tall Buildings, El Feeling, and ChoroBop perform roots music from all over the U.S., Colombia, and Brazil. Damn Tall Buildings is an all-acoustic bluegrass and blues band from Boston....
Admission: Free

Grey Season

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Grey Season electrifies living room music, fixing harmonies atop folk-influenced rock 'n' roll. The variety show that is a Grey Season performance may include the occasional five-part...
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Sarah McKenzie Quartet

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square, Salem
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,...
Admission: Free

Giorgi Mikadze Trio

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Giorgi Mikadze and his group will perform both original and famous pop tune arrangements mixed with different genres, such as Georgian folk, jazz, and fusion. Mikadze began playing piano at age 5 and...
Admission: Free

Fate and the Family Band

Sunday / August 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
Fate & the Family Band is a Boston based blues/rock band with some serious soul. With influences ranging from Derek Trucks and Grace Potter to Willie Nelson and the Band, Fate & the...
Admission: Free

Thinkin' Big

Sunday / August 10, 2014 / 2:45 p.m.
Litchfield Jazz Festival
Thinkin' Big is an 18-piece big band formed in October of 2010 by Jonah Francese. Its goal has always been to play original student charts. Already it has gigged all around the Boston area, at...
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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.

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

Elena Bonomo Trio

Sunday / July 20, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
The Elena Bonomo Trio was formed in the spring of 2014 by three friends who bonded over a passion for music. With Zerlina Devi on piano, Alex Dyring on bass, and Elena Bonomo on drums, the trio puts...
Admission: Free

Sarah McKenzie

Sunday / July 20, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
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...
Admission: Free

Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble

Saturday / July 19, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
South Shore Conservatory
…And I hope you like jammin’ too. The Bob Marley Ensemble will share its music and message. Matt Jenson, assistant professor of piano at Berklee College of Music, is creator of the...
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High Rock Mountain

Saturday / July 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
  Playing traditional broken-hearted bluegrass with freshness and groove, the members of High Rock Mountain come from all over the country to perform together and attend Berklee. Hailing form...
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Apoena

Friday / July 18, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Apoena’s music is a concise mixture of the many types he heard throughout childhood. Coming from a family of actors, musicians, acrobats, and variety performers, his influences range from Brazilian...
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Ellie and Isa

Friday / July 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke are fiddlers and singer-songwriters who love traditional music and close harmonies. With two fiddles, two guitars, and two intertwining voices, they perform old folk...
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Cettina Donato

Friday / July 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Cettina Donato is an Italian piano player and composer. Born in Messina, Sicily, she attended the conservatory in Reggio, Calabria, where she studied classical music and composition. She also...
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Eguie Castrillo and Mar del Norte

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
East Boston Greenway
Berklee professor Eguie Castrillo is a Grammy Award winner (Arturo Sandoval’s Latin Jazz 1998 record of the year) and an engaging showman who performs year-round along with his mambo/Latin jazz/salsa...
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Alex Gasser

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
Alex Gasser was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he began playing guitar at age 11. Currently a bassist, he was accepted into the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at...
Admission: Free