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.

 

Daniel Pugh

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Daniel Pugh grew up in Syracuse, New York, and has been playing piano since the age of 5. He started playing jazz around age 13 and has since fallen in love with the style. He came to Berklee in 2011...
Admission: Free

Song Yi

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
Hailing from South Korea, the singer and composer Song Yi Jeon combines modern jazz harmony and odd time signatures with singable melodies that catch the ear of the listener. Heavily...
Admission: FREE

Kiri’s Quartet

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Kiri's Quartet stemmed from a group of four friends who enjoy music with influences from B.B. King all the way to Robert Glasper. With a different mix of genres, the group plays an array of funk...
Admission: Free

Sarah McKenzie

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
The award winning pianist, vocalist, and composer Sarah McKenzie is a graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with an impeccable musical pedigree, having been mentored by legends...
Admission: Free

SA

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
Vocalist Shilpa Ananth Narayanan will present music with colors from the East and West, keeping true to her roots. Video of Shilpa
Admission: Free

The Cuatro Venezuelan Project

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
 The Cuatro Venezuelan Project, led by composer and performer Carlos Capacho, plays original compositions inspired by world music and jazz. Video of Carlos Capacho
Admission: Free

Daniel Pugh

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Daniel Pugh grew up in Syracuse, New York, and has been playing piano since the age of 5. He started playing jazz around age 13 and has since fallen in love with the style. He came to Berklee in 2011...
Admission: Free

Song Yi Jeon Quintet

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
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 by Korean...
Admission: FREE

Guilherme Abud

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
Guilherme Abud, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, started playing guitar when he was 16, and was soon influenced by the Joao Gilberto bossa nova style. He started performing in bars and restaurants with...
Admission: Free

Edwin Pabon

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Mozart Park
Edwin Pabon is a salsa music singer and instructor whose band has performed with some of the top Latin music icons, including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eddie Palmieri...
Admission: Free

Daniel Pugh

Friday / August 15, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Daniel Pugh grew up in Syracuse, New York, and has been playing piano since the age of 5. He started playing jazz around age 13 and has since fallen in love with the style. He came to Berklee in 2011...
Admission: Free

dmGida

Friday / August 15, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
dmGida, a.k.a. Nick Aponte, is an electronic music producer based in Boston. His style can be described through influences such as Chelsea Wolfe, S.Maharba, Forest Swords, and Samiyam, to name a few.
Admission: Free

Fate & the Family Band

Saturday / August 16, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Carson Beach
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

Laney Jones

Sunday / August 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
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

Oliver Monaco Group

Sunday / August 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Oliver Monaco's fluid style, personally and professionally, is his hallmark. Yet he knows that that kind of magic is created by preparing detail by detail, practice session by practice session....
Admission: Free

Frotations

Sunday / August 17, 2014 / 3:45 p.m.
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
The Frotations was forged in 2011 by singer-songwriter Chris Kazarian and bass player Pedro Ribiero (Pedro Zappa). The band headlined the HarborArts Festival in September 2013 and filled Boston’...
Admission: Free

Alissia and the Funketeers

Sunday / August 17, 2014 / 5:45 p.m.
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
Hailing from Geneva, Switzerland, bassist and composer Alissia Benveniste has been enjoying the success of her original funk tune “Let It Out” with her band, the Funketeers. A...
Admission: Free

Witness Matlou

Monday / August 18, 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

Witness Matlou

Tuesday / August 19, 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

Lady Rogo

Tuesday / August 19, 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

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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.

Zach Torres

Sunday / July 27, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
Brought up on the music of 70's balladeers and deeply inspired by American roots music, Zach Torres writes, sings, and plays from an old soul. Born and raised in Houston, Zach grew up...
Admission: Free

Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir

Sunday / July 27, 2014 / 10:15 a.m.
Newport Folk Festival
The Newport Folk Festival understands the value of a good palate-cleanser — not to mention the way folk and gospel's roots intertwine — so this year's lineup taps the rich vein of...
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Women of the World

Saturday / July 26, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
South Shore Conservatory
Women of the World was born from a dream to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common creative platform—women who not only work and perform together, but who learn from each...
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The Frotations / Nikolas Metaxas / Arielle Vakni / Damn Tall Buildings

Saturday / July 26, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Topnotch Resort
The Frotations was forged in 2011 by singer-songwriter Chris Kazarian and bass player Pedro Ribiero (Pedro Zappa). The band headlined the HarborArts Festival in September 2013 and filled Boston’s...
Admission: Free

Miriam Elhajli / Tim Reynolds Band / Zoya

Saturday / July 26, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Miriam Elhajli's sound recalls Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie with a touch of Delta Blues. Last summer she traveled to London, where she played at renowned venues, including the Cambridge Folk...
Admission: Free

Kayla Corrine

Friday / July 25, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
I’m Kayla Corrine and I’ve been in love with music since birth. I would call myself a soulful singer-songwriter and I tend to write mostly on acoustic guitar because I adore the raw, crystal clear...
Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Friday / July 25, 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

Bernardo Hernandez and La Tradicion

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Mission Hill Playground
Berklee alumnus and professor Bernardo Hernandez was born in Caracas, Venezuela and started playing the Venezuelan cuatro at the age of 8. He switched to harp and eventually to the classical guitar,...
Admission: Free

Tom Zmuda

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Legacy Place
Tom Zmuda is a contemporary saxophonist and a recent Berklee College of Music graduate. Influenced by jazz, R&B, soul, and funk, Tom exudes a thorough passion for groove-based music. Originally...
Admission: Free

Lowtone Society

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
The members of Lowtone Society came together in the fall of 2011 from diverse backgrounds but with a common love of making music. Collectively, they draw from musical training and...
Admission: Free