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.

 

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

Witness Matlou

Wednesday / August 20, 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

Lesser Animals

Wednesday / August 20, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
Lesser Animals is a Boston-based band with James Sanderson and Noel Friesen on vocals and guitar, Mike Kerr on guitar, Myles Davis on piano and woodwinds, Charlie Porter on bass, and Roland Greco on...
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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Witness Matlou

Friday / August 22, 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

Friday / August 22, 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

Perfect Mark

Friday / August 22, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Perfect Mark is the Boston-based musical project of Italian singer-songwriter Marco Perfetti. After 11 years of intense musical activity on stage and in the studio, winning national competitions like...
Admission: Free

Bailey Taylor / The Georgia English Band / Wambura Mitaru

Saturday / August 23, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Warm your soul on Georges Island with music from passionate artists that speak to humanity. Each artist will perform a set of her music with stories of hope, vunerabiltiy, and joy.   Georgia...
Admission: Free

The Western Den

Saturday / August 23, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Carson Beach
Driven by a passion to create music with purpose, Deni Hlavinka and Chris West formed the Western Den in 2013 to blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures, producing a sound all their own...
Admission: Free

Song Yi Jeon Quintet

Sunday / August 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
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

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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.

The Pedrito Martinez Group

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff summed it up aptly...
Admission: Free

Latimbop

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Latimbop is an explosive contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group co-led by Colombian bassist Esther Rojas and Cuban pianist Issac Delgado Jr. Latimbop embraces various genres of Latin American...
Admission: FREE

Kina Zoré

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Charlestown Navy Yard
  Epic horns, organic vocals, and swirling polyrhythms make Kina Zoré a force of hypnotic beauty. Fronted by soft-spoken and charismatic Mozambican songwriter Helder Tsinine, the six-piece...
Admission: Free

Davis Whitfield

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
As the son of musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years were filled with music. While at Berklee, Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with Inna Dudukina....
Admission: Free

Jake Sherman Trio

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jake Sherman began taking piano lessons at age 5 and fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and composing rags. At age 12 he started studying jazz piano and was soon...
Admission: Free

Josh Shpak

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
“I love connecting with people,” says trumpeter Josh Shpak.  “Whether they be teenagers or your grandma, if I can see that they’re feeling the music, I’m happy.” With a...
Admission: Free

Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
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...
Admission: free

Latimbop

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
Latimbop is an explosive contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group co-led by Colombian bassist Esther Rojas and Cuban pianist Issac Delgado Jr. Latimbop embraces various genres of Latin American...
Admission: FREE

Son d’ LePua

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Son d’ LePua was formed from a mix of Latin and European sounds. Centered on jazz, its members experiment and explore the richness of both cultures.
Admission: Free

Jake Sherman

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jake Sherman began taking piano lessons at age 5 and fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and composing rags. At age 12 he started studying jazz piano and was soon...
Admission: Free