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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Armeen Musa

Wednesday / July 30, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
Armeen Musa is a singer-songwiter and composer from Dhaka, Bangladesh, currently living in Boston. Armeen has been performing with her band from the age of 14. At 19 she recorded her debut album,...
Admission: Free

Jake Sherman

Wednesday / July 30, 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

Jake Sherman

Tuesday / July 29, 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

Julia Maree

Tuesday / July 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
Texas-born Julia Maree writes and plays songs that capture raw emotions with uncanny precision. At Berklee College of Music, Julia has been able to work with emerging songwriters and singers as well...
Admission: Free

Luke Niccoli

Tuesday / July 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
Luke Niccoli is a 20-year-old recording artist and songwriter making his mark in the music industry both as a performer and as a writer. In the past year he has opened for Martina McBride and Chris...
Admission: Free

Swim Team

Monday / July 28, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
Swim Team is a collective quartet featuring four Boston-area natives: brothers Casey Berman on saxophone and Elliot Berman on bass, with Mike Sink on piano and Tim Merle on drums. With...
Admission: Free

Jake Sherman

Monday / July 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
This performance has been canceled due to weather. 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...
Admission: Free

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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