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.

 

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Past Events

Check out some of the great shows that have been part of the Summer in the City series in prior years.

Jake Sherman

Friday / June 27, 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 playing in ensembles, and at 14 he discovered the Hammond organ. 
 

Admission: Free

Miriam Elhajli

Friday / June 27, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

Boston Public Library

Her sound recalls Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie along with a touch of Delta Blues, so it's difficult to believe singer-songwriter Miriam Elhajli is only 19. Last summer Elhajli traveled alone to London, where she played at renowned venues including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Leigh On Sea Folk Festival, and The Troubadour Club.

Admission: Free

Anthony Fung Quintet

Friday / June 27, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.

Paintbox Bistro

The Anthony Fung Quintet is a group of talented musicians who have distinguished themselves as accomplished performers in the Boston area. This concert is part of the Toronto Jazz Festival.

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Latimbop

Friday / June 27, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.

South Shore Conservatory

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 and Cuban music, with deep roots in timba mixed with jazz, funk, and Latin music.

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Anthony Fung Quintet

Saturday / June 28, 2014 / 1:30 p.m.

Nathan Phillips Square

The Anthony Fung Quintet is a group of talented musicians who have distinguished themselves as accomplished performers in the Boston area. This concert is part of the Toronto Jazz Festival.
 

Admission: Free

Animal Flag

Sunday / June 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

Animal Flag is the longtime project of songwriter Matt Politoski.  Its recorded works range from heartbreaking solo acoustic tunes and full fledged folk-rock anthems to lush electronic pop songs.

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Monday / June 30, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, Yakir Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Chris Kazarian

Tuesday / July 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Chris Kazarian, also known as K.A.Z., is an eclectic writer/player/listener who loves to write music that brings people together. With musical styles ranging from soul, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and rock, to indie, reggae, and folk, this young artist loves to get down. The question is, do you?

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Tuesday / July 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, Yakir Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Sterling Rhyne

Tuesday / July 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

Sterling Rhyne’s original music blends R&B and neo-soul with indie-pop.
 

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Wednesday / July 2, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Laney Jones and the Lively Spirits

Wednesday / July 2, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.

Museum of Fine Arts

Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, Laney Jones spins tales of love and adventure in the swamplands. Her voice has been described as a mix of lemon, molasses, gin, and gunpowder.  Laney is opening for Dom Flemons.

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Chris Kazarian

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Chris Kazarian, also known as K.A.Z., is an eclectic writer/player/listener who loves to write music that brings people together. With musical styles ranging from soul, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and rock, to indie, reggae, and folk, this young artist loves to get down. The question is, do you?

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, Yakir Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Arielle Vakni

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Club Passim

Arielle Vakni is a uniquely soulful vocalist with a subtle twist of experimental folk. Her seemingly effortless depth of lyrical expression is matched by a gift for songwriting and performance in both acoustic and electronic genres. 

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib Trio

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, pianist Yakir Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Irma Seleman

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Charlestown Navy Yard

A funky songbird from the East, Irma Seleman puts together grooves, melodies, and harmonies that reflect her experiences in life, love, and music. A singer, songwriter, and arranger bringing soul and R&B into her own Malaysian sound, Seleman will amaze you with her voice and stage presence. 

Admission: Free

Takafumi Suenaga Jazz Trio

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

Pianist Takafumi Suenaga started to play the classical piano when he was 5 years old. He was also interested in jazz and Latin music. As a student at Berklee, he has taken part in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013 and performed at the Panama Jazz Festival as well as the Blue Note in New York. 

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Friday / July 4, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Anthony Fung Quintet

Saturday / July 5, 2014 / 9:00 p.m.

Montreal Jazz Festival

The Anthony Fung Quintet is a group of talented musicians who have distinguished themselves as accomplished performers in the Boston area. This concert is part of the Toronto Jazz Festival.

Admission: Free

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