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.

 

Shea Rose

Wednesday / August 13, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
A Boston native, singer-songwriter Shea Rose graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011. Winner of both the 2012 Pop/R&B Artist of the Year and 2011 R&B/Soul/Urban/...
Admission: Free

Hadley Kennary

Wednesday / August 13, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
Yes, Kennary is pronounced like the bird. Four years after picking up her first guitar at the age of 10, Hadley Kennary started writing music. Now 20, she has released a self-titled EP and a full-...
Admission: Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Yakir Arbib

Tuesday / July 22, 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

The Bonobros Trio

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
The Bonobros Trio was formed in the spring of 2014 by three Berklee students. They first met  in a “Singing for Brass Players” class taught by Christine Fawson, a trumpet professor....
Admission: Free

Tali Rubinstein

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
Tali Rubinstein, an Israeli recorder player, composer, and vocalist, will perform some of her original songs and arrangements. She has toured with Anat Cohen, performed and arranged for Latin Grammy...
Admission: Free

Lampião

Monday / July 21, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar Courtyard Series
Lampião formed in 2013 with three talented musicians from separate nationalities – Brazil, South Korea, and France —and different musical backgrounds, joined together to play high quality...
Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Monday / July 21, 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

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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