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.

 

Jesse Taitt

Monday / August 25, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and ccmposer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston...
Admission: Free

Red Velvet

Tuesday / August 26, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
Red Velvet is an acoustic duo drawing on proud Southern roots, Northeastern tenacity, and fiery hair all around. Heavily influenced by greats such as Stevie Wonder, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Civil...
Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt

Tuesday / August 26, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston...
Admission: Free

ChoroBop

Wednesday / August 27, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
ChoroBop is a new ensemble formed by three current Berklee students from Brazil. The band's repertoire is based on the traditional Brazilian Choro genre, with a special twist...
Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt

Wednesday / August 27, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston...
Admission: Free

SkyBridge

Wednesday / August 27, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
SkyBridge is a band and project with diversity. Established in the city of Boston in Spring 2013 by the vocalist and composer Utako Toyama, a Japanese student at Berklee College of Music, SkyBridge...
Admission: Free

Common Thread

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
Common Thread is a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the globe, brought together by a passion for good vibes and music that makes you move, and the purpose of building musicianship in...
Admission: FREE

Red Velvet

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Summer Street
Red Velvet is an acoustic duo drawing on proud Southern roots, Northeastern tenacity, and fiery hair all around. Heavily influenced by greats such as Stevie Wonder, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Civil...
Admission: Free

Crosswalk Anarchy

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Crosswalk Anarchy is five Boston-based musicians who seek to blow your mind with an arsenal of sophisticated hip-hop fusion originals that have you singing along. Video of Crosswalk Anarchy -...
Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston...
Admission: Free

Luke Niccoli

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
First place winner of the 2013 BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship, Luke Niccoli is an alternative singer-songwriter combining the acoustic and pop sensibilities of John Mayer with the edge and...
Admission: Free

Yonit Spiegelman

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter and bassist Yonít Spiegelman and her band create original music inspired by Irish melody lines in an intimate environment of acoustic instruments, touching lyrics,...
Admission: Free

Jesse Taitt Trio

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston...
Admission: Free

Vivienne Aerts

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
Originally from the Netherlands, Vivienne Aerts lives in Boston and studies at Berklee College of Music. Her teachers include renowned jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, John...
Admission: Free

Common Thread

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Common Thread is a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the world brought together by a passion for good vibes and music that makes you move, and the purpose of building musicianship in...
Admission: FREE

Jesse Taitt

Friday / August 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Jesse Taitt, a 24-year-old jazz pianist and composer, developed his sensitivity and technical facility for the instrument at the Boston Arts Academy, where he studied classical music with Boston...
Admission: Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Friday / August 29, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
The colorful sound of KeL combines elements of jazz and pop with Brazilian melodies. The band's lead singer, Kel Do Nascimento, was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and toured her country of...
Admission: Free

Ludovica Burtone

Saturday / August 30, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Italian violinist, composer, and arranger Ludovica Burtone came to Berklee in September 2012 to follow her passion for jazz. Coming from years of studying and performing classical, world, and...
Admission: Free

Bigfoot Wallace

Saturday / August 30, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
 The indie-rock electronic outfit Bigfoot Wallace is Jon Hubbells's self-produced endeavor, using wispy vocals, glitchy drum beats, and heavily affected guitar. All the way...
Admission: Free

Great Caesar / Bigfoot Wallace / Will Gittens / Grey Season

Saturday / August 30, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Topnotch Resort
Great Caesar aims for the heart with a blend of brass, vulnerable lyrics, and indie-rock along the lines of Arcade Fire and Beirut, to create music that confronts the things that really matter:...
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luke Niccoli

Thursday / July 31, 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