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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Kayla Corrine

Friday / July 25, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
I’m Kayla Corrine and I’ve been in love with music since birth. I would call myself a soulful singer-songwriter and I tend to write mostly on acoustic guitar because I adore the raw, crystal clear...
Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Friday / July 25, 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

Bernardo Hernandez and La Tradicion

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Mission Hill Playground
Berklee alumnus and professor Bernardo Hernandez was born in Caracas, Venezuela and started playing the Venezuelan cuatro at the age of 8. He switched to harp and eventually to the classical guitar,...
Admission: Free

Valentina Blu

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Charlestown Navy Yard
Born in the Tuscan hills, Valentina found early on that music could liberate her mind from the intense emotions of life. An introspective and passionate observer, Valentina instills the same...
Admission: Free

Jack Sheehan

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Wakefield Library
New York saxophonist Jack Sheehan is notable performer at Berklee. He was selected to perform the Fall 2013 Convocation Ceremonies and the 2013 Berklee City Music Encore Gala. Besides leading his own...
Admission: Free

Lowtone Society

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
The members of Lowtone Society came together in the fall of 2011 from diverse backgrounds but with a common love of making music. Collectively, they draw from musical training and...
Admission: Free

Tom Zmuda

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Legacy Place
Tom Zmuda is a contemporary saxophonist and a recent Berklee College of Music graduate. Influenced by jazz, R&B, soul, and funk, Tom exudes a thorough passion for groove-based music. Originally...
Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib Trio

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 5:00 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 Maniacs of the 4th Dimension

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
The Maniacs of the 4th Dimension, led by Davis Whitfield on piano, is a collective of creative individuals who share an interest in the Fourth Dimension. In trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet formats...
Admission: Free

Damn Tall Buildings

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
Damn Tall Buildings is an all-acoustic bluegrass and blues band from Boston. While its instrumentation is bluegrass, it's not bound to it. With lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves...
Admission: Free