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.

 

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

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

Grant Richards Trio

Sunday / August 31, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Oregon-born pianist and composer Grant Richards began playing piano and composing at age 8, and by the time he entered college, he had won four Student Music Awards from Downbeat Magazine and...
Admission: Free

Grey Season / Common Thread

Sunday / August 31, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
Grey Season, an all male folk rock band, and the all-female funk band Common Thread will perform original music.  Grey Season electrifies living room music, fixing harmonies atop folk-influenced...
Admission: Free

Daniel Hines

Monday / September 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Daniel Hines, 24, is a British pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He was classically trained from the age of 6 and began to compose around the age of 15. His key musical inspirations include...
Admission: Free

Daniel Hines

Tuesday / September 2, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Daniel Hines, 24, is a British pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He was classically trained from the age of 6 and began to compose around the age of 15. His key musical inspirations include...
Admission: Free

Daniel Hines

Wednesday / September 3, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Daniel Hines, 24, is a British pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He was classically trained from the age of 6 and began to compose around the age of 15. His key musical inspirations include...
Admission: Free

Daniel Hines

Thursday / September 4, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Daniel Hines, 24, is a British pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He was classically trained from the age of 6 and began to compose around the age of 15. His key musical inspirations include...
Admission: Free

The Western Den

Thursday / September 4, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
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...
Admission: Free

Daniel Hines Trio

Thursday / September 4, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Daniel Hines, 24, is a British pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He was classically trained from the age of 6, and began to compose around the age of 15. His key musical inspirations include...
Admission: Free

Daniel Hines

Friday / September 5, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Daniel Hines, 24, is a British pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He was classically trained from the age of 6 and began to compose around the age of 15. His key musical inspirations include...
Admission: Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Saturday / September 6, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Legacy Place
Kel Do Nascimento is a Brazilian singer-songwriter born and raised in São Paulo who moved to Boston in 2011 to propel her music career. Kelstarted her band at Berklee College of Music. ...
Admission: Free

SA

Sunday / September 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
Vocalist Shilpa Ananth Narayanan will present music with colors from the East and West, keeping true to her roots. Video of Shilpa
Admission: Free

Zoe Brush

Monday / September 8, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Zoe Brush is a singer-songwriter from Colorado. She began learning piano at age 4 and composed her first piece when she was 9. Since then she has been writing songs and growing as a pianist. She...
Admission: Free

Zoe Brush

Tuesday / September 9, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Zoe Brush is a singer-songwriter from Colorado. She began learning piano at age 4 and composed her first piece when she was 9. Since then she has been writing songs and growing as a pianist. She...
Admission: Free

Azul

Tuesday / September 9, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
This group was put together in the spring of 2014 by Eleni Arapoglou. Each member comes from a different country: Argentina, Greece, and Brazil. They infuse their original arrangements with the...
Admission: Free

Damn Tall Buildings

Wednesday / September 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
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

Zoe Brush

Wednesday / September 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Zoe Brush is a singer-songwriter from Colorado. She began learning piano at age 4 and composed her first piece when she was 9. Since then she has been writing songs and growing as a pianist. She...
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.

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

Yakir Arbib

Thursday / July 24, 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

Jacinta Clusellas

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
This performance has been canceled due to weather. Jacinta Clusellas brings together jazz, Argentinean folk, and other Latin styles. She has performed at the Outside the Box Festival, the Boston...
Admission: Free