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.

Grey Season

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Grey Season electrifies living room music, fixing harmonies atop folk-influenced rock 'n' roll. 

Admission: FREE

Paulo Stagnaro Quintet

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.

O'Day Park

Jeremy DeJesus joins the Paulo Stagnaro Group for an evening of free Latin music and dancing in Boston's South End. 

Admission: Free

Clifton Williams

Friday / July 11, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Clifton Williams is an accomplished pianist from Washington, D.C. In the spring of 2010, Williams was invited by the U.S Ambassador to Austria to perform a series of concerts in Vienna and Paris.

Admission: Free

mïc

Friday / July 11, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Greenway Boston

mïc is an electronic band from Boston composed of Tim Wolf on beats and percussion with Travis Yee and Josh Bordelon on synthesizers and vocals. Its music, created from synthesizers and electronic beats strung together with vocal melodies, is at times delicate and caressing and other times powerful and longing, or proud.
 

Admission: Free

Meredith Snyder / Cat and the Moon / SA

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

Georges Island

Meredith Snyder, Cat and the Moon, and SA combine forces to present a concert of original music ranging from folk to bluegrass to Indian soul/jazz/pop fusion.

Admission: Free

Frotations

Saturday / July 12, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Derby Square, Salem

Forged in 2011 by singer-songwriter Chris Kazarian and bass player Pedro Ribiero, the Frotations (originally known as K.A.Z.) are a musical experiment centered on Chris's writing and Pedro's arranaging. 

Admission: Free

Hadley Kennary

Sunday / July 13, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

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. Her sound is refreshing and real. Her music mixes the honesty of Sara Bareilles with the mellow cleverness of Ingrid Michaelson, finished off with defining harmonies similar to the Indigo Girls.

Admission: Free

Cettina Donato

Monday / July 14, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Cettina Donato is an Italian piano player and composer. In 2008, she attended the Umbria Jazz Clinics in Perugia where she was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee. Her first album, Pristine, contains her own compositions and arrangements.
 

Admission: Free

Josh Shpak Group

Monday / July 14, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Regattabar Courtyard Series

Trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Josh Shpak showcases original instrumental works influenced by a wide variety of genre including jazz, rock, soul, funk, and film music.

Admission: Free

FAT PIGS

Tuesday / July 15, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

This concert has been canceled due to weather. Formed in Boston in the summer of 2013, FAT PIGS consists of Charles Sicouri and Pawel Przewlocki. The band brings together blues, folk, and rock 'n' roll through original music and lyrics. 

Admission: Free

CANCELED: SA

Tuesday / July 15, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

CANCELED: This event has been canceled due to the weather.
SA is a journey of Indian songstress Shilpa Ananth. With a fusion of soul, jazz and world genres, SA will open your ears to a delicious palate of tasty surprises from the East as well as the West.
 

Admission: Free

CANCELED: Cettina Donato

Wednesday / July 16, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

CANCELED: This event has been canceled due to the weather.
This performance has been canceled due to weather. Cettina Donato is an Italian piano player and composer. In 2008, she attended the Umbria Jazz Clinics in Perugia where she was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee. Her first album, Pristine, contains her own compositions and arrangements.
 

Admission: Free

3 Sudacas

Wednesday / July 16, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

This performance has been canceled due to weather. 3 Sudacas is three students at Berklee from Venezuela, Brazil, and Colombia performing traditional and unique compositions arranged for voice, percussion, mandolin, guitar, and bass. They have each had unique performance experiences and had the opportunity to work and perform together for the 2014 Latin Grammys with Alejandro Sanz.

Admission: Free

Cettina Donato

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Cettina Donato is an Italian piano player and composer. In 2008, she attended the Umbria Jazz Clinics in Perugia where she was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee. Her first album, Pristine, contains her own compositions and arrangements.
 

Admission: Free

SA

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

SA is a journey of Indian songstress Shilpa Ananth. With a fusion of soul, jazz and world genres, SA will open your ears to a delicious palate of tasty surprises from the East as well as the West.
 

Admission: Free

Shay’s Motel

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Atlantic Wharf

Shay's Motel is a hip-hop band based in Boston that blends the spontaneity of free jazz with hard hitting danceable grooves and original poetry. Its sound can be likened to the sampled textures of hip-hop producers of the last two decades, combined with the rhythmic and harmonic freedom of jazz improvisation.
 

Admission: Free

Nikolas Metaxas

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Club Passim

Born in New York City and raised in Cyprus, Nikolas Metaxas started playing guitar by the age of 7 and piano by the age of 12, while also singing in choirs. When he was 20, he took part in the televised singing competition called The X-Factor (equivalent to American Idol) and placed second.
 

Admission: Free

Cettina Donato Trio

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Cettina Donato is an Italian piano player and composer. In 2008, she attended the Umbria Jazz Clinics in Perugia where she was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee. Her first album, Pristine, contains her own compositions and arrangements.
 

Admission: Free

Fabio Rojas Trio

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Plaza

Hailing from Valencia, Venezuela, Rojas began his musical studies with drums at the age of 13. By 19, he was playing with the most acclaimed and recognized jazz musicians in Venezuela, such as Pablo Gil, Diego Alvarez, and Gonzalo Mico. Rojas has performed at numerous venues and events since coming to Boston, including Symphony Hall, TEDx Boston, the Berklee Middle Eastern Festival, and the Esplanade.

Admission: Free

Charlie the Most

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Charlestown Navy Yard

Charlie the Most is a huge band: a five-course meal that includes a full horn section, two guitarists, and vocals that will have you beggin’ for seconds.

Admission: Free

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