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.

 

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

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

Zoe Brush

Thursday / September 11, 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.

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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Apoena

Friday / July 18, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Apoena’s music is a concise mixture of the many types he heard throughout childhood. Coming from a family of actors, musicians, acrobats, and variety performers, his influences range from Brazilian...
Admission: Free

Cettina Donato

Friday / July 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Cettina Donato is an Italian piano player and composer. Born in Messina, Sicily, she attended the conservatory in Reggio, Calabria, where she studied classical music and composition. She also...
Admission: Free

Ellie and Isa

Friday / July 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
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...
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