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.

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

Wambura Mitaru / annieSoul

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

Institute of Contemporary Art

Wambura Mitaru's eclectic and fluid music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and sounds from her African background. Annette “annieSoul” Oduor is an artist with a mission to showcase Africa's diversity, creativity, and intellect through her music.

Admission: FREE

Eguie Castrillo and Mar del Norte

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.

East Boston Greenway

The sounds of salsa will heat up East Boston in this free concert featuring Berklee professor Eguie Castrillo. 

Admission: Free

Cettina Donato

Friday / July 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Cettina Donato is an Italian pianist 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

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 songs, new Americana, and original songs in an acoustic roots style. They will be joined by Mali-Agat Obomsawin on bass.

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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 folk and pop to contemporary indie rock and world jazz. 

Admission: Free

High Rock Mountain

Saturday / July 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Playing traditional broken-hearted bluegrass with a twist of humor, High Rock Mountain keeps the audience immersed in this great American tradition and sensibility.

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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 class entitled “The Music and Life of Bob Marley,” which takes an in-depth study of his life, maintaining the utmost respect for the soulfulness of his music and for his message of love and resistance to oppression.

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Sarah McKenzie

Sunday / July 20, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

Sarah McKenzie is a pianist, vocalist, and composer whose second album, Close Your Eyes, won the ARIA award for Best Jazz Album 2012.

Admission: Free

Elena Bonomo Trio

Sunday / July 20, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Spectacle Island

Comprising Zerlina Devi on piano, Alex Dyring on bass, and Elena Bonomo on drums, Elena Bonomo Trio puts a fresh spin on tunes from the Great American Songbook, drawing influences from fusion, hip-hop, and R&B.

Admission: Free

Laney Jones

Sunday / July 20, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.

Longfellow House

Laney Jones's voice has been described as a mix of lemon, molasses, gin, and gunpowder. Matched with banjo, ukelele, and harmonica mastery, her music bursts with color threaded with enigmatic tales of swamp folk.

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Monday / July 21, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, pianist Yakir Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Lampião

Monday / July 21, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Regattabar Courtyard Series

Lampião performs various rhythms of Brazilian music such as choro, samba, baião, and maracatu. Its repertoire consists of original songs and compositions by Brazilian composers such as Pixinguinha, Cartola, Edu Lobo, and Hermeto Pascoal, among others.

Admission: Free

The Bonobros Trio

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

The Bonobros Trio is composed of Matt Byron on bass, Neal Rosenthal on trumpet/guitar/vocals, and Elena Bonomo on drums, pulling from the styles of jazz, bop, funk, rock, R&B, and many more.
 

Admission: Free

Tali Rubinstein

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

Tali Rubinstein, an Israeli recorder player, composer, and vocalist, will perform some of her original songs and arrangements. 

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Tuesday / July 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, pianist Yakir Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Animal Flag

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Arsenal Center for the Arts

With recorded works that range from heartbreaking solo acoustic tunes and full fledged folk-rock anthems to lush electronic pop songs, Animal Flag doesn't lack variety. 

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, pianist Yakir Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

OSIRIS FIRE

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

OSIRIS FIRE frontman Itamar Edelman combines influences from his reggae-rich hometown of Ithaca, New York (the birthplace of John Brown's Body and 10 Ft Ganja Plant), with the heavy bass and electronic sounds of the Boston underground hip-hop scene to create an original genre-defying sound. 

Admission: Free

Swingin' in the Fens with Ron Mahdi and Friends

Wednesday / July 23, 2014 / 6:30 p.m.

Ramler Park

An evening of free jazz in beautiful Ramler Park, located in the West Fenway.

Admission: Free

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