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.

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. 

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, 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

HartBeat

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Lomar Brown is an up-and-coming alto saxophonist in the Boston area. He has attended Berklee for the last four years, and been given the opportunity to play venues including the Middle East, Phoenix Landing, the Red Room, the Sinclair, Wally’s Cafe, and Berklee Performance Center. He has also had the honor of sharing the stage with musicians such as Neal Smith, Tia Fuller, George Clinton, and Bernie Worrell.

Admission: Free

LowTone Society

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

The members of LowTone Society came together in the fall of 2011 from diverse backgrounds and sharing a pure love of making music. Collectively they draw from musical training and experience in everything from jazz to classical to hip-hop, and from to gospel to reggae and dancehall. 

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, its songs about love and ramblin’ help the everyday troubles slip away into up-tempo hobo anthems.
 
 

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, the Maniacs offer a unique presentation of timeless standards and original jazz compositions. 

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib Trio

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, 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

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 experience in everything from jazz to classical to hip-hop, and from to gospel to reggae and dancehall. 

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. Featuring Neal Rosenthal on trumpet.

Admission: Free

Jack Sheehan

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

New York saxophonist Jack Sheehan is a 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 group, Jack is a member of the prestigious Berklee Rainbow Big Band under the direction of Tia Fuller.

Admission: Free

Valentina Blu

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Charlestown Navy Yard

Marrying breathy vocal lines with profound lyrics, Valentina sings with a voice as rich and deep as a sapphire. Her music draws listeners to a place within themselves where they can confront deeply felt notions of spirituality, human connection, and social change.
 

Admission: Free

Bernardo Hernandez and La Tradicion

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.

Mission Hill Playground

Free Latin music in Mission Hill with Berklee alumnus and professor Bernardo Hernandez.

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Friday / July 25, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, 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

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 sound of it.

Admission: Free

Miriam Elhajli / Tim Reynolds Band / Zoya

Saturday / July 26, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Georges Island

Folk artists Miriam Elhajli, Tim Reynolds Band, and Zoya hail from various parts of the world.

Admission: Free

The Frotations / Nikolas Metaxas / Arielle Vakni / Damn Tall Buildings

Saturday / July 26, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.

Topnotch Resort

This free showcase features neo-soul rock 'n' roll from the Frotations, singer-songwriter Nikolas Metaxas, bluesy folk with an electronic twist from Arielle Vakni, and rip-roarin' bluegrass from Damn Tall Buildings.

Admission: Free

Women of the World

Saturday / July 26, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.

South Shore Conservatory

Women of the World was born from a dream to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common creative platform— women who not only work and perform together, but learn from each other, exploring each other’s culture, language, food, and traditions by interacting closely on a daily basis.

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Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir

Sunday / July 27, 2014 / 10:15 a.m.

Newport Folk Festival

The Newport Folk Festival understands the value of a good palate-cleanser — not to mention the way folk and gospel's roots intertwine — so this year's lineup taps the rich vein of talent at Boston's Berklee College of Music to bring fans the Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir.

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Zach Torres

Sunday / July 27, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

Brought up on the music of 70's balladeers and deeply inspired by American roots music, Zach Torres writes, sings, and plays from an old soul.

Admission: Free

Jake Sherman

Monday / July 28, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

This performance has been canceled due to weather. Jake Sherman began taking piano lessons at age 5 and fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and composing rags. At age 12 he started studying jazz piano and was soon playing in ensembles, and at 14 he discovered the Hammond organ. 
 

Admission: Free

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