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.

Swim Team

Monday / July 28, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Regattabar Courtyard Series

Swim Team is a collective quartet featuring four Boston-area natives: brothers Casey Berman on saxophone and Elliot Berman on bass, with Mike Sink on piano and Tim Merle on drums. With almost six years' playing together, Swim Team has developed an organic and unique aesthetic, and a rare chemistry for a group of such a young age.

Admission: Free

Julia Maree

Tuesday / July 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

Texas-born Julia Maree writes songs that capture raw emotions with uncanny precision. Combining a folk-rock tone with complex lyric ideas and an edgy vocal style, she has created a sound all her own. 
 

Admission: Free

Luke Niccoli

Tuesday / July 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Luke Niccoli is a 20-year-old recording artist and songwriter making his mark in the music industry both as a performer and as a writer. In the past year he has opened for Martina McBride and Chris Isaak at sold-out shows. He plans to release a new EP this fall.
 

Admission: Free

Jake Sherman

Tuesday / July 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

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

Jake Sherman

Wednesday / July 30, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

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

Armeen Musa

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

Harvard Longwood Campus

Armeen Musa is a singer-songwiter and composer from Dhaka, Bangladesh, currently living in Boston. Her sound is a blend of Bengali folk, jazz, soul, acoustic blues, Indian classical and more. She has released an EP with guitarist Zak Dylan Wass.
 

Admission: Free

Son d’ LePua

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Atlantic Wharf

Son d’ LePua was formed from a mix of Latin and European sounds. Centered on jazz, its members experiment and explore the richness of both cultures.
 

Admission: Free

Luke Niccoli

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Luke Niccoli is a 20-year-old recording artist and songwriter making his mark in the music industry both as a performer and as a writer. In the past year he has opened for Martina McBride and Chris Isaak at sold-out shows . He plans to release a brand new EP this fall.
 
 

Admission: Free

Latimbop

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

Latimbop is an explosive contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group co-led by Colombian bassist Esther Rojas and Cuban pianist Issac Delgado Jr.

Admission: FREE

Jake Sherman

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

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

Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Club Passim

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. 

Admission: free

Josh Shpak

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Plaza

With a rich style evident of influences from classic jazz to electronica, trumpeter Josh Shpak has made himself a commodity in the music world. This cross-generational quality has launched a career playing with jazz heavyweights such as Cedar Walton and Jimmy Heath, soul legends Tower of Power, and young crossover innovators like Esperanza Spalding, Christian Scott, and John Daversa.
 

Admission: Free

Jake Sherman Trio

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

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

Latimbop

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Latimbop is an explosive contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group co-led by Colombian bassist Esther Rojas and Cuban pianist Issac Delgado Jr.
 

Admission: FREE

Davis Whitfield

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

As the son of musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years were filled with music. While at Berklee, Davis performed at the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France, with Inna Dudukina. 

Admission: Free

Kina Zoré

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Charlestown Navy Yard

Epic horns, organic vocals, and swirling polyrhythms make Kina Zoré a force of hypnotic beauty. Fronted by soft-spoken and charismatic Mozambican songwriter Helder Tsinine, the six-piece powerhouse commands the dance floor with earthy, electric African rhythms that echo from Helder’s hometown of Maputo. 

Admission: Free

The Pedrito Martinez Group

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.

O'Day Park

The sounds of Afro-Cuban music will fill the South End in this free outdoor concert.

Admission: Free

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors with David Sanchez

Friday / August 1, 2014 / 11:30 a.m.

Newport Jazz Festival

The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, the premier music ensemble of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), will perform at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival, joined by special guest saxophonist David Sanchez. The group's performance will be heard worldwide on NPRmusic.org and on WBGO-FM in New York.

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Jake Sherman

Friday / August 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

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

Steph Sloan

Friday / August 1, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Greenway Boston

Steph Sloan’s captivating stage presence and vibrant music takes the listener on a sonic voyage hrough candid lyrics, colorful harmonies, and catchy melodies.

Admission: Free

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