Berklee Musicians Bring Free Entertainment to the Greenway

By 
Liz Burg
June 26, 2012
Insigniya performs at the Rose Kennedy Greenway on July 7.
Evolfo Doofeht performs at the Rose Kennedy Greenway on July 13.
Numasbala performs at the Rose Kennedy Greeneway on July 20.
Sharin performs at the Rose Kennedy Greenway on July 27.
Tim Coakley performs at the Rose Kennedy Greenway on August 3.
The Crosswalk Kings perform at the Rose Kennedy Greenway on August 17.
Photo provided by the artist
Photo provided by the artist
Photo provided by the artist
Photo provided by the artist
Photo provided by the artist
Photo provided by the artist

Beginning Friday, July 6, at 6:00 p.m., Berklee musicians will present free concerts on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Milk Street at Atlantic Avenue, joining local food trucks like Grilled Cheese Nation and Beantown Franks 'n' Spuds for free entertainment every Friday evening through August 24. Insigniya—a jazz, rock, and funk fusion band—will kick off Berklee Greenway Sessions, a part of Berklee Summer in the City presented by Natixis Global Asset Management.

With Dan Searl on guitar and guitar synthesizer, Josh Weinberg on drums and electronics, and Jake Fletcher on bass and synthesizer, Insigniya takes influences from a genre-crossing range of artists, from James Brown and Herbie Hancock to Led Zeppelin and Yes. Insigniya is making their debut on the festival circuit with performances at Evolvefest, Disc Jam, Wormtown Music Festival, and more. Since releasing their self-titled EP in early 2011, the group's high-energy shows attract a growing, loyal fanbase.

Future Berklee Greenway Sessions shows:

  • Friday, July 13, 6:00 p.m. - Evolfo Doofeht (gypsy-funk)
  • Friday, July 20, 6:00 p.m. - Numasbala (world beat, reggae, ska)
  • Friday, July 27, 6:00 p.m. - Sharin (pop, country, Spanish pop, r&b)
  • Friday, August 3, 6:00 p.m. - Tim Coakley (pop with jazz, funk influences)
  • Friday, August 10, 6:00 p.m. - Ripe ("funkifized" melodic grooves)
  • Friday, August 17, 6:00 p.m. - Crosswalk Kings (pop-rock)
  • Friday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. - Bear Language ("If Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were to have a child and name J Dilla the godfather.")

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a ribbon of contemporary urban parks that connects people and the city by providing beauty, fun, and a sense of community in Boston. Now, four of Boston's most diverse and dynamic neighborhoods —formerly divided by a massive structure of steel and asphalt—are linked by beautifully landscaped parks, gardens, and plazas and reconnected with the harbor. For more information, visit rosekennedygreenway.org.

The Greenway Conservancy is the designated steward of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, delivering on the promise of a beautiful, vibrant, innovative city park. Established in July, 2004, through an agreement with the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, the City of Boston, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Conservancy is a private, nonprofit organization which operates, maintains, preserves, and manages the parks on behalf of the public. The conservancy raises private and public funds to support the parks, aspiring to excellence in design, operations, and public programming.

Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Global Asset Management provides solutions to both institutional and individual clients. The Berklee Summer in the City sponsorship is the second phase of a new multi-year global NGAM music sponsorship program designed to align business objectives with initiatives that preserve cultural experience through music.