Summer Concerts at Boston Public Library

Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library was the first large free municipal library in the United States. Today, this “palace for the people” houses 23 million items and attracts visitors and researchers from around the world. Come by on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. (June-August) to hear a wide variety of Berklee performers in the library’s courtyard. (View Map)

Aliya Cycon Project

Wednesday / June 3, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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The Aliya Cycon Project performs.

Admission: Free

Nicolás Castañeda Group

Wednesday / June 10, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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The Nicolás Castañeda Group, a musical project based on contemporary Colombian music, performs.

Admission: Free

ChoroBop

Wednesday / June 17, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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ChoroBop performs music from their repertoire, which is based on the roots of Brazilian choro with influences from jazz and contemporary music.

Admission: Free

Wambura Mitaru

Wednesday / June 24, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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Wambura Mitaru performs her music, a blend of funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and sounds from her African background.

Admission: Free

El Feeling

Wednesday / July 1, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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El Feeling, the craziest Latin band you’ve probably ever seen, performs their rhythms of Colombia.

Admission: Free

Honeysuckle

Wednesday / July 8, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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Honeysuckle, a psychedelic folk trio, performs.

Admission: Free

Charles Overton

Wednesday / July 15, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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Charles Overton is a Boston-based harpist engaged in regular performances of classical, jazz, and world music.

Admission: Free

Damn Tall Buildings

Wednesday / July 22, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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With lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves, Damn Tall Buildings perform their songs about love and ramblin’.

Admission: Free

3 Sudacas

Wednesday / July 29, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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3 Sudacas, who met as Berklee students two years ago and have been playing together ever since, perform. 

Admission: Free

The Wiles

Wednesday / August 5, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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The Wiles, formerly known as Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke, perform old folk songs, new Americana, and original songs in an acoustic roots style.

Admission: Free

Mixcla

Wednesday / August 12, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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Pulling from the three dynamic spirits of the Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project, a new mixture of sonic masterpieces is born.

Admission: Free

The Ivy Age

Wednesday / August 19, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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The Ivy Age, a folk rock project of best friends and bandmates Tom Freeman and Dillon Rovere, performs.

Admission: Free

Ludovica Burtone

Wednesday / August 26, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

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Italian violinist, improviser, and composer Ludovica Burtone performs. 

Admission: Free

Past Events

Check out some of the great shows that have been part of the Summer in the City series in prior years.

Miriam Elhajli

Friday / June 27, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

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Her sound recalls Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie along with a touch of Delta Blues, so it's difficult to believe singer-songwriter Miriam Elhajli is only 19. Last summer Elhajli traveled alone to London, where she played at renowned venues including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Leigh On Sea Folk Festival, and The Troubadour Club.

Admission: Free

3 Sudacas

Wednesday / June 25, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

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3 Sudacas is three students at Berklee from Venezuela, Brazil, and Colombia performing traditional and original compositions arranged for voice, percussion, mandolin, guitar, and bass. 

Admission: Free

Ahmad El Haggar

Friday / June 20, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

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Ahmad El Haggar, an Egyptian singer-songwriter and oud player, will play orginals and covers from the Arab world. 

Admission: Free

The Western Den

Wednesday / June 18, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

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The Western Den, the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, will perform folk-influenced original compositions. 

Admission: Free

Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul

Friday / June 13, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

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Although rooted in traditional Scottish and Appalachian old-time music, Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul push boundaries with original compositions, breathing new life into old tunes.
 

Admission: Free

Wambura Mitaru

Wednesday / June 11, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

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Wambura Mitaru will perform. She creates a hybrid sound that combines groovy tunes with catchy lyrics, and invites the audience to sing along. 

Admission: Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Friday / June 6, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

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KeL, a band that combines elements of jazz and pop with Brazilian melodies, will perform.  

Admission: Free

Daniel Rotem Trio

Wednesday / June 4, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

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The Daniel Rotem Trio will perform original compositions integrating world influences with improvisation and the jazz tradition.

Admission: Free