Berklee Summer in the City

The Berklee Summer 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.

 

Jive McFly

Friday / July 3, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Charlestown Navy Yard

Jive McFly, a Boston-based band specializing in a blend of funk, rock, and pop, performs.

Admission: Free

Rachel Siegel / Amy & the Engine

Saturday / July 4, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.

Georges Island

Rachel Siegel, a pop singer-songwriter whose music combines soaring vocal melodies and honest, evocative lyrics, performs. Boston-based Amy & the Engine perform their quirky pop with a folk rock sensibility.

Admission: Free

The Wiles

Sunday / July 5, 2015 / 3:00 p.m.

Longfellow House

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

Mad Satta

Thursday / July 9, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

Mad Satta is a soul band with eight members who strive to bring original, positive, and eclectic music to a wide range of listeners.

Admission: Free

ChoroBop

Thursday / July 9, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Plaza

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

Admission: Free

Mad Satta

Thursday / July 9, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Mad Satta is a soul band with eight members who strive to bring original, positive, and eclectic music to a wide range of listeners.

Admission: Free

Grey Season

Friday / July 10, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Charlestown Navy Yard

Grey Season performs their unique brand of folk music wrapped in rock 'n' roll. 

Admission: Free

Cordelia & the Buffalo / Night Lights

Saturday / July 11, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.

Georges Island

Singer-songwriter and producer Cordelia Vizcaino performs with her band, inspired by Mexican Indian tribes and Native American cultures. Night Lights also perform, bringing together an eclectic assortment of sounds influenced by indie, rock, and soul music. 
 

Admission: Free

Honeysuckle

Sunday / July 12, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

Honeysuckle, a psychedelic folk trio, performs.

Admission: Free

Juan Mejía's Conspiracy

Sunday / July 12, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Spectacle Island

Juan Mejía's Conspiracy, featuring incredibly talented musicians from all over the world, performs original compositions and arrangements.

Admission: Free

3 Sudacas

Monday / July 13, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Regattabar

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

Admission: Free

3 Sudacas

Wednesday / July 15, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

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

Admission: Free

Jive McFly

Wednesday / July 15, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.

Greenway Boston

Jive McFly, a Boston-based band specializing in a blend of funk, rock, and pop, performs.

Admission: Free

Charles Overton

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

Boston Public Library

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

Admission: Free

The Nasty Candombe Project

Thursday / July 16, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

Atlantic Wharf

Nacho González presents the Nasty Candombe Project, an Afro-Uruguayan groove mixed with jazz and funk.

Admission: Free

Ripe

Thursday / July 16, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

Ripe is a seven-piece pop/funk band that believes with enough passion behind it, music can make the earth shake.

Admission: Free

Ripe

Thursday / July 16, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Ripe is a seven-piece pop/funk band that believes with enough passion behind it, music can make the earth shake.

Admission: Free

Low Key

Friday / July 17, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Charlestown Navy Yard

Low Key, an indie/folk/rock band from Boston, performs.

Admission: Free

Damn Tall Buildings / Emma Hern

Saturday / July 18, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.

Georges Island

Damn Tall Buildings perform their songs about love and ramblin’ with lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves. Emma Hern hits the Boston scene for the first time as a solo artist with her EP, American Gypsy.

Admission: Free

Foreign Hues

Sunday / July 19, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

Foreign Hues is a band of talented musicians from around the world, coming together with great passion to take what they've learned from their homes countries and infuse these genres, styles, and traditions with groove-based R&B and soul music.

Admission: Free

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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.

Leandro Pellegrino

Thursday / June 5, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, guitarist Leandro Pellegrino, who took first place in the 2013 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, is quickly becoming recognized as one of today's rising young jazz guitarists.

Admission: Free

Kel Do Nascimento

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

Boston Public Library

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

Admission: Free

Damn Tall Buildings

Sunday / June 8, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

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

Giorgi Mikadze

Monday / June 9, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Noted for his skills as a pianist and composer in all styles, Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia (including Biedermann and the Fire Raisers), and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. 

Admission: Free

Giorgi Mikadze

Tuesday / June 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Noted for his skills as a pianist and composer in all styles, Giorgi Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia, and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones.
 

Admission: Free

Ana and Marco

Tuesday / June 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Ana and Marco is a duo in which arroz con coco meets tacos al pastor. Tasty and with a lot of character, this duo's music has its roots in Latin America merged with different styles. 

Admission: Free

Takafumi Suenaga

Tuesday / June 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Pianist Takafumi Suenaga started to play classical piano when he was 5 years old. As a student at Berklee, he has taken part in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and performed at the Panama Jazz Festival as well as the Blue Note in New York. 

Admission: Free

Holly McGarry

Tuesday / June 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

Holly McGarry presents the dichotomy of a calm exterior with an unbounded passion for music, a newly-minted adult with a lifetime of experiences able to lace her lyrics with profound insights, sharing her love, loss, and life on six strings. Originally a solo performer, Holly is now joined by the incredibly talented Chris Bloniarz of the band Grey Season.

Admission: Free

Giorgi Mikadze

Wednesday / June 11, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Noted for his skills as a pianist and composer in all styles, Giorgi Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays, and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, and Lenny Stallworth.

Admission: Free

Takafumi Suenaga

Wednesday / June 11, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Pianist Takafumi Suenaga started to play classical piano when he was 5 years old. As a student at Berklee, he has taken part in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and performed at the Panama Jazz Festival as well as the Blue Note in New York. 

Admission: Free

Wambura Mitaru

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

Boston Public Library

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

Apoena

Thursday / June 12, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

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

Arreana Jaye

Thursday / June 12, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Atlantic Wharf

Raised in northern Denmark, Arreana Jaye brings Scandinavian folklore to her music, along with some interesting grooves. She draws inspiration from across the artistic spectrum, from George Gershwin to Becca Stevens, and puts her own twist on the standards. 

Admission: Free

Nikko Ielasi

Thursday / June 12, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Niccolo’ “Nikko” Ielasi was born in Italy and began studying music at the age of 7. He started focusing exclusively on piano at 13. Attending the Umbria Jazz Festival for the first time, he was inspired by the artists on stage and became interested in improvisational music.
 

Admission: Free

Ana and Marco

Thursday / June 12, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Ana & Marco is a duo in which arroz con coco meets tacos al pastor. Tasty and with a lot of character, this duo's music has its roots in Latin America merged with different styles. 

Admission: Free

Simon Moullier Trio

Thursday / June 12, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Plaza

Simon Moullier Trio is centered on jazz but uses it only as a color in the sound via acoustic instruments. The group is sometimes sullied by the effects on vibraphone or by the mad, itching rhythms of Simon’s main influences: Thom York, Steve Reich, Tygran Hamasyan, John Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Garrett, Robert Glasper, Archive, and Pink Floyd.

Admission: Free

Nikko Ielasi

Thursday / June 12, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Niccolo’ “Nikko” Ielasi was born in Italy and began studying music at the age of 7. He started focusing exclusively on piano at 13. Italian bassist Fabrizio Sciacca and Korean drummer Jongkuk “JK” Kim complete Ielasi's jazz trio. 

Admission: Free

Zerlina Devi

Thursday / June 12, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

Zerlina Devi, originally from Bali, Indonesia, is a pianist, vocalist, composer, and arranger. She looks forward to being able to create music that is truthful and meaningful, share her experience, bring joy, and lift people up with her music. 

Admission: Free

Berklee Night at the Pops with Melissa Etheridge

Thursday / June 12, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.

Symphony Hall, Boston

Grammy- and Oscar-winning American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge will join the Boston Pops with conductor Keith Lockhart for her first-ever appearances with a symphony orchestra. The program will include winners of the Berklee College of Music singer-songwriter competition. 

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Giorgi Mikadze

Friday / June 13, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

CANCELED: This event has been canceled due to weather. Noted for his skills as a fantastic pianist and composer in all styles, Giorgi Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia, and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, and Lenny Stallworth.
 

Admission: Free

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