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.

 

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

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

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 / 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

Animal Flag

Friday / July 17, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

The Lawn on D

Animal Flag performs their lo-fi indie rock.

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

Dear June

Sunday / July 19, 2015 / 3:00 p.m.

Longfellow House

Dear June, a country folk duo from Boston, performs.

Admission: Free

ChoroBop

Monday / July 20, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Regattabar

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

Admission: Free

Honeysuckle

Tuesday / July 21, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

Honeysuckle, a psychedelic folk trio, performs.

Admission: Free

3 Sudacas

Wednesday / July 22, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.

Greenway Boston

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

Admission: Free

Damn Tall Buildings

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

Boston Public Library

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

Admission: Free

The Yousif Yaseen Project

Thursday / July 23, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

The Yousif Yaseen Project is an endeavor to take music from multicultural sources, such as jazz, soul, Arabic music, and American folk, and blend it into a sound that is unique and passionate.

Admission: Free

The Nasty Candombe Project

Thursday / July 23, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

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

Admission: Free

Lily Burns

Thursday / July 23, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Singer-songwriter Lily Burns brings soft grunge to indie rock in a simultaneously polite and in-your-face way.

Admission: Free

Oh, Malô

Thursday / July 23, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Oh, Malô (oh-muh-low) presents colorful soundscapes through their eclecticism, inspired by a series of emotions and experiences. 

Admission: Free

3 Sudacas

Friday / July 24, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Charlestown Navy Yard

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

Admission: Free

V Blackburn

Sunday / July 26, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

V Blackburn, a singer-songwriter and current Berklee student from the old Southern city of Miami, Florida, performs.

Admission: Free

The Nasty Candombe Project

Sunday / July 26, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Spectacle Island

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

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.

Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul

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

Boston Public Library

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

Gabrielle Walter-Clay

Saturday / June 14, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Market Street

Vocalist Gabrielle Walter-Clay delivers a powerful dose of neo-soul, drawing on influences such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Marvin Gaye, as well as contemporary singers such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill.

Admission: Free

Bobby Wesley

Saturday / June 14, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Derby Square, Salem

Bobby Wesley is a guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Detroit. Soon to release his debut album, his compositions are a timeless mixture of contemporary jazz and neo-soul. 

Admission: Free

Mike Kerr & Meghan Knowles

Sunday / June 15, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

Mike Kerr and Meghan Knowles are American songwriters who play original and traditional songs, moved to joyous dancing by the fingerpicking guitar of the Mississippi Delta, North Carolina fiddlers, and the melodies of Ireland. Their music aims to oil the stiff knees of the 21st century.
 

Admission: Free

Grant Richards

Monday / June 16, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

In his short career, Grant has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gómez, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Grant has remained active as a performer and teacher both in the Boston music scene and internationally.

Admission: Free

Jacinta Clusellas Trio

Tuesday / June 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Since Jacinta Clusellas arrived at Berklee College of Music, she has been performing with musicians from all around the world, participating in many ensembles, recitals, recording sessions, and concerts inside and outside the school. She performs in different styles and brings together jazz and Argentinean folkloric music.

Admission: Free

Grant Richards

Tuesday / June 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

In his short career, pianist Grant Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gómez, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Admission: Free

Southern City Band

Tuesday / June 17, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

The Southern City Band is a group of musicians from various locations in the United States: California to Virginia and in between. The group finds common ground in its love of country music. 

Admission: Free

Grant Richards

Wednesday / June 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

In his short career, pianist Grant Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gómez, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Admission: Free

The Western Den

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

Boston Public Library

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

Admission: Free

The Erin Bentlage Group

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

Somewhere between Vermont and the sound of Billie Holiday and others, Erin Bentlage creates the organic quality of folk and the stylings of jazz. She and her group will present original compositions and arrangements ranging from Brazilian ballads to American Songbook standards.

Admission: Free

Jacinta Clusellas Trio

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Since Jacinta Clusellas arrived at Berklee College of Music, she has been performing with musicians from all around the world, participating in many ensembles, recitals, recording sessions, and concerts inside and outside the school. She performs in different styles and brings together jazz and Argentinean folkloric music. 

Admission: Free

Danny Nagy Group

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Atlantic Wharf

Danny Istvan Nagy is a small town guy with a downtown sensibility. He was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and moved with his family to Hungary a few years later. One day, when exploring the attic of his family's home, he found his father’s old guitar and fell in love with the sound and feel of it instantly. 
 

Admission: Free

Grant Richards

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

In his short career, pianist Grant Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gómez, and Terri Lyne Carrington. 

Admission: Free

Unidentified Fusion Orangement

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Plaza

This jazz-rock group, based in Boston and founded in San Diego, plays jazz arrangements and compositions with electric vibrations. 

Admission: Free

Grant Richards Trio

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

In his short career, pianist Grant Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gómez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Liebman, Valerie Simpson, Simon Phillips, and Chuck Israels. Since graduating, Grant has remained active as a performer and teacher both in the Boston music scene and internationally.

Admission: Free

Jeff Guthery

Thursday / June 19, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

Jazz drummer Jeff Guthery won the “fastest hands” division of the World’s Fastest Drummer competition at the Anaheim Winter NAMM Show in 2007. He then donated the Pearl drum set and Meinl cymbals prizes to his old high school’s music department.

Admission: Free

Grant Richards

Friday / June 20, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

In his short career, pianist Grant Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gómez, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Grant has remained active as a performer and teacher both in the Boston music scene and internationally.
 
 

Admission: Free

Ahmad El Haggar

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

Boston Public Library

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

Admission: Free

Alissia and the Funketeers

Friday / June 20, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.

South Shore Conservatory

Hailing from Geneva, Switzerland, bassist and composer Alissia Benveniste has been enjoying the success of her original funk tune “Let It Out” with her band, the Funketeers. A YouTube phenomenon, a video of the song has garnered nearly 300,000 views in four months. 
 

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