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.

 

Ellen Siberian-Tiger

Friday / July 31, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Charlestown Navy Yard

Ellen Siberian-Tiger plays their folk-inspired orchestral music, mixed with grunge and garage rock.

Admission: Free

3 Sudacas / El Feeling

Saturday / August 1, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.

Georges Island

3 Sudacas, who met as Berklee students two years ago and have been playing together ever since, perform. El Feeling, the craziest Latin band you’ve probably ever seen, performs their rhythms of Colombia.

Admission: Free

Dear June

Sunday / August 2, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

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

Admission: Free

Honeysuckle

Sunday / August 2, 2015 / 3:00 p.m.

Longfellow House

Honeysuckle, a psychedelic folk trio, performs.

Admission: Free

Nicolás Castañeda Group

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

Greenway Boston

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

Admission: Free

The Wiles

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

Boston Public Library

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

Covey

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

Kendall Square

Covey is an indie folk band fronted by guitarist and vocalist Tom Freeman.

Admission: Free

Covey

Thursday / August 6, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Covey is an indie folk band fronted by guitarist and vocalist Tom Freeman.

Admission: Free

Oh, Malô / Jive McFly

Saturday / August 8, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.

Georges Island

Oh, Malô pulls influence from such bands as Bombay Bicycle Club, Radiohead, Local Natives, Daughter, and Jeff Buckley to create a consistently unpredictable blend of timbres and arrangements. Jive McFly, a Boston-based band specializing in a blend of funk, rock, and pop, also performs.

Admission: Free

Low Key

Sunday / August 9, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

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

Admission: Free

Andrea Charls

Wednesday / August 12, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.

Greenway Boston

Cyprus-born singer and Berklee alumna Andrea Charls performs.

Admission: Free

Mixcla

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

Boston Public Library

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

Admission: Free

The Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project

Thursday / August 13, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

Zahili Gonzalez Zamora's repertoire is a fusion of genres founded in Cuban music while acknowledging current artists such as Michel Petrucciani and Erykah Badu. Her ensemble embodies the new vision of a global music community.

Admission: Free

Foreign Hues

Thursday / August 13, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

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

The Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project

Thursday / August 13, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Zahili Gonzalez Zamora's repertoire is a fusion of genres founded in Cuban music while acknowledging current artists such as Michel Petrucciani and Erykah Badu. Her ensemble embodies the new vision of a global music community.
 

Admission: Free

Andrea Charls / V Blackburn

Saturday / August 15, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.

Georges Island

Berklee alumna and singer Andrea Charls performs. V Blackburn, a singer-songwriter and current Berklee student, also performs.

Admission: Free

Jimmy and the Gooch

Sunday / August 16, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

Folk duo Jimmy and the Gooch combine folk music with rock influences, creating a successful coalition between the new and the old.

Admission: Free

Marina Maiztegui

Wednesday / August 19, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.

Greenway Boston

Berklee student and seasoned performer Marina Maiztegui performs.

Admission: Free

The Ivy Age

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

Boston Public Library

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

Admission: Free

Grey Season

Thursday / August 20, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

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

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.

Osmar Okuma

Sunday / June 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

Bassist Osmar Okuma’s journey from Peru to Los Angeles to Boston has taken him to the stage of many great venues including Jazz Zone, Cocodrilo Verde, La Noche, Berklee Performance center, Ryles jazz club, the Blue Note, Shapeshifter Lab, Silvanas, and The Shrine.

Admission: Free

Eduardo Mercuri

Sunday / June 22, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Spectacle Island

Guitarist, mandolinist, composer, and arranger Eduardo Mercuri was born in Curitiba, Brazil and grew up listening to his father’s record collection. Since moving to Boston, he has collaborated and performed with artists such as Darren Barrett, the salsa singer Luis Enrique, and the multi Grammy winner Alejandro Sanz. 

Admission: FREE

Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul

Sunday / June 22, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.

Longfellow House

Rooted in traditional Scottish and Appalachian old-time music, Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul have developed a sound that celebrates beautiful melodies. The pair met at Berklee and are a product of the Boston music scene. 

Admission: Free

Jake Sherman

Monday / June 23, 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

The Western Den

Tuesday / June 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

Driven by a passion to create music with purpose, Deni Hlavinka and Chris West formed the Western Den in 2013 to blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures, producing a sound all their own. 

Admission: Free

Jake Sherman

Tuesday / June 24, 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

Josu Ortiz Latin Jazz Trio

Tuesday / June 24, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Josu Ortiz Latin Jazz Trio is a mix of different Latin influences, and its members each contribute a separate style to the sound. The keyboardist, Josu Ortiz, is from Venezuela; the bassist, Lihi Eshel, is from Israel; and the drummer, Juan Felipe Mejia, is from Colombia. 

Admission: Free

Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

Tuesday / June 24, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.

Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center

The Dreamland Theater is proud to collaborate with the Nantucket Film Festival to present a special pre-festival screening of Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last!, featuring a new, original music score composed and performed live by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.

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Jake Sherman

Wednesday / June 25, 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

3 Sudacas

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

Boston Public Library

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

Satarra

Thursday / June 26, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

Satarra, a singer-songwriter from Atlanta, is rooted in R&B, indie rock, and world music. She focuses on bringing a fresh sound to the forefront of the music scene and will move you with stunning, potent lyrics and an authentic sound.

Admission: Free

Cole Schuster Trio

Thursday / June 26, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Atlantic Wharf

This performance has been canceled due to weather.  A versatile guitar player with virtuosic technique, Cole Schuster has shared the stage with jazz greats including Wycliffe Gordon, the Clayton Brothers, Jeff Hamilton, and Wynton Marsalis. 

Admission: Free

Jake Sherman

Thursday / June 26, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

This performance has been canceled due to weather.  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

Josu Ortiz Latin Jazz Trio

Thursday / June 26, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Josu Ortiz Latin Jazz Trio is a mix of different Latin influences, and each member contributes a separate style to the sound. The keyboardist, Josu Ortiz, is from Venezuela; the bassist, Lihi Eshel, is from Israel; and the drummer, Juan Felipe Mejia, is from Colombia. 

Admission: Free

Adrianna Ciccone

Thursday / June 26, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Club Passim

Boston-based fiddler and step dancer Adrianna Ciccone is establishing herself as a distinctive voice in the new-acoustic music scene. Her style, rooted in the Ottawa Valley and Québecois fiddle traditions, is also inspired by the many different regional fiddles styles of Canada and the world, including Appalachian, Métis, Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish and Scandinavian music. 
 

Admission: Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Thursday / June 26, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.

Uphams Corner Branch Library

The colorful sound of KeL combines elements of jazz and pop with Brazilian melodies. The band's lead singer, Kel do Nascimento, was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and toured her country of orgin before coming to Berklee in 2011.

Admission: Free

Jan Esbra Quartet

Thursday / June 26, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Plaza

The Jan Esbra Quartet plays original compositions of all the band members. Originating in the fall of 2011, the Jan Esbra Quartet has recorded in the Berklee studios and performed in and around Boston.
 

Admission: Free

Jake Sherman Trio

Thursday / June 26, 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

Utril Rhaburn

Thursday / June 26, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

Utril U.T. Rhaburn is a tenor saxophonist, lyricist, and rap artist who leads a versatile jazz- and R&B-rooted trio with slight funk and hip-hop influences. The brothers on bass and drums are Alexander Toth and Anthony Toth.  

Admission: Free

Berklee Silent Film Orchestra

Thursday / June 26, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.

Martha's Vineyard Film Center

The Film Center is proud to welcome Berklee College of Music Professor Sheldon Mirowitz and the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra for a special presentation of their original new score for our screening of the stunningly restored Safety Last!

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