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.

 

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 a blend of unique harmonies and compelling lyrics.

Admission: Free

Honeysuckle

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

Longfellow House

Honeysuckle, a psychedelic folk trio, performs.

Admission: Free

Mixcla

Monday / August 3, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Regattabar

Mixcla is led by composer, pianist, and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora with Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion.

Admission: Free

Grey Season

Wednesday / August 5, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

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

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

Nella

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

Kendall Plaza

Former Latin American Idol participant and current Berklee student Nella performs her world music.

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

Nella

Friday / August 7, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

The Lawn on D

Former Latin American Idol participant and current Berklee student Nella performs her world music.

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

N&P Colombian Duo

Sunday / August 9, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Spectacle Island

With the use of contemporary instrumental techniques for violin and Colombian harp, the goal of the N&P Colombian Duo is to expose these instruments in a new and exciting way and share Colombian music worldwide.

Admission: Free

Sara Kendall

Wednesday / August 12, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

Sara Kendall's haunting melodies and intimate lyrics are showcased in her release "Love You More".

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

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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.

Jake Sherman

Friday / June 27, 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

Miriam Elhajli

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

Boston Public Library

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

Anthony Fung Quintet

Friday / June 27, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.

Paintbox Bistro

The Anthony Fung Quintet is a group of talented musicians who have distinguished themselves as accomplished performers in the Boston area. This concert is part of the Toronto Jazz Festival.

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Latimbop

Friday / June 27, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.

South Shore Conservatory

Latimbop is an explosive contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group co-led by Colombian bassist Esther Rojas and Cuban pianist Issac Delgado Jr. Latimbop embraces various genres of Latin American and Cuban music, with deep roots in timba mixed with jazz, funk, and Latin music.

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Anthony Fung Quintet

Saturday / June 28, 2014 / 1:30 p.m.

Nathan Phillips Square

The Anthony Fung Quintet is a group of talented musicians who have distinguished themselves as accomplished performers in the Boston area. This concert is part of the Toronto Jazz Festival.
 

Admission: Free

Animal Flag

Sunday / June 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

Animal Flag is the longtime project of songwriter Matt Politoski.  Its recorded works range from heartbreaking solo acoustic tunes and full fledged folk-rock anthems to lush electronic pop songs.

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Monday / June 30, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, Yakir Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Sterling Rhyne

Tuesday / July 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

Sterling Rhyne’s original music blends R&B and neo-soul with indie-pop.
 

Admission: Free

Chris Kazarian

Tuesday / July 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Chris Kazarian, also known as K.A.Z., is an eclectic writer/player/listener who loves to write music that brings people together. With musical styles ranging from soul, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and rock, to indie, reggae, and folk, this young artist loves to get down. The question is, do you?

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Tuesday / July 1, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, Yakir Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Wednesday / July 2, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Laney Jones and the Lively Spirits

Wednesday / July 2, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.

Museum of Fine Arts

Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, Laney Jones spins tales of love and adventure in the swamplands. Her voice has been described as a mix of lemon, molasses, gin, and gunpowder.  Laney is opening for Dom Flemons.

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Chris Kazarian

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Chris Kazarian, also known as K.A.Z., is an eclectic writer/player/listener who loves to write music that brings people together. With musical styles ranging from soul, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, and rock, to indie, reggae, and folk, this young artist loves to get down. The question is, do you?

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, Yakir Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Arielle Vakni

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Club Passim

Arielle Vakni is a uniquely soulful vocalist with a subtle twist of experimental folk. Her seemingly effortless depth of lyrical expression is matched by a gift for songwriting and performance in both acoustic and electronic genres. 

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib Trio

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, pianist Yakir Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Takafumi Suenaga Jazz Trio

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

Pianist Takafumi Suenaga started to play the classical piano when he was 5 years old. He was also interested in jazz and Latin music. As a student at Berklee, he has taken part in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013 and performed at the Panama Jazz Festival as well as the Blue Note in New York. 

Admission: Free

Irma Seleman

Thursday / July 3, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Charlestown Navy Yard

A funky songbird from the East, Irma Seleman puts together grooves, melodies, and harmonies that reflect her experiences in life, love, and music. A singer, songwriter, and arranger bringing soul and R&B into her own Malaysian sound, Seleman will amaze you with her voice and stage presence. 

Admission: Free

Yakir Arbib

Friday / July 4, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Blind from birth, Arbib has the gift of synesthesia (a blending of the senses), allowing him to "see" tones as distinct colors. It inspired his recent piece, "Waves of Visions," a collaboration with visual artist Tamar Haber-Schaim.

Admission: Free

Anthony Fung Quintet

Saturday / July 5, 2014 / 9:00 p.m.

Montreal Jazz Festival

The Anthony Fung Quintet is a group of talented musicians who have distinguished themselves as accomplished performers in the Boston area. This concert is part of the Toronto Jazz Festival.

Admission: Free

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