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.

 

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

Josh Shpak Band

Wednesday / August 19, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

Rising trumpeter/composer Josh Shpak has collected a quintet of some of the brightest young talents in music today, creating a group steeped in the history of jazz that generates a sonic palette more accessible to young listeners of the modern era.

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

ChoroBop

Thursday / August 20, 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

Alea

Thursday / August 20, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

Alea is the stage name of Maria Alejandra Jimenez, an artist whose unique style of music fuses jazz, Latin, African, and Colombian folk sounds.

Admission: Free

Grey Season

Thursday / August 20, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

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

Admission: Free

Nicolás Castañeda Group / Marina Maiztegui

Saturday / August 22, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.

Georges Island

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

Admission: Free

Grey Season

Sunday / August 23, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

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

Admission: Free

Josu Ortiz Latin Jazz Quartet

Sunday / August 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

Spectacle Island

The Josu Ortiz Latin Jazz Quartet performs.

Admission: Free

Marina Maiztegui

Wednesday / August 26, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

Berklee student and seasoned performer Marina Maiztegui performs.

Admission: Free

Ludovica Burtone

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

Boston Public Library

Italian violinist, improviser, and composer Ludovica Burtone performs. 

Admission: Free

Iris Lune

Thursday / August 27, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

This indie rock outfit creates dreamy, atmospheric pop anthems that set lead singer Ella Joy Meir’s soaring vocals against shimmering, gorgeously textured instrumentals. 

Admission: Free

Iris Lune

Thursday / August 27, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

This indie rock outfit creates dreamy, atmospheric pop anthems that set lead singer Ella Joy Meir’s soaring vocals against shimmering, gorgeously textured instrumentals. 

Admission: Free

Sara Kendall / AERS

Saturday / August 29, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.

Georges Island

Sara Kendall's haunting melodies and intimate lyrics are showcased in her release "Love You More". AERS uses ambient electric guitars and dreamy strings to create an otherworldly sonic landscape.

Admission: Free

Jive McFly / Sara Kendall

Saturday / August 29, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.

Georges Island

Jive McFly, a Boston-based band specializing in a blend of funk, rock, and pop, performs. Sara Kendall, an electronic and indie singer-songwriter, also performs.

Admission: Free

The Dingo Babies

Sunday / August 30, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

The Dingo Babies perform in a style they call folk/pop/piano rock.

Admission: Free

The Wiles

Sunday / September 6, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

The Street

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

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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.

3 Sudacas

Sunday / July 6, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Spectacle Island

3 Sudacas is a trio formed by Esther Rojas on bass, Eduardo Mercuri on guitar, and Marianella Rojas on vocals and percussion, creating a fusion of music from Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela that explores jazz and pop, among other genres.

Admission: FREE

High Rock Mountain

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

Longfellow House

Playing traditional broken-hearted bluegrass with a twist of humor, High Rock Mountain keeps the audience immersed in this great American tradition and sensibility.

Admission: Free

Clifton Williams

Monday / July 7, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Clifton Williams is an accomplished pianist from Washington, D.C. In the spring of 2010, Williams was invited by the U.S Ambassador to Austria to perform a series of concerts in Vienna and Paris.

Admission: Free

Luis D’ Elias Group

Monday / July 7, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Regattabar

Using Venezuela as a point of departure, the Luis D'Elias Ensemble blends traditional South American music with contemporary jazz, rock, and classical music.
 

Admission: Free

Clifton Williams

Tuesday / July 8, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Clifton Williams is an accomplished pianist from Washington, D.C. In the spring of 2010, Williams was invited by the U.S Ambassador to Austria to perform a series of concerts in Vienna and Paris.
 
 

Admission: Free

Tom Zmuda

Tuesday / July 8, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Tom Zmuda is a contemporary saxophonist and a recent Berklee College of Music graduate. Influenced by jazz, R&B, soul, and funk, Tom exudes a thorough passion for groove-based music and draws from an eclectic repertoire when he performs. 

Admission: Free

Mike Kerr and Meghan Knowles

Tuesday / July 8, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

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.
 

Admission: Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Wednesday / July 9, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Arsenal Center for the Arts

Kel started her band at Berklee College of Music. While finishing her studies at Berklee, Kel has been performing around Boston and New York and is working on her debut album, incorporating elements ranging from neo-soul, jazz, and pop to Brazilian music. 

Admission: Free

Clifton Williams

Wednesday / July 9, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Clifton Williams is an accomplished pianist from Washington, D.C. In the spring of 2010, Williams was invited by the U.S Ambassador to Austria to perform a series of concerts in Vienna and Paris.
 
 

Admission: Free

Aphrolove

Wednesday / July 9, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Longwood Campus

Sterling Rhyne's original music blends R&B with neo-soul and indie pop. She is planning to release a project with her band, Aphrolove, later this year. 

Admission: Free

Clifton Williams

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Brewer Plaza

Clifton Williams is an accomplished pianist from Washington, D.C. In the spring of 2010, Williams was invited by the U.S Ambassador to Austria to perform a series of concerts in Vienna and Paris.

Admission: Free

Grey Season

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Kendall Square

Grey Season electrifies living room music, perching harmonies atop a sound that envelopes folk in rock 'n' roll.

Admission: FREE

341 Trio

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Atlantic Wharf

341 Trio is a jazz group with an original mix of styles, backgrounds, and cultures. Its members come from different parts of the world, bringing music that gives this band an eclectic and rich sound full of sincerity.

Admission: Free

Tom Zmuda

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.

Summer Street

Tom Zmuda is a contemporary saxophonist and a recent Berklee College of Music graduate. Influenced by jazz, R&B, soul, and funk, Tom exudes a thorough passion for groove-based music and draws from an eclectic repertoire when he performs.

Admission: Free

Hadley Kennary

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

Club Passim

Yes, Kennary is pronounced like the bird. Her music mixes the honesty of Sara Bareilles with the mellow cleverness of Ingrid Michaelson and defining harmonies similar to the Indigo Girls.

Admission: Free

Grant Richards Trio

Thursday / July 10, 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, 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

Tomas Latorre Quartet

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Plaza

Tomas Latorre Quartet started playing together in fall 2013. With Josh Plotner on sax and flute, Evan Waarama on piano, and Tiago Michelin on drums, the group is led by Tomas Latorre on bass. They play an array of Latin music, mostly Latorre's original compositions blended with jazz and modern sounds.

Admission: Free

Marika Galea

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Wakefield Library

Since enrolling at Berklee, Marika Galea has performed everywhere from the desert of Santa Fe to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, as she carves out her reputation as a jazz bassist with staying power on this side of the U.S.-Canadian border.

Admission: Free

Grey Season

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Grey Season electrifies living room music, fixing harmonies atop folk-influenced rock 'n' roll. 

Admission: FREE

Takafumi Suenaga Jazz Trio

Thursday / July 10, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.

Legacy Place

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

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