Berklee Bands Make Their Mark on the Summer 2015 Festival Circuit

Bryan Parys
August 3, 2015
Kyle Thornton
Cordelia and the Buffalo
Vanessa Collier
Kyle Thornton (of Kyle Thornton and the Company) will be performing at Lollapalooza in late July. The group is one of many Berklee bands playing high-profile festival shows this summer.
Cordelia and the Buffalo was chosen to play the Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Canada.
Saxophonist and vocalist Vanessa Collier and her band will open for Tower of Power as part of the 2015 Lowell Summer Music Series.
Progressive folk trio Honeysuckle was selected by the Converse RubberTracks Concert Series to perform at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival.

Summers around Berklee’s Boston campus are known for buzzing with performances of all kinds. Summer program students toting instrument cases of all kinds flood the sidewalks, classrooms, and venues at Berklee, while around the Greater Boston area at large, the Summer in the City series boasts more than 300 free concerts featuring Berklee student performers.

This summer, bands made up of alumni and current students have extended their reach to some of North America’s premier concert festivals and series, including South by Southwest (SXSW), Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Boston Calling, and Osheaga. In addition, four bands have earned estimable slots at this year's Lowell Summer Music Series. "The experience of performing on such large stages is irreplaceable for young artists," says Mark Campbell, vice president for enrollment at Berklee. "It gives each of them a deep look at today's music industry, which is so driven by live performance. At the same time, the relationships we have built help to deepen awareness of Berklee with music lovers."

Grey Season, a five-piece band with an infectious blend of folk rock and Americana, is having a particularly stand-out summer with four high-profile festival shows and recent praise from the likes of Billboard and Vanyaland. The band snagged the lucrative SXSW gig after being a featured act on the Berklee student-run Heavy Rotation Record's annual showcase.

Read more about Grey Season's recent successes.

Here’s a sampling of the Berklee performers and bands heating up the summer circuit this year:

Watch Grey Season perform "New Kind of Dirty" live at the BIRN: