Berklee Presents Free Summer Concerts on Georges Island
In July and August, up-and-coming Berklee musicians will perform free concerts for Berklee Music Fest on Georges Island, a part of Berklee Summer in the City, presented by Natixis Global Asset Management. Berklee Music Fest on Georges Island features three student groups with music ranging from bluegrass to funk to reggae dub. The Boston Harbor Alliance and the Boston Harbor National Park host the performances that take place alternating Saturdays at 2:00 p.m., from July 13 through August 24, weather permitting. For more information on Berklee concerts in neighborhoods throughout Boston this summer, visit berklee.edu/events/summer.
Berklee Music Fest on Georges Island is accessible by ferry from Boston’s Long Wharf North, next to Christopher Columbus Park (MBTA Blue Line to Aquarium Station, Green or Orange Lines to Haymarket Station). On performance dates, ferries depart Long Wharf North on the hour between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Ferry tickets can be purchased at the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, across from the Long Wharf Marriott. Ferries also depart from the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy. For a full schedule and additional information, visit bostonharborislands.org.
Saturday, July 13
Buttons and Mindy – 2:00 p.m.
Buttons and Mindy is a three-piece math-pop band with intricate tapping guitar lines, twisting time signatures, and flowing melodies. With members from Australia, Alaska, and New York, Buttons and Mindy crafts a very unique sound as they make their mark on the New England music scene.
Samily Man – 3:00 p.m.
Samily Man is a reggae dub outfit organized by bassist, producer, and bandleader Sam Ravenna. The live band features a rotating cast of members from many of the region’s premier reggae bands like Roots of Creation and All-Good Feel Good Collective. Samily Man performs in the improvised reggae tradition from a jazz perspective. Performances may include guest singers and featured instrumentalists, and each performance is different from the last.
Joe’s Truck Stop – 4:00 p.m.
Bluegrass vocal harmonies and twin fiddle lines characterize Joe’s Truck Stop’s unique sound. The group pays homage to old-time fiddle tunes and their country heroes with driving Appalachian dance tunes and lonely honky tonk songs.
Saturday, July 27
Isis Lune – 2:00 p.m.
Led by Israeli vocalist Ella Joy Meir, the band creates a unique soundscape that combines electronic textures with a raw human element. Titles such as "In the Belly of a Whale" and "Bring Me the Moon" submerge the listener in the band's world: a realm of demons and magic, of vast oceans and endless skylines. The band’s music reflects its members' eclectic musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to ethnic, from jazz to rock and R&B.
Laura Tenney and the Terribles – 3:00 p.m.
With a blues/rock sound fused with jazz influences, Lauren Tenney and the Terribles have a fresh and soulful vibe. After meeting at Berklee, the Terribles have performed in Boston and New York as well as SXSW.
China Fox – 4:00 p.m.
With pop thunder vocals, pseudo-synth, and a thirst for the blues, R&B/pop group China Fox combines influences from artists like Daft Punk and MGMT to Stevie Wonder and Prince.
Saturday, August 10
Bobby Wesley Trio – 2:00 p.m.
Hailing from Detroit, guitarist Bobby Wesley has performed with Regina Carter and has played across the country from the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival to the Bay Jam Music Festival in Islamorada, Florida.
Baz King – 3:00 p.m.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, guitarist Baz King weaves the beachy vibes of his hometown with music he grew up listening to, like James Taylor and Erykah Badu.
Charlie the Most – 4:00 p.m.
This 10-member rock/funk group founded by guitarist Charlie McCanless aims to unite audiences in harmonious amusement by providing an unflappable groove, impeccable talent, and a raucous party.
Saturday, August 24
Drunken Logic – 2:00 p.m.
Combining influences by Death Cab for Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, Foo Fighters, and the Who, Drunken Logic delivers the raw, youthful energy of the rock ‘n’ roll tradition.
Doctor Doctor – 3:00 p.m.
The four-piece rock group switches between acoustic and electric instruments. The good doctors play loud, proud, and sometimes profound rock.
Friendly People – 4:00 p.m.
In a desperate search for warmth during a cold Boston winter, a few friends came together to see what would happen if they combined their varied musical tastes and talents. What started as a jam band in a Cambridge living room has led to a recently released debut album, Shake, and a tour across the U.S., culminating with a performance at SXSW. With five minds and five million ideas, Friendly People offers folk-infused indie rock hand-crafted to make audiences feel at home.
About Boston Harbor Island Alliance:
(BHIA) is a nonprofit organization that supports the Boston Harbor Islands national park area and is one of the very few nonprofit organizations designated by Congress as a partner in the development and programming of a park. In partnership with the National Park Service and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, BHIA plays a vital role in providing an enhanced visitor experience by building visitation and bringing awareness to the park. BHIA welcomes more than 150,000 visitors from around the world to the islands each season and has attracted $30 million in new facilities projects, which include the new Harbor Islands Pavilion on Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway. Through partnerships with corporations, foundations, individuals, and government agencies, BHIA provides more than 150 free, informative, and educational island programs, as well as free access to the islands for underserved communities. Additionally, BHIA manages all major island service providers, including water transportation and on-island concessions
About Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.:
Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. (ngam.natixis.com) ranks among the world’s 15 largest asset managers.1 As a multi-affiliate company, NGAM brings together the expertise of multiple specialized investment managers under one umbrella with the belief that this combined expertise offers unique market perspective. The firm spreads this same ideal in the global community by sponsoring programs and events that help enrich the lives of individuals and enhance and preserve the cultural experience for future generations through music.
1. Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2012 ranked Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. as the 13th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2011.
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