There are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the free concerts performed as part of the Berklee Summer in the City event. Sponsored by Natixis Global Asset Management, the series features more than 200 performances throughout Boston. Showcasing Berklee’s most promising young artists, the event offers a variety of musical genres to enjoy.
Each year, the Berklee Summer in the City series event takes place to provide two primary purposes. First, it gives students at Berklee the opportunity to display their talents to people all around the Boston area. Second, the series provides a wide variety of neighborhoods throughout the region with the opportunity to enjoy free music. Not only does this help bring the neighborhoods alive, but it also exposes residents to a variety of musical genres.
Some upcoming events this month include performances at Spectacle Island. On July 6th, 3 Sudacas will bring a fusion of Columbian, Brazilian and Venezuelan sounds with jazz and pop elements at 1:00. That same day, bluegrass band High Rock Mountain will be performing at Longfellow House at 3:00. The music will continue the rest of the week with bands performing at places such as Summer Street, Prudential Center, Harvard Longwood Campus, Atlantic Wharf, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Charlestown Navy Yard and Wakefield Library.
The series will culminate on September 28th, which is when the 13th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival kicks off. Taking place at the historic South End between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street on Columbus Avenue, the free event will feature contemporary jazz, blues, Latin and soul acts on three different stages. Natixis Global Asset Management will also present a $5,000 scholarship to one of the student musicians participating in the event.
Typically drawing more than 80,000 music fans, the family-friendly Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival will take place from noon to 6:00 pm. Highlights of the event will include the Will Calhoun Trio, which is led by the Grammy Award winning drummer of Living Colour, and other artists such as Meshell Ndegeocello and Robin McKelle & the Flytones. With a theme that celebrates jazz, this year’s event will also feature a number of acclaimed jazz artists, including Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott.
Music isn’t all that the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival has to offer. Street performers will also perform throughout the afternoon and vendors will be set up throughout the area. The event will also feature face painting, inflatables and even an instrument petting zoo where children can learn more about instruments and enjoy musical activities.
In addition to the free performances on the 28th, Gary Burton’s 70th Birthday Tour will also be performing at Scullers Jazz Club at 8:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm on both September 27th and September 28th. Visit the Scullers Jazz Club webpage for more information about the event and to purchase tickets. On September 29th, the instrumental jazz and funk collective Snarky Puppy will perform at the Berklee Performance center at 8:00. Visit the Berklee website for more information about this event.