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Berklee's summer concerts bring free music to Boston neighborhoods

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  June 10, 2013 01:26 PM

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Berklee College of Music’s Summer in the City concert series is in full swing as musicians host free performances for all Boston residents and visitors.

The free concert series will bring more than 200 outdoor shows to the city through September featuring an array of artists and musical styles.

The concerts featuring pop, rock, jazz, Latin, blues, flamenco, and Celtic music will take place at gathering places across the city and in neighborhoods such as Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, East Boston, and the South End.

Other concert locations include the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Wharf, and the Boston Harbor Islands. This year, concerts will also be held at the Boston Common’s newly renovated Brewer Fountain Plaza, Carson Beach, and Kendall Square’s Cambridge Center Plaza.

“Summer in the City is one of our very best contributions to the local community – the world’s next great artists performing throughout Boston all summer long. You can be among the first to see their careers take flight,” Berklee president Roger H. Brown said in a statement.

Some of this year’s performers include Berklee Global Jazz Institute pianist and DownBeat magazine Student Music Award-winner Caili O’Doherty, Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Award-finalist Daniel Rotem and his trio, Appalachian dance band Joe’s Truck Stop, MTV original series-featured salsero Francisco Ruiz, and MTV “buzzworthy” singer-songwriter Betty Who.

The series is sponsored by Natixis Global Asset Management and will award a $5,000 Natixis-Berklee City Music Scholarship to a student musician.

“Our continuing partnership with Berklee College of Music demonstrates our commitment to providing more opportunities to the next generation of young artists who are interested in developing careers in music,” said John Hailer, president and chief executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management – The Americas & Asia.

The summer series culminates with the 13th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival scheduled for September 28.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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