The Berklee Summer Series concerts are held on the second Saturday of each month during summer. This weekend’s performance will start at 5:30 p.m. and go until 7:30 p.m., but the remaining concerts are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
The Bob Marley Ensemble will be followed on June 8 by Mad Satta, an eight-piece band that is developing a new blend of soul and rhythm and blues that includes elements of hip-hop, rock and jazz. It was founded in 2010 by vocalist Joanna Teters and bassist Ben Carr in 2010, and has appeared professionally at The Bitter End, 92YTribeca and The Bowery Elettric, all in New York.
On July 13 Albino Mbie will play his unique brand of jazz, which is heavily influenced by the musical traditions of his native Mozambique. Mbie, who built his first guitar at age 16 from scraps of metal, wood and wire, possesses a musical gift that earned him a full scholarship to Berklee.
Closing out the series on Aug. 10, singer and songwriter Nick Hakim — who will release a record this year — will play music influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield, the Impressions and the Beatles.
The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival’s main festival, which will be held this year on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18, always features one act drawn from the previous summer’s Berklee Summer Series.
“Berklee has so many great bands and musicians,” said Douglas, a professional musician who plays in The Boston Horns.
Douglas works with Thaddeus Hogarth, a Berklee faculty member, to identify student performers who are ready to perform for Salem Jazz and Soul Festival crowds.
IF YOU GO ... What: Berklee Summer Series, featuring Bob Marley Ensemble When: Saturday, May 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Derby Square, Salem Cost: Free Information: www.salemjazzsoul.com