SSC’s Evenings Under the Stars Concert Series Presents Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble

Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble performing in SSC’s Jane Carr amphitheater, courtesy image

Bob Marley’s greatest hits performed by Berklee’s best and brightest – South Shore Conservatory’s Evenings Under the Stars (EUS) concert series presents the Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble on Saturday, July 21, 7 pm, in the Jane Carr Amphitheater at One Conservatory Drive in Hingham. This is the third of four EUS Saturday evening open air summer concerts in the series, and a return visit by the ensemble that plays all the classic Bob Marley tunes.

Under the leadership of assistant professor of piano Matt Jenson, the Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble performs an abundance of scintillating arrangements of the Jamaican superstar’s music across North America. The ensemble appeared in such esteemed festivals as the Montreal International Reggae Festival and the Vermont Reggae Festival. They have also performed at Bill’s Bar, the Outerland Club of Martha’s Vineyard, the Beachcomber of Cape Cod, Newmarket’s Stone Church, the Berklee Performance Center, and Roxbury Community College. Last summer they performed at South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury Music Festival.

Widely respected at Berklee College of Music, the ensemble represents the institution in many professional-level live performances, offering students opportunities to hone their craft as performing musicians. They perform Jenson’s meticulously written arrangements of the reggae icon’s greatest hits, taken directly from Marley recordings, and including additional horn parts, reharmonizations, and original introductions and endings.

Matt Jenson, courtesy image

The Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble derives from a class Jensen created and has taught since 2002. In this class, The Music and Life of Bob Marley, students not only learn the inner workings of Marley’s inspired music but also study the deep sociopolitical roots of Marley’s life. “I am constantly trying to engage the talented young musicians in the class to understand the powerful connection music has to social justice movements, and to challenge them to tackle current issues using Marley’s experience as inspiration,” Jensen says.

The ensemble will play hits including “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Stand Up, Get Up,” and “One Love,” in a dynamic and family-friendly performance. A good time is guaranteed!

New and exciting for this summer are Sip! receptions an hour prior to each EUS concert. Audience members are invited to purchase a Sip! backstage pass, giving them access to a special live performance in SSC’s Cox Hall, while enjoying a refreshing drink sponsored by Barrel House Z. Creative light bites and on-site parking are included with each reception ticket purchase.

Interspersed throughout all Summer Spotlight event are food trucks which can include Sadie Mae’s Cupcake Cafe, Rolling Roost Food Truck, and Mom on the Go Food Truck, offering a variety of foods such as indulgent cupcakes, designer grilled cheese, barbecue pulled pork, steak burritos, strawberry avocado salad, couscous salad with cherries, and avocado toast.

Evenings Under the Stars is one of two series in the Conservatory’s diverse Summer Spotlight outdoor summer entertainment.  Summer Spotlight also includes fun Wacky Wednesdays family concerts which started its season on July 11 with Karen K & the Jitterbugs. All concerts take place in the Jane Carr Amphitheater at One Conservatory Drive in Hingham.

Debbie Allinson is the sponsor of the Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble performance. The media sponsor for the entire Evenings Under the Stars series is South Shore Living.

The fourth and final Evenings Under the Stars 2018 concert is the James Montgomery Blues Band on July 28. Performances take place rain or shine.

Tickets for Evenings Under the Stars performances purchased before the day of the concert are $40 for pavilion and $25 for lawn seating. Evenings Under the Stars tickets purchased at the door are $45 for pavilion seating and $30 for the lawn. Sip! preconcert reception tickets are $25 and include an onsite parking pass.  There is no charge for children under three.  Tickets may be purchased online at For more information or to order tickets, visit or call 781-749-7565, ext. 22.

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About South Shore Conservatory

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) has been providing access to and enriching the lives of South Shore residents through music and the arts for over 45 years. Recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, SSC is the largest not-for-profit, community school for the arts in Massachusetts, serving over 4,000 students of all ages and abilities at its two beautiful campuses and in partnership with schools, and social service and community agencies throughout the South Shore.

Students participate in more than 50 diverse programs in music, dance and drama, with performance playing an important role in overall education. With more than 100 exceptional musicians on faculty, SSC offers 30 professionally produced concerts annually.  Through innovative partnerships, SSC’s Creative Arts Therapies department supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of some of our community’s underserved members, and the ImagineARTS program strengthens pre-reading skills for young learners in Brockton Schools through integrated music and dramatic play.

SSC’s campuses are located at One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, (781) 749-7565, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury, (781) 934-2731, and 135 Webster Street, Hanover, (781) 421-6162. SSC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information call us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram or visit

In keeping with SSC’s inclusive mission to provide access to quality education in the arts for all, the Conservatory offers programs for all segments of the population to enjoy, regardless of age, ability, geography, and financial means.  Furthermore, South Shore Conservatory admits students and families of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.