Dear Summer Vol. 2 – annual mixtape via the city of Boston is back!

Dear Summer Vol. 2 – annual mixtape via the city of Boston is back!

Monday, July 8, 2024 – Mayor Michelle Wu and the City’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment today announced the release of “Dear Summer Vol. 2.” This annual mixtape features songs and mixes from artists and DJs across Greater Boston that highlight the vibrancy of Boston’s communities. This collaboration is designed to raise awareness for local creative talent, connect residents and families in neighborhoods through music, and celebrate summer.

“Summer in Boston is a truly special time for our residents, families, and communities in every neighborhood. We are proud and grateful that incredible talent calls Boston home, and that these amazing artists and creatives create space for community and culture building all year long,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “We are excited to launch Part 2 of the Dear Summer Mixtape, which represents the very best of our creative community, featuring 17 of our best local musicians, mixed by six of our top DJs, and representing our city. As we make it through the summer, we hope this mixtape taps into the joy and community that exists in Boston’s communities.”

“This tape is a reflection of the times and an opportunity to showcase local artists who have international talent but are often overlooked,” said John Borders IV, Co-Executive Producer and Director of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment for the City of Boston. “By championing Boston artists, we want to amplify a homegrown voice. No other city has done anything like this. We look forward to watching this initiative grow as Boston artists earn international recognition.”

Dear Summer Vol. 2 features 17 carefully selected tracks representing various styles and genres, including hip hop, R&B, rock, blues, alternative and dance music.

Participating DJs include:

  • Cammy V, DJ based in Medford
  • Knszwrth, DJ based in Dorchester
  • L’Duke, DJ based in Medford
  • DJ Mez, DJ based in Roxbury
  • DJ Prince, DJ based in Dorchester
  • Guru Sanaal, DJ based in South End

“My goal as a DJ, Producer and contributor to the Boston music scene has always been to open the door for other artists and DJs to shine a light. I hope that many of them can stay and flourish as creatives here in Boston and gain momentum for projects they have in the pipeline,” said Chimel “ReaL P” Idiokitas, Co-Exec. Producer & Curator of the mixtape “Dear Summer Vol. 2”. “I feel honored to co-lead this project and equally honored to be able to contribute to the growing infrastructure for creatives in not only Boston, but also the neighboring cities and towns that make our community so unique.”

Participating artists include:

  • Amandi, R&B artist based in Roxbury
  • CD Rose, R&B artist based in Jamaica Plain
  • Clark D, hip hop artist from Mattapan
  • Heyssis, R&B artist from Dorchester and Hyde Park
  • Blue Light Bandits, Soul/Indie Rock in Worcester
  • Julia Chisholm, Pop/R&B/Soul artist based in Brighton
  • Leo the Kind, Hip-Hop/R&B artist from Dorchester
  • Najee Janey, hip hop/soul artist from Roxbury
  • Pat Loomis, South End jazz artist
  • Uche Malik, Afrobeats artist based in Hyde Park
  • Nay $peaks, hip hop artist from Mattapan
  • Caliph, Hip-Hop/Afrobeats artist from New Bedford
  • Fabiola Mendez, Latin American folk artist from Quincy
  • Jill McCracken, R&B/Pop artist from Medford
  • Neemz, Hip-Hop/Alternative artist based in Medford
  • Sança, R&B artist based in Weymouth
  • Zola Simone, Indie pop artist based in Cambridge/Medford

“Boston is a thriving arts city and the New England region as a whole is so sleepy,” says Dorchester-based DJ Knszwrth. “It’s rewarding to have leadership that amplifies the reach of local talent and deepens their roots in a unique way. It’s my new favorite tradition; it’s an honor to be selected and put on for your city.”

“One thing about Boston is that we know how to come together and build community,” said Julia Chisholm, Brighton-based Pop/R&B/Soul artist. “This project is an example of that. It’s more than just a mixtape, but a testament to the power of music and love. Music is and always will be, in my opinion, the most unifying energy. Every artist and every song on the project has their own unique story. And within those stories is the essence of the city. You can literally feel it. I’m proud and honored to be a part of such a beautiful piece of work. And I hope this music touches people’s hearts and souls and fills their summer with LOVE.”

In addition to Mayor Wu, “Dear Summer” also features the following 15 Boston residents, representing different neighborhoods, backgrounds and communities.

  • Mayor Michelle Wu, City of Boston
  • Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief Arts & Culture Officer, City of Boston
  • Lauren Melendez, NBC Boston
  • Michael Bivins, New Edition/BBD
  • Jimmy Hills, Java with Jimmy
  • Pamela Leins, Boston Education Fund
  • Paris Alston, WGBH
  • Jared Weiss, the track and field athlete
  • Coach Beefy, Dorchester Eagles
  • Danielle “Mrs Hot Sauce” Johnson, SPARK FM
  • Devin Morris, The Teachers’ Lounge
  • Jeneé Osterheldt, A Beautiful Resistance/The Boston Globe
  • Brian Scalabrine, Boston Celtics
  • Aliesha Porcena, Director of Small Business, City of Boston
  • Robert “ROB” Eugene, HUE Boston

Chimel “ReaL P” Idiokitas serves as music curator and executive producer, and John Borders IV, director of tourism, sports and entertainment for the city of Boston, serves as executive producer on the mixtape. Additional credits on the “Dear Summer” Vol. 2 mixtape include Marquis Neal as Lead Studio Engineer and Connis, a hip-hop producer based in Cambridge, as producer. The mixtape is available to stream at boston.gov/dearsummermixtape on Soundcloud, Spotify and Apple Music.