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What do Aerosmith, the Dixie Chicks, and John Mayer have in common?

Berklee School of Music degrees.

So when Berklee offers a free concert over lunch today, it’s a chance to be able to tell your friends that you were there before Emily Elbert hit the big time.

Elbert, named Best New Artist in 2008 by UMass Boston’s radio station WUMB, is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Texas attending Berklee on a full scholarship. She will be the 10th performer in the school’s annual summer Kendall Square Concert Series, which features students and alumni playing original jazz, Latin, hip-hop, rock, folk, funk, and reggae.

The concert begins at noon today, Thursday, August 6, at the open-air plaza in Kendall Square, 300 Athenaeum St., Cambridge. The event is free and open to the public. To get there by MBTA, take the CT2 bus or the Red Line to Kendall Square.

Check out Elbert covering Michael Jackson’s Thriller below. She posted it to YouTube after his death “as a small tribute.”

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.

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