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Catie Offerman is coming to Harvard Square’s Passim on Feb. 28 as part of a American Roots Music showcase with Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

It may not be the full-on presence in the city envisioned by a commission re-imagining Central Square, but the Berklee College of Music is extended its reach over the river monthly, starting Feb. 28, to Harvard Square’s Passim.

“Boston and Cambridge have such a deep pool of talented rising musicians. Passim has always had a commitment to offering these rising starts a place to get started,” said Matt Smith, managing director at Passim. “Many of the performers that come through Passim have connections back to Berklee. This series will allow us to showcase some of this extraordinary talent.”

The showcase aims to introduce student musicians from the American Roots Music Program at Berklee in a series running the last Tuesday of every month, with each event focusing on a different theme within the program — a broad palette that includes blues, gospel, folk, early country music, bluegrass, old-time, cajun, western swing, polka and Tex-Mex.

The debut show is to feature three rising women singer-songwriters in the Berklee program including Jen Starsinic; Maya de Vitry and the Stray Birds; and Catie Offerman.

Starsinic is an award-winning songwriter from Pennsylvania informed largely by her background as an old-time fiddler and singer, program organizers said. Also from southeastern Pennsylvania, de Vitry and the Stray Birds have an original sound that draws upon the richness of American folk music traditions. Offerman is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who has worked with artists including Andrea Bocelli, Mark McKinney, Kevin Fowler, the Eli Young Band, the Grammy-nominated Alex Meixner and Grammy Award winners Bobby Flores and the Brave Combo.

Tickets for the Berklee American Roots Music Showcase at Club Passim on Feb. 28, 8 p.m., are $5 for Berklee students and Club Passim members and $10 for nonmembers. Tickets are available online at or by calling (617) 492-7679. Club Passim is at 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square.

This post was written from a press release.