Summer brings the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival to Prospect Park

The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival has presented celebrated global music icons, legendary jazz, indie bands, dance troupes, FREE in Prospect Park.

Summer brings the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival to Prospect Park

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There's only one free summer-long outdoor concert and performance series in New York City that has been presenting talent from around the world and around the block for nearly 40 years: the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. The festival attracts upwards of 250,000 attendees from across New York City to the Prospect Park Bandshell each summer.

Unlike the multi-stage destination festival scene, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is a free, summer-long experience allowing New Yorkers to come back again and again with their friends and family to appreciate or discover a new genre, acclaimed artist, or world culture each night of the Festival. During its nearly 40-year run, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival has presented celebrated global music icons, legendary jazz artists, chart-topping indie bands, gravity-defying dance troupes, large-scale film projects and even a virtual reality performance, becoming one of the city's foremost cultural attractions and a beloved summer tradition.

From its very first performance in summer of 1979, the mission of the Festival has been to bring Brooklyn together in a safe, harmonious setting. These free experiences at the Prospect Park Bandshell enhance our quality of life and understanding of the world by illuminating the vibrant cultures that make our borough so unique. We believe it is especially important to use artistic platforms to reaffirm the very basis of what Brooklyn and America is—a welcoming, supercollider of ideas and cultures, informing and enriching each other.

The Opening Night Gala kicks off the 39th season of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival honoring Chris Sheehan of Union Beer Distributors during a sunset dinner in the GALA tent prior to the Lake Street Dive concert on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Following the concert, dance the night away at an After Party featuring Rita Houston of WFUV including an open bar with specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and bar snacks. BUY TICKETS HERE: All donations in excess of $125 per ticket are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. BRIC will provide you with a letter of acknowledgement.

All BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! performances are free. This year's lineup includes:

Lake Street Dive
June 7, 2017 · 8:15PM
@Prospect Park Bandshell · Free


A modern day quartet known for their unique, rollicking mix of R&B, jazz, soul, and 60s-era rock.

Alice Smith / Bilal / Kris Bowers
June 10, 2017 · 7:00PM
@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE


Alice Smith's voice is a rare and deeply expressive instrument, anchoring her R&B-meets-jazz songwriting with a treasure trove of memorable, personal lyrics.

Lisa Loeb with The Knights
June 17, 2017 · 3:00PM
@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE


In our annual children's concert, Lisa Loeb will bring us an afternoon of fun-loving, sing-along-able numbers, joined by the Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights.

Yeasayer / Poliça / Cymbals Eat Guitars
June 22, 2017 · 7:00PM
@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

The illustrious experimental rock trio Yeasayer makes their bandshell debut, alongside Poliça and Cymbals Eat Guitars.

Pharoah Sanders / Brooklyn Raga Massive: Coltrane Tribute
June 23, 2017 · 7:30PM
@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE
AMERICAN EXPRESS SERIES

Tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders takes to the bandshell, after Brooklyn Raga Massive tips their cap to Sanders with a tribute to the music of Coltrane.

The Soul Rebels featuring Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch & Kirk Knight / Goapele / Natasha Diggs
June 24, 2017 · 7:00PM
@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE
BUD LIGHT MUSIC SERIES

New Orleans’ most beloved brass ensemble The Soul Rebels brings the spirit of the bayou to the bandshell for an evening, joined by special guests Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and Kirk Knight.

Lila Downs / Orkesta Mendoza
June 29, 2017 · 7:30PM
@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

Lila Downs is one of today’s great ambassadors of Mexican folk music, while Orkesta Mendoza specializes in cumbia, merengue and ranchera through a psychedelic prism.

Garth Fagan Dance
June 30, 2017 · 8:00PM
@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

Garth Fagan Dance celebrates its 45th season at the bandshell, having changed the landscape of movement with its innovative blend of modern dance, ballet and Afro-Caribbean dance.

 

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