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Celebrate Brooklyn!

Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012

As your Prospect Park hosts, we are delighted that Celebrate Brooklyn! is back in the Park for its 35th summer of providing a wide variety of exciting programming at the Bandshell. Congratulations to the Executive Producer of Celebrate Brooklyn! Jack Walsh, BRIC President Leslie Schultz, BRIC Board Chair Lizanne Fontaine and everyone at BRIC Arts/Media/Brooklyn for creating this wonderful festival. We know that this year’s line-up will entertain long-time Park fans and attract a whole new generation to discover Prospect Park.

Back in the 1970’s, when Prospect Park was at the lowest point in its history, with its buildings shuttered and its woodlands dying, Jack Walsh and Celebrate Brooklyn! recognized that music at the Bandshell could help the Brooklyn community restore Prospect Park’s role as a place where people from all over the borough could come together to share an evening under the stars. When the Alliance was formed by concerned residents in 1987, we embraced Celebrate Brooklyn! as a partner we could count on. Over 25 years later, with the care of our playgrounds, ballfields, trees and the Lake steadily improving, the annual kick-off of the Celebrate Brooklyn! season gives us a chance to remember how much we have accomplished together and to celebrate where we are today.

To all of you who are returning to Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park, welcome back. For those of you who have never been to Prospect Park before, welcome -- we hope you will come back and get to know and love the Park as much as we do.

A program of BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, Celebrate Brooklyn! has brought over 30 summers of music, dance, theater, and film to the Prospect Park Bandshell. Learn more about BRIC’s programs at bricartsmedia.org.

Celebrate Brooklyn! 2013 Lineup*:

Map It June 5 – August 10, 2013
Prospect Park Bandshell (9th Street and Prospect Park West entrance)

All performances are rain or shine. Dates, times, and performances are subject to change.
All performances are free (except Benefit Concerts) with a $3 suggested contribution.

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June Performances

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 8 P.M.
Opening Night Concert!
PATTY GRIFFIN

American folk icon PATTY GRIFFIN’s timeless songs are “sharp character sketches whose surface modesty often belies a piercing heart” (Boston Globe) that stand among the wonders of the modern songwriting world. American Kid, out May 7, is her first new album of original material since 2007’s Children Running Through. Between the two, she released her Grammy- winning take on classic gospel Downtown Church and joined Robert Plant’s ecstatic collision of British and American rock, folk, and spiritual music Band of Joy. She is a prolific and fearless bastion of artistic integrity, and we’re honored to have her open our 35th anniversary season—maybe the best in our history as New York’s longest running free outdoor performing arts festival.

Opening Night Gala, 5:30 P.M.
Gala tickets with reserved seats, cocktails, dinner & dancing: $350 and up. Call (718) 683-5633
 
Friends Of Celebrate Brooklyn! After-party 
With WFUV Program Director Rita Houston, 10 P.M.
Gala guests and tent-level Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 8 , 4 P.M.
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS (FOR KIDS) Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert
WYNTON MARSALIS brings “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today" (Chicago Tribune) to the Bandshell with a very special kid friendly repertoire for our annual Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert, a celebration of the groundbreaking children’s author (and notable Brooklynite). As always, Keats stories will be read during the break—this time, by Mr. Marsalis himself. Stroller parking, ice cream, and stylistic authenticity will be available on site.
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 7:30 P.M.
GROUPLOVE / ALPINE
The name says it all: GROUPLOVE’s anthemic sound “is like a musical antidepressant,” (SPIN) where every big guitar hook and sing-along chorus feels like a personal invitation to get in on the action. With the “twinkling compositions of dreamy indie pop” (Beat Magazine) of ALPINE, who are riding a wave of Phoenix and Lykki Li comparisons to stardom in their native Australia.
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 7:30 P.M.
MAVIS STAPLES / CODY CHESNUTT
MAVIS STAPLES’ voice “possesses a sultry, burnt-sugar glow…she turns a simple pop song into a lament that could move a listener to tears." (NPR) The church-infused soul legend won a host of new fans with her 2010 Grammy-winning Jeff Tweedy collaboration You Are Not Alone, and she remains "one of the world's mightiest gospel pop singers." (Time) Staples shares the bill with the iconoclastic genius CODY CHESNUTT, who combined funk, soul, hip hop, rock, and blues on his 2002 double album The Headphone Masterpiece, went quiet, and then returned a decade later in stunning form with last year’s Landing on a Hundred.
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 7 P.M.
TD Bank Series
CALEXICO / SUSANA BACA / RADIO JAROCHO & AKOKO NANTE ENSEMBLE
The dark drama of CALEXICO’s desert noir, a mix of traditional Latin sounds with Southwestern country, 50s jazz, and rock, “has proved that the borders between styles can be as blurrable, as mutable, and porous as those separating countries and cultures.” (Pitchfork) With the great Afro-Peruvian singer SUSANA BACA, whose “cool, distinct voice (is) as beautiful as any working in pop," (NY Times) and a wild collaboration between Mexican folklorists RADIO JAROCHO and the pan-African percussion and vocal group AKOKO NANTE ENSEMBLE.
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 7 P.M. – Benefit Concert!
THE ROOTS & JIM JAMES: STATE OF THE UNION: An Evening of Collaborative Performances
Hip-hop and rock & roll come together as lead singer and songwriter of My Morning Jacket, Jim James, joins forces with the legendary crew, The Roots, for State of the Union: An evening of collaborative performances. Learn more >
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 7:30 P.M.
Bud Light Music Series
BLACKALICIOUS / PHONY PPL / D-NICE
West Coast hip-hop duo Blackalicious are returning to the scene after eight years with a soon-to-be-released album. Known for being on the "positive tip," we are thrilled to have them on our stage to spread their inspirational and uplifting messages not often heard in the genre. But don't let these feel-good lyrics fool you—"Gab confirms himself as a phenomenal lyricist who could battle any of today's multi-platinum-selling MCs." (Rolling Stone) Local upstarts PHONY PPL get the call to open, and hip-hop Renaissance man D-NICE spins.
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 7:30 P.M.
TD Bank Series
AMADOU & MARIAM / BOMBINO
AMADOU & MARIAM’s 2012 album Folila, which featured guest spots by Santigold and TV On The Radio among others, was hailed by NME as “a great chuffing masterstroke of genre-less genre mixing,” but it also sparkled with of the Afro-blues sound that has made this blind husband and wife duo one of West Africa’s finest exports. The powerhouse young Taureg guitarist BOMBINO’s playing unfurls with “fast, stuttery, rhythmic hammering, coiling lines inside lines;” (NY Times) he’s been called the Hendrix of the Sahara.
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 8 P.M.
Dance
LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO
Performing en travesti (i.e. in drag), LES BALLETS TROCKADEO DE MONTE CARLO is the world’s premier all-male
classical ballet company, and a sight to behold anytime they take the stage. “Keen parody always turns on some level of mastery of the target, and here the Trocks set the standard, with whipping turns…buoyant jumps and, most of all, uncanny speed.” Their long-awaited debut at the Bandshell will include excerpts from Swan Lake, Pas De Deux, Go for Barocco, Dying Swan, and Paquita—the perfect way to kick off Pride.
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 7:30 P.M.
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO / AURELIO MARTÍNEZ
The legendary South African choral group, still led by its indomitable founder Joseph Shabalala, first won international fame through its work on Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland, but the group has been active for more than half a century. Today they are the living embodiment of Zulu song, and a mobile academy of South African culture. “It isn’t merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being.” (Paul Simon) With the soulful singer and guitarist AURELIO MARTÍNEZ, the standard bearer of Garifuna music and the first black member of Honduras’ National Congress.
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 7 P.M.
OS MUTANTES / JAVELIN / JANKA NABAY & THE BUBU GANG
Brazilian Tropicália trailblazers OS MUTANTES, whose psychedelic collision of The Beatles, John Cage, and Bossa Nova is “pop at its very best and most innovative,” (SPIN) headline a proper airing of the storied label Luaka Bop, founded by David Byrne and devoted to dance music of any denomination from across the globe. JAVELIN brings a sound collage “like an otherworldly radio station based in some crate-digger bunker where genre distinctions are a distant memory” (Pitchfork) to the party, and the Sierra Leonean JANKA NABAY, the undisputed king of Bubu music, starts things off on a festive, frenetic note.

July Performances

SATURDAY, JULY 6, 7 P.M.
THEOPHILUS LONDON / LES NUBIANS / AABARAKI
THEOPHILUS LONDON, “who seems to have studied his Prince, his Andre 3000, and, especially and perhaps most
surprisingly, his PM Dawn,” (Philadelphia Inquirer) comes off “like a boastful, macho Janelle Monáe (who) attempts to bridge the 1950s and the 2050s.” (Details) With the French-Cameroonian sisters LES NUBIANS, whose “unique Afropean soul lifts the spirit and moves the feet,” (USA Today) and the reduction stutter funk of Brooklyn’s AABARAKI.
 
THURSDAY, JULY 11, 7 P.M. – Benefit Concert!
BELLE & SEBASTIAN / YO LA TENGO 
It’s been a long 10 years since everyone's favorite Scottish indie band has graced the Bandshell stage, but thankfully Belle and Sebastian will be back in the park for our 35th Anniversary season. 
 
With the release of their new album featuring rarities and b-sides this June and a promise to hit the studio post-tour, this show, which will also feature Yo La Tengo, will be the perfect time and place to indulge your nostalgia for the '90s while looking forward to a great future for your ears. Learn more >
 
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 7 P.M.
Bud Light Latin Music Series
Celebrate Brooklyn & LAMC present
NORTEC COLLECTIVE PRESENTS: BOSTICH & FUSSIBLE / MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND / MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE
The Latin Alternative Music Conference returns with a high-energy mashup of traditional and modern sounds out of Mexico led by Tijuana’s NORTEC COLLECTIVE, whose founders Bostich and Fussible preside over live musicians and laptops to create an “amazing deconstruction of norteño DNA…that can propel a dance floor to delirium.” (NPR) MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND brings its own fusion of folk and electronica to the mix, and MARIACHI FLOR DE TOLOACHE, NYC’s only all-female mariachi band, holds down the traditional angle.
 
SATURDAY, JULY 13, 7:30 P.M.
Music & Movies
DRACULA WITH THE PHILIP GLASS ENSEMBLE / KISHI BASHI
The last time we screened the 1931 Bela Lugosi classic DRACULA with PHILIP GLASS’s equally classic original score performed live, thunder rolled, lightening streaked the sky, and torrents of rain worthy of Transylvania chased everyone out of the park half way through. We’re having another go in honor of our 35th season, and adding an opening set by the diabolically talented violinist and singer KISHI BASHI, a cohort of Regina Spektor and Of Montreal “who's creating something haunting, beautiful and maybe a little off-kilter through the technology of looping.” (NPR)
 
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 7:30 P.M.
THE TIGER LILLIES: RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER / CYNTHIA HOPKINS
THE TIGER LILLIES, whose wicked cabaret has been likened to “Kurt Weill as scripted by Aleister Crowley,” (The Guardian) present a musical conjuring of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s seminal romantic poem of death and enchantment on the high seas, complete with a cleverly projected stage set. The maverick theater artist and musician CYNTHIA HOPKINS will establish the mood of briny macabre with an opening set of sea-faring songs and ghost stories.
 
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 7:30 P.M.
THE WATERBOYS / ALASDAIR ROBERTS
The enigmatic songwriter Mike Scott, “madman or genius, depending on your point of view,” (Record Collector Magazine) has explored many sounds and styles through THE WATERBOYS, his principle vehicle since 1983, but Celtic folk rock of burning intensity remains at the center. The band’s latest project is An Appointment with Mr. Yeats, music set to the words of Ireland’s greatest lyric poet. Scott’s fellow Scot ALASDAIR ROBERTS, a sometime collaborator with Will Oldham, infuses his songs “with the enduring melodies and lyrical twists of ancient folk music.” (The Guardian UK)
 
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 7 P.M.
TD Bank Series
THE LONE BELLOW / THE LOW ANTHEM / JOE PURDY
Breakout stars THE LONE BELLOW favor the term “Brooklyn Country” for the liquid smooth harmonies and heartfelt songwriting that have captivated fans and critics alike to make them one of the hottest bands of 2013. “The world of acoustic music is about to get a new household name.” (NPR) Joining them are revered indie Americana outfit THE LOW ANTHEM, sporting a reconfigured lineup and new take on their timeless sound, and the Arkansas-born singer-songwriter producer and one-man record label JOE PURDY, who creates “gorgeous, beautifully-rendered acoustic-based folk songs—pop music with a gently-rounded edge.” (Pop Matters)
 
THURSDAY, JULY 25, 7:30 P.M.
BEBE WINANS / ALICIA OLATUJA
Carrying on the legacy of America’s first family of gospel, six-time Grammy and ten-time Dove Award-winner BEBE WINANS’ “polished R&B sound helped transform the…genre in the '80s and '90s.” (Detroit Free Press), The Brooklyn native ALICIA OLATUJA brings an operatic range to gospel-infused jazz and pop sprinkled with grace notes from her bandleader husband Michael Olatuja’s African heritage.
 
FRIDAY, JULY 26, 7 P.M.
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES / THE DEVIL MAKES THREE / BROWN BIRD
A night of dangerous old-timey music. Combining fierce musicianship with an intense energy, TRAMPLED BY TURTLES invest their “supercharged songs with a hooky playfulness and white-knuckle power” (Esquire) that’s dragging bluegrass kicking and screaming into the modern world. They’re abetted here by THE DEVIL MAKES THREE, who traffic in “bluegrass, folk, rockabilly, and Piedmont blues and ragtime, all played with a blazing punk-rock attitude,” (SF Weekly) and the Thomas Paine-quoting Rhode Island duo BROWN BIRD, who favor a dark and dreamlike take on American roots.

SATURDAY, JULY 27, 7 P.M. – Benefit Concert!
ROBERT PLANT PRESENTS THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS 
Led Zeppelin's frontman Robert Plant continues to rock with his latest band, Robert Plant presents The Sensational Space Shifters. The band will play some new tunes as well as songs from Zeppelin's catalog re-imagined with African rhythms, twinges of folk and even funk. Learn more >

TUESDAY, JULY 30, 6:30 P.M. – Benefit Concert!
BARENAKED LADIES / BEN FOLDS FIVE / GUSTER 
Everyone’s favorite lighthearted Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies, piano-powered Ben Folds Five and acoustic-pop trio Guster will bring a bit of humor, wit and nostalgia to the Bandshell on their Last Summer on Earth tour. Learn more >
 
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August Performances

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 8 P.M.
Dance
LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL
LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL, a hybrid company that whimsically infuses classical ballet with a host of interloping modern styles, presents a three-part program featuring works by three exceptional choreographers: Benjamin Millepied’s Closer, Wen Wei Wang’s Night Box, and Barak Marshall’s Harry. “Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal wins love. And what crowd-pleasers they were.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 7:30 P.M.
JAMIE LIDELL / DAN DEACON / THE STEPKIDS
The soul singing dance music eclecticist JAMIE LIDELL is “the progenitor of his own completely original genre that no one else has been able to recreate” (KCRW) and “a master-craftsman of genre hybrids packing potent lyrical punches of love." (Stereogum) Can’t argue with that! Co-headlining is the Baltimore absurdist composer and party instigator DAN DEACON, wielding a participatory Smartphone app that turns the crowd into a sound and light show of its own. "If Dan Deacon comes your way, go… It will change your life forever.” (NPR) With the psychedelic soul of THE STEPKIDS.
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 7:30 P.M.
Bud Light Latin Music Series
EDDIE PALMIERI SALSA ORCHESTRA / BANDA MAGDA
Nine-time Grammy winner EDDIE PALMIERI, the Spanish Harlem-born granddaddy of salsa and Latin jazz piano, “at once the Miles Davis and James Brown of the genre,” (Minneapolis City Pages) returns to Celebrate Brooklyn with an orchestra in tow to ignite the dance floor. “This is music so vital and joyous…a totally celebratory sound, bouncing, shuffling, weaving and grooving along on a beat so mesmeric and soul-wrenchingly right that you want it to go on forever.” (Time Out London) The multi-lingual tropical grooves of the enchanting BANDA MAGDA start the evening off on a sunny note.
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 7 P.M. – Benefit Concert!
BECK 
Four-time platinum artist Beck brings his wide-ranging sound to the Bandshell for a Benefit Concert not to be missed. Always inventive, Beck freely combines rock, hip-hop, R&B, and folk, yielding a stream of underground and mainstream hits that have defined a generation. Learn more >
 
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 8 P.M.
Due to a potentially severe weather forecast, the screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild has been moved from Thursday, August 8 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, August 11 at 8 p.m.
Music & Movies
LIVE SCORE TO BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD BY DAN ROMER, BENH ZEITLIN, & THE WORDLESS MUSIC ORCHESTRA / SLAVIC SOUL PARTY
Director and composer BENH ZEITLIN teams up with musical collaborators DAN ROMER and WORDLESS MUSIC ORCHESTRA to recreate his original score to BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, performed live to a new music- less print created for the occasion. Zeitlin’s magical realist fable set outside New Orleans, “a passionate and unruly explosion of Americana,” (NY Times) became the most celebrated indie film of last year, winning countless awards and four Oscar nominations including Best Picture. With the fiery Balkan-via-Brooklyn brass funk of SLAVIC SOUL PARTY.
 
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 , 7:30 P.M.
TD Bank Series
SHAGGY / TK WONDER
The day the Kingston-born chart topper SHAGGY moved to Flatbush as a teenager, it became his destiny to play Celebrate Brooklyn. He is dancehall’s biggest crossover star ever for a reason—his impossibly catchy party anthems are “unabashedly geared toward good times.” (MTV) The electro hip-hop artist TK WONDER’s “ability to spit at aggressive tempos is rivaled by few of her contemporaries, and she’s got that killer combination of looks and skills that the game is sorely missing.” (Washington Post)
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 7:30 P.M.
Bud Light Music Series
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS / MOON HOOCH
We’re thrilled and delighted to welcome back local originals TMBG, a Celebrate Brooklyn favorite for decades, to close out our 35th anniversary season. The duo released its sixteenth studio album Nanobots earlier this year, a record of “catchy pop heroics mixed with jingle-length songlets” (Rolling Stone) that “makes it clear the band is as creatively vital as ever.” (Stereogum) Brass and drum trio MOON HOOCH, handpicked by the Johns to open, whip up an exuberant ruckus of “catchy melodic hooks and funky rhythms.” (NY Post)

Media Inquiries

Please note that media requests for Celebrate Brooklyn are NOT handled by Prospect Park. Direct media inquiries to Blake Zidell & Associates at (718) 643-9052 or yuri@blakezidell.comron@blakezidell.com.
 

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