Shakes it up! Brittany Howard to launch Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Hold on: Brittany Howard, frontwoman for the Alabama Shakes, will kick off the Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on June 9.
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Brittany, you got to come on up!

A newly solo, soulful singer will kick off this year’s Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival! The frontwoman of the blues rock band Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard, will kick off the 42nd annual free summer festival with a solo performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 9. The head of the arts organization behind the beloved annual music extravaganza said that Howard was a perfect choice to launch the festival.

“We are thrilled to be kicking off our 42nd season with a show-stopping performance by Brittany Howard,” said Bric President Kristina Newman-Scott. “This night celebrates our commitment to present bold work from risk-tasking artists and creators across stages, screens, and galleries.”

As the lead singer and guitarist for five-time Grammy-winning band Alabama Shakes, Howard is known as the powerhouse voice behind the hit songs “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Sound and Color,” and “Hold On,” among others. Howard launched her debut solo album, “Jamie,” in September of last year, naming it after her sister, who taught her to play the piano and write poetry, and died of cancer at a young age.

Howard’s young solo career has already had success, with “History Repeats,” the album opener for “Jamie,” receiving nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

Before Howard’s 8:30 pm show, Bric will host “The Revel,” a fund-raising event where the Downtown arts group will honor David Ehrenberg, the president of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. Tickets to the Revel start at $750.

Brittany Howard at Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell, (enter at Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (718) 683–5600, www.bricartsmedia.org/cb). June 9 at 8:30 pm. Free.