Leave it to head Talking Head David Byrne to get people talking.
The acclaimed songsmith — whose seminal 1980s band merged experimental music with pure pop — will kick off the summer’s “Celebrate Brooklyn!” concert series with a June 8 performance in the Prospect Park band shell.
Deep-pocketed lovers of the crooner who sang “Psycho Killer” can shell out $325 or more for reserved seats and tickets to a pre-show gala that benefits the concert series, while less well-heeled music lovers can enjoy the “Once in a Lifetime” concert for free — though there is a $3 suggested donation.
“It’s fabulous that David Byrne will be headlining,” said Tupper Thomas, president of the Prospect Park Alliance, who claimed that the rocker’s benefit performance “complements the artistry of the park’s much-loved landscape.”
But Byrne isn’t the summer’s only big benefit show.
Tickets are still available for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne’s July 21 concert as well as the experimental indie act Animal Collective’s Aug. 14 and 15 shows, but the Brooklyn-based electro-poppers MGMT’s July 31 show has already sold out.
The season’s full lineup of free shows will be released on May 4.
Last year, folk god Bob Dylan played Prospect Park in a “Celebrate Brooklyn!” benefit — but there were no free seats that time.
David Byrne at the Prospect Park band shell (enter park at Prospect Park West and Ninth Street), June 8, 8 pm. Gala tickets, $325; general admission, free ($3 suggested donation). For information, visit www.briconline.org.
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