Sections

>
May 4, 2009 / GO Brooklyn / Music / Brooklyn Is Awesome

Something to ‘Celebrate’!

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

As if you needed another reason to celebrate Brooklyn, you just got a big one: the schedule for the annual “Celebrate Brooklyn” summer music, dance, film and arts festival has something for everyone.

“It’s our 31st year, and we’re continuing our tradition of presenting a large and eclectic series that is reflective of Brooklyn’s diversity,” said Jack Walsh, director of performing arts for BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, which presents the annual series — which features 23 free shows, plus a growing number of ticketed “benefit” concerts by Jackson Browne, TV on the Radio, Bonnie Raitt, MGMT and Animal Collective.

Celebrate Brooklyn — one of the city’s longest-running free outdoor performance festivals — kicks off on June 8 with a free show by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

But Walsh offered some even quirkier personal highlights:

“We have three special movie nights,” he said. “In one, Andy Warhol’s ‘Screen Tests’ are set to music by Dean and Britta from the ’90s alt-rock band, Luna. It’s very cool and interesting.

“Then, we commissioned the Ethel string quartet and Gutbucket to create a new score for ‘La Nave de Los Monstruous,’ which means ‘The Monster Ship.’ It’s a Mexican sci-fi film about female aliens who come to Earth looking for men. It’s very campy fun.”

Then, of course, is the movie night to end all movie nights: a sing-along version of Prince’s “Purple Rain” (everybody, “Purple rain rain/Purple rain”) on Aug. 6.

In between will also be performances by Blonde Redhead (June 26); the Williamsburg aerial dance troupe, Streb (July 9); a family concert with They Might Be (July 11); blues rocker Robert Cray (July 17); Bollywood superstar Kailash Kher (July 25); and reggae giant Burning Spear (July 30).

Here’s the full lineup:

Monday, June 8, 8 pm: David Byrne

Thursday, June 11, 7:30 pm: Goran Bregovic and His Weddings & Funerals Orchestra

Friday, June 19, 7:30 pm: David Rudder/Samantha Thornhill

Saturday, June 20, 7:30 pm: Movie, “La Nave de los Monstruos,” a Mexican sci-fi film with live score by Ethel and Gutbucket

Thursday, June 25, 7 pm: Femi Kuti and The Positive Force/Melvin Gibbs’ Elevated Entity

Friday, June 26, 7:30 pm: Blonde Redhead

Saturday, June 27, 7 pm: Dr. Dog/Phosph­orescent/T­hese United States

Wednesday, July 1: MGMT* (sold out)

Thursday, July 2, 7 pm: Obie Juan Bermudéz/Cucu Diamantes/Rebel Diaz

Thursday, July 9, 8 pm: Dance, “STREB: Invisible Forces”

Friday, July 10, 7:30 pm: Los Amigos Invisibles­/Aterciope­lados

Saturday, July 11, 4 pm: Family concert with They Might Be Giants

Thursday, July 16, 7:30: Kronos Quartet/Luminescent Orchestrii

Friday, July 17, 7:30 pm: Robert Cray Band/The Sweet Divines

Saturday, July 18, 2–9 pm: African Festival with King Sunny Adé/Freshly Ground/The Mandingo Ambassadors/Cheikh M’Baye & Sing Sing/Abena Koomson/Yasser Darwish

Tuesday, July 21: Jackson Browne*

Thursday, July 23, 8 pm: Dance, Stephen Petronio Company

Friday, July 24, 7:30: Buckwheat Zydeco/The Holmes Brothers

Saturday, July 25, 7:30 pm: Kailash Kher/Electro Morocco

Thursday, July 30, 7:30 pm: Burning Spear/Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens

Friday, July 31, 7 pm: Soulive’s 10th Anniversary Celebration with John Scofield and Christian Scott/Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk

Saturday, Aug. 1, 7:30 pm: Movie, “Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” with Dean and Britta from Luna

Thursday, Aug. 6, 7:30 pm: Movie, “Purple Rain,” sing a long

Friday, Aug. 7, 7 pm: Grace Potter and The Nocturnals/Deer Tick/The London Souls

Saturday, Aug. 8, 7 pm: Big Daddy Kane

Tuesday, Aug. 11: TV on the Radio*

Wednesday, Aug. 12: Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal*

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15: Animal Collective*

All concerts take place at the Prospect Park band shell (enter park at Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope) and are free with a $3 suggested donation (except *, which indicates concerts with varying ticket prices). For ticketing information, visit www.briconline.org.

Updated 5:31 pm, May 7, 2009: Story was updated to include more comments from Walsh and more context overall.
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!