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Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival

Including Free Concerts Headlined by Janelle Mone, Dum Dum Girls, Warpaint, Luciano, Robert Glasper Experiment, Bebel Gilberto, Nickel Creek, Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas, Jimmy Bosch y Su Estrellas, St. Vincent
BRIC is pleased to announce the lineup for its 36th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival, which will comprise 31 performances, June 4 - August 9. The programming, reflective of Brooklyn's eclecticism and diversity, will feature a wide array of free, world-class performances in the singular environs of the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Beginning June 4 with a free concert by Janelle Mone, the 2014 Festival exemplifies the Celebrate Brooklyn! signature mix of music, film, dance and multimedia works, complemented by food and other provisions from local artisans and vendors. Of the 31 total performances being presented this season, 24 are free (with a $3 suggested contribution at the gate): 19 music concerts, three Music & Movies events in which live music accompanies films projected on NYC's largest (50' wide x 21' high) outdoor screen, and two dance performances. The remaining seven shows are Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit concerts, which offer rare opportunities to see great artists in an extraordinary outdoor setting at a reasonable ticket price while supporting the Festival's free performances.

CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! 2014 LINEUP
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 8:00 P.M.
JANELLE MONE
Opening Night Concert
FREE
Over the course of one EP (Metropolis: Suite 1 (The Chase), 2007) and two critically acclaimed concept albums (The ArchAndroid, 2010 and The Electric Lady, 2013), Janelle Mone has revealed herself as one of the most original pop voices of her generation: at once futuristic, retro, and totally of the moment. Protg of Big Boi, signed to Bad Boy, and the founder of her own Wondaland Art Society, she is "a super-musical cross between James Brown, Judy Garland, Andr 3000 and Steve Jobs, invented
to test the desperate incredulity of music journalists" (The Telegraph).

Prior to the concert, BRIC will hold the Celebrate Brooklyn! Opening Night Gala, honoring Kenneth Adams, President & CEO of Empire State Development and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, at 5:30 P.M. Gala tickets can be purchased online at www.BRICartsmedia.org/cb or by contacting Kristina Beaudett at
718.683.5633 or kbeaudett@BRICartsmedia.org.
Following the concert, at 10:00 P.M., gala guests and Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn! (i.e., members) are invited to the


Opening Night After-Party featuring DJ Spinna.
SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 7:00 P.M.
Bud Light Music Series
THE SOUL REBELS | JON CLEARY & THE ABSOLUTE MONSTER GENTLEMEN | THE LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS
FREE
A rousing triple bill that celebrates the many sounds of Louisiana with The Soul Rebels, "the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong" (Village Voice), supplying the brass, Jon Cleary, whose R&B combo "is as broad, deep and roiling as the Mississippi river" (Rolling Stone), and Lost Bayou Ramblers coming through with the foot-stomping zydeco.


TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 7:00 P.M.
JACK JOHNSON | BAHAMAS
Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert
SOLD OUT

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 7:00 P.M.
Celebrate Brooklyn! & Blue Note Jazz Festival Present
CELEBRATE ORNETTE: THE MUSIC OF ORNETTE COLEMAN FEATURING DENARDO COLEMAN
VIBE
FREE
The pioneering saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman "expanded the jazz idiom more than anyone except perhaps Louis Armstrong" (All About Jazz), but his influence reaches far beyond jazz. His son Denardo, an outstanding drummer who debuted on record with his father at the age of 10, convenes a deep and surprising lineup of special
guests for a long-overdue exploration and celebration of Ornette's music and spirit, with his own band at the core. Special guests include Afrika Bambaataa, Bill Laswell, Bruce Hornsby, Flea, Geri Allen, Henry Threadgill, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Smith and many more. See BRICartsmedia.org for lineup updates.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 4:00 P.M.
OZOMATLI'S OZOKIDZ
Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert
FREE
The Grammy-winning, TED-Talking, fiercely political and devotedly multi-cultural L.A. party band Ozomatli brought their "effortless mashup of musical styles" (NPR Music), to families and children in 2012 with the album OzoKids. They head to the Bandshell for Celebrate Brooklyn's annual homage to the trailblazing children's book author and
illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, a Brooklyn native who was the first to populate his distinctly urban stories with young people of color. Along with music, the day will feature readings of Keats' work, great food for all ages, and of course the great Park Slope tradition of on-site stroller parking.

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 7:00 P.M.
THE NATIONAL | PHOSPHORESCENT
Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert
SOLD OUT

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 7:00 P.M.
THE NATIONAL | LORD HURON
Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert
SOLD OUT

THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 7:00 P.M.
THE NATIONAL | MS MR
Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster, the Mercury Lounge box office and the Music Hall of Williamsburg box office.
$49.50 advance / $50 day of show

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 7:30 P.M.
AMOS LEE | LAKE STREET DIVE
FREE
The Philly-born singer-songwriter Amos Lee, a "gentle genius" (Billboard) of R&B and country-inflected folk, hit his stride with last year's Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, a record that "brims with introspection about life and love" (Entertainment Weekly). He follows Lake Street Dive, a captivating indie-pop-swing foursome whose lead singer
Rachel Price "has the soulful howl of a young Etta James" (Daily News).

SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 7:00 P.M.
DUM DUM GIRLS | HOSPITALITY | TEEN
FREE
Named in homage to both Iggy Pop and The Vaselines, Dum Dum Girls might be the smartest band ever to put '60s girl group sounds through a garage rock meat grinder. Their first LP, I Will Be, was "a blistering half-hour of menacing, witty bubblegum pop" (Pitchfork), and every release since has been a revelatory combination of deep
musical references and pure adrenaline. With on-the-rise Brooklyn acts Hospitality and Teen, both riding high on acclaimed sophomore albums released earlier this year.

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 7:30 P.M.
WARPAINT | YELLOWBIRDS
FREE
Warpaint weaves intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals, and driving post punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between psychedelia and intimacy. Their self-titled second album, released earlier this year, is "the perfect backdrop for your next midnight sance or moonlit dance party" (Rolling Stone). Brooklyn singer-guitaristsongwriter Sam Cohen's Yellowbirds play bracing rock 'n' roll and bubbling folk, drifting jangle and swiveling R&B with "an endearing raggedness, as though Cohen invited you into his living room" (Pitchfork).

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 7:00 P.M.
Bud Light Music Series
SHOVELS & ROPE | VALERIE JUNE | SHAKEY GRAVES
FREE
Husband-and-wife duo Shovels & Rope's "first rate tunes" range from "raucous anthems to dark story songs" (New Yorker). The astonishing Valerie June, "a major star in waiting" (London Evening Standard), blends rural roots and country that crosses Alan Lomax's acoustic field recordings with biting, electric indie-blues. Shakey Graves conjures
sparse, spooky folk with a guitar, a modified suitcase/kick drum and a voice that "jumps from a whisper to a yelp"
(Austin360).

SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 7:30 P.M.
LUCIANO | SANDRA ST. VICTOR & OYA'S DAUGHTER
FREE
Hailed as the greatest hope for the survival of roots reggae, Luciano couples a cosmopolitan style with "soulful, spiritual messages ... that feel pulled straight out of gospel" (The New York Times). The prolific Jamaican overflows with music; he has released 40 records since his 1995 landmark debut, Where There Is Life. The evening begins with a tribute to the beloved community activist Faybiene Miranda led by the powerhouse singer Sandra St. Victor and featuring students from the Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, which Miranda ran in Brooklyn until her passing.

SATURDAY, JULY 5, 7:00 P.M.
ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT FEATURING TALIB KWELI | GLENN KOTCHE | AJA MONET
FREE
An elevated hybrid of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B leaps from the Grammy-winning fingers of the "supple, simmering pianist" (NPR Music). Robert Glasper-a fusion that finds its most potent expression with his exceptional band Robert Glasper Experiment. He comes to the Bandshell with the stalwart Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli on board to add his lyrical prowess to the holiday weekend. The versatile percussionist and composer Glenn Kotche's solo work-on glorious display in Adventureland, released earlier this year-is "as rooted around high-brow concepts as it is in rhythmic dynamicity and melodic bemusement" (Pitchfork). Aja Monet, the youngest ever winner of the New York City's Nuyorican Poets Caf Grand Slam Champion title, takes the stage for an opening set.

THURSDAY, JULY 10, 7:00 P.M.
Bud Light Latin Music Series
Celebrate Brooklyn! & LAMC Present
ILLYA KURYAKI & THE VALDERRAMAS | CHOCQUIBTOWN | RVSB
FREE
The reunited Argentine duo Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas deliver a blend of hip-hop, rock, funk, and salsa with an irresistible sense of fun and mischief. They headline this LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference) showcase, which also includes hard-hitting, Latin Grammy-winning Afro-Colombian hip-hop group ChocQuibTown and the
hypnotic Chilean duo RVSB, a collaboration between Latin Bitman and DJ Raff.

FRIDAY, JULY 11, 7:30 P.M.
VOTE, IT AIN'T ILLEGAL YET!
FREE
Directed by author/filmmaker/journalist and longtime Fort Greene resident Nelson George, this special BRIC commission honors the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Acts of 1965 with a moving and exciting combination of film, music, and spoken word. This ambitious exploration of American polls yesterday and today celebrates and recognizes the journey we have collectively undertaken towards equality at the voting booth-and the distance we have left to travel. Vote, It Ain't Illegal Yet! will include contributions by Burning Spear, Vernon Reid, Maya Azucena, Roger Guenveur Smith, Carl Hancock Rux, Rosario Dawson, Ramya Ramana and many more. With
musical direction by D-Nice. See BRICartsmedia.org for lineup updates.

SATURDAY, JULY 12, 7:30 P.M.
Music & Movies
ALLOY ORCHESTRA: HE WHO GETS SLAPPED | STEPHANE WREMBEL
FREE
With its signature rack of junk and an endless arsenal of sounds, Alloy Orchestra, "the best in the world at accompanying silent films" (Roger Ebert), returns to Celebrate Brooklyn! with the NYC premiere of its original score to He Who Gets Slapped (1924), the tragic tale of a brilliant scientist who loses his research-and his wife-to a dishonest man and winds up a down-and-out circus clown with a very peculiar act. With an opening set by local Gypsy
jazz guitar wizard Stephane Wrembel.

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 8:00 P.M.
SHEN WEI DANCE
FREE
The Chinese-born, NYC-based Shen Wei is internationally renowned for his cross-cultural, boldly visual movementbased works, the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies being among his best-known choreographic spectacles. This evening-length program centers on his Rite of Spring, a lushly physical expression of Stravinsky's great score.
"Shen Wei's Rite reclaims the ambitious, hopeful modern spirit bubbling at the time Stravinsky and Nijinsky created their 1913 original-that is, unembarrassed to think and aspire to more" (Boston Globe).

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 7:00 P.M.
Celebrate Brooklyn! & Brasil Summerfest Present
BEBEL GILBERTO | VINICIUS CANTURIA | NETSAYI
FREE
Brazilian musical royalty comes to the Bandshell in the form of Bebel Gilberto, "a bewitching figure" (Los Angeles Times) who elegantly celebrates the bossa nova style her father, the legendary guitarist Joo Gilberto, helped popularize. Vinicius Canturia, "the doyen of Brazilian singer-songwriters" (The Guardian), is a Bossa Nova icon in
his own right whose storied career includes explorations into rock and a long love affair with New York's downtown jazz world. The evening begins with a set of contemporary African folk from the exquisite Zimbabwean singer Netsayi.

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 7:30 P.M.
DELTRON 3030 | NOMADIC MASSIVE
FREE
Featuring DJ and musician Kid Koala, producer Dan the Automator, and "the King of the Oddball Rappers" (Pitchfork) Del the Funky Homosapian, Deltron 3030 is one of the great alternative hip-hop concept projects of all time, an Afrofuturist extravaganza in the tradition of Sun Ra and George Clinton. The original eponymous record from
2000 and last year's follow up, Event II, recount the outer space adventures of Del's alter ego Deltron Zero in the year 3030. For the live version, an orchestra joins the supergroup. The sprawling Montral hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive opens the night.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 & 23, 7:00 P.M.
NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL | CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert
July 22 - SOLD OUT
Tickets for July 23 are available via Ticketmaster, the Mercury Lounge box office and the Music Hall of Williamsburg
box office. $39.50 advance / $45 day of show

THURSDAY, JULY 24, 7:30 P.M.
NICKEL CREEK
FREE
In the seven years since they last performed together, the influential bluegrass outfit Nickel Creek's "deep and specific rapport as a trio has sat untroubled on the shelf, ready to be uncorked at any time" (The New York Times). On the 25th anniversary of the band's formation, Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins have obliged their untold hoards of fans with a new album, a tour, and a free show at Celebrate Brooklyn!

SATURDAY, JULY 26, 7:00 P.M.
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS | DEVENDRA BANHART | NICOLE ATKINS
Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and Best Buy Theater box office
$59.50

FRIDAY, JULY 25, 7:30 P.M.
Music & Movies
AMANDLA!: A REVOLUTION IN FOUR-PART HARMONY | NAO MUYANGA
FREE
Twenty years ago, South Africa's apartheid regime fell. To mark the occasion, Celebrate Brooklyn! presents a rare screening of the Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (2002), an extraordinary documentary featuring Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim,Hugh Masekela and many others. The film examines the role music played in the forging of the modern nation. South African composer Neo Muyanga begins the evening with a set that will include a live performance of his score to William Kentridges's short film Second-hand Reading (2013), performed with live projection.

THURSDAY, JULY 31, 7:30 P.M.
DANCE THEATER OF HARLEM | LEYLA MCCALLA
FREE
The return of Dance Theater of Harlem to the world stage after a nine-year hiatus is cause for celebration. The groundbreaking company is here with a program that includes Donald Byrd's Contested Space (2012), Robert Garland's Return (1999) and a sleek and evocative restaging of Frederic Franklin's 1984 masterpiece of classical rigor
Pas de Dix by Keith Saunders, Kellye Saunders, and Virginia Johnson. The New Orleans-based cellist and singer Leyla McCalla, whose recent album Vari-Colored Songs pays tribute to the poetry of Langston Hughes, plays an opening set.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 7:30 P.M.
Bud Light Latin Music Series
JIMMY BOSCH Y SU ESTRELLAS | PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP FEATURING ARIACNE TRUJILLO
FREE
A Latin dance party of epic proportions comes to the Bandshell with Jimmy Bosch, "El Trombon Criollo," leading an all-star ensemble that includes Herman Olivera, Willito Otero, Yoko La Japonesa Salsera, Edwin Sanchez, Karen Joseph, Bobby Allende, Jorge Gonzalez, Orlanda Vega, Jose Tabares, Mitch Frohman, Pete Nader, Jeff Lederer, and the Yamulee Dancers. Bosch shares the bill with Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez, his band augmented here by the vocalist Ariacne Trujillo.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 7:30 P.M.
KES THE BAND | KUENTA I TAMBU (KiT)
FREE
Trinidad's Kes, a band of brothers that has taken the soca world by storm with hits like Wotless and Tuesday on the Rocks, brings its "bigger, better, crazier, sexier" (Caribbean Beat) island pop sound to the Bandshell. Kuenta i Tambu (KiT) incites frenzy on the dance floor with a sound that blends the Afro Caribbean party music of its Curuao heritage with club beats from its Amsterdam home.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 7:30 P.M.
ALTAN | MAURA O'CONNELL
FREE
Founded in County Donegal nearly three decades ago and "thought by many to be the finest traditional Irish combo working today" (Chicago Weekly), Altan "have managed to cross the all-important cultural barriers between folk and world and rock music" (Dublin's Sunday Tribune). With the singer Maura O'Connell, who delivers stirring renditions
of Irish classics with a hint of Nashville twang.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 7:30 P.M.
Music & Movies
ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION: THX 1138 | TAYLOR MCFERRIN
FREE
Asian Dub Foundation's trademark fusion of punk, electronic beats, reggae, bhangra, and hip-hop has attracted many famous fans, from Primal Scream to Radiohead, Sinead O'Connor to Chuck D, all former touring partners and studio collaborators. In a special BRIC commission, the iconic London band performs the world premiere of its new original live score to George Lucas' feature directorial debut THX 1138 (1971), a chilling dystopian fantasy set in an Orwellian future where mood-stabilizing drugs are mandatory, sex is prohibited, and a young Robert Duval quietly rages against the system. Before the film, Taylor McFerrin layers vocals, beat boxing, samples, and live instruments in a one-man performance that "builds from his roots deep in '60s soul to his vision of future hip-hop" (Resident Advisor).

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 7:30 P.M.
ST. VINCENT | SAN FERMIN
FREE
Celebrate Brooklyn!'s 36th season concludes with a Festival debut by St. Vincent, whose "bold and almost jarringly confident fourth record, St. Vincent, does not sound like it was recorded here on Earth" (Pitchfork). The free concert begins with the orchestral folk-pop of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone's San Fermin
About BRIC and the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival Since its founding as a not-for-profit organization in 1979, BRIC has been the driving force behind a number of
Brooklyn's most widely renowned and beloved arts and media programs. In the borough that is now this country's foremost creative hotbed, BRIC is unparalleled in its combination of artistic excellence, programmatic breadth and genuine accessibility.

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Winner of the Village Voice Readers' Poll and Critics' Picks for "Best Free Concert Series," and called "Brooklyn's preeminent music festival" by the New York Observer, Celebrate Brooklyn! is New York City's longest-running summer outdoor performance festival. Since it began in 1979 as a catalyst for a burgeoning Brooklyn performing arts scene, and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, the Festival was an early anchor in Brooklyn's renaissance and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions.

Some highlights of the free programming include two premieres of performances commissioned by BRIC for Celebrate Brooklyn! On July 11, BRIC honors the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 in a special presentation directed by author/filmmaker/journalist Nelson George. The evening will include contributions by
Burning Spear, Vernon Reid, Maya Azucena, Roger Guenveur Smith, Carl Hancock Rux, Rosario Dawson, Ramya Ramana and more. D-Nice will serve as Music Director. On August 8, as part of the Music & Movies series, BRIC presents the world premiere of Asian Dub Foundation's original score to George Lucas' feature directorial debut THX 1138, a futuristic Orwellian film featuring a young Robert Duval quietly raging against the system.

On June 12, in a special co-presentation with Blue Note Jazz Festival, Denardo Coleman pays tribute to his legendary father with Celebrate Ornette: The Music of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe. The evening will feature special guests Afrika Bambaataa, Bill Laswell, Bruce Hornsby, Flea, Geri Allen, Henry Threadgill, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Smith and others to be announced.

The full season lineup consists of artists from Brooklyn and around the world-across the U.S., the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and Europe. They include Amos Lee / Lake Street Dive (June 20), Dum Dum Girls / Hospitality / Teen (June 21), Warpaint / Yellowbirds (June 26), Luciano / Sandra St. Victor & Oya's Daughter (June 28),
Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli / Glenn Kotche / Aja Monet (July 5), Bebel Gilberto / Vinicius Canturia / Netsayi (co-presented with Brasil Summerfest, July 18), Deltron 3030 / Nomadic Massive (July 19), Nickel Creek (July 24), Kes The Band / Kuenta i Tambu (August 2), Altan / Maura O'Connell (August 7) and St. Vincent / San Fermin (August 9).


This summer's benefit concerts include Jack Johnson / Bahamas (June 10); three shows headlined by The National, with openers including Phosphorescent (June 17) / Lord Huron (June 18) and Ms Mr (June 19); Neutral Milk Hotel / Circulatory System (July 22 & 23); and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (July 26).

BRIC President Leslie Schultz said: "When BRIC launched Celebrate Brooklyn!, our free programming was a welcome cultural innovation that celebrated Brooklyn's diversity and deployed the arts as economic stimulus and community builder. The Festival also changed the cultural landscape in Brooklyn by giving audiences access to performances of the highest quality and providing artists with a Brooklyn platform for their work. As we turn 36, we are proud that Celebrate Brooklyn! has become a world-class festival and cherished summer tradition for the residents of Brooklyn, the rest of New York City, and visitors from around the world."

Jack Walsh, BRIC's Director of Performing Arts and Executive Producer of Celebrate Brooklyn! said: "We are thrilled to announce the 36th summer season of the Celebrate Brooklyn!Performing Arts Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell. This special season features a truly eclectic and world-class mix with both local and global artists, and an
array of music, dance, spoken word and film that is sure to engage, inform, illuminate and excite as only live performance can. We invite everyone to come together and share in the experience."

Transportation Alternatives will provide valet bike parking sponsored by Spinlister. A complete list of supporters can be found at www.BRICartsmedia.org/cb.
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