BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival returns for its 40th season with a diverse lineup of 31 performances. Here are a few shows that we’re especially excited about. The full program can be found here.
Aimee Mann // Superchunk // Jonathan Coulton
June 21, 7:30 p.m.; Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn; free.
Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Aimee Mann takes the stage on the heels of the release of her latest record, “Mental Illness.” Iconic pop-punk band Superchunk and acclaimed singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton open.
R+R=NOW featuring Robert Glasper, Terrance Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson, Taylor McFerrin // Paul Beaubrun
June 22, 7:30 p.m.; Prospect Park Bandshell; free.
Pianist and record producer Robert Glasper has assembled an underground A-list member collective of musicians, DJs and producers who have contributed to releases from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Herbie Hancock, Jill Scott and Kanye. R+R=NOW stands for “Reflect+Respond=Now,” and the group aims to make music that offers a response to the current social and political climate. Paul Beaubrun, a Brooklyn-based Haitian-American singer and guitar player, opens.
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder // Sierra Hull and Justin Moses // Mamie Minch
June 30, 7 p.m.; Prospect Park Bandshell; free.
Mandolin virtuoso Ricky Skaggs descends on Brooklyn to perform bluegrass and country tunes with his band Kentucky Thunder. The evening’s lineup also includes Sierra Hull, a rising star in the world of bluegrass, and blues guitarist and songwriter Mamie Minch.
Antibalas // Combo Chimbita // DJ Nickodemus
July 12, 7:30 p.m.; Prospect Park Bandshell; free.
Famed Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas heats things up in mid-July with its energetic mix of funk, punk, jazz, hip-hop and activist lyrics. Combo Chimbita, which performs high-energy psychedelic tunes termed “tropical futurism,” and DJ Nickodemus of Turntables on the Hudson get the dance party started.
Mala Rodriguez // Ana Tijoux // Girl Ultra
July 13, 7 p.m.; Prospect Park Bandshell; free.
The Latin Alternative Music Conference showcases three women at its annual Celebrate Brooklyn! presentation: Mala Rodriguez, who blends flamenco, rhymes and ’70s soul; the French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux, and R&B performer Girl Ultra.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor // Emel Mathlouthi
Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Prospect Park Bandshell; free.
The festival’s penultimate show features the innovative Montreal collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor, which plays swirling, experimental, lyric-free jams that blend punk, rock, dark ambient and numerous other sounds. Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi opens.
The Decemberists // M. Ward
Aug. 14, 7 p.m.; Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn; $45.
Indie rock ensemble the Decemberists is joined by fellow Portland-based singer-songwriter M. Ward, who opens the show, for a BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit concert.
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