The 24th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concert series has announced a full schedule for this year's event, with artists as diverse as Dr. John, Talib Kweli, Lambchop, Femi Kuti, Ely Guerra, and Yo
The 24th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concert series has announced a full schedule for this year's event, with artists as diverse as Dr. John, Talib Kweli, Lambchop, Femi Kuti, Ely Guerra, and Yo La Tengo all set to appear in the borough's Prospect Park over the course of two months.
A Latin music series, a string of dance performances, and film screenings with bands opening or providing scores are a few of the mini-series that make up the Celebrate Brooklyn! season. Kicking off with a performance by New Orleans blues-soul-funkster Dr. John on June 20, the series will continue through the previously reported Unlimited Sunshine tour stop Aug. 23-24, featuring Cake, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, De La Soul, and Kinky.
The performances will all take place in the Prospect Park Bandshell, located at the park 9th St. entrance, which offers seating and lawn accommodations for up to 7,000 people. With the exceptions of the Unlimited Sunshine shows and an Aug. 17 benefit concert featuring reggae artist Capleton, admission to all shows in the series is free, though concertgoers are urged to make a $3 donation.
The Budweiser Latin Music Series encompasses four nights of shows, kicking off June 22 with performances by Luis Vargas, Coco Merenson, and Joseito Mateo. It will also present an Aug. 3 show with Kevin Ceballo, Manny Oquendo, and Willie Villegas, and Aug. 9-10 performances by Ely Guerra, Si*Se, Jumbo, and the Machito Orchestra featuring Chocolate and Nelson Gonzalez.
Other season highlights include the Haitian Kreyol Festival on June 30, the African Festival on July 12, an Aug. 18 performance by Saw Doctors and newcomer Gavin DeGraw, and a July 20 appearance by Nashville-based country-soul combo Lambchop.
For more information about the season, including volunteer information and photos of the scheduled artists, visit Celebrate Brooklyn!'s official Web site.
Here is the lineup for the Celebrate Brooklyn! Summer Series:
June 20: Dr. John
June 21: Hakim, Shabaz
June 22: Luis Vargas, Coco Merenson, Joseito Mateo
June 28: Sarah Harmer, Luther Wright & the Wrongs
June 30: Tabou Combo, Boukman Eksperyans, Zin
July 5: Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
July 6: Everton Blender, Reggae Cowboys
July 12: Yo La Tengo, Everton Sylvester
July 13: Femi Kuti, Rokia Traore, Hassan Hakmoun, Coco Sukali, Wunmi
July 18: (Film Series) "Speedy" with Alloy Orchestra
July 19: Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, Zap Mama DJ Project
July 20: Lambchop, the Mendoza Line
July 25: (Film Series) Walt Disney's "Fantasia"
July 26: Mark Morris Dance Group
July 27: Brooklyn Philharmonic
Aug. 1: (Film Series) "North By Northwest" with Sex Mob
Aug. 2: David Neumann, Nicholas Leichter dance
Aug. 3: Kevin Ceballo, Manny Oquendo, Willie Villegas
Aug. 8: (Film Series) "Jailhouse Rock" with Loser's Lounge
Aug. 9: Ely Guerra, Si*Se, Jumbo
Aug. 10: Machito Orchestra featuring Chocolate and Nelson Gonzalez
Aug. 17: Capleton & Friends
Aug. 18: Saw Doctors, Gavin DeGraw
Aug. 23-24: Cake, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, De La Soul, Kinky