There’s plenty to celebrate at the annual New York summer festival with Patty Griffin kicking off a concert series that will include performances by Jim James with The Roots, Barenaked Ladies, Beck, Wynton Marsalis and many others.
Presented by performing arts nonprofit BRIC and running June through August, many of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Fest concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell are free although five will be ticketed events. The admission charges for the handful of concerts help underwrite the free shows.
Covering a wide range of genres, the series also includes Mavis Staples, Calexico, Big Boi, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Grouplove, Tiger Lillies, The Waterboys and Robert Plant Presents The Sensational Shape Shifters. They Might Be Giants wrap up the series August. 10.
As mentioned, nearly every concert is free. Pay-for events include The Roots / Jim James (June 18), Belle and Sebastian (July 11), Robert Plant Presents The Sensational Space Shifters (July 27), Barenaked Ladies / Ben Folds Five / Guster (July 30), and Beck (Aug. 4).
There are also a couple of films in the series with live music accompanying what you see on the silver screen. The Philip Glass Ensemble perform Glass’ original score for the 1931 film “Dracula” starring Bela Legosi July 13. On Aug. 8 Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin, and The Wordless Music Orchestra will perform the score for the 2012 film “Beasts Of The Southern Wild.”
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