2001-06-07 / Arts & Entertainment

Celebrate Brooklyn! Kicks Off Eclectic 23rd Season On June 21st

Celebrate Brooklyn! Kicks Off Eclectic 23rd Season On June 21st

Celebrate Brooklyn! Kicks Off Eclectic 23rd Season On June 21st

Celebrate Brooklyn!, one of the finest outdoor performing arts festivals in the country, announces it’s 23rd season, the most international season to date, in the new Prospect Park Bandshell at 9th Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope. The newly completed bandshell, with state-of-the-art lighting and sound, provides seating for 2000, lawn seating for an additional 5000 and great sightlines for all.

Musicians from Brazil, Mexico, Pakistan, Cuba, Senegal, Jamica and Cuba are scheduled to perform at this year’s eight-week festival. For a complete schedule call 718-855-7882 or go online at www.celebratebrooklyn.org.

Celebrate Brooklyn! is like a front row seat to summer music, dance, word and film. The season kicks off Thursday, June 21st with east Texas blues/Louisiana swamp rocker Marcia Ball. Opening weekend continues on Friday, June 22nd with funk-fueled jam band Soulive, and on Saturday, June 23rd, Bed-Stuy natives Mandrill take the stage to perform their blend of funk, rock & salsa.

New events this season include the AT&T Global Music Series, which features an eclectic mix of international stars from the Afro-Brazilian sounds of Olodum on Friday, June 29th to the Prince of Rai, Cheb Mami, on Friday, July 13th. Daylong cultural festivals, dedicated to the music, dance, food and crafts of Puerto Rico — Boricua Festival — take place on Saturday, August 11th, and the Western Union African Festival, which closes the season on August 19th.

The ever-popular Heineken En Vivo Latin Music Series returns with an exciting line-up of Cuban, Panamanian, and Puerto Rican artists.

Tuner Classic Movies shown at sundown include Rebel Without A Cause on Thursday, July 26th and Around The World In 80 Days on Thursday, August 9th.

As part of Celebrate Brooklyn!’s dance residency choreographers-in-residence Ben Munisteri and the new choreographic collective RhythMEK—Michael Thomas, Elizabeth Roxas, and Karine Plantadit-Bageot will each present world premiere commissioned works-in-progress showcased in lecture/demonstration on August 1st and in full performance on August 4th.

No Celebrate Brooklyn! season would be complete without the Brooklyn Philharmonic and The New York Pops, who’ll be performing July 7th and July 27th, respectively.

Another new happening this year is a series of pre-show dialogues entitled Artist Speak! Explore the musical cultures of Brazil, Pakistan, Israel and Africa as featured artists from each performance converse with each other and with the audience. Moderated by leading ethnomusicologists, these illuminating encounters have limited capacity for Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn! and on a first come, first served basis. Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn! enjoy a whole host of fantastic benefits including a fabulous series of pre-concert receptions; the new Artist Speak! pre-concert dialogues; a CB t-shirt; other goodies; and the best seats in the house all summer long.

Celebrate Brooklyn!, a program of the not-for-profit BRIC/Brooklyn Information & Culture, is presented in cooperation with New York City Parks & Recreation and the Prospect Park Alliance, and is co-produced by Jack Walsh and Rachel Chanoff.

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