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Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 Opening Night Gala & Concert ARCHIVE

Celebrate Brooklyn! Opening Night Gala & Concert

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
(Rain or shine)

Prospect Park Bandshell
Enter at 9th Street and Prospect Park West

5:30pm Cocktails & Dinner
7:00pm Presentations in the Gala Tent
8:15pm Opening Night Concert with Jimmy Cliff (free to the public)
10:00pm After Party with Deadly Dragon Sound System, for Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn! & Gala Guests

Gala Tickets

As of June 1, the event is sold out; tickets are no longer available. We are grateful for the oustanding support from our community and thank you for your interest.

Tickets are sold out, but you can still make a contribution >>

Tickets are not required for the Jimmy Cliff concert, which is free and open to the public. Gates will open at 6:30PM. 

About the Celebration

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is delighted to announce a very special opening night to kick off the 34th Celebrate Brooklyn! season! This year we proudly honor two members of the BRIC family at a sunset dinner and concert to support the free, world-class programming at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival. Help us welcome summer and ensure performances remain free and accessible to everyone.

Honoring Two of our Own

Peter Aschkenasy
Peter Aschkenasy
Photo Credit: Julienne Schaer

Peter Aschkenasy

Peter Aschkenasy, Vice Chair of the BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn Board of Directors, will be honored for his role in advancing major BRIC initiatives and his commitment to public service throughout Brooklyn. Peter has been active in the municipal and cultural life of New York City for over 40 years, having served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Youth and Physical Fitness in the administration of John V. Lindsay. As a restaurateur, he has owned such restaurants as Gage and Tollner, Luchows, and the US Steakhouse, as well as having been a partner and part-owner of The Oyster Bar, the Rainbow Room, and Gallagher’s Steak House. Peter was a founding member of the Association for a Better New York and is currently Vice Chair of the Brooklyn Arts Council, Treasurer of the Brooklyn Public Library, and a trustee of Fedcap and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. He is married to Pamela Brier, President of Maimonides Medical Center. It is our privilege to honor him.

Jack Walsh
Jack Walsh
Photo Credit: Ryan Muir

Jack Walsh

Jack Walsh, Executive Producer of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival, will be honored for his 30 years of dedication to Celebrate Brooklyn!, BRIC, and the Park Slope community. A life-long Brooklyn resident, Jack has been the heart of the Celebrate Brooklyn! program during a remarkable period of growth, including: planning and reconstruction of the Prospect Park Bandshell, introduction of successful new programming concepts, doubling of attendance and development of a city-wide audience, diversification of revenue streams, and the launch of a new series in Brooklyn Bridge Park. He was named BRIC’s Director of Performing Arts Programs in 2007 and is developing new programming for BRIC Arts | Media House, which will open in 2013 in Downtown Brooklyn. Jack also serves on the Prospect Park Alliance Community Committee and as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Steering Committee for Summer Outdoor Festivals. We take great pride in honoring him.


Jimmy Cliff
Jimmy Cliff
Photo Credit:

Jimmy Cliff

With a decades-long career, reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff is one of the great shapers of modern music. His catalog continues to influence and reflect global culture, tracing its roots to the Jamaica of his youth. For his socially conscious work, Jimmy is the only living musician to hold Jamaica’s Order of Merit, the country's highest honor granted for achievement in the arts and sciences. Jimmy is touring for his first new album in seven years, and 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of his landmark hits,“You Can Get It If You Really Want” and “The Harder They Come.”

Jimmy Cliff's Website

Celebrate Brooklyn! Opening Night After Party

Deadly Dragon
Deadly Dragon Sound System

Featuring Deadly Dragon Sound System

The Opening Night After Party is a dance party to celebrate summer and the beginning of the Celebrate Brooklyn! season. Featuring Deadly Dragon Sound System, this is a free, festive event for Gala guests and Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Friends Tent and Business levels. The After Party will take place in the Gala Tent directly following Jimmy Cliff’s concert, and includes an open bar with specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and bar snacks.

Formed in Chicago over fifteen years ago as a way to share an appreciation of Jamaican music with a local audience, Deadly Dragon Sound System has become a well-respected force in the reggae community nationwide. As collectors and curators of Jamaican music, their love is reflected in the diversity of their projects including a radio show and record store. Two of the mainstays in Deadly Dragon, Queen Majesty and Scratch Famous, will be spinning early Ska to the newest “riddims" to help us continue the summer celebration. Don't miss the fun!

Deadly Dragon Sound System's Website