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Celebrate Brooklyn! 2014 Opening Night Gala & Concert

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

(Rain or shine)

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

Free parking is available for Gala guests at the Bartel Lot at 15th Street and Prospect Park West. Ride your bike and park at our Bike Valet at 11th Street and Prospect Park West.

Summer Cocktail Attire

5:30pm Cocktails & Dinner
7:00pm Award Presentation in the Gala Tent
8:15pm Opening Night Concert with Janelle Monáe (free to the public)
10:00pm After Party with DJ Spinna
11:30pm The End 

Gala & After Party Tickets

Click here to purchase tickets to the Gala or the After Party.

Tickets are not required for the Janelle Monáe concert, which is free and open to the public. Gates will open at 6:30pm.

Gala 2013 Tent
About the Celebration

BRIC is delighted to announce its Opening Night Gala to kick off the 36th season of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival. We hope you will join us for this dazzling event that will shine a light on the whole summer season. At the Gala, we will proudly honor Kenneth Adams, a longstanding supporter and member of the BRIC family during a sunset dinner and concert to support our free, world-class programming at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival. 

Gala 2013 Tent

Honoring one of BRIC and Brooklyn’s Best

Kenneth Adams

Kenneth Adams

Kenneth Adams, a lifelong Brooklyn resident and former member of the BRIC Board of Directors, will be honored for his dedicated support of BRIC and his exceptional career as a leader for cultural and economic growth, both statewide and here in our borough. Ken is President & CEO of Empire State Development and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development. He manages a broad range of programs, incentives and services designed to increase private sector investment and job creation in New York. Throughout his career—as President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Director of the MetroTech Business Improvement District, and founding Executive Director of New York Cares—Ken has consistently elevated Brooklyn and New York to reach higher ideals and greater achievements. It is our privilege to recognize Ken’s investment in our community and his tireless efforts on BRIC’s behalf.

Performance by Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monáe—the inimitable award-winning songwriter, performer, producer, CoverGirl, and avant-garde funkstress—comes to the Bandshell for a dazzling Opening Night performance. Monáe has declared herself, over the course of one EP [Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), 2007] and two critically acclaimed concept albums (The ArchAndroid, 2010 and The Electric Lady, 2013), as the most original pop voice of her generation: at once futuristic, retro, and totally of the moment. Protégé of Big Boi, signed to Bad Boy, and the founder of her own Wondaland Art Society, She is an unstoppable creative force—“a super-musical cross between James Brown, Judy Garland, André 3000 and Steve Jobs, invented to test the desperate incredulity of music journalists” (The Telegraph). Monáe’s concerts are known to have giant ambitions, earning her a reputation as one of the most entertaining acts in contemporary pop music. More info>>

Dance Apocalyptic After Party

Featuring DJ Spinna

DJ Spinna

Dance ’til the end at our Opening Night After Party! Tickets are now available for this rocking event in the Friends Tent following Janelle Monáe’s performance. The party includes an open bar with specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and bar snacks. Please note that admission is free for Gala guests and Tent-Level Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn!

Break out your moves with DJ Spinna. Brooklyn born and raised DJ, producer, remixer, and artist DJ Spinna has built a tremendous following by breaking down musical barriers between the worlds of hip hop, deep house, soul, and jazz. He has worked with Mos Def, Masta Ace, Pharoahe Monch, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers, and Sergio Mendes among others. At the After Party he’ll top off a great Celebrate Brooklyn! opening night with a fun set sure to fill the dance floor.

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