45th ANNUAL BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!
ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL LINEUP FOR 2023 SEASON
RETURNING TO PROSPECT PARK JUNE 7 – AUGUST 24
Corinne Bailey Rae, Taj Mahal, The Wallflowers, Kelela, Liv.e, Indigo De Souza, and More To Perform At Longest Running Free Performing Arts Festival In NYC
Critically-Acclaimed Artist L’Rain Appointed First Ever Artist Curator For This Year’s Festival, Themed “Looking To The Future While Honoring Our Past”
BRIC Teases BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Offsite Pop-Up Concert @ Highland Park June 25; and Celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary
BROOKLYN, NY (May 3, 2023) – Today, BRIC, a Brooklyn-based leading arts and media institution, announced its 2023 festival lineup for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, inclusive of 20+ free shows, benefit concerts, dance performances, film screenings, food, discussions, special activations for Pride, Juneteenth, Hip Hop 50, and more. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the beloved festival taking place at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park from June 7 – August 24 and presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks.
The longest running free performing arts festival in New York City, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! has become one of the city’s foremost cultural attractions and a beloved annual tradition. It is the summer-long outdoor concert and performance series that celebrates talent spanning global music icons to chart-topping indie bands including Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician Corinne Bailey Rae; legendary blues musician Taj Mahal; American rock band The Wallflowers; indie folk band The Head & The Heart; R&B superstar JOE; notorious alternative R&B singer Kelela; lo-fi LA-based R&B/soul artist and producer Liv.e; Pakistani musician Ali Sethi, fresh off a heralded Coachella run; seminal musician and composer John Cale; Grammy-nominated American rapper Raja Kumari; French-Lebanese jazz artist and composer Ibrahim Maalouf; indie rock musician Indigo De Souza; Jamaican dancehall icon Marcia Griffiths; Puerto Rican singer and composer iLe; Colombian experimental musician Lucrecia Dalt; rising Glam Pop star Jake Wesley Rogers and more! Artists making their festival debut such as choreographer Rennie Harris’s PureMovement dance company and Grammy Award-winning Malian Wassoulou musician Oumou Sangarè reflect a commitment to creatively building inclusive experiences and intentional spaces for future festival-goers.
To commemorate the historic 45th anniversary, BRIC has appointed the eclectic, genre-defying multi-instrumentalist Taja Cheek (L’Rain) to help bring to life this year’s theme – “looking to the future while honoring our past.” The Brooklyn born and based artist has spent years empowering and mobilizing New York’s underground music communities by cultivating spaces for Black, queer, and experimental artists to thrive.
“I have been going to BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! my whole life and having an opportunity to be a part of the team is nothing short of a dream come true,” said Artist Curator L’Rain. “Collaborative curatorial work is so special—more important than any individual contribution are the conversations we have with each other about artists we’re excited about, the ways we push each other out of our comfort zones, and the new music we learn about along the way.”
“BRIC is about community, art and culture and there is no greater example of that than BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!,” said BRIC President Wes Jackson. “For 45 years our team has brought free and affordable programming to Prospect Park, and low-cost media education to the people of Brooklyn. We’re honored to serve our neighborhoods in this way every summer, and we look forward to 45 more years at the Bandshell and beyond. Thank you to our friends and partners at the Prospect Park Alliance and the Parks Department. I’ll see you out there.”
Over the years, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! has brought together artists from all over the world who reflect the true diversity of Brooklyn. Every element of the festival has been carefully curated to recognize some of the pivotal players that have and continue to help shape the city’s art, food and music culture. Their long standing commitment to the community and culture is evident as they announce BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!’s off-site Popup Concert at Highland Park and Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary Weekend celebration. More details to follow. Click here for additional info on BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!.
“BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park is a beloved flagship event, and a clear sign of summer for our community,” said Morgan Monaco, President of Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that operates the park in partnership with the City. “Music and performing arts are what help keep us thriving in good times and in bad, and I’m grateful that the park serves as an important inspiration for artists of all kinds. The festival has brought a wide range of free music, performances and family programming to Brooklyn’s Backyard and we look forward to coming together this season with the many diverse communities of Brooklyn.”
To RSVP for the free shows please visit BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, you can also purchase tickets to the benefit shows here. See full line up below.
For festival coverage, all media outlets must apply online HERE. Please note – coverage/access to Benefit Concerts are not guaranteed. All media requests will be carefully reviewed.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2023 Lineup
*Rain or Shine*
*Dates, times and performers subject to change*
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
Corinne Bailey Rae
The Harlem Gospel Travelers
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
Soul Science Lab
Olivia K and The Parkers
THURSDAY, JUNE 15
Jake Wesley Rogers
Bright Light Bright Light
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
Juneteenth UNITYFEST 2023
*Co-Presented with Robert Randolph Foundation*
FRIDAY, JUNE 23
Antonio Sánchez “Birdman Live”
*”Birdman” film screening with live drum score
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
BlueNote Jazz Festival
NxWorries (Anderson .Paak x Knxwledge) | Robert Glasper w/ Lalah Hathaway & Bilal | BJ the Chicago Kid
SATURDAY, JULY 1
NPR Tiny Desk Contest Winner
*Co-Presented with NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest*
SATURDAY, JULY 8
THURSDAY, JULY 13
Rennie Harris Puremovement Street Dance Theater
FRIDAY, JULY 14
SATURDAY, JULY 15
Brown Rice Family
Dj Miss Hap Selam
FRIDAY, JULY 21
The Chelsea Symphony feat. Lady Jess
SATURDAY, JULY 22
THURSDAY, JULY 27
SATURDAY, JULY 29
Rickie Lee Jones
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4
Indigo De Souza
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10
The Revivalists and Band of Horses
with Bowery Presents
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 & SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
BRIC Hip Hop 50th Anniversary Weekend
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
TUESDAY, AUGUST 22
Alex G + Alvvays
with Bowery Presents
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23
Alex G + Alvvays
with Bowery Presents
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
The Head And The HeartIzzy Heltai
Stay tuned for additional details on the 2023 season as they’re announced! For more information on the artist lineup, tickets and more, visit bricartsmedia.org/bcb.
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BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn’s cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for their community, BRIC ignites learning in people of all ages and centralizes diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC builds Brooklyn’s creative future.
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