45th Annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Opening Night Headliner Taj Mahal Now Set to Perform on June 12

45th Annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Opening Night Headliner Taj Mahal Now Set to Perform on June 12
BRIC Reimagines Opening Night Celebrations Following Wednesday Cancellation Due To Canadian Wildfires
Summer Festival Kicks off This Saturday with Family Day Featuring Top-Tier Brooklyn Based Talent, Soul Science Lab & Olivia K and The Parkers

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(Brooklyn, NY June 9, 2023) – Earlier this week, BRIC announced the cancellation of their opening night BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! outdoor concert series due to the poor air quality index in New York City. The outdoor festival was set to kick off its summer season at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park on Wednesday, June 7 with co-headliners Taj Mahal and Corinne Bailey Rae and an opening act from the Harlem Gospel Travelers. In good faith, organizers have rescheduled the opening night show to June 12, featuring Taj Mahal and opening act Harlem Gospel Travelers with sounds by DJ Tara.

Wes Jackson, BRIC President, said:

“When we made the difficult decision to cancel our Opening Night due to the Canadian wildfires, we knew it was in the best interest of our staff and our community’s health. When the legendary Taj Mahal told us he was willing to reroute in order to play the Bandshell, we were honored and knew that we had to make it happen. We’re happy to have the opportunity to bring the vision of our 45th season kickoff back to life and welcome our friends and family down to a reimagined version of our opening night celebrations!”

The renowned Brooklyn-based arts and media institution will now commemorate its 45th anniversary with the celebration of Family Day on Saturday, June 10, officially launching the summer festival series, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!. Family Day has an incredible line-up of Brooklyn-based talent including the innovative duo Soul Science Lab and openers Olivia K and The Parkers. Additionally, BCB! has tapped L’Rain (Taja Cheek), a critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist, as their first ever artist curator.


Olivia K and The Parkers Image Credit: akimbo

As the city continues to monitor air quality and other health concerns, emergency personnel will be present on-site throughout the season.

BRIC President Wes Jackson stated, “The health of our staff and the communities we serve is the number one priority for BRIC and we couldn’t, in good conscience, risk the wellbeing of our friends and neighbors who may have high risk health issues. We’re excited to see you this Saturday for our Family Day and all summer long for the rest of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! season.”

WHO: Curated for loved ones to enjoy, BCB! is kicking off the festival season this weekend with a fun and action packed Saturday. Family Day will bring Brooklyn-based talent to the forefront including Soul Science Lab, comprised of emcee, songwriter Chen Lo and composer, producer and instrumentalist Asante Amin. They are known as multimedia artists who translate stories into soul stirring sounds and dynamic visuals. Olivia K and The Parkers, the dynamic fusion soul, jazz and gospel band, will join them on stage as the opening act. In case you miss the kick off, join us on June 12 to catch Taj Mahal, The Harlem Gospel Travelers, and DJ Tara.


Family Day

Sat, June 10 | Media Check-in @ 2:30pm | Doors @ 3pm | Show @ 4pm

Taj Mahal Show **Rescheduled Show Date**

Mon, June 12 | Media Check-in @ 5:30pm | Doors @ 6pm | Show @ 7pm

WHERE: The concert will take place at the iconic Lena Horne Bandshell, nestled within the picturesque Prospect Park where the atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy an evening of free music and community building.

Location: VIP Entrance @ Prospect Park West b/n 9 and 10th Street

MEDIA CREDENTIALS: All media outlets must apply for media credentials/photo passes online here.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! runs through August 24th – view the full festival lineup here, and stay tuned for additional details on the 2023 season as they’re announced!


Instagram: @BRICCelebrateBK
Twitter: @BRICCelebrateBK
Facebook: @BRICCelebrateBK
YouTube: BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
Join the conversation with the official hashtags: #CelebrateBrooklyn #BRICCelebrateBK #BCB #CelebrateBrooklyn


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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