Join us on Sat, July 29 for a 2023 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! concert featuring Rickie Lee Jones, Thornetta Davis, and Chris Pierce.
Marika Hughes, a past BCB! performer, curates an eclectic evening of Americana-themed performances. GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones’s venerated, jazz-leaning albums highlight a distinguished career spanning five decades, and she has recorded in styles including rock, pop, and soul. The evening also features Thornetta Davis, Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues,” who is known for her rich and honeyed vocal tone. Chris Pierce, whose striking music is rooted in Americana, folk, and soul, opens.
*Please Note: A limited amount of chairs will be available at this show, but you are also permitted to bring your own.
About the artists
Rickie Lee Jones’ upcoming album Pieces of Treasure is a reunion with her lifelong friend, legendary producer Russ Titelman, co-producer of Jones’ star-making debut and Pirates. Throughout her career, the Grammy-winning singer songwriter has interpreted an extraordinarily wide range of songs and has recorded celebrated jazz-leaning albums including Girl at Her Volcano and Pop Pop, but until now, she had never devoted an entire album to the American Songbook. “This album is as much about being human, the view of surviving—which means aging, and loving relentlessly—as it is about anything,” says Jones. Pieces of Treasure was released April 28 on BMG Modern Recordings. Hear the first single “Just in TIme,” featuring Mike Mainieri on vibraphone. Her acclaimed memoirLast Chance Texaco is out now.
International singer, songwriter, and recording artist Thornetta Davis was awarded by the Detroit Blues Society “Living Lifetime Achievement Award” and awarded a star on the Canada South Blues Museum “Walk of Fame”. In 2015 Thornetta was crowned “DETROIT’S QUEEN OF THE BLUES” in a ceremony by the Detroit Blues Society, with proclamations from the City of Detroit, County of Wayne, and the State of Michigan. Thornetta has performed with and opened for Bob Seger, Kid Rock, and Blues Legends such as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Etta James, KoKo Taylor, Johnny Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, and more.
Chris Pierce gained national prominence with “We Can Always Come Back To This.” His hit co-write aired on 3 episodes of the #1 NBC primetime series ‘THIS IS US,’ then went on to peak at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, and #12 on iTunes Top 100. Pierce has done worldwide headlining tours and has performed on stage with: B.B. King, Seal, Al Green, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat, Keb’Mo,’ Blind Boys of Alabama, Aaron Neville, and others. 2022 highlights include a solo/acoustic concert at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a duet with Sara Bareilles, a commercial with Miley Cyrus & Dolly Parton, and a performance/interview segment on NPR’s WORLD CAFE which aired on 200+ AAA / NonComm stations in February. Pierce also recently performed at NPR’s Mountain Stage which broadcast on 300 NPR Stations. His 2021 album, AMERICAN SILENCE has garnered massive critical acclaim from NPR, SiriusXM, The Bluegrass Situation, NoDepression, Rolling Stone, AmericanaUK, and more. Pierce releasde a new full band studio album, 45 Jukebox, in 2022.
The Lena Horne Bandshell at Prospect Park is home to BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, New York’s longest-running, free outdoor performing arts festival. Named to honor the legendary singer, actress, dancer, and Brooklyn native Lena Horne, the Bandshell is transformed into a venue every summer that can accommodate over 8,000 people.
BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities
The facility is completely wheelchair accessible. If you require special seating arrangements, please ask any staff member to speak with the house manager on the day of the performance when you reach the gate, and we will happily accommodate you. If you have any other questions about accessibility, please contact Benno Orlinsky at [email protected] or (718) 683-5637.