As we finally begin to recover from the monsoon like weather we’ve been enveloped in for the past month, which has frequently caused New Yorkers to go a bit crazy and to ponder why Seattle is having the driest summer in a long time so far while we’re drenched day in and day out, it seems safer and safer to begin to plan for outdoor events. While you may still feel insecure about the weather getting better, perhaps some of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival can help draw you out of your moisture-free cocoon and into the park for some great music. While the concerts are free, there is a suggested donation, so if your wallet can accept it, please do toss in a few bucks, the money does go to keep stuff like this going on in the future!
The concerts take place at the Prospect Park bandshell, and are first come first serve, so you may want to show up early for some of the more well renowned and popular acts. While many concerts have already taken place, upcoming shows such as Femi Kuti and the Positive Force on June 25th at 7pm will bring you to your feet as you rock out to afro-funk. No time on Thursday? No problem, check out Friday’s 730pm concert with Blonde Redhead, a more pop oriented group. Saturday brings you Dr. Dog, also at 7pm, with hits from the Beach Boys among other classic and folk artists.
July starts off right away on the 1st of July with MGMT, performing at 530pm, good if you want to bring the kids, not so good if you need to work later. Their electro-funkified music should keep you head bopping, but if that’s not your thing, come back the very next day (July 2nd, a Thursday) at 7pm for the Latin groove of Obie Juan Bermudez. Hopefully, there will be room for dancing!
July 9th will bring you more than music, in the form of STREB: Invisible Forces at 8pm. This innovative dance and circus troupe is great for kids and adults alike. Friday, July 10th, brings in some more Latin flavor at 730pm with a double header in the form of Los Amigos Invisibles and Aterciopelados.
The piece de resistance of the Celebrate Brooklyn series at Prospect Park will be on Saturday, July 11th, at 4pm. They Might Be Giants will be taking over the stage for a family friendly rock concert, great for all ages as long as they like to boogie woogie! After all the rocking around, things simmer down to a more classical touch on July 16th with the Kronos Quartet, although they have been known to collaborate with less traditional classical artists, such as Nine Inch Nails. If you’re in the mood for blues, head down on Friday, July 17th, at 730pm and check out the Robert Cray Band. Still in the mood to party? Check out the all day African Festival, starting at 2pm on Saturday. July 19th, and the range of acts that are lined up to perform as well as food, crafts and clothing.
On Tuesday, July 21st, Celebrate Brooklyn takes a turn with Jackson Browne, noted guitarist and songwriter, who will grace the stage at 530pm. Then, for another change of pace, on July 23rd, the Stephen Petronio Company will dance their way across the bandshell at 8pm. Still not your style? Check out the final posted concert, on July 24th, with Buckwheat Zydeco rocking the stage at 730pm.
No matter your style or preference, Prospect Park has you covered for the next few weeks, so let’s hope it stays dry and we can all get out there and have some fun!