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Dance and Music

June 05 2012 to August 11 2012

Prospect Park West and 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tuesday, June 5, 8:00
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, the 40th of the iconic film The Harder They Come, and 34 years of free shows at Celebrate Brooklyn, reggae legend JIMMY CLIFF kicks off our season with a concert for the ages. Cliff’s musical legacy includes such classics ...MORE INFO>>


Saturday, June 9, 7:30
AfroCubism / Alsarah & The Nubatones
AFROCUBISM is the all-star collaboration between Malian and Cuban musicians that famously never happened: the Africans didn’t make it to Cuba as planned in 1996; the album that was recorded without them became Buena Vista Social Club. The group has finally united...MORE INFO>>


Thursday, June 14, 7:00
Laura Marling / Michael Kiwanuka / Willy Mason
Top shelf indie folk from across the pond. The Times of London recently said of LAURA MARLING, "Who else is making music as ambitious, as haunting, as centuries-straddling, as thought-provoking and artistically tenacious as this? Not a soul." She’s joined by the likewise preternaturally talented MICHAEL KIWANUKA...MORE INFO>>


Friday, June 15, 8:00
Geri Allen & Carrie Mae Weems: Slow Fade to Black with Esperanza Spalding / Terri Lyne Carrington / Lizz Wright / Patrice Rushen and more!
The great pianist GERI ALLEN and the world-renowned photographer and video artist CARRIE MAE WEEMS team up for this special world premiere commission. SLOW FADE TO BLACK combines...MORE INFO>>


Saturday, June 16, 6:30
Balkan Beat Box / Chico Trujillo / Nation Beat
An ecstatic melting pot of a dance party for all the citizens of the planet to call their own, where BALKAN BEAT BOX’s transcendent pan-Mediterranean bacchanal collides with the Chilean ska-punk-new cumbia of “world-class party band” (NY Times) CHICO TRUJILLO and the “creative and flawless” (CMJ) fusion of Brazilian maracatu...MORE INFO>>


Thursday, June 21, 7:30
Mary Mary / Latice Crawford
MARY MARY brings a heavenly dose of urban contemporary gospel to the Bandshell. The Grammy-winning sisters Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell blazed a trail in the last decade by introducing soul, hip-hop, funk, and jazz into the genre. Their pioneering crossover hit Shackles (Praise You) arrived in 2000, and since then they have and earned three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards....MORE INFO>>


Friday, June 22, 7:30
 Keb' Mo' / Natalia Zukerman
A channeler of authentic Delta Blues and one of the form’s greatest modern interpreters, KEB’ MO’ effortlessly incorporates other styles into his playing and storytelling in a powerful celebration of African American roots music. He’s here for what promises to be an unforgettable solo performance, with an opening by NATALIA ZUKERMAN...MORE INFO>>


Saturday, June 23, 7:30
Budlight Music Series
Lyricist Lounge 20th Anniversary featuring Ghostface Killah / Camp Lo / Astro / & More

Many of the greatest names in the game have passed through the legendary Lyricist Lounge, and what began 20 years ago as an open mic night in a studio apartment on the LES has become one of the most revered showcases...MORE INFO>>


Thursday, June 28, 8:00
Ballet Hispanico
The leading representative of Hispanic culture in American dance, BALLET HISPANICO’s innovative repertory fuses ballet, modern, and Latin forms into a spirited image of the contemporary Latino diaspora. The dynamic program here includes Artistic Director Eduard Vilaro’s first piece for the company Aruska...MORE INFO>>


Friday, June 29, 7:30
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / The Brooklyn Steppers / Dayna Kurtz
Troy “TROMBONE SHORTY” Andrews, "New Orleans' brightest new star in a generation," (SF Chronicle) and his untouchable band whip up "a near-deafening, funk-charged blast of percussion, brass, reeds ...MORE INFO>>


Saturday, June 30, 7:30
Angélique Kidjo's Women Waging Peace with Special Guests Laurie Anderson / Sibongile Khumalo / Somi
World music superstar ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO, named one of the “World’s 100 Most Inspiring Women” by the Guardian UK, curates this very special commission tribute to Wangari Maathai, the late Nobel Peace Prize winner and Kenyan political, environmental and women’s...MORE INFO>>


Saturday, July 7, 7:30
Souad Massi / Simon Shaheen
The outspoken Algerian songbird SOUAD MASSI is one of the most original and captivating voices to come out of North Africa in a generation, with a stylistic range that runs the gamut from Western folk, rock, and country to flamenco, Arab street pop, and the chaabi music of her home. This very special performance coincides...MORE INFO>>


Sunday, July 8, 4:00
Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert
Sweet Honey in The Rock
The women of legendary vocal group SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK “unite to create a sound so pure, smooth, and homogenous that it does not seem humanly possible.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Their deep commitment to creating music out of the rich textures...MORE INFO>>


Friday, July 13, 7:00
Bud Light Latin Music Series
Celebrate Brooklyn & LAMC present
Calle 13 / Ana Tijoux / Ritmo Machine

CALLE 13’s groundbreaking and eclectic urban style has made this Puerto Rican band “one of the most popular and innovative in Latin music, without fitting any recognizable mold.” (NY Times)...MORE INFO>>


Saturday, July 14, 7:30
Music & Movies
Saturday Night Fever / Tragedy
The film that catapulted John Travolta to stardom and sent disco and the Gibb brothers into the stratosphere has some of the greatest dance scenes ever committed to celluloid, but it’s also a moving coming of age drama and a gritty, sometimes brutal portrait...MORE INFO>>


Friday, July 20, 7:30
Machel Montano / BélO
MACHEL MONTANO, whose “place as soca’s most transformative star is undeniable,” (NY Times) brings the wild and steamy spirit of Trinidad Carnival to Brooklyn—and the people will rejoice! With an opening set by the socially conscious Creole singer-songwriter BélO...MORE INFO>>


Saturday, July 21, 7:30
Bud Light Latin Music Series 
Arturo Sandoval / Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

A night of red hot Latin jazz with dueling Grammy winners ARTURO SANDOVAL, who can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, or soar over a Mozart concerto with equal power and grace...MORE INFO>>


Friday, July 27, 7:30
The Head and the Heart / Lost in the Trees
THE HEAD AND THE HEART is a band whose “name describes its sound perfectly—lyrics and music inspired by both intellect and emotion," (NPR) and everything about its swelling vocal harmonies and driving acoustic stomps seems at the very center of the American roots revival. With the “stunningly gorgeous” (LA Times)...MORE INFO>>


Saturday, July 28, 7:30
Music & Movies
The Muppet Movie Sing-A-Long / Loser's Lounge

Why are there so many songs about rainbows? Come ask the LOSER’S LOUNGE, when we screen THE MUPPET MOVIE (the 1979 original) and that all-star tribute ensemble gets its Kermit on before the show with a salute to the Muppet musical œuvre. Bring your kids, your voice...MORE INFO>>


Thursday, August 2, 7:30
Music & Movies
Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet / The Love Show

With a Nino Rota score, Oscars for cinematography and costume design (and a host of nominations including Best Picture), and scandalous star turns by teenage beauties Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, Zeffirelli’s 1968 adaptation of ROMEO & JULIET is a feast...MORE INFO>>


Friday, August 3, 7:30
Wild Flag / Mission of Burma
A double bill to save your rock and roll soul. WILD FLAG rose from the ashes of Sleater-Kinney and Helium, and its eponymous debut album is “a glorious reminder of rock at its most exuberant.” (Chicago Tribune) the decade-long resurgence of “post-punk legends” (Pitchfork) MISSION OF BURMA continues with the release of their new...MORE INFO>>


Saturday, August 4, 6:30
The Del McCoury Band / Cahalen Morrison & Eli West / Spirit Family Reunion
A generation-spanning triple bill in honor of the dearly departed Earl Scruggs led by the great DEL McCOURY. With his sons in the band, McCoury conjures an authentic high lonesome sound that prompted Dirty Linen to declare, “There’s no voice in bluegrass quite as distinct.”...MORE INFO>>


Thursday, August 9, 8:00
Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Inspired by artistic directors Dwight Rhoden, “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day,” (NY Times) and Desmond Richardson, “one of the great modern dancers of his time,” (NY Times) and their pronounced appreciation for the multicultural, COMPLEXIONS’ unique mix of methods, styles, and cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement...MORE INFO>>


Friday, August 10, 7:30
Bud Light Music Series
Little Dragon / Frankie Rose / Voices of Black

The Swedish electro-soul outfit LITTLE DRAGON, fronted by the enchanting vocalist Yukimi Nagano, plays “richly textured and highly vibe-y electronic music that could soundtrack both the dance party and the chill-out room.” (Rolling Stone) With Brooklyn indie scene vet...MORE INFO>>


Saturday, August 11, 7:30
Lyle Lovett / Aoife O'Donovan
LYLE LOVETT’s wry wit and omnivorous musical pallet embraces everything from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop, and his live performances feel “like the best kind of soul-stirring church service, full of joy, solemnity, reverence, and contemplation. (Boston Globe) Transplanted Brooklynite AOIFE O’DONOVAN...MORE INFO>>





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