The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival has announced its summer line-up, and it is awesome! The concerts are all free and will run through August 13.
Starting us off right in the Prospect Park bandshell will be Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, on June 8. Jones participated in the festival in 2010, and launched a new album last year.
On July 23 Jon Batiste and Stay Human will be on vacation from their gig at the Stephen Colbert “Late Show.” In addition, many international musicians will be taking part in what is the 38th year of this amazing festival.
The highlight of the festival will take place on August 6 when Paola Prestini’s “The Hubble Cantata” will be performed for the first time anywhere. The concert will feature the Norwegian orchestra 1B1, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and rare footage from the Hubble telescope. A part of the piece is meant to be viewed through virtual reality, and 6,000 virtual reality headsets will be distributed to audience members so they can get the total effect of the piece.
There are also three benefit concerts this summer, all of which require a purchased ticket. Tame Impala on June 14-15; The Lumineers on August 3; and Herbie Hancock on August 11.
For the complete schedule and other information contact BRICartsmedia.org/cb.