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Celebrate Brooklyn! at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sweeping views, great lawn, dance lessons, beer garden, bike valet & it’s free!

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Booker T. Jones and Rich Medina
Soul Dance Party!

Thursday, May 10, 7:00PM

Booker T. Jones
Rich Medina

Pier 1 Brooklyn Bridge Park (directions)

Having originally played with the house band for Memphis’ Stax Records, Booker T. Jones helped define the sound of southern soul in the 60s while backing luminaries such as Otis Redding and Bill Withers. Since then, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has kept the soul flowing. Jones’ 2011 release The Road from Memphis was met with high praise from critics including NPR's Bob Boilen who said "After all these years, he remains so soulful, and so good." One of New York’s favorite DJs, Rich Medina, will warm up the evening with a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul, unearthing one musical gem after another. Come prepared to bust a move!

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Brazilian Dance Party!

Thursday, May 17, 7:00PM

Nation Beat
Maracatu New York
DJ Greg Caz

Seamlessly fusing Brazilian and Gulf Coast musical traditions, Brooklyn’s own Nation Beat will rock the stage with their bold and colorful sounds — imagine Carnival and Mardi Gras rolled into one! The evening will also feature Maracatu New York, whose thunderous drumming will quicken the pulse of the borough, and DJ Greg Caz, spinning his signature Brazilian beats.

A hip-shakin’ dance lesson from Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance kicks off the party.

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Zydeco/Cajun Dance Party!

Thursday, May 24, 7:00PM

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Jesse Lége and Bayou Brew

Pier 1 Brooklyn Bridge Park (directions)

It’s Mardi Gras set in the New York Harbor when Grammy award-winner Terrance Simien takes the stage. An eighth generation Louisiana Creole, Billboard calls him “one of the finest zydeco artists to emerge from south Louisiana.” Jesse Lége and Bayou Brew will start this Fais do-do with their traditional, foot-stompin’ Cajun dance hall music. Whether you were born on the Bayou or in Brooklyn, you’ll be doin’ the two-step in no time!

Free dance lessons brought to you by the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music.

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