2019 Opening Night REVEL & Concert


Featuring Patti LaBelle

Honoring Outgoing BRIC Board Chair Hilary Ackermann

Hosted by actress & comedian Franchesca Ramsey (Comedy Central, MTV, Last Name Basis Podcast) 

Fashion Partner and Style Legend Nanette Lepore 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Prospect Park Bandshell
5:30PM REVEL (Ticketed Fundraiser)
8:00PM Patti LaBelle Performance (FREE) 
9:30-11:30PM REVEL After-Party feat. DJ Natasha Diggs
(FREE for fundrasier attendees and Friends members at the Tent Level and above)

On Tuesday, June 4, BRIC will kick off summer with a celebration of creativity and community, paying special tribute to BRIC Board Chair, Hilary Ackermann at the Opening Night REVEL.

The REVEL will offer guests an immersive one-of-a-kind experience, from day to dusk to dark. Highlights will include a creative cocktail hour, a wonderful shared meal for 400+ of Brooklyn’s tastemakers and decision-makers in a joyful outdoor setting in Prospect Park, reserved seats up front for the performance, followed by drinks and dancing at our DJ-led After Party.

Proceeds from the REVEL will enable BRIC to continue serving upwards of 200,000 annually with free world-class performances at the Prospect Park Bandshell!


Honoring Hilary Ackermann
Join us to celebrate the profound impact that BRIC Board Chair Hilary Ackermann has had on the organization, as she steps down from her leadership role. The former Chief Risk Officer for Goldman Sachs Bank USA, she now serves on several corporate boards, including Credit Suisse Holdings USA. During her BRIC tenure, Hilary worked with the Board and senior leadership to significantly expand BRIC’s programming, education initiatives, and community engagement work, to realize the full potential of BRIC’s multi-disciplinary arts and media center, BRIC House. Most recently as Board Chair, she guided the national search for BRIC’s President Kristina Newman-Scott, the first immigrant and woman of color to serve in this role.

Performance by Patti LaBelle
Beautiful simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. The soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance, and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards, and spiritual sonnets has created the unique platform of versatility that she is known and revered for. We are thrilled that she will headline our Opening Night Concert.

The Revel will be hosted by actress, comedian and author Franchesca Ramsey (Comedy Central, MTV), who known for the acclaimed podcast Last Name Basis, part of the BRIC RADIO network. In 2018, Franchesca published her first book, Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist.

Fashion designer Nanette Lepore, who recently moved her company to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will be lending her creative vision to the evening as the official fashion partner.

After Party 

Come dance the night away with us at our After Party immediately following Patti Labelle’s stellar performance as part of our Opening Night of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell. This DJ-led after party will feature Natasha Diggs who has become a force to be reckoned with and one of the most sought-after DJs in the world. Enjoy an open bar as we welcome the start of summer, and the most beloved tradition of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Free for REVEL fundraiser attendees and Friends Members at the Tent level and above. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Marissa Miller at mmiller@bricartsmedia.org or 718.683.5637.