Name: Lia Camille Crockett
Position: Associate Producer
This is your first summer at the Bandshell. What were you up to before joining BRIC and the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival?
I've been working in various facets of live events for years, most recently with Brooklyn-based media company Remezcla. Prior to that, I was working with several festivals and live music events in Austin, Texas, which is where I’m from.
What drew you to come work for BRIC?
I was excited by the opportunity to work with such diverse artists and not be stuck in one genre or scene. I also appreciate how committed this Festival is to being accessible to all people, which is really important to me. Traditions can develop around these types of long-running annual events, which become seeped into people's memories and culture. I find that really special.
Which BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival shows have you been to in the past? Which ones stand out?
Last year was my first summer in New York and a Bandshell show was high on my list of summer activities, so I went to the Femi Kuti / Bombino show last July. It reminded me of when my parents would take me to free music events growing up, and it was so impactful for me to be exposed to different types of music at a young age. Dancing under the lights, watching people my age turning up next to grandparents with a napping baby was like being at the best backyard party ever!
Tell us more about your role as Associate Producer. What will you be doing this summer?
I'll probably spend most of my time obsessively checking and re-checking Run-of-Show Documents and artist schedules! From the moment we confirm that an artist will perform, to when they leave the Bandshell after their set, I'm connecting our team with their team to ensure that they have what they need to put on a killer show—and have an awesome time! I do plan on taking some dance breaks here and there, too!
Which shows are you most excited for this summer and why?
I've been dying to see Amadou & Mariam since I first heard their music, so that one will be big for me. I'm also really excited for Quantic doing a live performance. He's known as a genius producer and DJ, and I'm excited for fans to see his live show. The Soul Rebels, Pilobolus, Youssou N'Dour, Chronixx, Admiral T…it's a really good lineup this year, I have to say!
How do you feel that Brooklyn—and New York City overall--inspires creativity and artistry?
In order to think creatively you have to be exposed to new ideas and perspectives, which thankfully can be achieved here through New York's diversity. It's also ever-changing and a revolving door of newbies like me, each with a different take on things. I love that people here feel a sense of responsibility to preserving their city's history as an artistic center, to keep creating and supporting the arts, which I hope also translates to preserving our diverse communities.