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In this moment of profound reckoning for our country, I'm stunned by having witnessed so brazenly the ongoing consequences of whiteness being weaponized against Black bodies. I grieve for the Black lives taken from us: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others. I'm also pained by the toll COVID-19 has taken on our country, our city, our borough, and our neighbors. KEEP READING >>

Member Spotlight: Ona Winet and Keith Bray

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:30AM

Ona Winet and Keith Bray have been supporting the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival for six years as Tent Pass members. Read below to see which types of performances are their favorites.

Member Spotlight: Bethany Patterson

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 10:30AM

This is Bethany Patterson’s first summer as a BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Seat-Pass Member. Read why she’s glad she joined the Friends program. 

Member Spotlight: Alfonso Pastor

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 4:30PM

Gate-pass member Alfonso Pastor has participated in the Friends program for five years. Read on to see why he keeps coming back to the Bandshell.

Nels Cline Performs Lovers on BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Stage

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 11:45AM

For Nels Cline, home is where the guitars are. "I have about a billion guitars here," he says of his Brooklyn home, where he's relaxing for a day in between gigs. And not just any gigs—Nels just returned from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and will soon be on a plane to Tokyo.

He will be back in Brooklyn soon enough, headlining a show at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on August 5. Unpredictable folk revivalist Sam Amidon will open the show and Nels will perform songs from his 2016 album Lovers, an instrumental double-disc of originals and re-arranged versions of "Great American Songbook" standards. Learn more about Nels in this blog post!

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Staff Highlight: Lia Camille Crockett

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 11:30AM

Get to know Lia Camille Crockett, the Associate Producer of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, with this Q&A!

"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."

Member Spotlight: Sandy Jarrett

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 4:00PM

Do you have any stories for us? Any memorable stories?

Sandy: Only of just pure joy, because music makes me so happy. And this makes me happy. I’m so glad that I get to enjoy this with my best friend! 

Member Spotlight: John Tebeau

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 3:30PM

How long have you been a Friend of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival?

John: This is my first year. The chance to support something so special about Brooklyn, share it with friends with our four seats and get an ad for my art business was too good a combination to pass up.

Member Spotlight: The Tiki Brothers

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 3:15PM

What have been your favorite shows?

Many of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival acts have motivated us and demonstrated the art of stagecraft. One of the giants has to be Jimmy Cliff. Mr. Cliff holds the torch high for the good vibes of island living. He inspired us to add “Sitting in Limbo” to our setlist. 

Member Spotlight: Reggie and Simone Ollen

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 3:00PM

How would you describe the Festival to someone from out of town?

Simone: It’s a concert series that brings musicians and dancers and poets from all over the world into our backyard in Brooklyn where we can enjoy it with friends and family.  

Member Spotlight: Joe Sarkis

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 2:45PM

What are three words you would use to describe the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival?

Joe: Trees, fresh air, and live music!

Member Spotlight: Carol and Joel Levy

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 2:15PM

What kind of impact would you say that the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival has on the community?

Carol: It opens people up to new artists. To me, that’s the greatest thing about it.

Hubble Cantata FAQs

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 2:45PM

Interested in attending The Hubble Cantata at the Bandshell this Saturday? Great! Here’s what you need to know.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Highlight: The Hubble Cantata | Aug 6

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 4:00PM

The Hubble Cantata, from composer Paola Prestini, will make its world premiere on Saturday, August 6, at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. In this blog post, Paola and other members of the creative team talk about the performance and how it came to be.