BRIC Media Center Closed this coming Sunday, August 19

The BRIC Media Center will be closed this coming Sunday, August 19— and all Sundays in August. Additionally, the BRIC Media Center will also be closed Saturday, September 1, Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Questions? Please click here!


2003 BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL


Thursday, June 12, 2003
25TH BIRTHDAY PARTY GALA
JOAN ARMATRADING

For 30 years she has been one of popular music's most original and inspiring artists, and she kicks off our 25th Anniversary Season with a rare FREE performance.

Friday, June 13
SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA / ALFREDO DE LA FE

Authentic NYC salsa doesn't come any hotter than the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

Saturday, June 14
BLACKALICIOUS / SEKOU SUNDIATA

Blackalicious, one of the most furiously articulate, soulful, and eclectic rap groups on the planet, brings its progressive West Coast flavor to the Big Apple.

Friday, June 20
ROSANNE CASH / NATALIE MACMASTER

Rosanne Cash has made a triumphant return with her first studio album in a decade. Performing live, she proudly lives up to one of the great names in American music.

Saturday, June 21
BENEFIT CONCERT: ERYKAH BADU

The iconoclastic R&B princess and two time Grammy Award winner graces the Bandshell with her voice of liquid fire in a concert to benefit Celebrate Brooklyn.

Sunday, June 22
THE SAW DOCTORS / PADRAIG STEVENS

Irish roots-rock champions The Saw Doctors make a triumphant return to Brooklyn for one of their legendary shows.

Friday, June 27
THE ABYSSINIANSMARCIA DAVIS & OUTRO

Roots revolutionaries The Abyssinians changed the face of reggae with their dark melodies, honey-smooth harmonies, and transcendent Rastafarian spirituality.

Saturday, June 28
"CAME SO FAR FOR BEAUTY"
AN EVENING OF SONGS BY LEONARD COHEN UNDER THE STARS
with LAURIE ANDERSON / NICK CAVE / THE HANDSOME FAMILY / KATE & ANNA MCGARRIGLE / LINDA THOMPSON / TEDDY THOMPSON / RUFUS WAINWRIGHT / MARTHA WAINWRIGHT
Special Guests PERLA BATALLA and JULIE CHRISTENSEN
PRODUCED BY HAL WILLNER

A host of special guest performers — including some surprise additions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief — fête Canadian poet/songwriter extraordinaire Leonard Cohen with interpretations of his music and writing in a once-in-a-lifetime concert. Visionary music producer Hal Willner presides over the proceedings with his signature off-kilter genius for curating live shows. This event is supported by the Canadian Consulate General New York.

Thursday, July 3
LINCOLN CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA
WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn at the "Close Friend" level and above are invited to an exclusive pre-concert reception. Click here for information on how to become a Friend of Celebrate Brooklyn. Wynton Marsalis leads the incomparable LCJO back to CB for an evening of world-class jazz from its vast repertoire.

Saturday, July 5
CUCO VALOY / NUEVA ERA

Grand master salsero/merenguero Cuco Valoy, known as El Brujo, (the Sorcerer), has endured as one of the Dominican Republic's greatest singers

Friday, July 11
DANCE BRAZIL

Dance Brazil dedicates itself to introducing the delights of Afro-Brazilian movement to America.

Saturday, July 12
CHAVA ALBERSTEIN / EVE'S WOMEN

With a career spanning nearly 50 albums, Chava Alberstein is one of Israel's most dynamic and important musicians and an international folk icon — world music's answer to Joan Baez.

Thursday, July 17
FILM SERIES: THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON — IN 3-D!!!
with THE JAZZ PASSENGERS / GUY KLUCEVESEK & PHILLIP JOHNSTON

Creature feature! Led by sax guru Roy Nathanson, The Jazz Passengers do a radio play-style take on the 1954 3-D camp classic Creature From the Black Lagoon, turning off the sound and doing the voices and music themselves as the film rolls.

Friday, July 18
STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS / SHANNON McNALLY AND THE FIVE POINTS BAND

The mastermind behind Pavement, the 1990s' most influential (and wickedly playful) indie rock outfit, Malkmus has continued his musical innovation with new band the Jicks.

Saturday, July 19
THE DEREK TRUCKS BAND / TONY TRISCHKA BAND / SCRAPOMATIC

Slide guitar wunderkind Derek Trucks churns out a blazing mix of blues, R&B, early rock & roll, and classic jazz with startling virtuosity.

Thursday, July 24
FILM SERIES: BLACK PIRATE
with ALLOY ORCHESTRA / ETHEL

Death and revenge on the high seas! Come see the ever-exhilarating Alloy Orchestra perform its new original score to The Black Pirate.

Friday, July 25
BROOKLYN PHILHARMONIC
with LILLIAS WHITE

Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn at the "Close Friend" level and above are invited to an exclusive pre-concert reception. Click here for information on how to become a Friend of Celebrate Brooklyn. The divine Lillias White, borough native and Broadway superstar lends her heavenly voice to the Brooklyn Philharmonic for a performance full of show-stopping selections from the American songbook.

Saturday, July 26
AFRICAN FESTIVAL:
OLIVER MTUKUDZI AND THE BLACK SPIRIT / DIBLO DIBALA & MATCHATCHA / VUSI MAHLASELA / DOMINIC KANZA / KWAKU KWAAKYE OBENG

Enjoy a full day of music from all over Africa. From rap to Congolese Rumba to masterful drumming there's something to move everyone's body and spirit.

Friday, August 1
FILM SERIES: VERTIGO
THE FOUR BAGS

Hitchcock's phobia classic Vertigo lights up our massive screen with a deadly game of deceit and intrigue played out on the rooftops of San Francisco.

Saturday, August 2
DONNIE / JODY WATLEY

With roots deep in gospel, the voice of an R&B angel, and royal blood running in his veins (he's Marvin Gaye's second cousin), superstar-in-the-making Donnie is the smoothest new addition to the reigning neo-soul pantheon. Pop diva Jody Watley is fabulous as ever.

Sunday, August 3
Budweiser Latin Music Series
INDIA
BORICUA FESTIVAL

India headlines our Boricua festival, a celebration of Puerto Rican culture for the whole family featuring food, crafts, and a some great local artists to keep you dancing into the evening.

Wednesday, August 6
KEELY GARFIELD / JAMEL GAINES

Choreographers-in-residence Garfield and Gaines hold an open rehearsal/lecture/workshop at the Prospect Park Picnic House to share their methods and Techniques used in creating new work for Celebrate Brooklyn.

Thursday, August 7
FILM SERIES: GUYS AND DOLLS
THE HOWARD FISHMAN QUARTET

Brando sings, Sinatra acts, and a Roaring '20s New York is awash in lowlife crooks and high stakes gamblers in Guys and Dolls, the wide-screen cinemascope musical to end all musicals.

Friday, August 8
KEELY GARFIELD
CREATIVE OUTLET DANCE THEATER OF BROOKLYN

Rising star choreographers Jamel Gaines, founder of the Creative Outlet, and Keely Garfield each present electrifying new works commissioned by Celebrate Brooklyn!

Saturday, August 9
Budweiser Latin Music Series
CAFÉ TACUBA / YERBA BUENA / SIDESTEPPER

Heating up traditional Latin music with a volcanic deluge of ska, rock, and hip hop, the unstoppable CafÈ Tacuba has been Mexico's most exciting and creative band for more than a decade.

Tuesday, August 19
BENEFIT CONCERT: BELLE & SEBASTIAN

Not since the Kinks has a pop band made music as thoughtfully literate and melodic as the stuff turned out by Scotland's BELLE & SEBASTIAN. The group performs a rare concert to benefit Celebrate Brooklyn.