BRIC Media Center Closed this coming Sunday, August 19

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2004 BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL


Wednesday, June 16
LOS LOBOS

The great LA-based roots rockers - on tour promoting their newest release, The Ride - kick off our 26th season.

Friday, June 18
THE SUBDUDES / TERRENCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE

Described by Stereophile as "one part folk-rock, one part soul revival, one part New Orleans jam band, and a healthy final dollop of gospel fervor," THE SUBDUDES make a stop at Celebrate Brooklyn on their reunion tour, sharing the bill with the red-hot zydeco accordionist TERRANCE SIMIEN.

Saturday, June 19
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO / VUSI MAHLASELA

In celebration of the ten year anniversary of a free South Africa, the peerless vocal group LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO, who came to the world's attention in the 1980s with Paul Simon's Graceland album, share the evening with fellow countryman VUSI MAHLASELA, a guitarist and singer of surpassing beauty. Presented with major support from the South African Consulate General in New York, South African Tourism Company and Fleur Du Cap wines.

Thursday, June 24
BURNING SPEAR / OLIVER LAKE STEEL QUARTET

The roots reggae legend BURNING SPEAR returns to Celebrate Brooklyn for a gathering of the faithful, sharing the bill with NY's own OLIVER LAKE.

Independence Community Bank Series
Saturday, June 26
HAL WILLNER'S NEIL YOUNG PROJECT featuring
(in order of appearance)
ANTONY / STAN RIDGWAY & PIETRA WEXSTUN / JANE SIBERRY / TEDDY THOMPSON / RON SEXSMITH / IRON & WINE / PETER STAMPFEL & JOHN KRUTH / JENNI MULDAUR / CAT POWER / SHAWN AMOS / ED HARCOURT / JAMES BLOOD ULMER / SUN KIL MOON / THE BE GOOD TANYAS / ADAM DORN / KEMBRA PFAHLER / JOAN WASSER / BONFIRE MADIGAN / ELLIOTT SHARP / ERIC MINGUS / AMBROSIA PARSLEY

Following up last season's monumental homage to Leonard Cohen - one of Time Out NY's Top Ten Live Performances of the Year - visionary producer HAL WILLNER explores the oeuvre of NEIL YOUNG with a sparkling lineup of guest artists. Presented with major support from the Canadian Consulate General in New York.

Thursday, July 1
THE UNITY SESSIONS: A MUSICAL COLLISION OF ROOTS AND CULTURE

Some of Israel's leading hip-hop artists, including Mooke, Segol 59, Hasidic beatboxer Matisyahu, and Palestinian MC TN (a.k.a. Tamer from DAM) join Yoel Ben Simhon and his Sultana Ensemble, Kenny Muhammad (the Human Orchestra), oud virtuoso George Mgrdichian and other excellent local Middle Eastern musicians to showcase a creative fusion of melody, rhythm and rhyme. Produced by JDub Records, The Storahtelling Co., and Aliza Rabinoff.

Saturday, July 3
Budweiser Latin Music Series

BACILOS / CABAS / RADIO MUNDIAL

A dazzling pan-Latin triple bill! Grammy-winning BACILOS's core members come from Colombia, Brazil, and Puerto Rico, and the band's inclusive folk rock sound reflects its wide-ranging tropical origins. Colombian sensation CABAS is being hailed as the next great Latin pop star on the strength of his diverse 2003 album Contacto. Rounding out the evening is Brooklyn's RADIO MUNDIAL, whose infectious funk and roll melds influences from all over the Latin spectrum in a raucous neighborhood block party.

Friday, July 9
Budweiser Latin Music Series
NATALIA LAFOURCADE / CONTROL MACHETE

An all-Mexican double: Triple threat (singer/songwriter/producer) prodigy NATALIA LAFOURCADE won a Best Pop Album Latin Grammy nomination for her self-titled 2004 debut and is on the verge of international superstardom. Alt-rap heroes CONTROL MACHETE come armed with a new album, Uno, Dos: Bandera (featuring Lafourcade), and an arsenal of south of the border rhymes. Travel support provided by AeroMexico, the Mexican Cultural Institute and MexAm Cultural Foundation.

Saturday, July 10
Independence Community Bank Series
BROOKLYN PHILHARMONIC: "Ellis Island - The Dream of America"
featuring Barbara Barrie and Barry Bostwick

In composer/conductor Peter Boyer's most ambitious work to date, the Brooklyn Philharmonic celebrates the American immigrant experience and the American dream in a multi-media program featuring projected images from the Ellis Island Archive and actors Barbara Barrie and Barry Bostwick. The Brooklyn Philharmonic has become "essential...to the cultural life of greater New York." - NY Times.

Thursday, July 15
Music & Movies Series

THE GENERAL with ALLOY ORCHESTRA / INVERT

The renowned ALLOY ORCHESTRA performs its newest original score to THE GENERAL (1927), a wild train chase/love story starring Buster Keaton set during Civil War that is one of the great accomplishments of the silent era (1hr:19min @ 8:40). Come early to catch INVERT, a maverick Brooklyn based string quartet that confounds expectations by folding jazz, rock, and world music flourishes into its new music repertoire.

Friday, July 16
VAN HUNT / BRAZILIAN GIRLS

The electrifying young singer VAN HUNT brings his homegrown Atlanta soul to Brooklyn. Opening up with a set of high-energy grooves to sink your teeth into is the eclectic ensemble BRAZILIAN GIRLS. Sponsored by Giant Step powered by LG Mobile Phones.

Saturday, July 17
MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP

Back by popular demand, the world-renowned dancer, choreographer, and iconoclast returns to the Bandshell with his powerful and irreverent company.

Sunday, July 18
Independence Community Bank Series
DAN ZANES & FRIENDS MUSICAL PICNIC

Proud Brooklyn resident DAN ZANES, an all-ages musician with the magnetic charm and wild hair of a rock star, plays songs clever and catchy enough to rope in not only the kids and kid sympathizers but any teens who happen by. A gang of friends joins him at the Bandshell for a get together of joyful music and mayhem.

Thursday, July 22
Music & Movies Series

Roger Corman's X - THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES with PERE UBU / CLEM SNIDE

Led by the irrepressible David Thomas, underground forefathers PERE UBU came roaring out of Cleveland in the mid-1970s and inflamed the imaginations of generations of rockers to come with their avant-garage sound. Thomas, undiminished as a force in musical and theatrical experimentalism since moving to England over a decade ago, brings the band to Park Slope for a rare evening combining music and a cult black & white film classic sure to delight and terrify those brave enough to attend. Preceded by Brooklyn's own CLEM SNIDE, who began life as a tough punk trio but have since mellowed into a thoughtful though still sharp edged alt-country/rock band.

Friday, July 23
LES YEUX NOIRS / MERCAN DEDE

Double your world music pleasure: LES YEUX NOIRS, a fiery Gypsy ensemble that sings in French, Russian, and Yiddish, pits its violins against MERCAN DEDE, a Turkish DJ/producer who pairs electronica with a live band of traditional musicians-and then unleashes whirling dervishes on the stage.

Saturday, July 24
JAY FARRAR / MARTHA WAINWRIGHT

Though JAY FARRAR was one of the most influential voices in the '90s alt-country movement (as a founding member of both Uncle Tupelo and Sun Volt), his solo career has proven that he is no slave to the genre he helped create. Come early to catch the enchanting singer-songwriter MARTHA WAINWRIGHT, a member of Canada's greatest musical dynasty (sister of Rufus, daughter of Louden Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle) and now a proud Brooklynite.

Thursday, July 29
Music & Movies Series
FRANKENSTEIN with THE BQE PROJECT / ONE RING ZERO

Brooklyn based ensemble THE BQE PROJECT gives a world premier performance of its original score to FRANKENSTEIN (1931), iconic director James Whale's horror masterpiece starring Boris Karloff (1hr:11min @ 8:40). ONE RING ZERO opens with a set of frenetic klezmer/circus jazz that features claviola, theramin, and some even less likely instrumentation.

Friday, July 30
Independence Community Bank Series
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS / CORN MO

Brooklyn's favorite underground pop saboteurs rev up the hometown crowd with a rare free show. For openers they've imported a wild man from Texas called CORN MO, whose accordion based tunes lie somewhere between vaudeville and hair metal. Presented with support from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates.

Saturday, July 31
Budweiser Latin Music Series

BORICUA FESTIVAL:
NíKLABE / LARRY HARLOWíS LATIN LEGENDS / PLENA LIBRE

Our annual all-day celebration of Puerto Rican culture for the whole family features food, crafts, and a powerhouse lineup of fantastic bands that will keep the crowd dancing into the evening. The electrifying NíKLABE, fronted by three dynamic young salseros dedicated to bringing pure salsa to a new generation, goes head to head with LARRY HARLOWíS LATIN LEGENDS, one of the all-time great New York salsa orchestras. PLENA LIBRE spices things up with its Bomba and Plena rhythms, and local artists fill out the daylong on-stage party. Travel support provided by JetBlue Airways. Presented in collaboration with the Boricua Festival Committee / HYPA.

Thursday, August 5
Music & Movies Series
THUNDERBALL starring Sean Connery
LOSERS' LOUNGE 007

See the one and only Sean Connery, THUNDERBALL (1965), in what may be the best 007 film ever, in stunning wide-screen format on our humongous screen! (2hrs:10min @ 8:35). Be sure to come early to catch the always inspiring downtown hipster collective LOSER'S LOUNGE as they pay tribute with a set of vintage Bond tunes.

Friday, August 6
Budweiser Latin Music Series
ANDREA ECHEVERRY / VOLUMEN CERO

ANDREA ECHEVERRY, frontwoman of Los Aterciopelados, carries on the Rock en Español titans' funky hybrid of Latin American traditions, electronica, and rock with her new solo project. With Miami-based alt-rockers VOLUMEN CERO, whose members come from Peru and Chile and have been known to cover The Cure. Presented in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference.

Saturday, August 7
AFRICAN FESTIVAL: KANDA BONGO MAN / SIDIKI / LORRAINE KLASSEN / KALETA

Our 13th annual African party is an all-day extravaganza of music, food, and culture featuring artists from around the continent. Headlining is the legendary Zaire-born singer and bandleader KANDA BONGO MAN, who reinvented soukous by incorporating a host of eclectic influences. Also on the bill: Guinean performer SIDIKI; LORRAINE KLASSEN from South Africa; Beninois guitarist KALETA; and exceptional Afro-pop newcomers the AFRICAN BROTHERS COLLECTIVE, featuring musicians from Togo, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Italy, and right here in New York. Presented in association with the Museum for African Art.

A Concert to Benefit Celebrate Brooklyn Tuesday, August 10
BOB MARLEY ROOTS ROCK REGGAE FESTIVAL
featuring
THE MARLEY BROTHERS: ZIGGY MARLEY / STEPHEN MARLEY / JULIAN MARLEY / DAMIAN JR. GONG MARLEY / KY-MANI MARLEY and special guests NAPPY ROOTS / VTOOTS AND THE MAYTALS / SLIGHTLY STOOPID / LOONER