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2005 BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL


Wednesday, June 15
RICKIE LEE JONES
American Roots Series

Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off the summer with a rare New York appearance by RICKIE LEE JONES, in her first live performance since releasing a new album this spring.

Friday, June 17
BAD PLUS / CHARLIE HUNTER TRIO / JAMES CARTER ORGAN TRIO
JVC Jazz Festival

An unbeatable jazz triple: Maverick piano/power trio BAD PLUS shatters genre boundaries with high-energy rock covers and intense originals. ("Moving, mighty music -- bad in all the right ways." - Rolling Stone ) The eight-string guitar wizard CHARLIE HUNTER makes a huge sound that's "astonishing...dirtily funky" (CMJ) , and JAMES CARTER, whom Lester Bowie once called "the greatest sax player to come around since Coltrane," swings in with his organ trio to complete the best jazz night of the summer. Presented in association with JVC Jazz Festival New York .

Saturday, June 18
PHILADANCO

Philadelphia's spectacular company comes to Brooklyn for a full evening of breathtakingly athletic dance. A trailblazer in the African American dance community since 1970, PHILADANCO has become one of the country's leading ensembles with a consistently imaginative and compelling repertory and a joyful, exuberant approach to performance.

Thursday, June 23
HUGH MASEKELA / WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: 9 DRAWINGS FOR PROJECTION
Celebrate South Africa!

This once in a lifetime event featuring two of South Africa's greatest artists begins with a performance by iconic jazz trumpeter and world fusion pioneer HUGH MASEKELA. Following the concert, internationally renowned visual artist WILLIAM KENTRIDGE presents his astonishing film/live music project 9 DRAWINGS FOR PROJECTION -- a collection of vibrant animations accompanied by a string quartet with voice, piano, and trumpet, with music composed and conducted by Kentridge's longtime collaborator Philip Miller. Presented in collaboration with the Public Art Fund with major support provided by Bloomberg, South African Consulate General in New York and South African Tourism.

Friday, June 24
SOULIVE / ANTIBALAS AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA
The Village Voice Dance Party

Dueling grooves are on tap as the organ-driven jazz-meets-Sly Stone soul of SOULIVE, "a righteous soul machine" says Entertainment Weekly , goes head to head with ANTIBALAS, whose thunderous concoction of Afrobeat, Latin dance rhythms, and good old American funk has made them a Brooklyn favorite. "(Antibalas) does best when they've got a hip-to-hip crowd they can heat up by degrees - with ultra-tight Fela covers and original songs that might as well be." - Village Voice

Saturday, June 25
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS / STARS / THE SADIES

A host of indie rockers descends on the Bandshell for an early Canada Day fete, led by Vancouver supergroup the NEW PORNOGRAPHERS. Fresh off the release of its extraordinary third album Set Yourself on Fire , Montreal's STARS is one of the Great White North's hottest bands. THE SADIES come from Toronto with a distinctive sound that incorporates everything from traditional country to surf music to garage rock. Presented with major support from the Canadian Consulate General in New York.

Thursday, August 30
THE DEL MCCOURY BAND / CHIP TAYLOR &CARRIE RODRIGUEZ

Bluegrass elder statesman DEL MCCOURY brings the authentic high lonesome sound to Brooklyn. "There's no voice quite as distinct in bluegrass as that of Del McCoury." -Dirty Linen The soulful country of acclaimed singer-songwriter CHIP TAYLOR (author of the seminal ANGEL OF THE MORNING) and CARRIE RODRIGUEZ sets the mood. Community sponsor Betancourt &Associates Realty.

Friday, July 1
BILAL / MARTHA REDBONE
Independence Community Bank Series

Neo soul renaissance man BILAL's passionate, urban storytelling has put him in elite company: he's a member of the Soul Aquarians collective, along with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, ?uestlove, Q-Tip, and D'Angelo. With the infectious R&B funk of Brooklyn born and raised MARTHA REDBONE.

Saturday, July 2
SHADOW / TRINIDAD SLAM
Washington Mutual Concert Series

SHADOW, Trinidad's fiercest Calypsonian, riles up the soca faithful with thumping basslines, addictive grooves, and heavy lyrics delivered in his deep, unmistakable voice. Two great local Trinidadian poets, ROGER BONAIR-AGARD and CHERYL BOYCE TAYLOR (Brooklyn and Queens, respectively), get this evening of wordplay off to a fine start.

Friday, July 8
POLYGRAPH LOUNGE / LAURIE BERKNER
Music & Movies Series

POLYGRAPH LOUNGE, a virtuosic duo specializing in musical hilarity/anarchy in the Spike Jones tradition, tunes its antics to kids' frequencies for the night. Noggin star LAURIE BERKNER charms young and old alike with her irresistible -- and highly interactive -- performances which never fail to spark playful singing, gleeful dancing, and sublime silliness all around.

Saturday, July 9
RALPH'S WORLD / EZRA JACK KEATS READING
with RITA HOUSTON
Independence Community Bank Series
Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert

RALPH'S WORLD, the super-heroic persona of kids' rocker Ralph Covert, plays "indie rock for music fans who still hold their parents' hands. WFUV personality RITA HOUSTON warms up the crowd with a reading of classic EZRA JACK KEATS stories.

Thursday, July 14
OZOMATLI / PACHA
Budweiser Latin Music Series

The gritty Latin fusion clan OZOMATLI provides the perfect soundtrack for some hot-blooded midsummer indiscretion with its "captivating brew of salsa, ranchero, rock, jazz, funk and rap" (USA Today ). Steamy local pan-Latin outfit PACHA gets things moving in the right direction with "a positively charged blend that will hit you like a rum laced organic smoothie" (NY Press ).

Friday, July 15
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE / BETTYE LAVETTE
American Roots Series

Few can touch country blues harmonica master CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, who effortlessly "mixes music from his Mississippi Delta roots with Chicago jump, jazz, and rock 'n' roll to effect a totally unique sound." -Biloxi Sun Herald R&B powerhouse BETTYE LAVETTE, an authentic practitioner of northern soul, opens up. Community sponsorship by Warren Lewis Realty Associates .

Saturday, July 16
BROOKLYN PHILHARMONIC: THEY CAME, THEY SAW, THEY CONQUERED

Brooklyn's orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary with a program of works by four composers who had a significant impact on New York, either as residents or through memorable performances in the city: Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Offenbach, and Gershwin. Guest conductor CHELSEA TIPTON, II leads the orchestra; Avery Fisher Award-winning violinist TAI MURRAY performs Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto .

Friday, July 22
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with ALLOY ORCHESTRA / KAIKU

ALLOY ORCHESTRA performs its latest score, written especially for a newly-restored print of the chilling 1925 Lon Cheney silent classic PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. The Brooklyn-based Finnish folksters KAIKU start off the evening with some spookily beautiful harmonies.

Saturday, July 23
EDDIE PALMIERI Y LA PERFECTA II / WILLIAM CEPEDA BOMBASHE / plus Bimbo "El Oso Manoso" / Boys Harbor Conservatory Youth Ensemble / Miguel Algarin / La Salsa de Hoy / Los Trios Gentiles
Budweiser Latin Music Series

Salsa legend EDDIE PALMIERI revs up his fiery band to headline our annual Boricua Fest, a daylong celebration of Puerto Rican music and culture. The showcase of other great bands includes the versatile WILLIAM CEPEDA, whose BOMBASHE project bumps up traditional bomba, plena, and folkloric Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms with a horn section and some lively dancers. Presented in collaboration with the Boricua Festival Committee with major support from NYC Councilmember Sara M. Gonzalez.

Thursday, July 28
MILLY QUEZADA / GRUPO AGUAKATE
Budweiser Latin Music Series

Dominican diva MILLY QUEZADA -"la Reina del Merengue" - is a bona fide international superstar, having toured the world and topped the Billboard charts. This night pairs the traditional with the newest of the new: GRUPO AGUAKATE will whip the crowd into a frenzy with its irresistible party vibe mash up of reggaetÛn, merengue, and hip-hop

Friday, July 29
THE SOUND OF MUSIC / SLAM
Music & Movies Series

The hills of Prospect Park are alive with the sound of the Von Trapp family singing their little hearts out in the greatest musical of them all! Julie Andrews stars in this epic 1965 wide-screen masterpiece. The evening begins with the wacky mobile percussion of SLAM, drummer Kenny Wollesen's raucous marching band.

Saturday, July 30
MORGAN HERITAGE / DON MINOTT &THE HIGH VOLTAGE BAND

Denroy Morgan's reggae legacy lives on through his children in MORGAN HERITAGE, which pairs R&B flavored grooves with gospel harmonies and Rastafarian lyrics. DON MINOTT opens with a set of socially, politically, and spiritually positive roots and lover's rock

Sunday, July 31
THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED / GOKH-BI SYSTEM / MARIA DE BARROS / FAMRO DIOUBATE'S KAKANDE'S / ALAIN NKOSSI KONDA
Independence Community Bank Series
African Festival!

Our 14th annual African party is an all-day extravaganza of music, food, and culture featuring artists from around the continent. "The Lion of Zimbabwe," and one of Africa's most acclaimed singer-songwriters, THOMAS MAPFUMO, and his band, THE BLACKS UNLIMITED, leads the way, with Senegalese hip-hop sensations GOKH-BI SYSTEM and the stunning Cape Verdian songbird MARIA DE BARROS also taking the stage. FAMRO DIOUBATEíS KAKANDE'S traditional Mande music of West Africa and ALAIN NKOSSI KONDA, who mixes DRC soukous with funk and reggae learned in the urban jungle of NYC, round out the lineup. Presented in association with the Museum for African Art.

Friday, August 5
PLASTILINA MOSH / KINKY / JD NATASHA
Budweiser Latin Music Series

It's a Mexican aural feast, as PLASTILINA MOSH serves a combo of '60s sleazy-listening, '70s disco/funk, '80s punk/new wave, and '90s hip-hop. The electrifying KINKY juices up the Bandshell with an equally unique "hodgepodge of electro-gauze, fuzz guitars, Latin beats, and sweetheart tunes that Shakira would order her bodyguards to kill for" (Spin ). Ultra sassy Cuban-Argentine (via Miami) rock ingenue JD NATASHA adds an extra splash of danger to the mix. Presented in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference with support from The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, and the Mex-Am Cultural Foundation.

Saturday, August 6
TARZAN THE APE MAN with MOCEAN WORKER / JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN
Independence Community Bank Series

The captivating Australian crossover sensation KASEY CHAMBERS channels a childhood spent deep in the outback in songs full of longing and wide-open spaces. Also from down under, THE GREENCARDS do a wicked take on classic bluegrass.

Sunday, August 7
KÉKÉLÉ / LÁGBÁJÁ / RAZIA / AFRICAN UNDERGROUND ALLSTARS / MARTINO ATANGANA & THE AFRICAN BLUE NOTE
Music & Movies Series

Man-eating lions! Bloodthirsty jungle pygmies! Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in a loincloth! The 1932 classic TARZAN THE APE MAN gets updated with a new score -- commissioned especially for Celebrate Brooklyn -- written and performed live by the jazz savvy electronic musician MOCEAN WORKER. The night gets off to a sultry start with indie rock superfoxxx Joan Wasser's JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN.