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!


2006 BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL


Thursday, June 15
MACEO PARKER
American Express Opening Night Concert

MACEO PARKER's gritty sax lines have graced some of the best party music in history in his collaborations with James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, and Prince. Parker, one of the original architects of funk, kicks off a whole summer of the finest free shows in town.

Friday, June 16
TIEMPO LIBRE / JAVIER GARCÕA / CUBAN COWBOYS
Bud Light Latin Music Series

A fiesta of tropical rhythms with Grammy-nominated TIEMPO LIBRE, JAVIER GARCÕA, and local faves the CUBAN COWBOYS.

Saturday, June 17
LAURIE ANDERSON / CHIRGILCHIN

For this rare outdoor hometown appearance LAURIE ANDERSON will perform new, old and improvised music and stories, joined by fellow musicians Skuli Sverrisson and Peter Scherer. Tuvan throat singers of CHIRGILCHIN open.

Thursday, June 22
LOS LONELY BOYS / JAMES HUNTER
Washington Mutual Concert Series

The Grammy-winning LOS LONELY BOYS work blazing guitar riffs, shimmering vocal harmonies, & Latin rhythms into "a super-charged blast of Texas roots rock with heavy debts to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Los Lobos." (LA Times) Soul sensation JAMES HUNTER opens.

Friday, June 23
NATALIE MacMASTER's CAPE BRETON with DONNELL LEAHY / NATALIE HAAS / SUSAN McKEOWN / CATHERINE RUSSELL
Canada in New York

Our annual pre-Canada Day extravaganza is a multi-artist affair presided over by Cape Breton-born phenom NATALIE MacMASTER, who has gathered together a dazzling lineup of friends and family to explore the music of her home.

Saturday, June 24
SAVION GLOVER & FRIENDS / ROBERT GLASPER
JVC Jazz Festival

SAVION GLOVER with his jazz band The Otherz, and other special guests. Opening is the young pianist ROBERT GLASPER's trio, which has the jazz world buzzing with its unique sound.

Friday, June 30
TV ON THE RADIO / MATT POND PA / VOXTROT
Washington Mutual Concert Series

Brooklyn's TV ON THE RADIO leads a triple bill that will get you in touch with your inner indie rock aficionado. With the dashing Philly-to-Brooklyn transplants MATT POND PA and, here all the way from Austin to rock your pants off, VOXTROT.

Saturday, July 1
ANGELIQUE KIDJO in a tribute to Brenda Fassi & Miriam Makeba with VUSI MAHLASELA and ZOLA
Celebrate South Africa!

An all-star tribute to two of South Africa's musical legends. The great Beninoise songbird ANGELIQUE KIDJO joins forces with VUSI MAHLASELA and ZOLA (making his NY debut!) to perform their own songs along with selections of Fassi's and Makeba's work to celebrate South Africa's rich contribution to the modern African sound. Presented with major support from the South African Consulate General in New York.

Friday, July 7
ARRINGTON LEVY / PATRICK JUNIOR
Washington Mutual Concert Series

From teenage sensation to one of the most accomplished artists in reggae history, BARRINGTON LEVY's nearly 30-year journey in music leads at last to the Bandshell. "There's nothing sweeter nor more frightening than the sudden attack of Barrington Levy's voice." (Vibe) PATRICK JUNIOR contributes a splash of local flavor for the Brooklyn faithful.

Saturday, July 8
Zoé / The Pinker Tones / Chetes
TOSHI REAGON & BIGLovely
with special guest BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON / JUCA

Powerhouse singer-songwriter TOSHI REAGON, a true Brooklyn original and "one of the great voices of this generation," (Village Voice) takes the stage with her smoking band BIGLovely and her mother, founder of the iconic a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, DR. BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON, for a unique performance that promises to be one of the highlights of the summer. The evening begins with JUCA, led by Judith Casselberry of the renowned duo Casselberry-Dupree.

Sunday, July 9
RALPH'S WORLD / EZRA JACK KEATS READING
with RITA HOUSTON
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.

Wednesday, July 12
GUSTER BENEFIT CONCERT

Thursday, July 13
YO LA TENGO: THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE / SAMARA LUBELSKI
Princess Cruises Movies Under the Stars Series

Adventures in sight and sound: the great experimental alt rock trio returns to Celebrate Brooklyn to perform its live score to a collection of the surreally beautiful short documentaries of underwater life by the revolutionary French filmmaker Jean PainlevÈ. The dreamy, atmospheric compositions of multi-instrumentalist SAMARA LUBELSKI set the mood.

Friday, July 14
BROOKLYN PHILHARMONIC

The dynamic young American conductor Robert Moody makes his Brooklyn Philharmonic and Prospect Park debut conducting the nationally acclaimed orchestra, which makes its 27th appearance at Celebrate Brooklyn with a program of crowd-pleasing classics. "The most intellectually enticing and emotionally gripping concerts in New York." (The New Yorker)

Saturday, July 15
NORTEC COLLECTIVE / BETO & RICHIE GRUPO SO—ADOR
Bud Light Latin Music Series

Tijuana's NORTEC COLLECTIVE makes a mischievous blend of electronica and traditional Northern Mexican music that is "frighteningly original and refreshingly cool," (Rolling Stone) which they combine in live performance with an eye-popping kaleidoscope of images-projected here on our giant screen, for maximum sensory overload. Nortec's countrymen GRUPO SO—ADOR add some authentic cumbia poblana style to the festivities. Presented with support from the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

Thursday, July 20
BRAVE NEW WORLD REPERTORY THEATRE: THE GREAT WHITE HOPE

Last summer this Brooklyn-based company set the theatre world buzzing with its amazing adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, staged on the front porches of a tree-lined Ditmas Park street. Now BNW takes on Howard Sackler's 1969 Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Great White Hope in a unique concert production at the Bandshell. Set at the turn of the century, the play tells the heartbreaking story of African-American heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. BNW's groundbreaking production features a cast of Brooklyn-based actors accompanied by live music from noted ragtime piano virtuoso Roy Eaton and historic photographic images courtesy of Culver Pictures, Inc.

Friday, July 21
BLACKMAIL with ALLOY ORCHESTRA / MORLEY
Princess Cruises Movies Under the Stars Series

ALLOY ORCHESTRA performs its gripping score to BLACKMAIL (1929), Alfred Hitchcock's last and best silent film. Murder, deceit, and live music-a perfect summer evening in the park. Ease into the noir with the seductive charms of MORLEY, a "jazz minded pop chanteuse, soul sister, cosmopolitan home girl from Jamaica Queens." (NY Times)

Saturday, July 22
RONALD K. BROWN / EVIDENCE

Brooklyn's own RONALD K. BROWN, "Brilliant...one of the major modern dance choreographers to emerge in the past 10 years," (New York Times) and his sublime ensemble perform three works: Come Ye, Upside Down, and Grace, which was originally choreographed for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Thursday, July 27
DRACULA with PHILIP GLASS & KRONOS QUARTET / SLAVIC SOUL PARTY
Princess Cruises Movies Under the Stars Series
Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall

World-renowned composer PHILIP GLASS' collaboration with the genre defying KRONOS QUARTET on an original score to the 1931 camp-horror classic DRACULA resulted in one of the great film soundtracks of all time. SLAVIC SOUL PARTY's toothsome combo of Gypsy brass, Balkan anthems, and hip-grinding funk will make you want to bite someone on the neck.

Friday, July 28
LEELA JAMES / BFE SOUND SYSTEM aka BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS

R&B's new queen LEELA JAMES, a direct descendant of Tina Turner, Mavis Staples, and Aretha, "has funk, soul, and a whole lotta church in those mighty pipesÖ(her) husky vocals ring out like a thunderous prayer for love finally answered." (VIBE) First, witness the triumphant reunion of BFE SOUND SYSTEM, aka the BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS, the borough's legendary funk/hip-hop/acid jazz collective.

Saturday, July 29
LA SONORA PONCE—A / JOE BATAAN / and more
Bud Light Latin Music Series
Boricua Festival

Our festival of Puerto Rican culture features an all-day lineup headlined by Ponce's salsa giants LA SONORA PONCE—A and boasting the return of the one and only King of Latin Soul, JOE BATAAN. GRUPO LATIN VIBE, TATO TORRES' YERBA BUENA, THE CAMACHO BROTHERS, and the STARLITE STUDIO YOUTH DANCERS round out the bill. Presented in collaboration with the Boricua Festival Committee with major support from Councilmember Sara M. Gonzalez.

Thursday, August 3
BILL FRISELL takes on KEATON, MORRISON & WOODRING / THE MOONLIGHTERS
Princess Cruises Movies Under the Stars Series

A one-of-a-kind night of live music and film as BILL FRISELL, "widely considered one of the world's most innovative and unpredictable jazz guitarists and composers," (Seattle Times) performs original scores to an astonishing program of shorts: BUSTER KEATON's High Sign and One Week; a selection of surrealist animations by maverick cartoonist JIM WOODRING; and the artist BILL MORRISON's hallucinogenic reimagining of the eerie 1926 Boris Karloff gem The Mesmerist. Come early for vintage Hawaiian tunes (steel guitar, ukuleles, the works) delivered with a touch of goth attitude by the MOONLIGHTERS.

Friday, August 4
LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES / BELANOVA / LOS TRES
Bud Light Latin Music Series

The Paris-based French Antillian founding fathers of zouk—a driving mix of Caribbean rhythms, Franco-pop, and American funk—storm into Brooklyn en masse, blowing horns, banging drums, and whipping the crowd into a frenzied, hip-shaking mob with music that "sounds like the makings of a glorious carnival." (NY Times) Brooklynite Gaston Jean-Baptiste, aka BONGA, is a master traditional Haitian drummer and a high priest of voodoo.

Saturday, August 5
KÉKÉLÉ / LÁGBÁJÁ / RAZIA / AFRICAN UNDERGROUND ALLSTARS / MARTINO ATANGANA & THE AFRICAN BLUE NOTE
Washington Mutual Concert Series
African Festival

This year's celebration of African music, food, and culture is cross-continental affair that will keep you dancing all day headlined by the Congolese rumba supergroup KÉKÉLÉ. The mysterious masked Nigerian LÁGBÁJÁ, heir apparent to Fela Kuti's Afrobeat throne, leads the rest of the lineup, which includes Madagascar-born and Gabon-raised R&B singer RAZIA, pan-African hip-hop with the AFRICAN UNDERGROUND ALLSTARS featuring CHOSAN of Sierra Leone, DOLA of Tanzania, and other special guests, and MARTINO ATANGANA & AFRICAN BLUE NOTE, whose fusion of funk, jazz and an array of West African styles throws a hint of NYC into the mix.

Monday, August 7
MANU CHAO BENEFIT CONCERT

Wednesday, August 12
SUGAR WATER FESTIVAL BENEFIT CONCERT