47SOUL | Underground System
Lead Sponsor: City Point
Thursday, March 7 at 8PM
Doors & DJ Set at 7PM
BRIC House Ballroom & Stoop
$15 Adv/$18 Door
General Admission: Standing
BRIC, the pioneering NYC arts and media organization celebrating 40 years as the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, presents celebratory electro Arabic act 47SOUL with a live show in Fort Greene. The performance is part of the 2019 season of BRIC House Sessions, a must-do Thursday concert series featuring world-class artists that reflect the diversity of Brooklyn and bring the ethos of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival into the organization’s Downtown Brooklyn headquarters. New York-based, female-fronted global dance act Underground System opens the show. City Point, an innovative entertainment and retail destination, and a supporter of culture in Downtown Brooklyn, joins BRIC House Sessions 2019 as Lead Sponsor.
Hot off a tour of Europe’s big summer festivals, and their triumphant U.S. debut at Globalfest, 47SOUL will turn the BRIC House Ballroom into a party with a message. An Electro Arabic Dabke (Shamstep) band formed in Amman, Jordan in 2013, 47SOUL’s members are rooted in Bilad Al-Sham, spanning the divides from Amman to the Galilee to Ramallah and the rest of the Palestinian Diaspora. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality. “With lyrics that are at once intensely political and sweetly universal, this is one smart party band” (NPR).
Underground System is a quintessential New York City band. A convergence of musical and cultural influences, the unstoppable female-fronted group of neo-afrobeat deconstructionists have cultivated a sound as inimitable as its members. Robbing American Afrobeat of its derivative formalism, Underground System continues to reinvent their brand of global dance music, remaining a force determined to recreate, redefine, and reconstruct. The band just played the highly regarded festival Transmusicals in Rennes, France, garnering national acclaim from some of France’s biggest media outlets. Their debut album was released in September on Brooklyn based dance label Soul Clap Records.
Brooklynite DJ Bembona (Vibras NYC) opens the night with her radical blend of Afro-Diaspora sounds.
Tickets may be purchased online at BRICartsmedia.org or via Eventbrite.com. The Box Office at BRIC House is open on performance days, one hour prior to the event. BRIC House is located at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn. BRIC House is open weekdays and Saturday at 8am and Sundays at 10am.
BRIC is celebrating 40 years as the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. The organization presents and incubates work by artists and media-makers that reflects the diversity of New York. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.
BRIC’s main venue, BRIC House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.
Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park; groundbreaking media initiatives, including BRIC TV, BRIC Radio, and Brooklyn Free Speech; and renowned contemporary art exhibitions. BRIC also offers education and community-building programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.
In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences. BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables BRIC to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.
Learn more at BRICartsmedia.org.
CITY POINT, a 1.8 million-square-foot retail, residential, office, and entertainment complex at the epicenter of Downtown Brooklyn, is the nexus of the burgeoning borough’s creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit. With retailers, restaurants and entertainment including Alamo Drafthouse, DeKalb Market Hall, Century 21, Target, Trader Joe’s and many others, the mixed-use development is a hub for innovation and commerce where locals and tourists alike go to work, dine, shop and play. City Point is dedicated to presenting cultural programming, immersive events and creative activations to the surrounding Brooklyn community. www.citypointbrooklyn.com