BRIC HOUSE SESSIONS, BRIC’S WEEKLY LIVE MUSIC SERIES, PRESENTS TALIB KWELI AND NIKO IS,
Talib Kweli: A Love Note to Brooklyn | NIKO IS
Lead Sponsor: City Point
Thursday, February 14 at 8pm
Doors & DJ Set at 7PM
BRIC House Ballroom & Stoop
$20 Adv/$25 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 legendary MC Talib Kweli as he celebrates hometown love on Valentine’s Day with a live show in Fort Greene. The performance kicks off 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. Brazilian MC NIKO IS opens the show with a set featuring tracks from his recent album, UNIKO. City Point, an innovative entertainment and retail destination, and a supporter of culture in Downtown Brooklyn, joins BRIC House Sessions 2019 as Lead Sponsor.
Talib Kweli has earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially-aware, and politically-insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. A BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival alum, Kweli has worked with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star; partnered with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal; released landmark solo material; and collaborated with Pharrell Williams, the Soul Rebels, and J Dilla. Kweli delivers top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories, and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental. For this concert, he’ll be joined by special guest k’valentine.
Brazilian lyricist and Kweli protégé NIKO IS will open with tracks from his highly anticipated debut album UNIKO. As a preview of the Brazilian-inspired sounds found on the record, he recently released “Meet Me in the Future,” which features Kweli and shows off Niko’s “skilled bilingual flow and raspy vocals, backed by an irresistible beat” (Remezcla).
The official BRIC House Sessions Opening Night After Party takes place at DeKalb Market’s new speakeasy, Understudy.
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.
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