Purple Rain Sing-A-Long with Escort
Music & Movies
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of history’s greatest pop albums, and the extravagantly, hilariously whacky and over the top film it inspired (the apotheosis of both the purple one’s genius and self caricature), we invite you to don something lacey and ruffled and come get your Prince on. We'll have lyric subtitles, but you know the words already. Joy Dragland of Brooklyn's live disco orchestra Escort certainly does; Purple Rain was the first cassette she ever owned. Dragland and others from Escort will lead the sing-along, after the band puts everyone in the mood with an opening set. (Note: The film is Rated R and admission of anyone under 17 will require an accompanying parent or guardian. The whole evening will feature scenes of extreme sexiness throughout.)
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals / Deer Tick / Jones Street Station
Fronted by the Joplin-like vocals and the Hammond B-3 playing of the group’s fearless frontwoman, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals play “blues-based rock with glorious passion.” The music of Deer Tick is hard to categorize—folk? indie rock? alt-country? Americana?—but easy to love. They “write and play some of the most soulful, inspired music around, littered with lyrics as sharp as a shot of whiskey and rapid-fire guitar solos strong enough to blow the dust off your boots.” (Brooklyn Vegan)
The Lyricist Lounge returns to Celebrate
Big Daddy Kane plus a Screening of BDK: The Big Daddy Kane Story
Celebrate Brooklyn! with a momentous night of hip-hop featuring Brooklyn legend Big Daddy Kane, who will perform with his live band. The show will be preceded by a screening of the short documentary BDK: The Big Daddy Kane Story, directed by Lyricist Lounge’s own Anthony Marshall.
7:30 Retro Kidz
7:45 Emilio Rojas
8:10 Blitz the Ambassador
9:00 Ralph McDaniels’ Video Music Box
9:25 Big Daddy Kane film
9:40 Big Daddy Kane
All performances rain or shine
All Celebrate Brooklyn! Performances Take Place at the Prospect Park Bandshell. All performances are free with a $3 suggested contribution except Benefit Concerts .
Please do not bring pets, alcoholic beverages, glass, cans, coolers, recording devices or professional (long lens) cameras.