Stephen Petronio Company
The New York Times has lauded Stephen Petronio as “one of the few contemporary dancer makers who have created an instantly recognizable style.” He celebrates his company’s 25th Anniversary Season with the dynamic and elemental I Drink the Air Before Me, an evening-length work inspired by the power of extreme weather and storms, both atmospheric and internal. Petronio’s predilection for forward thinking popular music—his dancers have moved to Rufus Wainwright and Antony—is satisfied here by a score from the beloved young composer Nico Muhly.Dance programming is supported by Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.
Buckwheat Zydeco / The Holmes Brothers
American Express Roots Music Series
The swamp boogie accordion master Buckwheat Zydeco and his band “spit out the kind of crackling music that's been missing since the heyday of Stax Records,” says The Wall Street Journal, which adds that, “on stage [Zydeco’s] attack is relentless.” Zydeco shares the bill with the Holmes Brothers, whose harmony-filled blend of American roots music jumps from church to the juke joint and “recalls the era when soul seceded from gospel music.” (Mother Jones)Buckwheat Zydeco pre-concert reception is presented with support from Warren Lewis Realty.
Kailash Kher / Electro Morocco
The South Asian superstar, Bollywood icon, and judge of Indian Idol Kailash Kher moves “among styles without hesitation, adding elements of folk, reggae and rock to Indian pop,” according to The Wall Street Journal, which adds that he “has a voice as appealing as it is thrilling.” Kher is joined on this bill by Electro Morocco, which is comprised of five NYC-based Israelis and combines buzzing guitars with synths and beats to concoct a dance floor-friendly mix of retro rock, Middle Eastern folk and warped electro.Electro Morocco is presented with support from the Office of Cultural Affairs Consulate General of Israel in New York.
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.