Burning Spear / Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
Roots reggae legend Burning Spear will return to Celebrate Brooklyn! for another epic performance. Last year’s vital Jah Is Real featured contributions from Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrel and found Spear at the top of his game. PopMatters said, “Four decades and still dropping knowledge: no other artist, with the possible exception of Toots Hibbert, can lay claim to being reggae’s true elder statesman.” The evening will begin with the harmonies and church-inflected soul of Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens.
The Royal Family: Soulive’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, with Special Guests John Scofield and Christian Scott / Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk
The exceptional jazz-funk trio Soulive celebrates ten years of “simmering instrumental funk” (Entertainment Weekly) by bringing out The Royal Family, a conglomeration of various side projects and special guests that will come together for the ultimate outdoor summer NYC jam. The proceedings will begin with a performance by Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, which Offbeat describes as “musically hard-nosed and rooted in 1970s inner city funk.”
Dean & Britta: 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests / Crystal Stilts
Music & Movies
Dean & Britta, who are beloved as one of the sexiest duo’s in rock, in addition to being alumni of the groundbreaking alt-rock band Luna, perform original scores to Warhol's rarely seen short silent film portraits, which captured Factory superstars, celebrities, and anonymous teenagers in mesmerizing four-minute shots. The New York Times says, “The music unabashedly translates the ominous drone of early Velvet Underground songs like I’m Waiting for the Man and Venus in Furs into a more modern electronic mode reminiscent of Giorgio Moroder’s chic torture-chamber disco.” Commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum, the project is like an archeological dig unearthing NYC’s 1960s art scene, complete with an unforgettable soundtrack. Brooklyn’s Crystal Stilts, whom Pitchfork describes as “moody-sounding f*ckers who make fabulous stripped-down garage-pop,” will set the tone for the night.
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.