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Friday, June 19, 2009, 7:30 P.M.

David Rudder
Samantha Thornhill

Calypsonian David Rudder is a performer of such innovation and vitality that Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner has called him “the Bob Marley of soca.” His music is a throbbing, innovative mix of classic calypso and soulful pop. He will be preceded by Trinidadian-born, Brooklynite slam poet Samantha Thornhill.

Saturday, June 20, 2009, 7:30 P.M.

La Nave de los Monstruos, with live score by Ethel and Gutbucket

Music & Movies co-presented with Cinema Tropical 

La Nave de los Monstruos was originally part of the film series El Futuro Más Acá: The Future South of the Border curated by Itala Schmelz, Héctor Orozco and Vania Rojas.

In a special Celebrate Brooklyn! commission, the nation’s premier rock-infused, postclassical string quartet, the immensely acclaimed Ethel, teams up with the wild art-rock group Gutbucket to perform a new original score to the vintage Mexican science fiction classic La Nave De Los Monstruos (The Monsters’ Ship, 1959). In the film, the last male on Venus has died, and two Venusian hotties embark on a quest to find men on other planets. The bands premiere the new work this evening after developing the project at a BRIClab residency this spring. Gutbucket will also perform an opening set.

Ethel pre-concert Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn reception is presented with support from Aguayo Huebener 5th Avenue
A special thanks to the Mexican Cultural Institute and Filmoteca de la UNAM for their generous support of this presentation.
This commission and presentation is made possible with major support from The Starry Night Fund at The Tides Foundation.


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.