BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

What’s Going On featuring Felicia Collins, Toshi Reagon, Siedah Garrett, Kecia Lewis, and others

What's Going On has become a cultural touchstone—and its relevance today is chilling. The brilliant guitarist and bandleader Felicia Collins gathers a host of friends with an all-star band, for a deep dive into Gaye’s legacy, as they play the record in its entirety. 

Date

FRI, AUG 9, 2019

6:30PM Gates / 7:30PM Show

Cost

FREE

Location

Prospect Park Bandshell
9th Street & Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States
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  • Marvin Gaye | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

  • Felicia Collins | Photo: Jeff Smith


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WHAT'S GOING ON, Marvin Gaye’s 1971 classic concept album sung from the point of view of a Vietnam vet who returns home to a country torn by hatred, suffering, and injustice, has become a cultural touchstone—and its relevance today is chilling.

The brilliant guitarist and bandleader FELICIA COLLINS (The Late Show with David Letterman) gathers a host of friends including Toshi Reagon, Siedah Garrett, Kecia Lewis, and more to be announced, with an all-star band featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, Bette Sussman, Alexa Tarantino, Nicki Richards, Tabitha Fair, La Tanya Hall, Valerie Naranjo, and Deah Harriott, for a deep dive into Gaye’s legacy, as they play the record in its entirety. Check the website for updates—lineup subject to change.

What's Going On, Marvin Gaye’s eleventh studio album, was released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records-subsidiary label Tamla. Recorded between 1970 and 1971 at Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World, and United Sound Studios in Detroit; and at The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, it was the first album Gaye produced himself and the first to credit Motown's now-legendary in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers. What’s Going On met with immediate critical and commercial success and soon came to be regarded as a landmark recording in American popular music. Rolling Stone ranked it sixth on the magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."

Music Director Felicia Collins is best known around the world as the guitarist and vocalist in the CBS Orchestra on The Late Show with David Letterman / World's Most Dangerous Band with Paul Shaffer. Prior to The Late Show, Felicia was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Al Jarreau's band and then a member of Cyndi Lauper's band. She has also led her own bands: 360 (a power trio starting with Will Lee and Anton Fig), and B!tchslapp, which went on to become Felicia Collins and the Life. She produced Anarchists Of Color ll, the live music show which featured Black Rock musicians and artists celebrating Black Rock past and present, and (with Kecia Lewis, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Deah Love-Harriott) was in the cast of the Atlantic Theatre Company's Off-Broadway Production of Marie and Rosetta, a story about Marie Knight and the legendary gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the electric guitar innovator who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2018. Felicia paid tribute in Sister Rosetta's induction performance, channeling Tharpe on vocal and electric guitar.

Her third self-produced solo album, Felicia Collins Discovers The Blues, features Dumpstaphunk members Ivan Neville, Brady Blade, and Tony Hall, along with Paul Shaffer and the rest of the World's Most Dangerous Band. Also throwing down on the joint is Mickey Raphael, long-time harmonica player with Willie Nelson; the great Bette Sussman on piano; and SNL keyboardist Leon Pendarvis. Amongst Collins' many original projects is DANCE, MF, DANCE, an underground live dance groove-athon curated and produced by her. 

Check back for more updates to the lineup!
 



Venue Seating

  • All Seats In - Click here to see the various seat set-ups at the Bandshell.
  • Lawn open for blankets/lawn chairs

Information for the Friends of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

  • Friends Member Seating: Front seats open to Seat-Pass and Tent-Pass members
  • Friends Tent: Open to Tent-Pass members
  • Sponsor Tent: TBD

Venue Information:

The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. View seating arrangements here.

All Performances Rain or Shine. In the event of dangerous weather we will be communicating updates on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Doors open one hour prior to performance unless otherwise noted.

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