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BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Hal Willner's Freedom Riders Project


Jun 16, 2011 • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Prospect Park Bandshell (2020)
9th Street & Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States
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Celebrate Brooklyn! & American Express present Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Featuring Geri Allen | Art Baron | Steve Bernstein | Steve Cardenas | James Carter | Rosanne Cash | Carla Cook | Marcelle Davies-Lashley | Helga Davis | Curtis Fowlkes | Brad Jones | Briggan Krauss | Jheti Lashley | Stephon Lashley | John Leventhal | Eric Mingus | Josette Newsam-Marchak | JD Parran | Toshi Reagon | Lou Reed | Todd Rundgren | Catherine Russell | Tao Seeger | James Staten | Jason Walker | Kenny Wollesen & more!

The maverick music producer Hal Willner brings his golden Rolodex and singular genius for curating multi-artist concept shows to the music of the Civil Rights movement. Commissioned for Celebrate Brooklyn!, this concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, which integrated the interstate bus system and helped bring America and the world’s attention to the deprivations of the segregated South. In what promises to be an unforgettable event, Willner will convene his usual surprising and eclectic array of musicians, actors, and other artists—established and emerging, famous and infamous—to perform songs that inspired, illuminated and sprang from the tumultuous aftermath of the Movement.

The evening begins with a pre-performance artists' discussion.

This performance is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces program.










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.

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