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Tall as the day is long, Justin Townes Earle “sings like a honky-tonk hero and thinks like a 21st century man.” (Guitar Aficionado) Earle is Nashville North all set up in lower Manhattan like his hero Woody Guthrie, with twang and charm intact. His 2009 album, Midnight at the Movies, earned him the Best New and Emerging Artist title at the 2009 Americana Music Awards as well as one of the best records of the year by Amazon, and in 2010 GQ Magazine named him one of the 25 best dressed men in the world. His most recent album, Harlem River Blues, is an eclectic and nuanced – incorporating electric guitar, and embracing the labor movement in classic folk singer style. The son of troubadour Steve Earle, Justin has “fully absorbed his genetic and cultural heritage and draws upon both with great skill and dimension… an utterly distinctive voice that takes what’s come before and artfully moves it forward with the power of a certain steel-driving man.” (LA Times)
Mandolin virtuoso, Grammy Award-winner Chris Thile’s “wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative” (the New Yorker) supergroup Punch Brothers adopted their name from the Mark Twain story, “Punch, Brothers, Punch!” The group earned a Grammy nomination for their song “the Eleventh Reel” off their first 2006 album, How to Grow a Woman from the Ground. Their shows include an unpredictable mix of original songs, traditional bluegrass and folk tunes, arrangements of Bach and Mozart and covers ranging from Radiohead to the White Stripes. The group performs in an equally varied range of venues; debuting in 2007 at Carnegie Hall, holding down a regular series at the Living Room, and hitting festivals from Telluride to Savannah.
Originally hailing from Charlottesville, punk-bluegrass outlaws the Hackensaw Boys will kick off the night with an adrenaline charged set of acoustic mayhem. In this truly collaborative group, instrumentation includes banjo, guitar, mandolin, upright bass and charisma – a home-made tin can contraption.
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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