Comeback queen SHARON JONES, whose “whirl of young Tina Turner energy and powerful, expressive vintage soul vocals” (Mojo) harken back to the glory days of Stax and Motown, returns to the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival with the unstoppable DAP-KINGS, the beating heart of Bushwick-based Daptone Records, hellbent on surpassing their legendary 2010 closing night show. Can they top it? Will Brooklyn ever be the same?
Jones retaking the Bandshell stage is a cause for great celebration on multiple levels. For one thing, she is a hometown hero. Born in Augusta, GA (home of James Brown, the artist to whom she is perhaps most often compared), she moved to Brooklyn at a young age, growing up in Bed Stuy and graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, and then attending Brooklyn College. She has also worked hard to become the soul revivalist icon she is today, and her success is well deserved and inspiring. Jones spent many years as a prison guard and an armored car guard as she picked up session work as a backup singer, and didn’t release a solo track until she turned 40. Her first full length record was Daptone’s first release: Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (2002); six more would follow. And she is, of course, a survivor: in 2013 she was diagnosed with cancer, canceling dates and delaying the release of Give the People What They Want while she fought it. She came back better than ever, and the record was nominated for a Grammy in 2014.
So please, help us welcome her back to the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and strap yourself in for a show you will never forget.
Friends Seating: Closed for the Opening Night Gala
Friends Tent: Closed for the Opening Night Gala
Sponsor Tent: Closed for a Private Event
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.
Doors open one hour prior to performance unless otherwise noted.