Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert
The Grammy-winning, TED-Talking, fiercely political, and devotedly multi-cultural L.A. party band Ozomatli, known for its “effortless mashup of musical styles,” (NPR Music) set its sights on the littlest revelers a few years ago with the album OzoKids. They’re here for our annual homage to the trailblazing children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, a Brooklyn native who was the first to populate his distinctly urban stories with young people of color.
The band is a supercollider of hip-hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga, and anything else you might hear driving through the melting pot of Los Angeles with your windows down. They bring the same inclusive approach to their kids’ music, and it’s a perfect match for our Keats celebration. His extraordinary books, like The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, and Apt. 3, were a precursor to the ethnically diverse worlds of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and they stand alongside the greatest entertainment for children ever created.
Along with music, the day will feature readings of Keats’ work by Park Slope's own Mark Stewart (co-founder, Bang on a Can All-Stars), great food for all ages, and of course the great Park Slope tradition of on-site stroller parking.
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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