7PM - Doors open with a DJ set by DJ P.U.D.G.E.
Ayers has been a key figure at the nexus of jazz and R&B throughout his 40-year career, and continues to collaborate with younger artists including Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest and Ice Cube. Lauded as the “godfather of Neo-Soul,” his music has inspired generations of musicians and listeners across genres, and he is often cited as the most-sampled jazz artist in hip-hop history; remixes of his hit compositions “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” “Searchin,” and “Running Away” are still featured on new releases. The BRIC House Ballroom is perfect for dancing to Ayers’ silky grooves for a special performance the week of Valentine’s Day.
The funk-hip hop jams from Shareef Keyes & The Groove will energize BRIC’s Stoop for a “get-down and dance” good time. With a magnetic front man and big sound, this band is making a name for itself across New York City, and will set the mood just right for the first BRIC House Session.
BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough.
BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Nia I'man Smith at nsmith@BRICartsmedia.org or 718.683.5986.
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