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BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
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BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2019 Lineup brings free music to Prospect Park

The annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival presents top live music in Prospect Park all summer long

By Andrew Frisicano
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BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of the city's most beloved summer concert staples. Since 1979, music fans have stretched out in front of Prospect Park's bandshell for a killer lineup of artists—and this year's schedule of outdoor concerts doesn't disappoint.

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The 41st anniversary series kicks off on Tuesday, June 4 with the legendary Patti LaBelle for the free opening night concert, and continues with all-star acts like Liz Phair, Iron & Wine, Salif Keita, Bomba Estereo, Calexico and more. There are also two movies on the schedule: Varieté (with a live score) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

25 concerts are free (with a $5 suggested contribution at the gate). But don't forget about the venue's paid benefit shows: The National and Courtney Barnett double-bill will be one of the summer's biggest outdoor concerts, as well as a double-booking of Father John Misty and Jason Isbell on June 19, followed by Mac Demarco on August 6.

If you don't have time to grab a bite before the gigs (and since most of them start early in the evening, you won't) the Bandshell offers crowd-favorite food vendors this year, including Big Mozz, Sweet Chick, Oyster Party, Kotti Berliner, Gordo's Cantina, Rooster Boy and more. 

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Free Concerts

Tuesday, June 4 at 8pm
BET Opening Night Concert 
Patti LaBelle 

Saturday, June 8 at 7pm
American Exress Women in Music Series 
Ibeyi | Sudan Archives | Orion Sun

Saturday, June 15 at 3pm 
Family Concert 
Rich Medina | Shareef Keyes and The Groove 

Thursday, June 20 at 7:30pm 
Tank and The Bangas | Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles 

Friday, June 21 at 7:30pm 
Bud Light Music Series 
Calexico and Iron & Wine | Adia Victoria 

Saturday, June 22 at 7:30pm 
Tortoise: TNT | Emily Wells with Metropolis Ensemble 

Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30pm 
Chucho Valdés - Jazz Batá | Dafnis Prieto Si O Si Quartet 

Thursday, June 27 at 7:30pm 
Bud Light Music Series 
Protoje | JAH9 | Yoga on Dub | DJ Top Notch & Micro Don 

Friday, June 28 at 7:30pm 
Celso Piña | Dos Santos | Riobamba 

Saturday, June 29 at 7pm 
Liz Phair | Ted Leo and The Pharmacists | Caroline Rose 

Friday, July 5 at 7:30pm 
Mick Jenkins | Leikeli47 | Leven Kali | Joy Postell

Saturday, July 6 at 7pm 
Oddisee | 47Soul | Narcy 

Friday, July 12 at 7pm 
Latin Alternative Music Conference Showcase 
Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks: Spangled | Enjambre | El David Aguilar 

Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm 
Salif Keita | Courtnee Roze 

Thursday, July 18 at 7:30pm 
American Express Women in Music Series 
I'm With Her | Darlingside 

Friday, July 19 at 7:30pm 
Burna Boy | Sampa The Great | DJ Tunez

Saturday, July 20 at 8pm 
Music & Movies 
Alloy Orchestra: Varieté | Lava 

Thursday, July 25 at 7:30pm 
Bud Light Music Series 
Surprise headliner | Nilüfer Yanya 

Friday, July 26 at 7:30pm
Eventbrite Music Series 
Jidenna | Anik Khan | DJ Moma 

Saturday, July 27 at 8pm 
Compagnie Hervé Koubi 

Friday, August 2 at 7pm 
NOSAJ Thing DJ Set | Kimbra | Bells Atlas 

Saturday, August 3 at 7:30pm 
Music & Movies 
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon | Lou Reed Tai Chi Day 

Thursday, August 8 at 8pm 
Ailey II

Ticketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concerts

Wednesday, June 12 at 7pm; Sold Out 
The National and Courtney Barnett 

Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30pm; $65 
Father John Misty | Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit | Jade Bird

Tuesday, August 6 at 7:30pm; $45
Mac Demarco with special guests

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