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.
The 40th anniversary series kicks off on Tuesday, June 5 with hip-hop vet Common headlining the season opener, and continues with stops at jazz/hip-hop fusion (BADBADNOTGOOD), contemporary classical (Kronos Quartet), rootsy Americana (Brandi Carlile), ethereal R&B (Rhye) and much more. There are also two movies on the schedule, fireworks doc Brimstone and Glory (with a live score by Wordless Music Orchestra) and the animated Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Maybe most notable are the closeout performances: a special appearance on August 10 by post-rock titans Godspeed You! Black Emperor, followed by the final free concert with indie-rock vets the Breeders and up-and-comers Speedy Ortiz on August 11.
All 25 of those concerts are free (with a $5 suggested contribution at the gate). But don't forget about the venue's paid shows: The Spoon + Grizzly Bear double-bill will be one of the summer's biggest outdoor parties, as will the late-July triple booking of Courtney Barnett, Julien Baker and Vagabon. Deadheads, look no further than the venue's Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on July 19 for your jam-band fix.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Free Concerts Tuesday, June 5 at 8pm Common
Sunday, June 10 at 3pm Los Lobos
Saturday, June 16 at 7pm The Jayhawks + Mandolin Orange + Parsonsfield
Thursday, June 21 at 7:30pm Aimee Mann + Superchunk + Jonathan Coulton
Friday, June 22 at 7:30pm R+R=Now Featuring Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson, Taylor Mcferrin + Paul Beaubrun
Saturday, June 23 at 7:30pm Fischerspooner + Juliana Huxtable
Thursday, June 28 at 8pm The Blues Project Featuring Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon & Biglovely, Created By Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Toshi Reagon, And Dormeshia Sumbry-edwards
Friday, June 29 at 7:30pm Branford Marsalis + Roger Guenveur Smith: Frederick Douglass Now
Saturday, June 30 at 7pm Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder + Sierra Hull and Justin Moses + Mamie Minch
Friday, July 6 at 8pm Les Ballets Jazz De Montréal: Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me
Saturday, July 7 at 7pm Rhye + Natalie Prass + Overcoats
Thursday, July 12 at 7:30pm Antibalas + Combo Chimbita + DJ Nickodemus
Friday, July 13 at 7pm Mala Rodriguez + Ana Tijoux + Girl Ultra
Saturday, July 14 at 7:30pm Kronos Quartet + Trio Da Kali
Friday, July 20 at 7:30pm Anoushka Shankar + My Brightest Diamond
Saturday, July 21 at 7:30pm Music & Movies: Brimstone And Glory w/ live score by Wordless Music Orchestra + Sonido Gallo Negro
Thursday, July 26 at 7:30pm Brandi Carlile + Ruthie Foster
Friday, July 27 at 7:30pm Tinariwen + Cheick Hamala Diabate
Saturday, July 28 at 7:30pm Music & Movies: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind + Kaki King
Thursday, August 2 at 7:30pm Badbadnotgood + Charlotte Day Wilson
Friday, August 3 at 7:30pm Noname + Topaz Jones + Jazze Belle
Saturday, August 4 at 7:30pm Tarrus Riley With Dean Fraser And The Blak Soil Band + Mwenso & The Shakes
Thursday, August 9 at 7:30pm Gary Clark Jr. + Fiona Silver
Friday, August 10 at 7:30pm Godspeed You! Black Emperor + Emel Mathlouthi
Saturday, August 11 at 7:30pm The Breeders + Speedy Ortiz
Ticketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concerts Wednesday, June 13 at 7pm; $45 The Decemberists