Posted in music | tour dates on April 7, 2009

David Byrne @ Radio City Music Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
David Byrne

Celebrate Brooklyn's opening night gala (and first concert of the season) will take place at the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 8th.

The Green Gala will be an exciting eco-friendly evening with a zero waste goal that launches other green initiatives including cycling and recycling efforts to reduce the Festival's environmental impact and to promote eco-friendly practices. All proceeds from the gala provide vital funds for Celebrate Brooklyn's free programming and will also support our green initiatives.

5:30 Cocktails & Dinner
7:30 Remarks
8:00 Performance (reserved seats)
10:00 Dance Party

Tickets for all of the above will cost you anywhere from $325 for a single ticket, to $10,000 for a Vice Chair Table. However, if you just want see the performance aka DAVID BYRNE, you can, for free (or pay the $3.00 suggested donation).

Most of the shows at the Brooklyn bandshell are free (like did I mention David Byrne on June 8th???), but a few are benefits (aka cost money) to help make the free ones happen. MGMT and Kuroma (sold out), Animal Collective (still on sale), and Jackson Browne (still on sale) all fit into the benefit category. Now you can also add Bonnie Rait and Taj Mahal to that list. They are on tour together and will play there on August 12th (on sale date TBA) (all dates below).

The full lineup of free shows happening at the bandshell in Prospect Park this summer will be announced in a few weeks. Until then we can try and figure them out. One possibility is King Sunny Ade on July 18th. Do you know any others? We're also keeping track of who is playing Central Park Summerstage.

The bandshell is not the only place events happen in Prospect Park though. The Long Meadow, with the addition of a stage, can and has also become a venue (usually for opera, orchestras, and other more-high-art events). According to the Daily News, there's now also a chance it will also become the location of Woodstock's planned NYC anniversary concert...

"It's big, it's convenient. There's public transportation - and Brooklyn's cool," said Lang, 64. "I'd love to do it. But it's been a very tough year."

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe confirmed the city is in talks with Lang about the event.

"New York City has a wonderful legacy of great free concerts," said Benepe, adding Prospect Park would be a great spot for such a concert.

"It's a park we have been pointing concert promoters to," said Benepe. "There's no space anywhere in Central Park as large as the the Long Meadow in Prospect Park."

Lang, who grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, said he knows the clock is ticking and that to make the free daylong show work, he has to find the necessary $8 million to $10 million to pay for it by the end of the month.

If the money comes through, Lang is hoping to attract up to 150,000 people and feature a mix of Woodstock legends like Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Neil Young, as well as newer bands that fit the vibe, like Dave Matthews and Phish.

David Byrne's Brooklyn show comes five days after the not-free one he's playing at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. You can also catch him playing a different set on May 3rd at Radio City Music Hall. You may have caught him earlier this year, also at Radio City, at one of his two Eno-shows he played there.

Bonnie Rait & Taj Mahal dates below...

Bonnie Rait & Taj Mahal - 2009 Tour Dates
Thu Aug 6 - Williamsport, PA - Community Arts Center
Sat Aug 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center
Sun Aug 9 - Wallingford, CT - Chevrolet Theatre
Tue Aug 11 - Newark, NJ - NJPAC
Wed Aug 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
Sat Aug 15 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
Sun Aug 16 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Tue Aug 18 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 19 - Louisville, KY - The Louisville Palace
Fri Aug 21 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
Sat Aug 22 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
Sun Aug 23 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens
Tue Aug 25 - Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State Park
Thu Aug 27 - St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
Fri Aug 28 - Council Bluffs, IA - Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino
Sun Aug 30 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Tue Sep 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Amphitiheatre
Wed Sep 2 - Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Gardens
Thu Sep 3 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Winery
Sat Sep 5 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheatre
Sun Sep 6 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle
Mon Sep 7 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheatre
Wed Sep 9 - Friant, CA - Table Mountain casino
Fri Sep 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
Sat Sep 12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
Sun Sep 13 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
Wed Sep 16 - Oakland, CA - Venue TBD
Thu Sep 17 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
Sun Sep 20 - TBA, - TBA
Wed Sep 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Casino
Thu Sep 24 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
Fri Sep 25 - Rancho Mirage, CA - Agua Caliente Casino



Comments (22)

Well that's pretty fucking cool.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 3:53 AM

David Byrne's toupee looks more resplendent every time I see it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 7:55 AM

fantastic, can't wait

Posted by Deb | April 7, 2009 8:51 AM

has anyone actually seen jim jarmusch and david byrne in the same place at the same time?

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:01 AM

I have, but I'm famous.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:17 AM

is it a toup? i've seen him fairly up close and if it's a fake, it's a damn good one.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:32 AM

Bonnie Rait and Taj Mahal? Pretty awesome! Hopefully it is general admission tickets.

And Animal Collective is still not sold out. Ha.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:36 AM

$200 of the ticket price is tax deductible. Not bad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:43 AM

"David Byrne's toupee looks more resplendent every time I see it."

Resplendent AND divergent.

Posted by from the 70's | April 7, 2009 9:46 AM

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Posted by RFWoodstock | April 7, 2009 9:48 AM

Woodstock will never happen this year I bet especially in Brooklyn...

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 9:48 AM

MGMT are the future of Woodstock in Brooklyn

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | April 7, 2009 10:53 AM

Free? Isn't this just reserved seating?

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 11:16 AM

Read the quote below from the press release for this show. Fuck David Byrne. I live in Brooklyn and I paid a shitload of money to see him at Radio City recently. I'm not a banker. Can I get my money back?

"Though we played Radio City in February, we all know that Brooklyn has been the explosively
creative borough in the tri state area for quite some time, so it only made sense to acknowledge that by doing a show at the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival in Prospect Park. Given the cost of concert tickets these days the poor Hedge Fund guys and Investment Bankers can no longer afford them so made sense to do a free show, as the tour has been going incredibly well and we can afford it."

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 11:27 AM

so do you just show up? how do you get in?

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 11:29 AM

Get their early get on line. Bring a friend so you can take turns buying bomb-pops from the ice-cream man. You probably won't get to sit in a chair so either sqeeze in to the front of the stage, or sit on the grass. Hopefully the weather will be nice.

See you there.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 12:17 PM

"Free? Isn't this just reserved seating?"

The reserved seating is for people that pay for the benefit. For everyone else, it is free.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 12:26 PM

Posted by brooklynvegan | April 7, 2009 1:09 PM

MGMT is hurts my ears

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 3:30 PM

fuck yea!

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2009 5:06 PM

Ha Ha....

Resplendent AND Divergent.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2009 2:58 PM

Lol, so great ! thx Dude !

Posted by jeu de tarot | October 14, 2009 9:12 AM

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