Naomi Shelton celebrating Brooklyn in 2009 (more by Fresh Bread)
BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival brings free afternoon shows to the MetroTech Commons (corner of Flatbush and Myrtle Aves) on Thursdays June 3-August 5 (noon-2pm). The performers this year include Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré (who played LPR in April), Bernie Worrell's SociaLybrium (fronted by the Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads keyboardist), Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru, bassist Victor Wooten and more.
The full schedule, with directions, is below...
BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech 2010 Schedule
June 3: Jennifer Holliday
June 10: Bernie Worrell's SociaLybrium
June 17: Tony Allen
June 24: Victor Wooten
July 1: Tabou Combo
July 8: Mighty Sparrow
July 15: Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens
July 22: Bilal
July 29: Vieux Farka Touré
August 5: Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru
MetroTech Center is situated in the Civic Center / Borough Hall area of Downtown Brooklyn. The BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech concert stage is located on the lawn at MetroTech Commons.
By Subway: 2, 3 to Hoyt Street and walk two blocks north on Bridge Street; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall station and walk five blocks east; R to Lawrence Street Station; A, C, F to Jay Street/Borough Hall, exit at Myrtle Promenade.
The B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B51, B52, B54, B61, B63, B67, and B75 all stop within a three-block radius of MetroTech Center.
Public parking is available at One and Two MetroTech Center. The entrance to Parking Lot P is on Lawrence
and Bridge Streets between Willoughby Street and the Myrtle Promenade or at The Gallery at MetroTech. The
entrance to the Parking Lot is at the intersection of Flatbush, Willoughby, and Gold Streets.