Posted in music | tour dates on February 28, 2012

Jimmy Cliff

Celebrate Brooklyn, aka the mostly-free concerts at the Prospect Park bandshell, announce:

JIMMY CLIFF TO KICK OFF 34th ANNUAL
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
WITH FREE OPENING NIGHT CONCERT ON TUESDAY, JUNE 5

Evening Begins with Opening Night Gala Benefiting Free Summer Performing Arts Festival

Brooklyn | February 27, 2012 - BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is pleased to announce that reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will open the 2012 Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival on Tuesday, June 5 in a free performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Throughout the past 50 years, Cliff has helped shape modern music with his influential and socially conscious work. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his landmark hits, "You Can Get It If You Really Want" and "The Harder They Come," which helped to make reggae mainstream throughout the world. He is the only living musician to hold Jamaica's Order of Merit, the highest honor granted for achievement in the arts and sciences. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence and Cliff's performance will pay tribute, not only to his origins, but to the great Jamaican population of Brooklyn.

The free concert by Cliff starts at 8:00 P.M. It will kick off the 34th season of free Celebrate Brooklyn! performances presented by BRIC in Prospect Park. Announcement of other performers at the Festival will come later this spring.

Stay tuned for more lineup announcements.

Meanwhile, those heading to Austin in March can catch Jimmy Cliff at SXSW. He's playing one of the free shows at Waterloo Records and the official Gorilla Vs Bear showcase at Hype Hotel.

He's also playing Coachellas this year.

A set of European tour dates is listed below...

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Jimmy Cliff -- European Tour
18-May-2012 London UK, Indigo 2 tickets here
19-May-2012 Glasgow UK, O2 Academy tickets here
20-May-2012 Birmingham UK, Birmingham Ballroom tickets here
23-May-2012 Rabat MA, Mawazine Festival - Rythmes du Monde tickets here
25-May-2012 Winterthur CH, Afro-Pfingsten Festival tickets here
26-May-2012 Paris F, Bataclan tickets here

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Comments (47)

bad. ass.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 11:43 AM

Hell yeah. A good omen of the concert season to come...

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 11:50 AM

brown. ass.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 11:51 AM

This will be a real "Cliff' hanger!

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 11:53 AM

That Celebrate Brooklyn show is going to be mayhem. Anyone remember how insane the Steel Pulse show was last summer? I remember watching some guy chop up coconuts with a machete.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 11:57 AM

"I remember watching some guy chop up coconuts with a machete."

Machete is easily the best tool to open a coconut. PLEASE do not try this at home. Ahh what they hey, go for it!

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 11:59 AM

Legend!! For all getting pumped for Fiona Apple, here is a REAL singer/ songwriter for ya! Pure gold!

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:00 PM

Going to be bananas!

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:03 PM

I heard David Byrne was a CF..this wont be any different...it actually would have been better if this was a paying show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:04 PM

Do you think people might be smoking a little pot there?

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:10 PM

"it actually would have been better if this was a paying show."

I find it easier to be a member so that you can have guaranteed seats (although not on opening night) and avoid the riffraff. Sadly, free shows attract scenesters and lookieloos.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:11 PM

Opening night is always a trainwreck. Remember David Byrne? Remember Issac Hayes?

It'll be good for slinging the kind bud, though.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:17 PM

Sure, it'll be a zoo, but do you really think more people are going to be at a Jimmy Cliff show than the David Byrne one? Really?

Another thing: Cliff played a free show in Central Park two summers ago.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:18 PM

The Isaac Hayes show wasn't so bad. Byrne was ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:26 PM

I'm gone bring ma pit bull. Everyone know Jamaicans love them put bulls.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:31 PM

Just love the over hyping."Insane" "bananas" "mayhem" Lulz SMH. You fucking tools.

It will be fine.Get there an hour or 2 early and you will get a good seat and you can relax.
David Byrne was crowded. Isaac Hayes was no big deal. This will be fine.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:32 PM

"do you really think more people are going to be at a Jimmy Cliff show than the David Byrne one? Really?"

yes. Really. David Byrne is one demographic of audience only. Jimmy Cliff is several.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:35 PM

"David Byrne is one demographic of audience only."

What a stupidly ill-informed statement. Please don't bother trying to explain "what you meant". This just kinda sums up what an idiot you are through and through.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:46 PM

Totally agree with poster above that Jimmy Cliff will attract several demographics, and as such is succesful in the truest sense that an artist can be succesful, ie in bringing peeps together!! I mean not to be corny and all but that is what he is doing, right?

Posted by joshua sanders | February 28, 2012 12:50 PM

All I know is most big artist in free shows are chaos...

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 12:58 PM

12:46 you are a fool to think that 12:35's statement is incorrect.

The David Byrne show in Prospect Park was almost an entirely white twenty something audience, in a venue surrounded by multi ethnic neighborhoods near the park, while the Jimmy Cliff show in Summerstage was multi ethnic and multi generational, and that venue is in the middle of two mostly white neighborhoods, the Upper East Side and The Upper West Side.


I know, I was at both.


Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 1:04 PM

12:35 is correct.

While you obviously can't speak for everyone, by and large, Reggae fans are not flocking to a David Byrne show, but Talking Head fans and Art Rock types seem more likely to attend a Jimmy Cliff performance.

It's not a racial thing it's just the fact's man.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 1:06 PM

ha, 12:46 is the real idiot through and through.

And just got nailed on it!

What 12:35 meant was obvious and true dat!

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 1:08 PM

12:32 says recent transplant from Wisconsin..

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 1:32 PM

jimmy cliff is an original don dada, this will be great. what an excellent way to start the season.

poor, 12:46. hahaa. don't worry, we all say dumb shit sometimes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 1:32 PM

12:46 laid the bait and you ALL bit, wasting your time explaining your "thoughts".

12:46 FTW! Dunkacinn-O))) MF'ers!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 1:36 PM

IAM 12:46, you all just got played for fools AMA

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 1:44 PM

the summerstage show was pretty crowded, but not that crazy. i think i showed up during the first opener and got a great spot near the stage.

jimmy was fucking awesome, by the way. and yes... lots of people were smoking pot.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 1:54 PM

nice try 1:44.you just realized you were a fool and tried to rationalize your previous comment...too little too late

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 1:58 PM

12:46 PM just got schooled.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 2:14 PM

fucking trolls
I've got a nice mercury light ready to turn you into stone
show your face

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 2:16 PM

hmm... I love Jimmy Cliff, Harder They Come and all that, but guys... I saw him in like 1999 and he played "Hakuna Matata." Yeah, that song from The Lion King. And it was a ska version. And it was lame.

Just think about that for a while.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 2:24 PM

"I love Jimmy Cliff, Harder They Come and all that"

"Harder They Come" is a pretty bad movie. Song is great though.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 2:34 PM

^ if by "pretty bad" you mean "pretty awesome" then yes, you are correct.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 2:35 PM

"Harder They Come" is a pretty bad movie. Song is great though.


Possibly the best movie soundtrack of all time!!

others:

Pump Up The Volume
Clockwork Orange
Stand By Me


Others to add???

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 2:56 PM

Spider-man
Godzilla

Yeah there are a lot!

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 2:59 PM

Titanic

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 3:17 PM

I only listen to soundtracks from History Channel biographies.

you've probably never heard of them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 3:21 PM

I saw Jimmy Cliff in the early 80's in Jamaica that was crazy. :p

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 4:15 PM

Many hummus to cross

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 5:02 PM

I just came so hard! Get it guys?

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 5:37 PM

Jimmy cliff the legend, what can i say?

Posted by fred | February 28, 2012 9:17 PM

I can say pass the VAN HALEN

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2012 9:27 PM

Titanic

Posted by Souq | March 5, 2012 6:21 AM

Do You need tickets or can you just show up?

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012 2:52 PM

they are the ish!

Posted by ab ripper x | May 16, 2013 1:43 AM

jimmy cliff rules

Posted by jordon | August 5, 2013 3:50 PM

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