Posted in music | pictures on June 5, 2014

photos by David Andrako

Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae

Celebrate Brooklyn kicked off their 2014 season in Prospect Park last night with a free show by Janelle Monae (6/4). I stopped by and couldn't believe the size of the lines that were wrapped around in every direction before the show, and as early as 5pm. There were tons of people inside and outside the gate watching and listening to the show. The bandshell entrances are around 9th Street and 11th Street along Prospect Park West which ends at 15th Street. Lines were wrapped around that corner and far down Prospect Park Southwest. Did you get in? If so, how was the show? Did you say hello to a DeBlasio?

Celebrate Brooklyn continues Saturday (6/7) with the sounds of Louisiana. The next one we're really excited about is "CELEBRATE ORNETTE: THE MUSIC OF ORNETTE COLEMAN" on June 12 with Laurie Anderson, David Murray, Flea, Patti Smith, Bill Laswell and many more

Pictures from Janelle Monae in this post. They continue below...

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Comments (74)

I said be on line at 3pm and they scoffed. Amateurs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 7:45 PM

I had the best artisinal grape soda of my life at this show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 7:47 PM

this seemed way more crowded than previous years.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 7:49 PM

What time do we have to get there for St. Vincent?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 8:04 PM

amazing performance

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 8:04 PM

"What time do we have to get there for St. Vincent?"

Line up now, just so we won't have to hear this dumb question again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 8:06 PM


^ Actually, friend, how about you continue playing video games and pass on the show all together. OK? OK. All things considered, Ms. Clark is requesting people to line up at 10am that morning so they can hear her soundcheck. She will be shredding on a duet with Ms. CB, if you know what I mean.

So. There you have it. We 'round here don't expect to be bothered by your amateur questions going forward. Please, friend, grab a Babycakes donut and shove it in your mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 8:18 PM

"She will be shredding on a duet with Ms. CB, if you know what I mean."

Why doesn't your snark allow you to just type out Carrie Brownstein like a normal person?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 8:38 PM

I think Ms. Monae has talent. And, she's certainly attractive. So it goes without saying that she's been very successful at capitalizing on the package she brings to the table.

But I would like to also point out, which I'm surprised nobody has yet, that she has completely ripped off William Klein's famous still from his movie 'Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?' Klein, for those not aware of photography, is one of the true originals of the Twentieth Century. His book from the '50s - 'Life is good & good for you in New York' - couldn't even find a home with publishing houses because they felt it too raw in its depiction of NYC. It got published in France, however, and he became a star.

* * * The More You Know * * *

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 8:39 PM

^ go fuck youself with that giberish

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 8:47 PM

Mmmhmmm. Why don't you give this a lil' whirl, darling. Do a Google Image search for:
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? Janelle Monae

Then come back and tell me what you think. Actually, don't bother.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 8:53 PM

Free in NYC = Complete shitshow

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 9:16 PM

Ha! Free in NYC has *always* = shitshow of epic degree.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 9:19 PM

8:39 - Any artist or movie with any retro mod esthetic or sensibility has borrowed from that scholar.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 9:43 PM

To a certain extent ... yes. However, she has done so with remarkable brazenness. It's even beyond what Whitesnake did to Led Zep or what Clap Your Hands did to Talking Heads on that first album of theirs. She is in full-on-rip-the-fuck-off mode.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 9:46 PM

8:39/9:46 - She's borrowing just as much from Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" movie scene as she is from William Klein. James Brown's live performances too. It's a retro hodge podge dude. Not my favorite but still a refreshing take on present day "R&B."

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 9:51 PM

The lines were insane - I've never seen anything like it in NYC or elsewhere. It was literally a 20 minute walk from the gate on the north side of the bandshell (which used to be on the west side - perhaps this added to the clusterfuck?) to the end of the line. Got there at 7:30 and there was no chance we were going to get in. The whole "gala" thing for the 1% also probably contributed to the problem.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 9:54 PM

Clearly James Brown. Of course, she at least does it with a bit more class than Bruno Mars, who seems to be a of the school that just mimics and copies as opposed to allowing that to be an influence. There is a difference.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 9:54 PM

James Brown Balls perspiration > Janelle Monae

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 10:00 PM

^ James Brown's balls' perspiration > Janelle Monae

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 10:06 PM

^ thanks for the correction.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 10:08 PM

This is exactly the kind of shit native New Yorkers do anything possible to avoid.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 10:08 PM

10:08pm, you're most welcome.

10:08pm, we also avoid cynical fucks like yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 10:17 PM

lol mayor big bird lol lol

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 10:20 PM

Ms MonĂ¡e had the full blessing of mr Klein who lives in Paris now. He approved and granted her rights to the album cover that references the Polly Magoo movie. Thanks for your concern for the arts though.

Posted by Nate wonder | June 5, 2014 10:21 PM

@9:54PM: You just move to town? Arriving a hour after doors is a rookie move. This ain't Des Moines.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 10:45 PM

@9:54, I agree that the "gala thing" fucked things up. I ran by at 7:30 and saw a ton of space available inside with huge lines on both sides--it didn't make sense. I would suspect that they waited for everyone in the gala to settle-in before opening the doors to the masses. The police on the street had no idea how to handle the crowds--Celebrate Brooklyn should have adjusted (and communicated via social) the demand and their change in plans. It's pretty ironic, as the executive producer of Celebrate Brooklyn! was just highlighted in the NY Times on Sunday.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 11:14 PM

Nice, Bolshevik Bill brought the mulatto gimp out to the R&B concert for political capital.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 11:23 PM

I heard all the Janelle buzzzzzzzz from every bee in the blogosphere, everyone was celebrating Breuklyn! Where Brooklyn at? Am I right? Everyone from the scene was there in their to-be-seen outfits. If you missed it I really pity you.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2014 11:43 PM

I stayed home but don't pity me, I already saw Janelle for free at AfroPunk two years ago. Where were you then?

Posted by Anonymouse | June 6, 2014 12:15 AM

^ Bitch! I saw her at the corner of Stankonia and Jonny's Tele years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 12:18 AM

Celebrate Brooklyn = Complete 1% Shitshow

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 12:26 AM

10:21PM, you need a comma after Klein. Oh, and you're full of sheeeet.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 12:50 AM

This Janelle monae is a complete corporate stylized bullshit "artist" with zero creativity and talent...

Ahe completely copies old soul/Motown and does it poorly.
Y'all need to listen to Martha & The Vandells.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:30 AM

The Brookyn trend is ending soon. Get out now before you're yesterday's news. Brooklyn is the trucker hat phenomenon of 2002.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 2:41 AM

did someone say artisnal fare?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 5:22 AM

Did Mayor Castro have to wait in line?

Posted by Ben Ghazi | June 6, 2014 5:28 AM

I will gladly pay money rather than be treated to a free show, even if you told me my top 10 favorite artists were on the bill. Free shows suck that are in this city, and they always attract the worst people. It's amazing what charging a little bit of money will do to keep away the idiots. Really weeds them the fuck out.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 7:11 AM

I am planning on going to Dum Dum Girls in 2 weeks but am wondering how big the lines for the free Saturday night crowd will be. Although Monae is a little more commercialized the Dum Dum Girls so it may be different.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 8:38 AM

1:30 - Originally being from Motown myself, I appreciate the sentiment...but it's the "Vandellas"

Oh...and 11:23...you are a lonely, sad, racist asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 8:46 AM

8:38 - The lines shouldn't be nearly as bad for bands like Warpaint or DDG. As you state, Monae is a commercial pop artist with a much wider fan base than most "indie" bands...even popular ones.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 8:49 AM

There is exactly one fanboy on here trying so hard

The only question I have is if they work for Janelle, CB or one of the corporate sponsors.

Oh, and move the fuck back to Detroit, fucker.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 8:53 AM

10:08..... yup

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 9:33 AM

Yep, one fanboy. They come off like a bitchy gay dude as well. Take it back to the D fuckboi.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 9:56 AM

We have a fat Mayor. It's embarrassing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 10:08 AM

All the Blazbians were in full effect last night.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 10:26 AM

Was Larry Fitzmaurice at this show? I smelled something funny every time the wind blew a certain way.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 10:26 AM

SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 11:30 AM

Detroit haters can suck a big dick.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 12:43 PM

Post city boyz have ruined have no fight in them. They'll live in squalor and pay big buckz to do it because of their insecuritiez.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | June 6, 2014 12:53 PM

LOL @ 12:43 defending a failed city

Actually, think he's just defending himself since even Detroit people know the place is a shithole now

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:00 PM

^ what's left of it, that is

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:00 PM

^ I was so enraged I couldn't type properly.

Post city boyz have ruined the big town. They have no fight in them. They'll live in squalor and pay big buckz to do it because of their insecuritiez.

Anyone who moves to crusty "bk" is a follower.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | June 6, 2014 1:02 PM

I suspect DeBlasio didn't marry his wife for her looks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:03 PM

Where are the D haters originally from? If you say New York, you're a fucking liar.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:07 PM

^Originally from Brooklyn. Detroit is a burnt out shell of shit. Everybody knows it. Check out the real estate prices. There is a reason you can buy a house there for 10k.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:08 PM

I'm from Manhattan and I'm not a bum

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:14 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/cl/janellemonae/cb/17.jpg

they really brought out the freak show huh?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:17 PM

janelle is a girls name. this dude should change his name to a guys name like Solomon Northup

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:22 PM

the LGBT must be proud of this homo

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:25 PM

DeBlasio's wife looks like Ben Vereen. smdh.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:32 PM

DeBlasio's son looks like Andrew Bynum with Down's syndrome. My god what an ugly family that is. Where is the sausagette cutter?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:39 PM

Unless you're pasty and white and insecure about being pasty and white, you don't belong in the post city.

Post city boyz couldn't go down the shore or to Long Island and score a gal. No way. They ain't got the stuff.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | June 6, 2014 1:51 PM

1:36 & 1:39 - Now that his daddy is your Mayor, Froboy is getting more young pussy than you dickheads ever will.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 2:58 PM

^ ha ha, yeah no

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 3:19 PM

Was the show any good? I caught Janelle Monae on Jools Holland once but wasn't paying that much attention to her song (or songs, forget if she did more than 1 - I think Steve Miller band was the 'headliner' and got to play 2 songs) but apparently she is pretty popular?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 3:54 PM

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 3:58 PM

^ Serious question:
Are your sexual fantasies starting to affect your job, family, friends or health?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 4:22 PM

11:23 nailed it. How many concerts did you go to with your parents when you where a teenager?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 4:31 PM

4:31 - How many times was your Dad the Mayor of New York City?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 4:33 PM

^i thinks thst is their point. that attending this concert, was a staged political move, and that it was an r&b show was no accident.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 5:05 PM

Somebody clearly likes something a little extra. Sausage lover> http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/cl/janellemonae/cb/17.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2014 1:07 PM

She's a pretty woman when her hair isn't all fucked up like Minnie Mouse

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2014 1:33 PM

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