Entries tagged with: Celebrate Brooklyn
We announced last week that Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will be touring North America in June and July 2014. The details are now announced! Starting in KY on 6/16, the NYC stop will happen at Prospect Park on July 26, and the tour ends 7/31 in Toronto. There's no Chicago or Montreal dates, so maybe Lollapalooza and Osheaga announcements are coming too?. Check out the full list of dates below.
Tickets for all dates of the tour will go on sale Friday (11/22) but a special presale starts Tuesday (11/19) at 10 AM.
You can access the presale by registering at nickcaveoffer.com where you can also get a free download of "The Mercy Seat" and "Mermaids" from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' new album, Live From KCRW, which will be out on double vinyl and CD for Record Store Day 2013 Black Friday (11/29). Check out the full list of stores.
All tour dates are listed below.
photos by Ryan Muir
"Oh! Forgot to mention. I saw They Might Be Giants in Prospect Park this weekend--for free!--and it was beyond wonderful." - Jessica Sinsheimer
Who doesn't like They Might Be Giants? Everyone came out for this super fun, packed show--I ran into coworkers and people from pool league and there were tons of families and little kids. A little boy and girl hoisted on their parents' shoulders were so cute with their dancing and high fives that I didn't even mind them blocking my view. I saw six hula hoops being carried around, but it would have been hard to find a spot with enough room to use them.Brooklyn's favorite geek rockers, They Might Be Giants, played the second to last Celebrate Brooklyn! show of 2013 at Prospect Park over the weekend (8/10) before the series fully wrapped up on Sunday with a live score for Beasts of the Southern Wild (which was rescheduled from 8/8). The big free outdoor show saw the band playing a 24-song set which included a handful of cuts from their newest album, Nanobots, and a number of older favorites too. Pictures (including openers Moon Hooch), the setlist, and a video from the show are in this post.
TMBG had five or eight musicians on stage most of the time, depending on whether the Tricerachops horn section was out. In the middle of the set, they stripped down to just a duo of John and John on accordion and guitar for "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" that dragged out the ending. Other highlights were "Doctor Worm," "Don't Lets Start," and a funny conversation with one of them using a robot voice. [Visible Spit]
TMBG have also since announced an international fall tour, which includes dates in the US and Europe. The new tour includes another NYC show happening on November 2 at Terminal 5. The description for the new tour reads:
Brooklyn originals They Might Be Giants are on tour with a new show. TMBG's boundless creativity, rowdy and spontaneous performance, combined with their vast repertoire of memorable songs has made their live shows the thing of legend. With a brand new album, DVD, and iphone app, there is much for They Might Be Giants to celebrate. Don't miss this unforgettable show.The Terminal 5 show is also 14+ (even with a parent or guardian), despite most T5 shows being all ages. Tickets for that show are currently on Internet presale, an AmEx presale begins Wednesday (8/14) at noon, and the general on-sale begins Friday (8/16) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the pictures, video and setlist from Prospect Park, below...
Due to the soggy weather forecast, tonight's Celebrate Brooklyn! screening (8/8) of Beasts of the Southern Wild with live score from Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin & The
Wordless Music Orchestra has been moved to Sunday (8/11) when the weather is supposed to be clear. Doors at 7 PM with the screening starting at 8 PM. Free ($3 suggested donation).
by Andrew Sacher
Jamie Lidell at Glasslands in April (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Still on the heels of his funky, maximalist R&B new self titled album, Jamie Lidell will be returning to NYC for his second time this year, this week. His tour has him arriving at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (8/1), his first of three shows in the area. Tonight's show is being opened by indie folk/hip hop mixer Emily Wells and DJ Shiftee. Tickets are still available.
Tonight will be his most intimate one, but if intimacy is less important to you than saving money, on Friday (8/2) at Prospect Park he plays a big, free Celebrate Brooklyn! show that also includes Baltimore weirdo Dan Deacon and Stones Throw-signed soul trio The Stepkids. Doors open at 6:30 PM and show starts at 7:30.
Then, a little farther out from NYC, Jamie plays one more free show on Saturday (8/3) at The Surf Lodge in the Hamptons. Doors open at 5 PM for this one.
These are his last three North American dates before two European festivals he plays later this month. All dates are listed, along with a stream of "What A Shame" from the new album, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Robert Plant @ Prospect Park 7/27/2013
Never has the singer brought a fresher/stranger/more abstract touch to songs this well-known. The Space Shifters allowed Plant to do so by bringing a trio of fresh influences to the table - British trip-hop electronics (via band members borrowed from Portishead and Massive Attack), American funk, and West African string music.Robert Plant brought his electronic and world influenced band, The Sensational Space Shifters (featuring members of Massive Attack and Portishead/BEAK>), to NYC over the weekend (7/27) for a Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit show in Prospect Park. Opening was Phosphorescent, who also played Newport Folk Festival over the weekend. Pictures from the Prospect Park show are in this post.
That last bit came courtesy of Gambian musician Juldeh Camara, who played the ritti, a one-stringed violin, and the kologo, an African banjo. Both instruments provided a fresh corollary to the fiddles and banjos Plant explored in his Americana projects with Krauss and Band of Joy (which included alterna-country mainstays Patti Griffin and Buddy Miller).
In "Black Dog," Camara's spiraling ritti traded places with hard rock guitars, adding a fierce and hypnotic new texture to the song's classic stop-start riff. Camara's work in "Friends" gave this already forbidding piece a sinister new hue. To egg him on, Plant added his own talking drums. In a sense, the sound recalled the worldly expansion Plant brought to familiar songs in his mid-'90s, semi-Zep reunion with Jimmy Page that featured a host of Arabian musicians. - [NY Daily News]
More pics -- plus Plant's setlist -- are below.
photos by Adela Loconte
Philip Glass Ensemble live scoring 'Dracula'
According to Celebrate Brooklyn!, "The last time [they] screened the 1931 Bela Lugosi classic, DRACULA with Philip Glass' equally classic original score performed live, thunder rolled, lightening streaked the sky, and torrents of rain worthy of Transylvania chased everyone out of the park half way through."
The weather was still a little misty but much nicer when Philip Glass and his ensemble returned to Prospect Park on Saturday (7/13) for one of this summer's free Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at the outdoor venue. Support at the show came from of Montreal collaborator Kishi Bashi, whose baroque-inspired pop was a good fit to open the evening. (You can catch Kishi Bashi again at Irving Plaza on 9/12.)
More pictures from Saturday's show below...
by Fred Pessaro
Belle & Sebastian @ Celebrate Brooklyn, 7/11/2013
A packed Prospect Park Bandshell marked the return of Belle & Sebastian, who were joined by tourmates Yo La Tengo as part of a sold-out ticketed benefit for Celebrate Brooklyn! last night (7/11). The long-running pop band ran through material from their close-to 20-year career at the cool & shady outdoor venue, stopping to make anecdotes about the incredible weather, Scottish skin in the New York sun, and everyone's favorite topic as of late, Citibikes.
Yo La Tengo (who have a new video) is a hell of a support act, and the band readied the crowd with their extensive and varied catalog, stopping to swap instruments and also remark on the excellent weather. So far no additional NYC dates for the NJ band, but maybe we'll see them in Hoboken soon?
Great night all around. Head below for more pictures from a gorgeous night at Prospect Park.
photos by Ryan Muir
Mavis Staples @ Prospect Park - 6/14/13
Soul legend Mavis Staples brought her tour to NYC for a free Celebrate! Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on June 14, the day before she played Croton's Clearwater Festival. Support at the Prospect Park show came from Cody ChesnuTT, who played his own show at SOB's (6/13) a day earlier. Pictures from Prospect Park are in this post.
As discussed, Mavis' new album, One True Vine (produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco), will be out next week (6/25). You can now listen to the entire thing ahead of its release date at NPR. Mavis also just performed her cover of Funkadelic's "Can You Get To That" (which appears on her new album and which she also played at Prospect Park) on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A video of that performance is below.
Other recent Celebrate! Brooklyn shows include the Jim James/The Roots show, and last night's (6/20) Blackalicious, Phony PPL, and D-Nice show. The next one is Amadou & Mariam tonight (6/21), which is totally free.
More pictures from Prospect Park and the 'Daily Show' video below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Jim James & The Roots gettin' some air
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and The Roots came to Prospect Park on Tuesday (6/18) (after Jim played Bonnaroo and before Roots drummer Questlove helped Andrew WK break a world record) for a Celebrate Brooklyn show where they each played their own sets, and then for an encore came on stage together for a collaborative set. Their collaboration included covers of John Lennon's "Instant Karma," Bill Withers' "Use Me," Prince's "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," and The Roots' song "Dear God 2.0" Videos of those collaborations, setlists, and pictures of the whole show are in this post.
Meanwhile, after My Morning Jacket wrap up their tour with Bob Dylan and Wilco, they'll host One Big Holiday in Riviera Maya, Mexico's Hard Rock Hotel from January 26-30. MMJ will be performing three times, and there's all kinds of other activities, events, a dance party, and more. The "holiday" is on sale now and admission covers all drinks.
Jim James also plays Delaware's Firefly Music Festival this Saturday (6/22), so if you're going to that, you can catch him there.
More pictures, videos and setlists below...
Calexico at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
One of this year's sought-after Record Store Day releases was the Calexio live album, Spiritoso, which was recorded in Germany backed by orchestras Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. For those who don't want to deal with online auction prices, Calexico will be releasing the live album digitally next week (6/11). You can watch a video of Calexico performing their song "Para" with Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien below.
Celebrate Brooklyn! officially kicks off its 2013 Season on Wednesday (6/5) with singer-songwriter Patty Griffin and that show is free too.
Calexico tour dates are listed, along with video and album info, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Zapp / breakdancers @ The Bell House, 5/23/2013
'80s electro-funk vets Zapp were supposed to play Celebrate Brooklyn's Old School Funk & Hip-Hop Dance Party with DJ D-Nice last Thursday (5/23) at Brooklyn Bridge Park but thunderstorms moved the party to The Bell House. While frontman Roger Troutman died 10 years ago, the other Troutman brothers brought Zapp hits "More Bounce to the Ounce", "Dance Floor," "Computer Love" and more to the Gowanus venue. The free party also featured pimp suits, booty shaking and a breakdance lesson.
More pictures from The Bell House below...
Due to tonight's severe weather forecast, BRIC and Brooklyn Bridge Park announce that Celebrate Brooklyn!'s Old School Funk and Hip-Hop Dance Party featuring Zapp and D-Nice is moving to The Bell House (149 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn). The performance will start at 8:00PM/doors at 7:00PM. Please note space is limited.Again, the relocated show at The Bell House is FREE but space is limited.
photos by Chris Graham
Mavis Staples @ Beale Street Music Fest
Mavis has other dates coming up this year, including a free Celebrate! Brooklyn show on June 14 at Prospect Park with Cody Chesnutt. Then the next day (6/15) she heads a bit north for the Clearwater Festival in Croton, NY, which she plays along with Antibalas, Judy Collins, Hot Tuna, Nicole Atkins, Sharon Jones, and more. Tickets for that festival are still available.
Mavis is also working on a new album, One True Vine, which is due out on June 25 via Anti-, and one again being produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. You can listen to the track "I Like The Things About Me" from that album below (via Complex).
Mavis isn't the only living legend Jeff Tweedy is hanging with this year. As mentioned, Wilco is touring as a support act for Bob Dylan, and that tour hits the NYC-area for a few shows in July (some with My Morning Jacket, one with Beck).
All upcoming Mavis Staples dates are listed, along with the song stream and more pictures and video from Beale St., below...
Os Mutantes soundchecking at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Brazilian psychedelic pop legends Os Mutantes are still at it (they played Le Poisson Rouge in December and were just at Austin Psych Fest, but were interrupted by rain), and are one of the bands announced for the Celebrate Brooklyn! 2013 season at Prospect Park. Their show happens on June 29 with Brooklyn indie pop band Javelin and Sierra Leonean Bubu King Janka Nabay, and that one's totally free.
The show is one of a few Northeast US dates the Brazilian band will be playing this June, including another in the NYC area happening on June 28 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with a video of the band at Le Poisson Rouge, below...
Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.
The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.
Beck @ Outside Lands Festival 2013 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
As mentioned, Beck will be on the East Coast this summer, playing a special acoustic set at the Newport Folk Festival (tickets). He'll also play few other shows in the area, including a Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park on August 4. Tickets to the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday, May 10.
No word on a new Beck album, but he did release that Song Reader sheet-music-only album back in December. Maybe he'll play some of those. All Beck tour dates are listed below.
While Led Zeppelin's appearances last year were limited to press conferences and late-night TV interviews, Robert Plant will be going on a tour this year with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters. That tour kicks off this June in Texas, and after making its way over to the West Coast and back, it culminates in a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on July 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon with an AmEx and a BRIC presale starting Thursday (4/25) at noon.
In addition to Robert Plant, The Sensational Space Shifters' lineup includes Justin Adams (Tinariwen, SInead O'Connor), John Baggot (Massive Attack, Portishead), Billy Fuller (Beak>, Massive Attack), Liam "Skin" Tyson (of The La's offshoot Cast), Juldeh Camara, and Dave Smith.
All tour dates are listed, along with the tour trailer and a live video of the band from 2012, below...
Jim James at MHOW in February (more by PSquared Photography)
Due to an "unforeseen scheduling conflict," the collaborative Jim James / Roots performance at Celebrate Brooklyn in Propect Park is moving dates from June 19 to June 18. All tickets purchased during the pre-sale will be honored on the new date. For those unable to attend, refunds will be available through Ticketmaster. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/19) at noon. Updated Jim James tour dates are listed below.
Jim James at MHOW in February (more by PSquared Photography)
Meanwhile, hip hop renaissance men The Roots have their own dates scheduled, including one in NYC on April 25 at BAM for day 1 of the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival with Julia Holter, Parquet Courts, Solange, David Longstreth, TV on the Radio, Phosphorescent and others (4/25 tix and 3-day passes) and Philly on June 1 Penns Landing for The Roots Picnic with Grimes, Solange, Joey Bada$$, How to Dress Well, Hit-Boy, Araabmuzik, and others (tickets).
These two tours will cross paths in Brooklyn on June
19 18 at Prospect Park with The Roots and Jim James play a collaborative show at the outdoor venue as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! 2013 season. (UPDATE: The show was moved to June 18.) Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/19) at noon with AmEx and venue presales starting Wednesday (4/17) at 10 AM. Other currently announced Celebrate Brooklyn! shows include a free Patty Griffin show on 6/5, a Belle & Sebastian and Yo La Tengo show on 7/11 (tickets), and a Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster show on 7/30 (tickets).
In related news, Roots members Captain Kirk Douglas and Mark Kelly are playing a show with their other band, The Dust Rays, on April 22 at Mercury Lounge with The Juggs and The Veldts. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated Jim James and Roots dates are listed below...
Celebrate Brooklyn will kick off its 35th concert season with a free show by Patty Griffin on June 5 at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Patty's new album, American Kid, drops about a month before the show.
The rest of the 2013 Celebrate Brooklyn line-up will be released in May, but we already know a couple other shows. Belle & Sebastian and Yo La Tengo will play July 11, and '90s alt-rockers Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster will play July 30. Tickets to that show are currently on fan club presale and the general on-sale happens Friday (3/22) at 11 AM.
Belle and Sebastian at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Scottish indie pop vets Belle and Sebastian haven't gone on a full tour of North America in over two years, but once they were announced as a headliner for this year's Pitchfork Festival, we knew they'd finally be crossing the Atlantic again. And now, a full tour leading up to their slot at that festival has been announced. Many of the dates are with fellow indie legends Yo La Tengo (who just released an album and played NYC), including the NYC date, which is a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on July 11. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check ticketmaster for updates.
Belle and Sebastian are also the subject of a new "Pitchfork Classic" documentary, which is an hour-long exploration of their 1996 album, If You're Feeling Sinister, directed by RJ Bentler. You can watch that documentary and check out a list of all upcoming dates below...
Little Dragon/Frankie Rose at Prospect Park - 8/10/12
Little Dragon and Frankie Rose teamed up for an incredible double billing at Prospect Park on Friday (8/10) for the second to last free Celebrate Brooklyn show of the season (the last was on Saturday). Little Dragon played mostly off of their 2011 LP, Ritual Union, but included a few off of their first two albums as well. If you missed the show, did you stream it on NPR? If you missed that stream, you can listen to the archive of Little Dragon's full set on NPR.
Frankie Rose, meanwhile, had a busy weekend, playing The Surf Lodge in Montauk the next day.
The show began with a Voices of Black DJ set. More pictures of all three acts, Little Dragon's setlist and a video from their set are below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
M. Ward/Yo La Tengo at Prospect Park - 8/7/12
M. Ward has been touring internationally all year in support of his new album, A Wasteland Companion, and after having played Webster Hall back in May, he made his way back to NYC on Tuesday (8/7) for a Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park with Yo La Tengo (who were without bassist James McNew due to medical reasons) and comedian Wyatt Cenac. M. Ward mixed his 21-song set up pretty evenly between material off of his four most recent albums, and threw in a handful of covers as well, including dedicating his first of two encores to all Daniel Johnston covers.
M. Ward was a paid show, but the free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park, which included Wild Flag, Mission of Burma, and Ted Leo last week (8/3), continue with Little Dragon and Frankie Rose on Friday (8/10).
You can catch Wyatt Cenac in NYC again when he plays Carolines on October 11 - 13. Tickets for those shows are available.
More pictures from the show and M. Ward's setlist are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Wild Flag/Mission of Burma at Prospect Park - 8/3/12
This summer's free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park continued on Friday (8/3) with a great co-headlining double bill of Wild Flag and Mission of Burma, and support from a solo Ted Leo set. People began lining up in Prospect Park at least a half hour before doors opened and by the time Ted Leo began his set at 7 PM many of the chairs had filled up and others took more casually to the grass area in the back, some of who were sitting on free blankets provided by show sponsor Google Play (who also had a stage at Lollapalooza over the weekend).
The entire bill was made up of artists who have left a lasting stamp on indie rock, and all three were terrific as usual. Ted Leo's opening set included a number of Pharmacists songs, and he also revealed two new ones for the first time (one of which you can watch a video of below). He was both modest (he called a performance of one of the new songs "half baked") and in good spirits the whole time, cracking wtty jokes like, "This next one's for Park Slope, it's called 'The Little Smug Supper Club.'" (Though at the end of the song he said, "I shouldn't talk, I live in Brooklyn Heights.")
After Ted, Mission of Burma kept things going with a set which continued to prove, four albums into their post-reunion career, that they are still a necessary band. The new material is just as genuine as the early-'80s output and the band members are just as (or more) lively and youthful than many of the bands who took after them. Drummer Peter Prescott is playfully sarcastic while the other members keep a bit quieter with stage banter but create massive levels of noise with their instruments -- especially guitarist Roger Miller, whose playing is equally sloppy and noisy as it is precise and melodic, not unlike J Mascis who he likely had influence on.
Then Wild Flag closed out the night with a killer set made up mostly of material from their 2011 debut, including standout tracks like "Glass Tambourine," "Boom," and "Romance," plus deeper cuts like the always-intense "Racehorse," which was a bit less drawn out at this show than past performances, but still one of Carrie Brownstein's most shining moments in the set. They also mixed a few new songs into their set, like they've been doing at other 2012 shows. Upon returning for their encore, Carrie said that since they were in New York, one of the greatest places for music, they'd play some NY covers. The band then proceeded to bang out covers of Television's "See No Evil" and Patti Smith's "Ask the Angels," doing more than justice to both songs. A video of both covers is below.
The free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park continue on August 10 with Little Dragon and Frankie Rose. More pictures and videos from last Friday's show are below...
Wild Flag at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's IFC show Portlandia is currently working on its third season, and if you want to see it in action, you can now go to Portland and see Fred and Carrie filming episodes for the new season (via Huliq). There's also an ongoing bicycle tour of where past and future episodes have been shot.
In related news, you can catch Carrie Brownstein in NYC TONIGHT (8/3) at Prospect Park where her band Wild Flag will play a FREE Celebrate Brooklyn show that they're co-headlining with Mission of Burma. Ted Leo will open the show with a solo set. Doors are at 6 and Ted Leo goes on at 7, followed by Mission Burma at 7:45 then Wild Flag at 9:15. Ted Leo, who plays in NYC a lot, is saying that this is his only hometown show until the end of October. It's also Wild Flag's only upcoming show except for FYF Fest, but Mission of Burma have a bunch of upcoming dates, all of which are listed below.
As mentioned, Wild Flag and Mission of Burma have a split 7" with WF's "Boom" and MoB's "What They Tell Me," which will be available exclusively at tonight's show. There's also a limited edition poster for the show which you can enter to win if you RSVP to the show's facebook event. That poster, the 7" cover art, streams of both songs from the 7", and a list of all dates are below.