photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Lauren Duncan

The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival hosted indie rock bands Alvvays, Ducktails and Big Thief on Thursday, June 23 in Prospect Park. It was a lovely evening, and Alvvays seemed truly happy to be there. Joking with the crowd, the Canadian indie rockers claimed they didn't know much about NYC, and that what they do know is based off their love of the show Broad City. They played through most of their 2014 self-titled album, adding in a few new, unreleased songs to their setlist as well. The band saved their most popular song "Archie Marry Me" for last, ending the evening with a sing-a-long from the crowd.

Ducktails, the onetime solo side project, now full-time project of ex-Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile, took the stage next. The band (which now includes Josh of Regal Degal) touched on songs from their entire discography. Brooklyn based indie rockers Big Thief , who just released their debut LP via Saddle Creek, opened the show, and singer/guitarist Adrienne Lenker commented on how just last summer she was watching a Celebrate Brooklyn! show in the audience and that being there was a dream come true.

The next big Celebrate Brooklyn! show is July 8 with Josh Ritter, Martha Redbone, and Birds of Chicago, which is free. Lots more pictures from Alvvays/Ducktails/Big Thief, below...

Big Thief