Live Concert Photography: Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell 6/25/19: Chucho Valdes with Dafnis Prieto
Although it’s gone through a number of different names throughout it’s 41 year history, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of the longest run, summer outdoor concert and performance series in New York. And from its first shows, the festival’s long-held mission has been to bring Brooklyn residents — and those who love and enjoy all things Brooklyn — together in a safe, harmonious setting to enjoy and celebrate the vibrant cultures that has made Brooklyn, one of the most most diverse places in the world; in fact, as the organizers have strongly emphasized, “We believe it is especially important to use artistic platforms to reaffirm the very basis of what Brooklyn and America is — a welcoming, supercollider of ideas and cultures, informing and enriching each other. ”
Throughout is history as the host site of the festival, the Prospect Park Bandshell has hosted an eclectic list of established and emerging artists across a large and adventurous array of styles and genres, including Americana, African Diaspora music, world music, classical music, jazz, pop, alt-rock, indie rock, hip-hop, soul, R&B and a long list of others. And as a result, the bandshell has had an impressive array of artists play on its stage including, Dr. John, Maceo Parker, They Might Be Giants, The Neville Brothers, Talib Kweli, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Beck, Hugh Maskela, Joan Armatrading, Willie Nelson, Chaka Khan, Angelique Kidjo, Seun Kuti, Mavis Staples, Marco Benevento, Bilal, Lisa Loeb, Poliça, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Alice Smith, Brooklyn Raga Massive, The Soul Rebels, Orkesta Mendoza, Musiq Soulchild, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Eric Krasno, Yossou N’Dour, Amadou and Mariam, Brandi Carlile, Ruthie Foster, the acclaimed Canadian jazz act BADBADNOTGOOD the up-and-coming Canadian singer/songwriter and JOVM mainstay Charlotte Day Wilson and recently, Afro-Cuban electro pop sibling duo and JOVM mainstays Ibeyi, the iconic R&B and soul legend Patti LaBelle, the hit-making Nigerian-American singer/songwriter, emcee and producer Jidenna, the rapidly rising Nigerian Afro-fusion singer/songwriter Burna Boy, the rapidly rising Jamaican reggae singer Protoje and a growing list of others.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, things are rather busy in the JOVM world. I’m trying to catch up with as much as I can before heading out to Montreal to cover the M for Montreal Festival. In any case, earlier this year The Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival hosted an amazing evening of Latin jazz featuring the legendary multi-Grammy Award and multi-Latin Grammy Award winning Chucho Valdes and Dafnis Prieto. Check out photos from the show below.