Best Free Concert Series - 2012
9th St. & Prospect Park W.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
What do artists as diverse as Brooklyn indie experimentalists Dirty Projectors, Wu-Tang Clan lyricist Ghostface Killah, reggae icon Jimmy Cliff, bluegrass legend Del McCoury, post-punk supergroup Wild Flag, Chilean cumbia rockers Chico Trujillo, and Saturday Night Fever's king of the dancefloor Tony Manero have in common? For starters, they all made appearances at this season's Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series, the city's best. Where else, for instance, can you pregame for a show with a picnic in the park, a bike ride along some trails, or a visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden? Where else can you both discover so many wonderful new bands, styles, and genres and listen to so many tried-and-true old favorites? And where else can you stand under those oh-so-romantic overhead lights and put your arm around that special someone and wonder how it can get any better than this? Manhattan is only a 20-minute subway ride away, but after a night at Celebrate Brooklyn, who would ever want to go back? Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West and 9th Street, Brooklyn, bricartsmedia.org (11215)