Interpol, Lucius, Willie Nelson, and More to Rock Celebrate Brooklyn!’s 2015 Season


Summer in New York is fast approaching (kind of), which means we all want to get outside and make sweet love to the blooming trees and sun-flecked grass as much as humanly possible. There will be plenty of excuses to do so, of course, but nothing has been as reliably awesome throughout the entire summer, every summer, as Celebrate Brooklyn!, the award-winning concert series held at the Prospect Park bandshell.

Presented by BRIC, a nonprofit organization serving to cultivate arts and media programs throughout Brooklyn, the 37th edition of Celebrate Brooklyn! will start off with a bang on June 3 with Chaka Khan. Can you honestly think of anything better than lounging in a park on one of the first warm nights of the summer, the sun just finishing up its descent through the trees as the Queen of Funk kicks into her first song? No. You can’t.

Khan’s will be the first of 29 performances that will run through August 12, when Willie Nelson will bring the series to a close. Most of the shows are free, but a few, including Nelson, Modest Mouse, and Damien Rice, will cost you a few bucks. (Even if you don’t want to spring for a ticket, though, you can always show up and lay down a blanket outside the cordoned-off area and pick up on the vibes.)

The concert series is meant to celebrate the city in which it’s held, so New York artists are well represented. Brooklyn’s own Lucius will headline a free night of music, June 13, that will also feature Here We Go Magic’s Luke Temple. Lucius has been selling out shows like crazy, so you might want to get there a little early to claim a spot. A month later, on July 9, Punch Brothers will play with fellow mandolin strummer Sarah Jarosz, who recently moved to Brooklyn, and on July 25, Porches. will open for Sylvan Esso. A few days before that, on July 21, Manhattan’s venerated indie darlings Interpol will play a ticketed show all by their lonesome. Get excited.

Check out the full schedule below and plan accordingly:

June 3 – Chaka Khan (FREE)
June 6 – Creole for Kidz! Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience (FREE)
June 11 – Krosfyah feat. Lead Pipe & Saddis / Something Positive (FREE)
June 12 – Esperanza Spalding Presents: Emily’s D+Evolution / Jose James (FREE)
June 13 – Lucius / Luke Temple / Pavo Pavo (FREE)
June 17 – Damien Rice ($48)
June 18 – Eighth Blackbird feat. Will Oldham / Bill Frisell & Sam Amidon (FREE)
June 20 – Dancebrazil / Forro in the Dark (FREE)
June 25 – Lucinda Williams / Jason Walker (FREE)
June 26 – Paris Is Burning / JD Samson (FREE)
June 27 – Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party / Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 (FREE)
July 9 – Punch Brothers / Sarah Jarosz (FREE)
July 10 – Bajofondo / Astro / Los Auténticos Decadentes (FREE)
July 11 – The New Pornographers / Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (FREE)
July 16 – Vieux Farka Touré / Tamikrest / DJ Dakar (FREE)
July 17The Son of the Sheik with live score by Alloy Orchestra / Ghost Train Orchestra (FREE)
July 18 – Rhiannon Giddens / Joe Henry (FREE)
July 21 – Interpol ($35)
July 22 – Modest Mouse ($42.50 advance, $45 day of show)
July 24 – Jason Isbell / Dawn Landes (FREE)
July 25 – Sylvan Esso / Porches. (FREE)
July 30 – The Musical World of Harmonium Mountain / Jeffrey Ziegler, Andy Akiho & Roger Bonair-Agard (FREE)
July 31 – Big K.R.I.T. / Angel Haze / The D.R.E.A.M. Ring: Flexn (FREE)
August 1 – Taylor Mac: The 20th Century Abridged (FREE)
August 4 – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros / Preservation Hall Jazz Band ($39.50 advance / $45 day of show)
August 6 – Leesaar the Company, Ohad Saharan and dancers from Batsheva Dance Company (FREE)
August 7 – Third World / Awa Sangho (FREE)
August 8 – tUnE-yArDs / Shabazz Palaces (FREE)
August 12 – Willie Nelson & Family / Old Crow Medicine Show ($52.50 advance, $55 day of show)

See also:
Janelle Monáe at Celebrate Brooklyn!
SummerStage to Celebrate 30 Years With Biz Markie, Charles Bradley & More
The Nocturnal Notes of Mumford & Sons’
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