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43rd Annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Adds Adeline and Michelle to Lineup

Christian Wissmuller • News • July 13, 2021
BRIC, a Brooklyn-based leading arts and media institution, announced that two special guests will be joining their 2021 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival season artist line-up:

On opening night, Saturday, July 31st, French Caribbean singer, bassist, and producer Adeline will join DC native (now Brooklynite) Kamauu, a politically conscious rapper and poet who seamlessly incorporates genres from doo-wop to soul, onstage to perform their fire hot duet “Mango,” which dropped during the pandemic. The evening will mark the Festival’s return to the Prospect Park Bandshell with live in-person performances and will also feature neo soul phenom Ari Lennox, whose 2019 breakthrough studio debut Shea Butter landed her on BET’s Future 40 list of “the most inspiring and innovative vanguards who are redefining what it means to be unapologetically young, gifted & black,” along with Queens-based artist NESTA, who fuses his Jamaican heritage with contemporary R&B, to round out an opening night for the ages.

On closing night, Saturday, September 18th, NYC’s own MICHELLE (featuring Sofia D’Angelo, Julian Kaufman, Charlie Kilgore, Layla Ku, Emma Lee and Jamee Lockard) will be added to the line-up to begin the night with buoyant grooves and plush harmonies. Much like the city itself, these six 21-year-olds raised across Manhattan and Brooklyn have a sound always changing and evolving. The evening’s headliner Trombone Shorty, hailed by NPR as “New Orleans’ brightest new star in a generation,” will bring this historic Festival season to an explosive conclusion with his notorious brass funk band Orleans Avenue, which has had the distinct honor of closing Jazz Fest since 2013.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have the honor of adding more incredible talent to the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival stage this summer,” said Kristina Newman-Scott, President of BRIC. “This year’s Festival is a celebration of the diverse communities that BRIC serves, including all of the artists that helped us through the many challenges of the past year. We are elated to welcome everyone home to the Prospect Park Bandshell to kick off what is sure to be a season that we’ll never forget.”

Previously announced artists for this groundbreaking 2021 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival season include:

  • Ari Lennox / KAMAUU and Adeline / Nesta – Saturday, July 31st
  • Wattstax [Movie Night] / Theo Croker – Thursday, August 5th
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie / Naia Kete – Friday, August 6th
  • Ladama / Tiga Jean-Baptiste / DJ Ali Coleman – Saturday, August 7th *Family friendly performance- Doors 2:30pm/Show 4:00pm
  • The Roots – Thursday, August 12th **Benefit concert
  • Skip Marley/ Ivy Sole – Friday, August 13th
  • Vijay Iyer / Joel Ross / Melanie Charles / Mahogany L. Browne – Saturday, August 14th
  • Junglepussy / Tygapaw – Friday, August 20th
  • Lido Pimienta / Rita Indiana / YENDRY – Saturday, August 21st
  • Yaeji / KeiyaA / Nappy Nina – Friday, August 27th
  • San Fermin / Attacca Quartet / Son Little – Saturday, August 28th
  • Elsie Fest – Sunday, August 29th **Benefit concert
  • Glass Animals – Tuesday, August 31st **Benefit concert
  • Club Quarantine Live: D-Nice with Special Guests – Thursday, September 2nd **Benefit concert
  • Passion Fruit Dance Company / Soul Summit Dance Party / St James Joy – Friday, September 10th
  • Wizkid – Saturday, September 11th **Benefit concert
  • Mr. Eazi / Bembona / AJO – Friday, September 17th
  • Trombone Shorty with Orleans Avenue / MICHELLE – Saturday, September 18th
Tickets for The Roots, Club Quarantine Live: D-Nice with Special Guests, and Wizkid performances are on sale now at LiveNation.com. Tickets for Elsie Fest will be on sale soon via LiveNation.com. Tickets for Glass Animals are on sale now, via AXS.com. While the Festival will remain free of charge, RSVPs are encouraged, however, you will no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for admission. RSVPs do not guarantee entrance, and entry is first-come, first-served.

Major Leadership Support for BRIC’s performing arts programs are generously provided by Howard Gilman Foundation, Lambent Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support for BRIC’s performing arts program is provided by Con Edison, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Scherman Foundation, Shubert Organization, Inc., as well as support from friends, members and numerous individuals.

For more information on this year’s full artist lineup and to RSVP, go to BRICartsmedia.org.

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