Brooklyn-based arts and media institution BRIC has announced its full festival lineup for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2022 at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park. Artists include Brooklyn rapper Vic Mensa, British reggae singer Maxi Priest, Chicano rock band Batman, blues artist Fantastic Negrito, Brooklyn-based rock band Crumb and award-winning Latin pop singer Fonseca a Grammy, as well as The Beths, Ravyn Lenae, Seratones, Slauson Malone 1 and singer-songwriter SASAMI.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! will also feature the actor and composer John Cameron Mitchell play with Amber MartinSan Francisco-based Kronos Quartet and filmmaker Sam Greenoccurring in tandem with “A Thousand Thoughts” documentary, with vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth opening. Also included will be the 2020 NPR Tiny Desk competition winner and BRIC JazzFest alumnus. Linda Diaz.
Previously announced 2022 artists include saxophonist Kamasi Washington and Nigerian Afropop phenom Yemi Alade, as well as a series of bbenefit concerts featuring indie rock singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, presented by Bowery Presents on June 14 and 15; American-born Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer Dgreedy, presented by Live Nation in June 16; Khruangbin, psychedelic rock band based in Texas, presented by Bowery Presents on Thursday, August 4; and Erykah Badu, multi-Grammy award-winning artist “Queen of Neo Soul”, ppresented by Live Nation on Friday, August 5.
“This summer is all about being together – the power of coming together at this time in human history,” said Diane Eber, executive producer of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! “Artists can show us the path to healing through creative expression and there’s no better place to experience it than the Bandshell. We are so honored to bring another season of magic to our communities at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
The 44-year-old performance series, presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks, celebrating talent ranging from global musical icons to chart-topping indie bands, and including benefit concerts, family days and nights out cinema, will take place from June 8 to August 6.
“It wouldn’t be summer in Prospect Park without the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Lena Horne Bandshell,” said James Snow, interim president of Prospect Park Alliance. “This festival brings a wide range of free music and family-friendly programming to Prospect Park and gives Brooklyn’s diverse community a chance to come together – we’re excited for the season to begin.”
For the first time, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! features Smorgasburg as this year’s food vendor. Smorgasburg is the largest weekly outdoor food market in America. Launched in 2011 as a spinoff of Brooklyn Flea (founded in 2008), Smorgasburg has since launched dozens of small businesses and attracted millions of visitors, cleverly dubbed “The Woodstock of Eating”, per The New York Times.
While the festival remains free with the exception of benefit performances, RSVPs are encouraged to keep up to date with festival news, but are not required. More information can be found at bricartsmedia.org/bcb.