Winter Holiday Time In Brooklyn – A Musical Feast!

December 7, 2015 by
Gary Clark, Jr.-for Afro Punk review-photo by Kyra Kverno

Gary Clark, Jr./photo by Kyra Kverno

With the winter holidays upon us, Brooklyn Roads invites you to join in the musical festivities and celebrate the season, as we take a quick look back at the past year’s performing arts events and look forward to the future.

Barclays Center brought landmark concerts to Brooklyn, including Scorpions, Madonna, R. Kelly and Ariana Grande and the landmark Kings Theatre reopened with Diana Ross. BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! celebrated its 37th year with the likes of Chaka Khan, Lucius, Lucinda Williams and the legendary Willie Nelson, while Mumford & Sons kicked off the summer at MCU Park in Coney Island and the Tenth Annual Big Eyed Blues Festival found Bobby Rush, Solomon Hicks and Beareather Reddy on LIU’s Kumble Theatre stage.

There were a host of other music festivals that were spawned here that now attract huge crowds and some of the biggest names in music. Grace Jones, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz and Gary Clark, Jr. were at Afro Punk, which has now expanded to Atlanta and Paris. The Northside Festival now encompasses music, film and creative entrepreneurship and the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival presented Common and Mobb DeepThe Brooklyn Music Festival was held on Governor’s Island with an all Brooklyn line up: The Upperclassmen, Black Satellite and Dreams of June. Folk music lovers were thrilled that the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival made its debut at multiple locations in Brooklyn last September.

Chaka Khan

Chaka Kahn / photo by Al Pereira

This holiday season looks bright and cheery with the Brooklyn Music Shop‘s “Blues for Christmas” at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn, while Aimee Mann and Ted Leo bring their annual holiday tour to the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Darlene Love

Darlene Love – photo by Howard B. Leibowitz / B.L.Howard Productions

The coming year looks to be filled with even more musical magic as LIU moves toward reopening The Paramount Theatre , Barclays Center  prepares to welcome in 2016 with Jimmy Buffet & The Coral Reefer Band and Huey Lewis & The News. KYGO, Muse, Italian teen opera trio Il Volo, and Janet Jackson are coming up later in the new year . The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will bring The Robert Glasper Trio and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love to Brooklyn in the spring .

Ms. Lauryn Hill /photo by Kyra Kverno

Ms. Lauryn Hill /photo by Kyra Kverno

Brooklyn Roads launched our new website design, including video interviews with Willie Nile , José James and music icon Southside Johnny, as they played at live performance venues Rough Trade, Brooklyn Bowl and the bandshell at Prospect Park. We welcomed Bar Chord, The Way Station, Prospect Range and Roulette to Brooklyn Roads‘ growing family of live performance spaces and organizations, such as the Brooklyn Jazz Undergound. Our newest feature, “Brooklyn Music In Film,” highlights our borough’s connections and contributions to movies. Brooklyn Roads is looking to continue our mission to innovate and provide a platform for creative artists, venues and organizations to make positive contributions to the culture of Brooklyn and quality of life  in the years ahead.

Lucius -Celebrate Brooklyn!-06-13-15

Lucius – photo by Howard B. Leibowitz / B.L.Howard Productions