Save the Dates: Our 13 "Celebrate Brooklyn!" Picks

Norah Jones, Passion Pit, Rufus Wainwright + More

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    Norah Jones plays the opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn's 2010 series on June 9.

    Finally, we can plan our summer! "The Celebrate Brooklyn!" series’ 2010 schedule is in our little hands, offering up a bevy of free shows (okay, there’s a $3 suggested donation) and benefit bonanzas in Prospect Park.

    Between the ones we already knew about (e.g. the Joneses, Norah and Sharon), the ones that are already sold out (Passion Pit, the National)  and the rest (Rufus Wainwright!), it’s going to be a busy few months. Our favorites: 

    June 9
    Opening Night Gala
    Norah Jones
    8:00PM/gates 6:30PM

    Our take: We’re used to seeing Norah in more intimate venues, but her recent, rockier sound will have no problem filling the bandshell.

    June 12
    Allen Toussaint
    Davell Crawford
    NEA Influencers
    7:30PM/gates 6:30PM
    Our take: Toussaint is one of New Orleans’ greatest living pianists. Do it. 

    June 19
    Celebrate Brooklyn! & CareFusion Jazz Festival present
     Bitches Brew Revisited with Graham Haynes, James Blood Ulmer, DJ Logic and more!
    7:30PM/gates 6:30PM
    Our take: Miles Davis’ landmark jazz-meets-rock album rebooted, and joined by DJ Logic. Not to be missed.

    June 24
    Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club
    featuring Omara Portuondo / Nelida Tirado - American Express Roots Music Series
    7:30PM/gates 6:30PM
    Our take: The Buena Vista sound, even with a completely different personnel lineup, will go perfectly with the leafy setting.

    June 29
    Passion Pit (sold out) (Benefit Show)
    7:30PM/gates 6:30PM

    Our take: Already sold out. Hit up your friends for an extra ticket. Or better yet, stand outside the fence.

    July 11
    OkayAfrica with The Roots, Talib Kweli and more!
    4:00PM/gates 3:00PM
    Our take: Jimmy Fallon’s house band rocks the park—what’s not to love?

    July 20
    Rufus Wainwright (Benefit Show)
    7:00PM/gates 6:00PM
    Our take: Expect a full helping of awesome from the most melodrama-loving member of the Wainwright clan.

    July 22
    The Chaplin Mutuals: Carl Davis / The Two Man Gentlemen Band- NEA American Masterpieces
    Celebrate Brooklyn! & Brooklyn Philharmonic
    7:30PM/gates 6:30PM
    Our take: We’d hit this for the throwbacky thump-and-twang of The Two-Man Gentlemen Band alone.

    July 27
    The National (sold out) (Benefit Show)
    7:30PM/gates 6:30PM
    Our take: See Passion Pit, above. 

    July 30
    The Swell Season
    The Low Anthem - Bud Light Music Series
    7:30PM/gates 6:30PM
    Our take: If you missed The Swell Season (a.k.a. “Once”’s Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová) at Radio City earlier this year, catch them here.
     

    July 31
    Sonic Youth
    Grass Widow / Talk Normal
    Celebrate Brooklyn! and Limewire present
    7:00PM/gates 6:00PM

    Our take: Sonic Youth. Yes, they cameo’ed on “Gossip Girl.” Still awesome, though.

    August 5
    Metric
    Joan as Police Woman / Holly Miranda
    7:00PM/gates 6:00PM
    Our take: Melodic, intense Joan as Police Woman (a.k.a. Joan Wasser) is one of the most exciting singer-songwriters around.

     
    August 7
    Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Budos Band and more-American Express Roots Music Series
    7:00PM/gates 6:00PM
    Our take: Possibly by August 7 you’ll have come down from the high of seeing Sharon Jones at the Apollo last week. Maybe.