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:
Opening Night Gala
Our take: We’re used to seeing Norah in more intimate venues, but her recent, rockier sound will have no problem filling the bandshell.
Our take: Toussaint is one of New Orleans’ greatest living pianists. Do it.
Celebrate Brooklyn! & CareFusion Jazz Festival present
Bitches Brew Revisited with Graham Haynes, James Blood Ulmer, DJ Logic and more!
Our take: Miles Davis’ landmark jazz-meets-rock album rebooted, and joined by DJ Logic. Not to be missed.
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club
featuring Omara Portuondo / Nelida Tirado - American Express Roots Music Series
Our take: The Buena Vista sound, even with a completely different personnel lineup, will go perfectly with the leafy setting.
Passion Pit (sold out) (Benefit Show)
Our take: Already sold out. Hit up your friends for an extra ticket. Or better yet, stand outside the fence.
OkayAfrica with The Roots, Talib Kweli and more!
Our take: Jimmy Fallon’s house band rocks the park—what’s not to love?
Rufus Wainwright (Benefit Show)
Our take: Expect a full helping of awesome from the most melodrama-loving member of the Wainwright clan.
The Chaplin Mutuals: Carl Davis / The Two Man Gentlemen Band- NEA American Masterpieces
Celebrate Brooklyn! & Brooklyn Philharmonic
Our take: We’d hit this for the throwbacky thump-and-twang of The Two-Man Gentlemen Band alone.
The National (sold out) (Benefit Show)
Our take: See Passion Pit, above.
The Swell Season
The Low Anthem - Bud Light Music Series
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.
Grass Widow / Talk Normal
Celebrate Brooklyn! and Limewire present
Our take: Sonic Youth. Yes, they cameo’ed on “Gossip Girl.” Still awesome, though.
Joan as Police Woman / Holly Miranda
Our take: Melodic, intense Joan as Police Woman (a.k.a. Joan Wasser) is one of the most exciting singer-songwriters around.
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Budos Band and more-American Express Roots Music Series
Our take: Possibly by August 7 you’ll have come down from the high of seeing Sharon Jones at the Apollo last week. Maybe.