Chicago-raised hip-hop star and social activist Common will perform a free concert in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on June 5, to open the 40th anniversary season of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running free summer festivals, according to Billboard.com.
This year’s full lineup of free BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival shows has not yet been announced. Ticketed benefit shows at the Prospect Park bandshell will feature The Decemberists June 13th, Vance Joy and Alice Merton June 14, Joe Russo’s Dead July 19 and Good Vibes with Jason Moran and Brett Dennen Aug. 7.
Presented by BRIC, a non-profit and leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival has reflected the remarkable diversity of its home borough since its launch in 1979 and its opening concert is marquee event of the New York summer season. In recent years, artists booked to open the festival include: Chaka Khan, David Byrne, Jimmy Cliff, Janelle Monáe and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, in one of Jones’ final concerts.