May 9, 2012
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Emerson Brown, NPR


   

NPR MUSIC BRINGS CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! CONCERTS
TO AUDIENCES WORLDWIDE ALL SUMMER LONG

NPR MUSIC AND PUBLIC RADIO STATIONS OFFER SELECT LIVE ON-AIR
AND DIGITAL BROADCASTS FROM PREMIER ARTS FESTIVAL, INCLUDING
PERFORMANCES FROM JIMMY CLIFF, HOT CHIP, SIGUR ROS AND MORE

WNYC AND WFUV TO BROADCAST SELECT LIVE CONCERTS ON-AIR

Enjoying free, world-class concerts in Brooklyn's Prospect Park has been a New York City summertime tradition for more than 30 years. Beginning in June, NPR Music, along with public radio stations WFUV and WNYC, partners with BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn producer of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival to offer everyone, everywhere a seat at the Park's packed bandshell. Continuing its tradition of bringing listeners the best live music from across the country, NPR Music is exclusively live broadcasting select performances from the festival throughout the summer at NPR.org/music

"I've seen a lot of concerts in my life, but never one as memorable as the Celebrate Brooklyn! presentation of Sufjan Stevens in 2011," says Bob Boilen, host and creator of NPR Music's All Songs Considered. "So this year, it's time we share the best of the festival at NPR Music and public radio."

This is the first time that Celebrate Brooklyn! concerts will be accessible through free, live broadcasts at NPR Music. WNYC will broadcast several of the concerts this summer on 93.9 FM, hosted by Soundcheck's John Schaefer. All live coverage will be available at NPR.org/music and through the NPR Music iPad and iPhone apps. Concerts will be archived for on-demand listening at the site, in the apps and as podcasts. More information on additional coverage being offered by NPR Music's Member station partners will be available on their websites: www.wfuv.org and www.wnyc.org The current schedule with more to be announced soon:

Jimmy Cliff
Tuesday, June 5
The iconic reggae pioneer kicks off Celebrate Brooklyn! at its opening night gala. WFUV's Rita Houston and NPR's All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen will host the live broadcast.

Dirty Projectors / Wye Oak / Purity Ring
Tuesday, July 10
The same day its new album comes out, Dirty Projectors headline an evening of indie rock. WNYC's John Schaefer hosts.

LAMC Presents: Calle 13 / Ana Tijoux / Ritmo Machine
Friday, July 13
NPR Music Alt.Latino hosts Jasmine Garsd and Felix Conteras bring listeners a showcase of Puerto Rican and Chilean rap presented by the Latin American Music Conference.

Hot Chip / Gang Gang Dance
Wednesday, July 18
Audiences will pull out their dancing shoes when they join WNYC's John Schaefer and Bob Boilen for a night of British dance music and electro-pop.

Sigur Ros
Tuesday, July 31
Icelandic Ethereal Experimental / Post Rock
Joining WFUV's Rita Houston and Bob Bolien is the only way to catch this already sold-out show from the popular ethereal Icelandic band.

NPR Music regularly broadcasts a slew of sets from music festivals across the country, including South By Southwest (npr.org/sxsw), the Sasquatch! Festival (npr.org/sasquatch) and All Tomorrow's Parties (npr.org/atp). A full archive of past concerts from NPR Music is available at the site: www.npr.org/sections/concerts and in the NPR Music iPad and iPhone apps.

About NPR Music: NPR Music celebrates great music in every genre and is an industry leader in music discovery. The Emmy Award-winning free, multimedia website at www.npr.org/music offers new features daily and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member stations and the passionate NPR community. The NPR Music iPad App joins the ever-expanding suite of NPR Mobile, allowing anyone with a mobile device to enjoy NPR News, NPR Music and Member station content for free.

About BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn: BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn presents contemporary art, performing arts and community media programs that reflect Brooklyn's creativity and diversity. BRIC also provides resources to launch, nurture and showcase artists and media makers. We advance access to and understanding of arts and media by presenting free and low-cost programming, and by offering education and public programs to people of all ages. Learn more at bricartsmedia.org

BRIC's performing arts programs present emerging and established artists in music, dance, theater and multidisciplinary performance to broad audiences from Brooklyn and New York City, and support the development of new work. BRIC's flagship performing arts program is the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival, one of New York City's longest-running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched by BRIC in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park's revitalization and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions. Over its history, over 2,000 artists and ensembles reflective of the borough's diversity, ranging from internationally acclaimed performers to emerging, cutting-edge artists, have been presented at Celebrate Brooklyn!