by: Andy Beta
Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn Benefit
Prospect Park Bandshell
62 West Dr., Brooklyn, NY
Willie Nelson began his country music career penning hits for the likes of Patsy Cline and Ray Price, but in the 1970s, albums like “Redheaded Stranger” and “Stardust” became smash successes. Once branded an outsider and then an outlaw by Nashville, Mr. Nelson embodies the true spirit of country music, whether he’s collaborating with Snoop Dogg,Kid Rock, or Merle Haggard.
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, Willie Nelson is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust. This iconic Texan has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. His latest releases include Heroes (May 2012), which showcased new songs and deep country classics and spent five weeks at #1 on the Americana Radio Chart; Let’s Face The Music And Dance (April 2013); To All The Girls…(October 2013); as well as a book titled Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die, which landed in the Top 10 on The New York Times‘s best-seller list. This man has done nearly everything exceptplay the Bandshell, so let’s show him a lotta love the Brooklyn way.
Adding another feather in this cap, recent members of the Grand Ole Opry Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS) will be joining the lineup. Since their humble beginnings nearly 15 years ago busking on corners in New York, the band has gone on to tour the world; sell over 800,000 albums; become frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion; play renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Newport Folk Festival; and most recently win a Grammy for their 2014 album Remedy. With their boundless energy and spirit, it’s always a good time when OCMS is on the stage.
BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.
Our main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.
Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, including the newly-renamed BRIC TV, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series. BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.
In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.
BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables us to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.