May. 31, 2016
We’ve got some awesome people in our ‘fly fam. Our very first partner, Pete Shapiro, is one of them, though we’re not the only ones who feel that way about the music impresario.
Pete will be honored for his many contributions to the music world on June 8 during the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival Opening Night Gala, which kicks off the 38th season of the free concert series. Pete’s impressive resume includes opening famed venues such as Brooklyn Bowl and The Capitol Theatre, founding the Lockn’ Music Festival, publishing Relix Magazine, producing various music films, and promoting last year’s “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” concert series.
The event is a perfect pairing as Celebrate Brooklyn is equally awesome. Launched in 1979 and held at Prospect Park, it’s one of the longest-running free, outdoor performing arts festivals in New York. It features all genres of music, film, theater, and dance, and has showcased more than 2,000 artists and groups of both local and international acclaim. BRIC, the organization behind the festival, hosts free performing arts and media programs as well as provides resources and education to people of all-ages.
Of course, BRIC can’t provide all of that awesome programming without donors, which is why events like the Opening Night Gala and its upcoming benefit concert series (Tame Impala, Ray LaMontagne, The Lumineers and more) are so important. Ticketfly is honored to have made a contribution to help keep this wonderful, eclectic cultural experience alive. We encourage you to do the same.
To help support BRIC and Celebrate Brooklyn, you can attend the June 8 Opening Night Gala, which also includes a free, public performance by the mighty Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and an exclusive after party. Or you can make a contribution directly at bricartsmedia.org/support-bric.