Although performances began June 10 with singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Bird, the Bandshell is just beginning to heat up, and will continue to bring spectacular artists to Brooklyn through Celebrate Brooklyn's final night this summer, a benefit show headlined by electronic blazers, Cut Copy.
|Animal Collective Stage -- Picture by John H.|
Of the upcoming free Celebrate Brooklyn! performances, I would recommend The Feelies and Real Estate show this Saturday, July 23, at 7pm, and/or Ra Ra Riot on Friday, August 5, at 7pm. I am also tempted to look into this Thursday's West Side Story "Dance and Sing-Along," which kind of sounds amazing ("In this unique participatory screening of one of Hollywood’s greatest musicals, the lyrics will be shown on Brooklyn’s enormous outdoor screen and “Officer Krupke” will teach audiences some of the famous steps. Sharks enter at 11th Street, Jets at 9th"). Leave a comment if you go to any of these.
A few things you should know to make the most of your time at the Bandshell shows, whether free or paid:
- The venue is outdoors. It is a perfect setting, with grass for picnicking and blankets nestled among shady trees toward the back, and plenty of standing room in front. But don't forget your bug spray, sunblock (if you get there before sunset) and water (essential -- at the Animal Collective show, the vendors ran out of water, plus, it's better for the environment).
- You may also want to bring a flashlight (to find the bathrooms and/or food and drink vendors after dark).
- There is always a long line for port-a-potties and you should probably bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, because that goes quickly too.
- There are Emergency Medical Technicians on-site in case you run into trouble (again -- water, water, water!!)
- Finally, look UP -- there are bats and birds (and sometimes stars) abound.