Brooklyn. It’s the former home of the Dodgers and the current residence of the Spumoni Gardens, amazing pizza, and a nearly 600-acre urban oasis called Prospect Park. While residents of the borough are lucky enough to take advantage of the beautiful site (who knew there was a forest in Brooklyn?) everyday in the summertime, there are now at least three more reasons to find an excuse to spend some time on the east side of Upper Bay.
The Celebrate Brooklyn series always brings a myriad of concerts to the parks band shell, and while past seasons have featured such heavy-hitters as The National, They Might Be Giants, Robery Cray, Norah Jones, and Passion Pit, 2011 is already off to a kick-ass start. Singer-songwriter and violin/whistler extraordinaire, Andrew Bird, is set kick things with a free performance as part of the opening night gala on June 10th, and Best Coast will open for The Decemberists four days later.
However, the biggest name announced so far is none other than Sufjan Stevens, who makes a rare outdoor appearance for a benefit concert on August 2nd. Whats more amazing is that Asthmatic Kittys website says that Stevens who has no festival dates scheduled this summer will also be getting all folk-a-delic alongside the ten-piece intergalactic ensemble of Muppets from the Age of Adz tour.
Tickets for both the Decemberists and Stevens shows are $35; the former is already on-sale, while tickets to the latter will be available today starting at 12:00pm EST. Gates for the shindigs open at 6 p.m. and more information is available at Celebrate Brooklyn’s official site.
Folks whose jobs dont allow them to buy concert tickets can tap their inner philanthropist and volunteer to work at the concerts. More information on volunteering is available at this website.