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Jimmy Cliff to Open 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Concert Series

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will open this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series at the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 5.

This year's Celebrate Brooklyn! season includes 32 performances, 25 of them free, from Cliff, Dirty Projectors, Ghostface Killah, Calle 13, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Gang Gang Dance, Hot Chip, Sigur Ros, Mission of Burma, Wilco, Yo La Tengo and Lyle Lovett, among other artists.

The season will also include multimedia shows.

On June 15, pianist Geri Allen and photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems will present a work that explores race and gender called, "Slow Fade to Black," featuring performances by Esperanza Spalding, among others. Angélique Kidjo, Laurie Anderson, Sibongile Khumalo and Somi will also take part in the premiere of "Women Waging Peace" on June 30. The work pays homage to the late Kenyan activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai.

There will be also dance performances by Ballet Hispanico and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and movie screenings of Saturday Night Fever, Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo & Juliet and The Muppet Movie from 1979, which will be accompanied by a sing-along.

Throughout the season, The Farm on Adderly will sell seasonal foods and Etsy NY vendors will be selling their handmade wares.

To see a full schedule for the 34th season of Celebrate Brooklyn!, click here. Celebrate Brooklyn! will also hold its second annual Bridge Dance Party series on Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park during three Thursday nights in May.

Jimmy Cliff released "The Harder They Come" 40 years ago. Watch his video for the 1972 song below.

WNYC is a radio and digital sponsor of the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival.

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