Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 5, noon – 4 pm, when Captain Kirk Douglas and Mark Kelley of the Roots, Songs for Unusual Creatures, Chicha Libre, Gilmar Gomes and Blue Lightning will light it up PS 295-style with the first-ever Brooklyn Boogie Brunch!
Join us at Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street between 3rd/4th Ave., for an afternoon of great performances by some of Brooklyn’s finest musical acts. The multi-generational party will include music for adults to dance to, music performed by local kids, music about unusual animals performed on unusual instruments, Brazilian drumming, and a set by Captain Kirk Douglas and Mark Kelley of The Roots. We’ll also have face painting, art projects and a raffle with prizes including tickets to the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a Nets game, Amateur Night at the Apollo, a signed One Direction poster, classes at the Robot Foundry and Tiny Scientist–even a week at NY Surf Camp!
You can’t have brunch without food and drinks, right? The Boogie Brunch will feature a cash bar and great food from Brooklyn favorites including Blue Sky Bakery, the Chocolate Room, La Bagel Delight, Luscious Foods, Nectar and Sidecar.
A great event like this has to cost at least a hundred bucks, right? Far from it. Tickets are $12 for the first adult and $8 for the first child in your group, and just $5 each for anyone else you bring along. Infants worn by adults are free. Members of the PS 295 community, we’ll have tickets set aside for you to buy in the courtyard beginning next week–others are welcome to get in on the fun at http://brooklynboogiebrunch.bpt.me. Space is limited!
You probably already guess this, but all proceeds will benefit PS 295 – The Studio School of Arts & Culture.
Here’s more information about the acts that will change the way you think about brunch forever:
CAPTAIN KIRK DOUGLAS and Mark Kelley (The Roots) and Ricc Sheridan
From Hip Hop grooves to psychedelic soloing, the guitarist for The Roots has demonstrated his versatility in countless performances with The Roots as well as on Jimmy Fallon’s show. Here, joined by fellow band member, bassist Mark Kelley and drummer Ricc Sheridan, Captain Kirk puts on his family man persona and gets ready to boogie with the kids.
SONGS FOR UNUSUAL CREATURES
Quirky author and composer Michael Hearst and his band present Songs For Unusual Creatures, a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tarde, the creatures are brought to life with such oddball instruments as theremin, claviola, daxophone and stylophone. Michael’s Unusual Creatures can also be found on a companion book as well as a CD and a PBS series featuring guests such as the Kronos Quartet and toy pianist Margaret Leng Tan. Fun for the whole family! Featuring: Michael Hearst, Ben Holmes, Allyssa Lamb, Kristin Mueller and Jonti Siman.
Chicha Libre is a Brooklyn collective made up of French, American, Venezuelan and Mexican musicians who play a mixture of Latin rhythms and psychedelia inspired, in part, by vintage cumbia from Lima and the Amazon. Chicha Libre regularly performs in Europe and Latin America. Their music has been featured on various TV shows and independent movies including Homeland and Weeds as well as the Simpsons’ 20th anniversary special. The band was cited by MTV as one of the world’s preeminent Tropical Psychedelic bands.
Blue Lightning is a rock band from Brooklyn featuring young musicians and their band leader. The band performs a diverse range of classic and modern rock-pop songs. Blue Lightning plays with a soul and sound beyond their years. Band members are local Park Slope kids ranging in age from 2nd grade to 6th grade. Featuring: Louise Wandesforde, Gordon Wandesforde, Francesca Edesess-Hardy, Joseph Stack, Oliver Branham-Upton and Jon Neufeldrange.
Bahia native and percussionist superhero Gilmar Gomes is best known for working with the likes of Shakira, Gilberto Gil and Angelique Kidjo, and currently playing with Enrique Iglesias. He has also been stepping up as a bandleader both here and in Brazil, singing his own repertoire, accompanying himself on a variety of instruments and surrounding himself with fantastic musicians.
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event!