HIGH NOTES

Trombone Shorty put on an explosive performance to bring down the curtains on BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival 2021, at Prospect Park Bandshell on Sept. 18.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

Gifted musician Trombone Shorty, accompanied by superb musicians of “Orleans Avenue,” on Sept. 18 brought down the curtains on BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival 2021, to loud applause from hundreds of fans that packed the grounds of Prospect Park Bandshell, 141 Prospect Park West.

The New Orleans, Louisiana native, whose high-energy stage presence and rock star persona catapulted him to fame as a multifaceted artist, commanded the audience, blowing high notes as he tilted the trombone in the air, and blasted the music, much to the delight of the crowd, during an explosive performance.

For more than one hour, Trombone Shorty, whose real name is “Troy Andrews,” brought his New Orleans flavor to the stage as he danced, sang, and made the trombone talk during his exciting funk-jazz-fusion. He banged the tambourine, and interacted with musicians stirred up frenzy.

The musician, producer and actor who has performed at Celebrate Brooklyn from since 2012, is a sure favorite on the Brooklyn scene, as evidenced by the screams, that fueled his energy.

“Brooklyn I am back, are you ready to party, he shouted, much to the delight of fans, who had to joined long lines, and showed proof of vaccination, or a 72-hour COVID-19, PCR negative test, to enter the 43 years festival, sidelined in 2020, due to the pandemic.

The legendary Grammy-nominated artist has a repertoire of music in genres of Pop, Hip-Hop, Jazz Funk, and rock, and continues to excite audiences across the world with hits including “Buckjump,” “Hurricane Season,” “Fire and Brimstone,” “On your way down,” “Tripped out slim,” “Something beautiful,” and “No Good Time.”

The resounding performance left the audience asking for more from the dynamic artist who performs with some of the industries greatest artists including Lady Blackbird, whose sexy Nina Simone sounding vocal, set the stage for Shorty to follow.

Lady Blackbird wowed the audience with her sexy vocal during the last, free outdoor concert at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival 2021, at Prospect Park Bandshell on Sept.18. Photo by Tangerine Clarke

Wearing a black outfit, designed with chains and leather, Lady Blackbird, named “Marley Munroe” a jazz singer from California whose bleached white Afro is her signature, wowed the crowd with some of her hits including “Black Bird” during a short set. Her new album Black Acid Soul is now out. https://lb.lnk.to/blackacidsoulID

BRIC – Brooklyn Information and Culture, which hosts one of the longest running free outdoor performing arts festivals, also brought Indie Pop group, Michelle to the stage to open the perfect weather night of exciting entertainment.

BRIC, in addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.

BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables us to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.

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