Burning Spear to open new Brooklyn space with free concert

Burning Spear performs during the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans.
AP Photo/Dave Martin

Grammy-winning, Jamaican roots reggae singer Burning Spear will headline a free, concert at the new Bric House Ballroom in Brooklyn. The cultural artist is billed for the Oct. 3 opening of the borough’s newest and most intimate performance space. With accommodations a fraction of the capacity of the Barclay Center, Bric House Ballroom proposes an alternative venue “that accommodates a wide variety of configurations and performance styles.”

Located on the first floor of BRIC Arts Media House at 647 Fulton St., the flexible space will host ‘one of the most influential Jamaican roots reggae artists of all time.”

Burning Spear aka Winston Rodney is part Rastafarian preacher and part historian.

Born in St. Ann’s, Jamaica – the same birthplace as reggae king Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey, Jamaica’s first national hero — his music celebrates his belief that all men and women deserve equal and just rights, treatment and respect.

Throughout decades of recording reggae music, Burning Spear has hailed Garvey’s legacy and philosophy.

The evening’s treat will begin with OneBeat, an initiative whose aim is to “bring musicians from all over the world together to collaborate, perform and engage with American communities.”

For more information on how to obtain free tickets, log onto www.bricartsmedia.org.

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