WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 8:00 P.M.
Opening Night Concert
American folk icon Patty Griffin’s timeless songs are “sharp character sketches whose surface modesty often belied a piercing heart” (Boston Globe) that stand among the wonders of the modern songwriting world. Her singing, which possesses startling power and emotion, is as unmistakable and inimitable as her writing. American Kid (New West Records, May 7) is her first album of mainly new material since 2007’s Children Running Through (2007). In between, she made the GRAMMY®-winning Downtown Church (2010) and became a member of Band of Joy, the group in which leader Robert Plant and his cohorts meld British and American folk, rock and spiritual music. These are just the latest creative endeavors in a two-decade career that has consistently brought her immense acclaim for her live performances and recordings, and seen covers of her iconic songs by the Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, Bette Middler, Miranda Lambert, Solomon Burke and Kelly Clarkson, among others.
Prior to the concert, BRIC will hold the Celebrate Brooklyn! Opening Night Gala, honoring Festival Artistic Director Rachel Chanoff and BRIC Board of Trustees member Mark Cheffo, at 5:30 P.M. Gala tickets can be purchased online at www.BRICartsmedia.org/cb or by contacting Angela Thurston at 718.683.5633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the concert, at 10:00 P.M., gala guests and Friends of Celebrate Brooklyn! (i.e., members) are invited to the Opening Night After-Party featuring DJ Rita Houston, WFUV Program Director and host of the popular Friday night show The Whole Wide World with Rita Houston.