It's still a couple of weeks until Celebrate Brooklyn! officially kicks off it's 37th season at the Prospect Park Bandshell, but the folks at BRIC are already warming up the crowd with a series of free Thursday night dance parties at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Last night's headliner was British soul singer Jamie Lidell, who last played the bandshell in 2013. After Lidell played a high-energy set with his own band, the park nearly exploded when he brought out Cincinnati youth dance group The Q-Kidz and openers the Brooklyn United Marching Band, filling the stage with high kicks and brass blasts. Not a bad way to spend an unseasonably cool night on the water.
There's one more dance party next Thursday featuring the latin grooves of Poncho Sanchez and DJ Bobbito Garcia, followed by the official opening of Celebrate Brooklyn on June 3rd with the legendary Chaka Khan. More pics on the photo page.