Beck is playing a full band electric show at Celebrate Brooklyn! on Aug 4, 2013. Tickets for that show go on sale on Fri, May 10. Beck will also be appearing at Bob Dylan’s Americanarama Festival on Jul 27 at Jones Beach with Wilco and Ryan Bingham.
Like they did last year, Celebrate Brooklyn! is also planning a series of Dance Parties at Pier 1 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park starting this Thursday (May 9). (If I recall correctly, they announced the lineup at the first dance party last year, but it looks like they are doing it a day early this year.)
Thursday, May 9 the dance party brings on New Orleans funk band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, led by the electronic trombone-wielding Big Sam Williams. The Freedom Party NYC DJs Cosi, Herbert Holler, and Marc Smooth–whose Friday night dance party, now at Le Poisson Rouge, is the longest-running weekly dance party in New York–will warm things up with a mix of classic hip-hop, R&B, reggae, 80s, rock, house, soul and funk hits.
The Afro-Cuban dance party on May 16, pairs Havana-born, congas master Pedrito Martinez and DJ Nickodemus of Turntables on the Hudson fame. If you want to master the moves of Cuban and African dance, get there early for lessons from Yesenia Selier of Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance.
The last party on May 23 will be a blow-out old-school night of funk and hip-hop with Zapp and D-Nice. Zapp goes way back—Parliament-Funkadelic discovered them in 1979 and their hits, like “More Bounce to the Ounce” and “Computer Love” have been sampled by everyone from 2Pac to Jay-Z. D-Nice is a familiar face at Santos Party House and the White House—he DJed at Obama’s second inaugural ball. Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie (of Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Joffrey Ballet School) will be on hand early for hip-hop dance lessons.
Each party is free and takes place on the massive lawn of Pier 1, starting at 7pm, rain or shine. The bike valet is also free, though arriving by East River Ferry is a pretty sweet way to go, too. [BrooklynBased.net]
More Beck tour dates after the jump.
Beck Tour Dates
05/19/13 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
05/20/13 San Francisco, CA Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
07/02/13 Paris, France Cite De La Musique
07/27/13 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
07/28/13 Newport, RI Fort Adams State Park
07/30/13 Portland, ME State Theatre
08/01/13 Portland, ME State Theatre
08/02/13 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
08/04/13 Brooklyn, NY Prospect Park Bandshell