David Byrne Added To Celebrate Brooklyn! Opening Night Gala, Animal Collective Add Second Show + Unofficial Schedule

David Byrne at Celebrate Brooklyn!

The big news out of the Borough of Kings today is that David Byrne will kick off the opening night festivities at Celebrate Brooklyn! this year with a free* performance at the Prospect Park bandshell on June 8, 2009. In other CB news, Animal Collective, whose August 14 show at the bandshell has been selling well, have added a second benefit performance on August 15. Tickets for that show go on sale April 8, 2009 (today) at noon. I gotta say, with Bob Dylan last year and David Byrne last year, the folks at Celebrate Brooklyn! have really landed some impressively big fish two years in a row (then there was that Prince thing 3 years ago, but I digress). The rest of the lineup is set to be announced on May 4, 2009. Until then, you can take a look at my unofficial Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below.

Celebrate Brooklyn! 2009 Unofficial Schedule
06/08/09 David Byrne (Opening Night Gala)
06/27/09 Dr. Dog, Phosphorescent
07/01/09 MGMT, Kuroma, Suckers (Buy Tickets/Sold Out)
07/11/09 They Might Be Giants
07/18/09 King Sunny Ade
07/21/09 Jackson Browne (Buy Tickets)
07/24/09 Buckwheat Zydeco, The Holmes Brothers
08/01/09 Dean and Britta Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests
08/12/09 Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal (More Info)
08/14/09 Animal Collective (Buy Tickets)
08/15/09 Animal Collective (Buy Tickets 04/08 @ noon)

* $3 suggested donation.

More info on the opening night gala after the jump.

BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn invites you to attend The Celebrate Brooklyn! Opening Night Green Gala & Concert that will kick off our 2009 season of free performances at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Co-founder of the influential and widely acclaimed Talking Heads (1976-88), David Byrne has taken popular music in new directions, and introduced an innovative visual approach to the genre. Currently on a year-long tour performing the Music of David Byrne and Brian Eno, the show celebrates the composer and producer’s ground-breaking 30-year partnership. This tour stop will open the Celebrate Brooklyn! season with an unprecedented free concert as part of our Gala evening.

The Green Gala will be an exciting eco-friendly evening with a zero waste goal that launches other green initiatives including cycling and recycling efforts to reduce the Festival’s environmental impact and to promote eco-friendly practices. All proceeds from the gala provide vital funds for Celebrate Brooklyn’s free programming and will also support our green initiatives.

5:30 Cocktails & Dinner
7:30 Remarks
8:00 David Byrne Performance
(reserved seats)
10:00 Dance Party
Summer Cocktail Attire [Briconline.org]