Performing the Streets starts Wednesday
A neo-soul band paying homage to the founders of funk, an operatic line-up celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and plenty of singer-songwriters are on the playbill for this year’s Performing the Streets.
Presented by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, in collaboration with the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, this free outdoor series featuring Brooklyn-based groups and performers will take place throughout the month of June, with another line-up set for September.
Performing the Streets aims not only to bring free access to performing arts to the people of Brooklyn, but also to transform the streets of their neighborhoods into something new and exciting to experience.
“People walk through these places everyday and you don’t think of them as possible performance venues,” said Terry Greiss, one of the founding members of Irondale Ensemble Project. “When you see them used for performance all of a sudden people see it in a different light. All of a sudden they’re walking through something special.”
“The series furthers the cause of activating the public realm, while providing an exposure platform for the performing arts,” said Kevin Tolan of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “Providing residents access to the groups and companies that make the neighborhood unique has been one of the Partnership’s primary efforts. Performing the Streets is just one of the many steps in fulfilling this goal.
BAM kicks off the series this Wednesday, when it presents a performance from soul band Aabaraki.
Performing the Streets will run on Wednesdays at 5:30pm at Willoughby Plaza and Saturdays at 3:30pm at Albee Square throughout the month of June. Full line-up below and click here to download a printable version.