Brooklyn’s primary cultural product has always been music, and the scope of the borough’s prolific output reflects its diverse history: Carole King, Barbra Streisand, Jay Z, and the Beastie Boys all began their careers here, and contemporary bands like Grizzly Bear, TV on the Radio, and LCD Soundsystem climb industry charts while keeping faithful to their Brooklyn roots.
Baltic’s luxury residences are situated close to live music venues of all types, from Barclays Center—which hosts the biggest acts in the world—and New York City cultural institutions like the Brooklyn Academy of Music to more intimate spaces like Union Hall, The Bell House, and The Rock Shop. A stroll from Baltic leads to the Prospect Park Bandshell, where the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival has been held every summer for nearly four decades. This annual concert series is known for bringing world-renowned performers to a borough already endowed with a wealth of local talent. Here are some upcoming performances that are particularly recommended:
Beirut | August 2
This eclectic, Brooklyn-based band fuses world music, folk guitar, and a rock-and-roll horn section into a dreamy and exuberant sound. With its broad array of global influences, Beirut’s music artfully parallels Brooklyn’s incredible diversity. The band will be joined by Fabiano do Nascimento, a Brazilian classical guitarist drawing worldwide acclaim for his haunting melodies and virtuosic technique.
Run Lola Run with live orchestration | August 4
Upon release, this 1998 German indie thriller became an instant cinematic classic. Its combination of action, romance, and dramatic tension is enhanced by a charismatic heroine with iconic, fire-engine-red hair and its unforgettable techno soundtrack. Postmodern pop band The Bays will perform the score live while the action plays out on screen.
Herbie Hancock | August 11
The singular Herbie Hancock, one of the world’s most celebrated musicians and an icon of American jazz, will grace Brooklyn with yet another innovative performance. One of the first artists to add a funk groove to jazz music, Hancock is still experimenting with infusing electronic instrumentation into his sound at the age of 76. He will perform along with electronic jazz quartet the Robert Glasper Experiment and interepretive jazz and hip-hop group BADBADNOTGOOD.
Andra Day | August 13
Seemingly from another era of pop music altogether, Andra Day’s song “Rise Up” is a powerful, uplifting anthem that’s been blanketing airways and Spotify since last summer. With her Amy Winehouse-meets-Rosie-the-Riveter style and R&B groove, Day will close out BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2016.