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Celebrate Brooklyn! announces 2014 summer concerts series

Annie Clark of St. Vincent playing at SXSW
Annie Clark of St. Vincent playing at SXSW
Photo by Michael Loccisano

Music fans rejoice! Celebrate Brooklyn! has announced the lineup for its 36th season of summer concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, NY. The lineup was revealed earlier today, April 30, via Celebrate Brooklyn's Facebook. This year's performers include music giants like digital-soul phenom Janelle Monae, a reunion of the progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek, a tribute to legendary jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman, Amos Lee, Lake Street Dive, Dum Dum Girls, a closing set by the eerily brilliant St. Vincent, and much more. The venue will also host movie nights, dance parties, and performances by up-and-coming artists from various musical genres.

The season opens on June 4 with the critically acclaimed, "Electric Lady" Janelle Monae bringing her futuristic, throwback sound to the Bandshell. And, what's the best part about all of these shows? They're absolutely free! You can check out the entire schedule of summer concerts at the Bandshell here. In addition to the free shows, that schedule includes ticketed benefit concerts featuring a three day run by Brooklyn's own The National, elusive indie-rock darlings Neutral Milk Hotel, Jack Johnson, and more. Ticketing information can be found on the BRIC website.

Last year the festival pulled in huge names like Big Boi, The Roots, Jim James, Patti Griffin, Bell and Sebastian, Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds, and many others, according to Brooklyn Vegan. This year's lineup has proven to be equally as promising with its brilliant and eclectic compilation of artists. As the weather continues to break there are exciting (and cheap) events for the music community in the Big Apple to look forward to. Keep an eye out for more updates from this summer's live music scene!