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Published: 2009/05/05

Soulive, Grace Potter, David Byrne, Dr. Dog, Burning Spear, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens and Dumpstaphunk to Play Free Shows in Prospect Park

Brooklyn, NYs famed Prospect Park Bandshell will once again host a diverse mix of free concerts, dance, film screenings and family activities throughout the summer months. As previously reported, David Byrne will open the summer series on June 8, shortly before heading to Manchester, TN to curate a tent at Bonnaroo. Like most of his recent performances, Byrne is expected to perform music from his five studio collaborations with Brian Eno, including 2008s Everything that Happens will Happen Today.

Other notable shows include: afro-beat star Femi Kuti & The Positive Force (6/25), indie rockers Blonde Redhead (6/26), recent Relix cover subjects Dr. Dog with special guests Phosphorescent and These United States (6/27), Latin American rockers Los Amigos Invisibles (7/10), recently family friend geek-rockers They Might Be Giants (7/11), modern classical sensations Kronos Quartet (7/16), soul-blues troubadour The Robert Cray Band (7/17) with The Sweet Divines, swamp boogie accordion master Buckwheat Zydeco and American roots favorites the Holmes Brothers (7/24), reggae star Burning Spear and Daptone recording artists Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens (7/30) and
jamband favorites Grace Potter & The Nocturnals with modern rockers Deer Tick (8/7).
The Prospect Park Bandshell will also host a few mini-festivals. On July 18, an African Festival will take place featuring the likes of King Sunny AdFreshly Ground, The Mandingo Ambassadors, Cheikh MBaye & Sing Sing, Abena Koomson and Yasser. A few weeks later, Soulive will celebrate its tenth anniversary in the park on July 31 with longtime friends of Royal Family members John Scofield and Christian Scott and Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk. In addition, former Luna bandmates Dean & Britta will compose a live score to a series of Andy Warhols short films on August 1.
These free shows are funded in part by a series of ticketed benefit shows at the Prospect Park Bandshell in July and August. As of press time, this summers benefits include: MGMT (7/1), Jackson Browne (7/21), TV on the Radio (8/11), Bonnie Raitt & Taj Mahal (8/12) and Animal Collective (8/14-15). TV on the Radio will also play a benefit show at New Yorks Central Park SummerStage this June.

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