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R&B Festival at MetroTech 2016

 
 
Jun 2—Aug 4, 2016
 

BAM's annual free summer outdoor music series returns.

LOCATION: MetroTech Commons
10 MetroTech Roadway (Brooklyn)

 
 
 
 
 
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Produced by Danny Kapilian

Nothing says summer like free outdoor music.For more than two decades, BAM has brought its popular lunchtime concert series to MetroTech Commons. Spanning R&B, funk, gospel, soul, jazz, and world music, this year’s lineup is packed with new voices and established masters alike, performing Thursdays at noon. Past highlights have included Jimmy Cliff, Booker T & the M.G.’s, Los Lobos, Toumani Diabate, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Toots and the Maytals, the Wailers, Maceo Parker,  and many more. Join us and groove your way through the summer.


Forest City Ratner Companies is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2016 R&B Festival at MetroTech.

 
 
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Fatback Band
Thu, Jul 7, 2016
 
Fatback Band
Thu, Jul 7, 2016
 

The seminal New York City funk and disco band led by drummer Bill “Fatback” Curtis shows off its legendary “street grooves” at MetroTech, including hits like “Backstrokin’” and “Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Money).”

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King Sunny Ade
Thu, Jul 14, 2016
 
King Sunny Ade
Thu, Jul 14, 2016
 

The undisputed king of juju, which melds Western pop, traditional African music, and the guitar tradition of Nigeria, comes to MetroTech as part of his first North American tour in eight years.

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The Hallelujah Train
Thu, Jul 21, 2016
 
The Hallelujah Train
Thu, Jul 21, 2016
 

Acclaimed drummer Brian Blade, his father Pastor Brady Blade Sr., and producer-guitarist Daniel Lanois join with special guests to present a unique gospel project for the ages.

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Ladies Sing The Blues
Thu, Jul 28, 2016
 
Ladies Sing The Blues
Thu, Jul 28, 2016
 

Jazz divas Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade delveinto the catalog of 1920s and 30s legends Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, backed by a seven-piece band.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater
Thu, Aug 4, 2016
 
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Thu, Aug 4, 2016
 

The legendary Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz vocalist and host of NPR’s JazzSet is joined by celebrated trumpeter and composer Theo Croker, to close out the summer in style.

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Getting to MetroTech 


The BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech concert stage is located on the lawn at MetroTech Commons. MetroTech Commons is situated in Downtown Brooklyn between Jay Street and Flatbush Avenue where Myrtle Avenue ends.

By Subway
2/3 to Hoyt Street Station and walk two blocks north on Bridge Street
2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall Station and walk five blocks east
A/C/F/R to Jay Street-MetroTech Station and exit at Myrtle Promenade

By Bus
B25, B26, B38, B45, B51, B52, B54, B61, B63, B67, and B75 all stop within a three-block radius of MetroTech Center

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Zapp
 

Zapp Band delivers bass-soaked funk with heavy talkbox distortion and dazzling showmanship.

Thu, Jun 2, 2016
 
 
Free
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William Bell and Band
 

The powerhouse performer and songwriter celebrates his first album in nearly four decades.

Thu, Jun 9, 2016
 
 
Free
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Mali Music
 

The Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter comes to MetroTech.

Thu, Jun 16, 2016
 
 
Free
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The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats
 

Arturo O’Farrill’s all-star youth orchestra delivers danceable big band Latin jazz classics.

Thu, Jun 23, 2016
 
 
Free
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George Gray Groove Coalition
 

Drummer George Gray and jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn perform with an all-star band.

Thu, Jun 30, 2016
 
 
Free