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R&B Festival at MetroTech 2017

 
 
Jun 8—Aug 10, 2017
 

BAM's annual free summer outdoor music series returns.

 
 
 
 
 
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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 Ashford & Simpson, Aloe Blacc, Booker T & the M.G.’s with guest Sharon Jones, Jimmy Cliff, Andra Day, Salif Keita, The Neville Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Snarky Puppy, and many more. Join us and groove your way through the summer.


Forest City Ratner Companies is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 R&B Festival at MetroTech.

 
 
Ramsey Lewis
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Ramsey Lewis
Thu, Jun 8, 2017
 
Ramsey Lewis
Thu, Jun 8, 2017
 

The Grammy-winning jazz piano icon kicks off the 2017 R&B Festival at MetroTech, returning to the electric roots of his 1974 career-defining album Sun Goddess.

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Raul Midon
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Raul Midón
Thu, Jun 15, 2017
 
Raul Midón
Thu, Jun 15, 2017
 

Blind since infancy, this emotionally insightful songwriter performs syncopated flamenco- and jazz-infused acoustic guitar with silky tenor vocals.

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The suffers
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The Suffers
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
 
The Suffers
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
 

This commanding Houston 10-piece ensemble performs its signature “Gulf Coast Soul” sound, boasting a powerful horn section, reggae vibes, and massive vocals.

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John Hammond
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John Hammond
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
 
John Hammond
Thu, Jun 29, 2017
 

Wailing the blues with a harmonica around his neck, this Blues Hall of Fame acoustic guitarist remains the only person to have had both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton in his band at the same time.

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Sinkane
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Sinkane
Thu, Jul 6, 2017
 
Sinkane
Thu, Jul 6, 2017
 

The four-piece band led by London-born Ahmed Gallab spreads feel-good music for trying times through their Afrobeat cadences, funky guitar licks, and soulful falsetto.

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Tank And the bangas
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Tank and The Bangas
Thu, Jul 13, 2017
 
Tank and The Bangas
Thu, Jul 13, 2017
 

The winners of 2017’s Tiny Desk Contest conjure a magical mix of rhythmic soul and spoken word, a unique sound that the New Orleans natives compare to gumbo.

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Preservation hall Jazz band
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
 
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
 

This seminal New Orleans house band continues its deep reverence for tradition while performing fresh material from That's It!, the ensemble’s first album of all-original music in its entire 50-year career.

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septeto santiageuro
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Septeto Santiaguero
Thu, Jul 27, 2017
 
Septeto Santiaguero
Thu, Jul 27, 2017
 

This Latin Grammy Award-winning Cuban ensemble infuses an adventurous streak into traditional son music, heating up dancefloors wherever they go with their infectious call-and-response style.

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Cory Henry
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Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
Thu, Aug 3, 2017
 
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
Thu, Aug 3, 2017
 

The Hammond B-3 organ virtuoso and keyboardist of Grammy Award-winning jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy brings his good vibes to MetroTech.

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Love 4 One Another
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Liv Warfield, Judith Hill, and Shelby J: Love 4 One Another
Thu, Aug 10, 2017
 
Liv Warfield, Judith Hill, and Shelby J: Love 4 One Another
Thu, Aug 10, 2017
 

After touring with the likes of Michael Jackson, D’Angelo, Santana, and Stevie Wonder, three brilliant female Prince protégés carry on the icon’s legacy with a special live show.

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Free
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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