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June 9, 2009 / Brooklyn news / Park Slope / Music / Brooklyn Is Awesome

Feel the Byrne: Former Talking Head rocked Prospect Park

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David Byrne, the legendary frontman for Talking Heads in the 1980s, opened up the 31st annual “Celebrate Brooklyn” summer festival in Prospect Park in bright white style on Monday night, performing with his Latin-influenced band before a crowd of about 10,000 people.

Byrne, a DUMBO resident, actually biked to the concert, which is the kickoff to a summer of music, dance and film at the band shell just inside the park’s Ninth Street entrance.

Later this summer, Celebrate Brooklyn will also present free concerts by Blonde Redhead (June 26), Robert Cray (July 17), Buckwheat Zydeco (July 24), and Big Daddy Kane (Aug. 8), among others.

There will also be paid performances by Jackson Browne (July 21), TV on the Radio (Aug. 11) and Bonnie Raitt (Aug. 12) to benefit the concert series, which is a production of BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn.

Updated 5:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Ron from Park Slope says:
While David may have biked to the event his entourage came in a large bus and left it parked at Ninth Street and PPW with the engine on for the entire three or four hours.
June 9, 2009, 4:38 pm
Parkside from Parkslope says:
I've lived near the park for many years, and I must compliment everyone on their graciousness in this very well organized event. This concert was the best yet. For ten thousand people to attend a concert so orderly is proof of great character to all who participated.
June 9, 2009, 7:35 pm
DeeDee from Prospect Heights says:
NYPD estimated that the crowd was actually 27,000 for the Celebrate Brooklyn opening night concert. A wonderful show!
June 10, 2009, 2:15 pm
The Truth from Bklyn says:
Are you sure about David living in DUMBO? I think he lives in lower Manhattan. Maybe you're confusing him with Gabriel Byrne, who lives in Brooklyn Heights.
June 16, 2009, 2:39 pm

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