Brooklyn is Justin Townes Earle country

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For one day, Brooklyn will be a little bit country.

On June 30, Celebrate Brooklyn brings some of the most celebrated Americana acts around to the Prospect Park band shell, with sets from Justin Townes Earle, Punch Brothers, and The Hackensaw Boys.

“Country’s having a little resurgence in Brooklyn,” said Jack Walsh, producer of the free summer musical festival. “We’ve got American roots music covered really well.”

Headliner Earle has quite the lineage to live up to — he’s son of country music’s Steve Earle, and named after songwriter Townes Van Zandt. It’s safe to say he has done both proud with this award-winning honky-tonk. The Nashville native’s most-recent album, “Harlem River Blues,” makes some nods to his current home — New York, including the sweet track, “One More Night In Brooklyn.”

Punch Brothers has been called the string-band version of Radiohead, thanks to its boundary-pushing ways. Founder Chris Thile, a master on the mandolin, is worth paying to see (not that we have to do that in Brooklyn, thanks to Walsh and Co.).

Justin Townes Earle, Punch Brothers and The Hackensaw Boys at Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park band shell [Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (718) 683-5600], June 30 at 7 pm. Free. For info, visit

Updated 5:24 pm, July 9, 2018
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