Go to Bed-Stuy? Mos Def!

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Should you take a field trip to Bedford-Stuyvesant on Oct. 8 for this year’s Restoration Rocks bash at Restoration Plaza? Mos Def!

The Bed-Stuy–bred superstar will join the Brooklyn Philharmonic for a musical mash-up at the annual celebration of all things Bed-Stuy, sponsored by the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. The performance doubles as a preview of the Phil’s upcoming season of original compositions, all inspired by different neighborhoods.

“This is the beginning of something bigger,” said Alan Pierson, Brooklyn Philharmonic’s artistic director. “Mos Def is from Bed-Stuy and has a sense of attachment to the community. Plus, his music is really interesting.”

In addition to performances by Idle Warship (the rap trio including Talib Kweli, Res and Graph Nobel) and Pharoahe Monach, this year’s Restoration Rocks will feature a 10-minute original collaboration between the Philharmonic and Mos Def, followed by a piece written by renowned pianist and composer Frederick Rzewski, also featuring the hip hop hometown hero.

The Bed-Stuy–themed show is the first of the Philharmonic’s “neighborhood” productions. Later this season, the group will draw inspiration from Downtown (next March) and Brighton Beach (November).

Mos Def and the Brooklyn Philharmonic at Restoration Plaza [1368 Fulton St. at Marcy Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, (718) 636-6900], Oct. 8, 12:30 pm. Free. For info, visit

Updated 5:26 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Vikki from East New York says:
It's great when our youth don't forget their roots. To be featured for positive things in our community needs to be more publasized. Had I not been surfing the net for information about Mos Def I would not have known he will be performing this week..keep up the good work!!!!
Oct. 3, 2011, 8:51 am
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Dexter, Dexter, Dexter!!!!
Oct. 4, 2011, 6:53 am
Factcheck says:
Is it the 8th or the 9th? In the article you say 8th, but the caption on picture says 9th...
Oct. 4, 2011, 7:24 pm
Josef from downtown bklyn says:
1. Factcheck, it's the 8th. See

2. Why does the "report abuse button not work? I click, nothing happens.
Oct. 5, 2011, 12:20 pm
Vikki from Easr New York says:
Was it a deliberate attempt to keep the turnout low for one of Brooklyn's ICon, by providing wrong information, specifically the time of the event. I was extremely disappointed to arrive at Restoration on October 8, 2011 @ 7:45 pm.for a show that started at 12:30. To be told by Security that there was an error with the time both in the news paper and on the internet just indicates that someone is very incompetent. What happened with confirming the time before submission.......
My son (Unique) a 14,year old up and coming new face to the Rap World was more upset than myself because Mos Def has influenced his career choices and to have missed this occasion was a chance in a lifetime......people remember to cross your t's and dot your I's......
Oct. 9, 2011, 5:35 am

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