“D-Nice” Jones To Perform At BRIC Benefit Concert

legendary DJ, rapper, producer, photographer, and philanthropist Derrick “D-Nice” Jones will debut Club Quarantine Live: D-Nice

New York, NY – Tuesday, BRIC, a Brooklyn-based leading arts and media institution, announced legendary DJ, rapper, producer, photographer, and philanthropist Derrick “D-Nice” Jones will debut Club Quarantine Live: D-Nice with Special Guests at the Prospect Park Bandshell for his only New York summer engagement, presented by Live Nation, on Thursday, September 2 at 7p.m., for a benefit concert as part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

The lineup for the evening will showcase special musical performances by GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Stephanie Mills; politically conscious Bronx Emcee KRS-One; GRAMMY award-winning singer/singer/producer Anthony Hamilton; singer/actress Melba Moore; widely regarded as one of the most influential Emcee’s in hip hop, Big Daddy Kane; British singer/songwriter/producer Estelle; Motown R&B and Soul group The Originals, and more!

Derrick “D-Nice” Jones’ musical catalog and advocacy for the community dates back decades. His most recent contribution, “Club Quarantine” made history last year as a revolutionary Instagram Live series he hosted every night from his living room during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. D-Nice’s “Club Quarantine” garnered 100,000-plus viewers on a nightly basis, including the likes of Academy® Award winners Jamie Foxx and Halle Berry, Diddy, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz, Mark Zuckerberg, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Through the series, D-Nice raised millions for First Responders, HBCU’s, the CDC, The Apollo Theater, and more. Teaming up with Issa Rae’s Raedio, he also co-curated the official playlist of the Biden/Harris inauguration. Shortly after, he performed at the official Super Bowl LV pre-show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.

“We’re so excited to welcome the legendary D-Nice, and Friends to the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! stage,” said Kristina Newman-Scott, President of BRIC. “As an artist and philanthropist, D-Nice exemplifies the pillars of BRIC’s mission to bring together the community through music and civic-action.”

“My love for music was born in NYC- in the streets, the vibes, and most importantly the people. I am grateful for the opportunity to stop by BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! this summer to perform with the community and heal together, through music, towards a beautiful reopening,” said D-Nice.

“We’re excited to help BRIC bring D-Nice to Prospect Park for his only area appearance,” said Stacie George, Sr. Vice President, Live Nation. “We look forward to working with BRIC to help raise awareness of their great initiatives and bring additional support and performers to the series.”

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, June 18th at 10:00am EST via LiveNation.com. All benefit concerts during the 2021 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival will host vaccinated guests only, in an effort to encourage the community to prioritize getting vaccinated and a step towards bringing back live performances in their fullest form.

This year’s Festival kicks off on Saturday, July 31st, and runs through Saturday, September 18th.

Previously announced artists for the 2021 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival include: neo soul phenom Ari Lennox; grandson of the reggae legend Bob Marley and GRAMMY award-nominated Jamaican singer/songwriter Skip Marley; Banku music pioneer, singer/songwriter Mr. Eazi; Multi-instrumentalist Trombone Shorty with his notorious brass funk band Orleans Avenue; Brooklyn-bred hip hop powerhouse Junglepussy; folk rock icon and climate activist Buffy Sainte-Marie and singer/songwriter/advocate Naia Kete for a special evening dedicated to highlighting the impact of climate change; Latinx alternative multi-lingual quartet Ladama, Haitian-born, Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Tiga Jean-Baptiste and a set by DJ Ali Coleman for a family-friendly daytime performance; local Jazz artists including rhapsodist Vijay Iyer, vibes innovator Joel Ross, singer and multi-instrumentalist Melanie Charles, and renowned poet/author, and educator Mahogany L. Browne for an evening in remembrance of the impact of COVID-19 on the Jazz community; Colombian-Canadian singer/songwriter Lido Pimienta; Korean-American Brooklynite Yaeji, who curated a hand-picked lineup for the evening that includes up and coming singer/songwriter/instrumentalist KeiyaA and prolific local writer/rapper/producer, and emcee Nappy Nina; politically conscious rapper and poet KAMAUU; Jamaican R&B singer Gary “Nesta” Pines; Philly-based rapper and producer Ivy Sole; Jamaican-born multi-disciplined musician Tygapaw; celebrated Dominican-born, Puerto Rico-based cult hero Rita Indiana; the GRAMMY award-winning Attacca Quartet and Brooklyn based indie rock collective led by Ellis Ludwig-Leone San Fermin; R&B musician Son Little; boundary-pushing singer YENDRY; multi-talented New-York based AJO and Puerto Rican-Panamanian DJ and activist Bembona.

The Festival will also offer a movie night, featuring the 1973 documentary Wattstax, which highlights the 1972 Watts Summer Festival, accompanied by GRAMMY-nominated jazz trumpeter/composer/producer and vocalist Theo Croker. There will also be an evening dedicated to dance, co-conceived by Tatiana and BRIC, featuring the Passion Fruit Dance Company with DJ sets by Soul Summit Dance Party and St James Joy.

Founded in 2016 with a mission to promote the authenticity and contributions of social dance styles and cultures like street and clubbing, Passion Fruit Dance Company comes to the park for the world premiere of TRAPPED, a brand-new work commissioned by BRIC. After the show, stay for a very special iteration of the legendary Brooklyn party, Soul Summit. To open the night will be St. James Joy, a streetwise celebration that sprang up in Fort Greene during the pandemic, honoring the distinguished history of black house music.

For more information on this year’s full artist lineup and to RSVP, go to BRICartsmedia.org.

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