Art + Culture

Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties Are Back in May

Thursdays, May 8 – May 22, 7 pm, Pier 1
Presented by BRIC, lead support provided by Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Thursday, May 8 | Gypsy Punk Dance Party

Balkan Beat Box
DJ Joro Boro

Balkan Beat Box’s transcendent pan-Mediterranean bacchanal has been hailed by SPIN as “a peacekeeping mission you can dance to.” Formed by NYC-based Israelis Tamir Muskat and Ori Kaplan, who had done time in the bands Firewater and Gogol Bordello, respectively, the collective grew out of an electro/Gypsy project the two created in the early 2000s that fused ancient musical traditions with hip-hop, Jamaican dub, and other beat-driven styles to make world music for the club and the dancehall.

Before becoming a frequent touring act with Balkan Beat Box, DJ Joro Boro got his start spinning at New York’s Mehanata Bulgarian Bar. He plays and promotes etnoteck, glitchfolk and post-national bass.

Thursday, May 15 | Electro-Jamz Dance Party
Cibo Matto
JD Samson

Cibo Matto’s live shows and albums are marked by wild experimentation, incorporating hip-hop, Brazilian music, African and Latin jazz, and pop into their unclassifiable mix – setting a blueprint for outrageous pop.

Javelin, the creative endeavor of cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk, is a surrealist-block-party-in-a-box.

Since the separation of Le Tigre, JD Samson has branched out to start a DJ, production and remix team titled JD Samson & MEN.

Thursday, May 22 | African Dance Party
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Okayafrica Electrafrique w/ Chief Boima & DJ Underdog

After a 10-year adventure that has taken them from the squalor of refugee camps to the world’s biggest stages,Africa’s most inspirational band continues to ascend with what very well may be their best album yet. For Libations (Cumbancha 2014), Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars go full circle to the acoustic, “around the campfire” sound that appeared on their first album, much of which was recorded in the refugee camps during their years in exile from Sierra Leone.

Presented by Okayafrica, Electrafrique is a premier dance music show that brings together a worldwide network of artists fusing elements of African music with Electronic beats. Electrafrique finds roots in African rhythms and musical traditions, adding a contemporary urban/futuristic electronic twist to its groove.

The dance lesson at the opening of the party will be led by Iris Wilson (FELA!) who is an instructor at Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance.