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FREE: Femi Kuti at Prospect Park

When I first learned of this event the listing said “Free Femi Kuti!” and I became immediately alarmed that Femi Kuti had, for some reason, been recently incarcerated and needed my help.  Thankfully (for him, mostly) that won’t be necessary as the alarm was caused by a lack of grammatical attention and not by imprisonment.

The son of legendary Afrobeat Pioneer Fela Kuti plays tonight at the Prospect Park Band Shell as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival.  Opening for him is Melvin Gibbs, a ridiculously awesome bassist, and his band  Elevated Entity. Their Afro-Brazilian sound is the perfect warm up to Kuti’s incredibly energetic performance.

Bring some wine or beers, grab a blanket and relax in the summertime sun, but get there as early as possible:  Kuti’s gonna have his 14 piece band Positive Force in tow and as it’s the first sunny day in weeks and weeks, this promises to be a pretty crowded party.

Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park Bandshell [Prospect Park West and 9th St, Park Slope] // Free, with $3 suggested donation.  7  PM

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Ashley Friedman - Cornerstore Correspondent

Ashley Friedman - Cornerstore Correspondent

Like most kids, Ashley grew up in New Jersey. Unlike most kids the Friedman's televison set acted as a third parent, imbuing young Ashley with the stern moral values of Claire Huxtable, the dramatic tendencies of Brenda Walsh and the earnest hopefulness of the blond kid on Silver Spoons. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence Ashley made her way to the Park Slope area of Brooklyn where she can currently be found reading foreign fashion magazines, scouring ebay for vintage heels, eating out in restaurants and otherwise stretching her meager income as far as it will go in NYC.