Downtown Funk: Downtown Brooklyn gets a second free outdoor music festival

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If their music is at least half this colorful, you can expect a good time. Shervin Lainez photo via Facebook

If the humidity hasn’t been a constant reminder, we are full immersed in the summer season. So if you happen to be one of those people without an A/C or even a fan, and just wallow in your sweat as the humidity seems to get higher by the hour, perhaps you should be getting out more. Besides, it’s summer in Brooklyn, there are outdoor concerts happening all the time. Afropunk is a few weeks away, Celebrate Brooklyn happens almost every week and we recently covered a new music festival being run by The Way Station in Prospect Heights. Downtown Brooklyn already was gifted with daytime music, and now they’re getting some night grooves to go along with it. Starting this and every Wednesday till September, Downtown Brooklyn Nights will be having a free two hour outdoor concert series inside Willoughby Plaza.

Tonight, for all you Electronic fans out there, you can come watch Salt Cathedral and Stranger Cat rip the stage up, while food from the Hill Country Barbecue Market will be served. But what if you aren’t into electronic music? That’s OK, because every week the performers advertised will be of a different genre. Next week’s showcase will feature hip hop, the week after that funk/soul/Jjazz and closing out June will be a musical acts that play indie rock. All of the acts are artists under Paper Garden Records: an independent label that’s been around for a decade now.

And while none of the acts are George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, it is impressive that the otherwise business-oriented Downtown has two damn music festivals this summer. Maybe Hillary Clinton showing up really did change everything there.

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