Historic: BRC Orchestra, It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night in Tribute to Prince

FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017

Von King Park, Brooklyn, with New York City Parks Department

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Prince was one of us. A rocker. Black and musically outspoken with depths that plumbed generations. That’s why we celebrate him. For us, he is more than a symbol, more than Purple Rain, more than a pimp rag, tootsie pop, and a cane (thankfully). He was living, breathing possibility. Giant inspiration in a 5-foot-plus frame. A roadmap to a different way.


In celebration of what would have been Prince’s 59th birthday, The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra dips into the vault for IT’S GONNA BE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT, a rousing remembrance under the musical direction of lifetime fan and rock-royalty-in-her-own-right, Tamar-kali. This bittersweet reflection, paced out by show-stopping bandleader Jerome Jordan, conjures B-sides, bootlegs and bonuses from over 11 album eras. With a Supergroup-backing band (including Cassandra O’Neal from the New Power Generation, Sylvia Black of Betty Black, Sharief Hobley of Sharief in Burgundy, and Mark Robohm), a parade of top-notch vocalists (such as Corey Glover of Living Colour, and Gordon Voidwell of WILLS, and a full slate of special guests, this soul-satisfying, booty-shaking performance will remind us all of what music can do when the people who make it are free to create outside the lines. Following the performance, we’ll be screening Purple Rain in partnership with New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

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