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Live Music & Dance on the Beautiful Brooklyn Waterfront
FREE and open to the public
The Red Hook Fest kicks off features world-class music and dance and fun activities for all ages like free kayak rides in New York Harbor (c/o the Red Hook Boaters), face-painting, and Red Hook Trivia Game Night.
“The Dance Cartel brings jubilation and humor back to dance,” according to an enthusiastic headline in the Village Voice. Delivering “haute-performance theory with a house party vibe” (New York Times) while working alongside artists like Yoko Ono (for her “Bad Dancer” music video) and Reggie Watts (multiple collaborations, live and on television), this NYC-based company offers “live performance at its best” (Huffington Post).
As a dancer, Desiree Godsell has been around the world and even made the late-night rounds (Letterman, Conan, Fallon and Colbert). As a choreographer, she brings her own company, Godsell Dance Collective, to the Festival, mixing classic Latin dance forms with an off-kilter pop sensibility honed performing and choreographing for international recording star Santigold.
Dendê & Band: Driven by master percussionist Dendê’s polyrhythmic power and joyous melodies, this spirited band (“an expert amalgamation of Afro-Brazilian and Cuban rhythms”- Flavorpill) blends Brazil’s rhythm-heavy music with Afrobeat, reggae, merengue, and other global grooves into an irresistible call to the dance floor. Dendê and Band’s jubilant, upbeat live shows soar with sizzling showmanship.
Steeped in influence and inspiration credited to Fela Kuti and the West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic, Underground System has since carved out a niche that stands uniquely alone as its own. A menagerie of the best kind – part baile funk MCing, part Italian folk song, part Afrobeat anthem – the band has toured the country with their unique 10-piece sound.