Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Makes Second Pass this Spring

Brooklyn afrobeat band, Antibalas is among the artists selected to perform at this year's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. Photo: Marina Abadjieff

Brooklyn Afrobeat band Antibalas is among the musical acts selected to perform at this year’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. Photo: Marina Abadjieff

A sure sign of spring came last week with the announcement of musical acts for the second annual Crossing Brooklyn Ferry music and art festival happening April 25-27 at BAM.

Bryce and Aaron Dessner of indie outfit The National are once again in charge of organizing the music for the event. (Bryce Dessner’s spent a lot of time at BAM as of late. Planetarium, his musical collaboration with Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly closed last Sunday at the opera house.) The festival lineup thus far looks to be the mix of established bands and up-and-coming Brooklyn acts we’ve come to expect from CBF.

TV on the Radio will play to a hometown crowd when it headlines the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry music festval April 27. Photo: TVOTR

TV on the Radio will play to a hometown crowd when it headlines the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry music festval April 27. Photo: TVOTR

In a sort of loose homage to Whitman and his poem that lends the festival its name, the eclectic bill includes The Roots (April 25), Solange Knowles (April 26) and TV On The Radio (April 27) headlining at the Howard Gilman Opera House. They’ll be joined throughout the three-day festival by local acts like Phosphorescent, Here We Go Magic, Pure X, Antibalas and Japanther, as well as the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, all of which are scheduled to play more intimate shows at BAMcafé. A full list of performers is now up on the CBF site.

Commissioned short films with original scores will also screen throughout the festival at BAM Rose Cinemas. The names of the local filmmakers are forthcoming, as is news on expected art installations and the DJ for the late-night dance party that’ll close out the festival Saturday night.

Throughout, Brooklyn Brewery will host tastings, in BAM’s Leonard Natman Room, of a rare and limited supply of its “ghost bottles,” bottled beers as ephemeral as the name implies–the brewery doesn’t stock or sell them, just samples them on special occasions.

More details will be divulged as the dates draw nearer, but if last year’s inaugural event is any indicator, tickets will sell out fast (even before you know who’ll be spinning beats at Saturday’s shindig). Tickets are up for grabs at BAM now for $50 per day or $120 for all three.

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