This Week: Rock ‘n’ Soul For Kids With The Roots


Sometimes you want to rock out for a good cause. This week you’ll have a chance to do that if you head over to Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue) on Thursday to check out Rock ‘n’ Soul: A Benefit Concert for Advocates for Children of New York and The Maple Street School.

Advocates for Children of New York is a charity aimed at helping kids have guidance and access to good education. They work with disadvantaged students–mainly children of color and from low-income backgrounds–to provide support and advocate for systemic change. ACF is charging $40-50 for tickets that benefit them.

The Maple Street School is a co-op preschool in the Prospect Lefferts Garden neighborhood. Parents are involved deeply in their kids’ education, working shifts and attending meetings to help run the school alongside a board of directors. Single tickets to benefit Maple Street School run from $35-150, or you can buy an eight-person VIP package for $1200.

It’s a slow live show week, but we have something to fill the gap. If you want to do some rock reading, we have a copy of Listen to This, a collection of Alex Ross’ music writing from The New Yorker, to give away. Ross is reading at Powerhouse Arena on Nov. 8. Tweet your favorite band from the ’90s to @BrooklynBased to enter the drawing. Winner will be announced Thursday at noon.


The Roots’ guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas will perform with his new band Hundred Watt Heart. Douglas is on vocals and guitar, and will be accompanied by Ricc Sheridan (of Earl Greyhound) on drums and Jonathan Maron (of Groove Collective) on bass. There will be sets from DJ Spinna plus an after party DJed by ?uestlove, also from The Roots.

The Roots “How I Got Over” from Okayplayer on Vimeo.

The show, which is 21 and over, starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 3. Doors are at 6 p.m., but you have to buy your tickets ahead of time as they won’t be sold the night of the show.

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