Tonight Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings open the 2016 season for Celebrate Brooklyn, the music and film festival held in the bandshell in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. If you’ve somehow never heard or heard of Sharon and the band, know that they are a modern take on old time soul, and that Sharon herself is a force of nature. This is a homecoming for Sharon and the band, who are based here and who played Celebrate Brooklyn before, in 2010 (the photo above was taken back then).
Here are some tips about getting into the show tonight:
Transportation: Take the subway!! You can use either the F or G trains and get off either at 7th Avenue or 15th Street. If you have to drive, there will be extremely limited street parking.
Entrance: There are two entrances to Celebrate Brooklyn, both on Prospect Park West. One is at 9th Street and the other is at 11th Street. At past opening shows, the only entrance was at Prospect Park West and 11th Street, but I have found no information about tonight’s configuration.
Lines: It’s going to be crowded and there’s going to be a line, so get there early. The doors will open at 6:30pm.
Give $3: That’s the contribution that Celebrate Brooklyn asks and this show is worth it.
Seats: There are about 2000 seats (with the front section roped off for the folks who paid hundreds of dollars each to attend a pre-show fundraiser). The earlier you get on line, the more likely it is you’ll get a seat. But if you want to make a picnic out of this, bring a blanket and sit on the grass hill in the back of the bandshell area.
Food: No cans, bottles, coolers or alcoholic beverages can be brought in. Everything else (foodwise) is OK. You can buy food inside or bring it in with you from any number of places in the neighborhood. You can buy beer and wine inside the bandshell area.
The show starts at 8:15pm; there’s no opening act announced.