What: Sounds Like Brooklyn Music Festival
Where: BAM, BAMcafé, and 13 other Brooklyn venues
When: Jan 29, 30; Feb 4-6
Cost: Varies, Free for some locations.
Why: Over the next two weekends, the musically devoted can sample from a wish list of 60+ bands who are waiting for you to be part of their cult following.
The festival’s initial sound off begins in Fort Greene at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera house where the Vivian Girls will open for the antic-inclined Les Savy Fav. The following weekend Ra Ra Riot and The Antlers will convince you there is genius that can come from collaborative chaos. If you’re looking for some emotionally laced instrumentation, check out the loops of lyricist Merrill Garbus of tUnE-YarDs, feel Kelli Rudick touch your heart while plucking strings and let The Revelations rock your soul slow.
Being that the list of featured acts are as diverse as the music venues be sure and check out the shows at new venue Brooklyn Bowl and the relocated Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, indie music staple SouthPaw in Park Slope, and Clinton Hill’s Le Grand Dakar for afro-based beats. If your pocket is tight, there’s always the option to check out BAMcafés free program featuring the jazz-bob The Dred Scott Trio and the sugary soul sounds of The Sweet Divines.
For a complete lineup of artists and venues visit Sounds Like Brooklyn.
How to get there: Be sure to visit the event website for the venue locations. Take the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q to Atlantic Avenue, the G to Fulton St, or the C to Lafayette Ave. (BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 718.636.4100, bam.org)