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The Wood BrothersNew York -- On July 16, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is pleased to present a night of sublime harmonies and extraordinary musicianship, headlined by “masters of soulful folk” (Paste) The Wood Brothers and featuring Aoife O’Donovan, whose latest record The Magic Hour “evokes the reverberant chamber pop obsessions of Grizzly Bear and the lush austerity of Alison Krauss”(The New York Times). The shape-shifting M.C. Taylor, a.k.a. Hiss Golden Messenger, a musician with a voice that’s “craggy and wounded, but it soars in his broken sort of way” (Stereogum), kicks it off with a solo set. The concert, which takes place at the Prospect Park Bandshell (9thSt. & Prospect Park West) is free to the public (with a suggested $5 contribution at the gate) and begins at 7:00 P.M.

The Wood Brothers formed after Oliver’s band, King Johnson, opened for Chris’s band MMWin 2005. “He sat in with us during our set,” Chris remembers, “and it was a creepy experience, like watching myself. Part of it was influences; part of it was blood.” This brother band allowed the pair to explore the roots and influences that had been at the core of their musical lives, and they released their debut studio album, Ways Not To Lose, on Blue Note in 2006. Almost a decade later and with drummer Jano Rix as a permanent third member, the band’s latest release, Paradise captures the latest chapter in the ongoing evolution of a band and family navigating the joy and challenges of a life in music. The Wood Brothers have refined a soulful blend of blues, folk, back-porch funk and other forms built largely on the foundation of Oliver’s guitar and lead vocals and Chris’s stand-up bass, harmonica and high lonesome harmonies.

Aoife O’Donovan’s sophomore release, In the Magic Hour(Yep Roc Records) is a 10-song album full of the singer’s honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Written in the wake of O’Donovan’s grandfather’s death, In the Magic Hour is her most introspective effort yet, an aching exploration of memory and mortality. For a decade, O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. In 2013 O’Donovan released her debut solo album, Fossils, a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. The album garnered praise from The New York Times and Rolling Stone, while The Guardian deemed O’Donovan the “next Americana celebrity.”

Hiss Golden Messenger is the vehicle for North Carolina-based songwriter Michael (M.C.) Taylor and multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer Scott Hirsh who lives in Brooklyn. This musical fusion of classic rock, folk-pop, and sparse blues as been described by David Bowie as "mystical country, like an eerie yellowing photograph.” The pair has been making music together for twenty years in various incarnations, including six records with the San Francisco band the Court and Spark. Their latest release, Lateness of Dancers(Merge Records) is the fifth full-length from Hiss Golden Messenger. Recorded in a tin-roofed barn outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina last fall, this is an open, confident, immediate album which feels like a direct response to the darkness of their last record, 2013's Haw, or to the searching of 2010'sBad Debt, the stunning acoustic LP Taylor made at his kitchen table shortly after the birth of his son.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Series Title Sponsors include Bud Light and American Express. To help ease congestion and offer additional transportation solutions, first time co-sponsor Lyft will offer discounts on rides to and from the Festival. New users can get $20 off their first ride with the code BRIC16. Returning Co-Sponsors include IKEA Brooklyn, and World Stage. Returning long-time Season Media Partners are The Village Voice, WABC-7 and WNYC 93.9 FM/820 AM. Longtime Promotional partners on select performances include WBGO 88.3 FM and WFUV 90.7 FM.

Tickets are still available for upcoming benefit concerts by case/lang/veirs (July 26), a super group made up of avant-rock icon Neko Case, legendary musical nomad K.D. Lang and indie folk star Laura Veirs; Brooklyn-based indie rockers Beirut (August 2); and jazz icon Herbie Hancock (August 11), who brings with him his new band featuring Terrace Martin, Lionel Loueke, Trevor Lawrence, Jr. and James Genus, as well as performances by Robert Glasper Experiment and BADBADNOTGOOD.

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