Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Get 'Hook'ed at annual South Brooklyn music fest this weekend

Experience Red Hook from front to back this month.

The 17th annual Red Hook Fest brings music and dance to South Brooklyn — from Coffey Park to the pier.

“We’re bringing world-class professional artists to Red Hook who might not come here otherwise, people you might see at BAM for $50,” said Jon Mayer of Dance Theater Etcetera, which produces the free festival on June 4 and 5.

On the music end will be M.U.G.A.B.E.E., a Mississippi-based hip-hop/jazz/soul super-power fronted by brothers Carlton and Maurice Turner, and salsa act La Excelencia.

“Red Hook has a really old-school salsa group — families go back several generations in the neighborhood,” said Mayer. “We’re excited to get the old-school folks out to dance.”

Speaking of dance, there will also be performances from the companies Decadance and the Red Hook-based Cora Dance, and the tapping, rapping Joseph Webb (pictured), a veteran of Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk.

For the first time in the festival’s history, festivities will be held at Coffey Park, in addition to the Valentino Pier, in an effort to bridge the divided the neighborhood: the front, comprised of one of the largest housing projects in Brooklyn, and the back, made up mostly of newer transplants to the neighborhood.

“People in the front feel like they’re not welcome in the back,” said Mayer. “But what the festival does every year is bring people together.”

Red Hook Fest at Coffey Park (Richards and Pioneers streets), June 4 from 6-9 pm, and Valentino Pier (Coffey and Ferris streets), June 5 from 11 am-7 pm. For info, visit


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