October 20, 2021

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Montague BID, BHA provide music, pleasure to Brooklyn Heights

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The west finish of Montague Road in Brooklyn Heights was shut down Monday night in planning for a dance party, aspect of the annual citywide musical festival Make Tunes NYC. Eagle photo by Marc Hibsher

Right after a very long 12 months of COVID lockdowns, merry melodies had buyers and strollers practically dancing on Montague Avenue on Monday — as very well as parading to the conquer of free-wheeling bands throughout close by neighborhoods.

Live shows of classical, jazz and rock tunes enlivened Montague’s “Bankers Row,” even though Dawn Drake led her funk percussion band ZapOte on a “MAD about Make Music” march from the Heights to Atlantic Avenue, the place they serenaded the retailers. Free of charge outside occasions ended up also held in the parks and plazas of Downtown Brooklyn.

In the night, bands took about the west end of Montague Road, and citizens shook it all out. 1 of these was the Bond Avenue Theatre’s Shinbone Alley Stilt Band, which led a sidewalk parade from Court Street to Pierrepont Put — certainly, even though on stilts.

The all-working day music fest was component of the annual citywide musical festival Make Audio NYC. The Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn occasions ended up sponsored by the Montague Road BID, the Atlantic Ave. BID and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Heights Affiliation.

“Make Songs is an worldwide celebration that is held per year on the summertime solstice,” Kate Chura, executive director of each the Montague Street and Atlantic Avenue BIDs, instructed the Brooklyn Eagle.

Dawn Drake led her funk global percussion band ZapOte on a “MAD about Make Music” march from Montague Road to Atlantic Avenue, the place they rocked consumers. Eagle photo by Marc Hibsher

“Throughout the 76 NYC BIDs, it is an party that highlights the community tiny businesses and their shut relationship to the neighborhood by means of the celebration of songs,” she claimed. “Make Audio celebrates the artistic and passionate spirit expressed by songs and modest companies.”

Chura explained the Montague Avenue BID has a “unique partnership to modest businesses in our industrial corridor and the community community and the families in the encompassing community.”

The Brooklyn Heights Association has been functioning hand in hand with the BID to support revive the area searching avenue, and associates manned a desk on the street in the course of the festivities.


“We had a excellent time conference new neighbors, discussing the regional problems which subject to all of us,” stated Katherine Davis, the Brooklyn Heights Association’s membership and communications supervisor. “The BHA has been actively functioning with the BIDs, in distinct the Montague Avenue BID, on tactics to attract and aid the sorts of firms which people will need and want — so sponsoring this local community-building celebration was a great possibility to present our help, engagement, and to finally enjoy some stay new music once again!”

“It’s a correct pleasure to see folks out and taking pleasure in themselves on Montague Street,” BHA Govt Director Lara Birnback mentioned.

“Not remarkably, new music has a way of spreading joy,” she additional.

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership also produced a agenda of this summer’s lineup on Monday. Prepared situations involve “Distanced Disco” with Vinyl Evenings on Thursdays, a weekly happy hour musical sequence at Albee Sq., physical fitness and dance courses, and pop-up curbside drag demonstrates, to name just a couple of.

Below a tent on Montague Road throughout from Giulia Cafe are Chris Bastian, BHA’s transportation chair Jane Platt, a member of BHA’s Board Of Governors and Katherine Davis, BHA’s membership chair and communications director. Eagle picture by Marc Hibsher

“After a very long, really hard winter season, we are thrilled to announce a summertime lineup that will give Brooklynites anything to seem ahead to,” explained Regina Myer, president of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “DTBK Provides finds inventive methods to place a single of our most critical property to good use: the parks and plazas that make up Downtown Brooklyn. We look forward to reworking these crucial areas with a lively calendar of occasions and getting inhabitants and people join us for exciting, conditioning and leisure exterior.”

Highlights of Monday’s musical enjoyable incorporated a clarinet concert on Montague Street by Hannah Lee, along with performances by a jazz ensemble and rock ensemble, and dance bash general performance by Mr. Evan Bumblebee Jamboree.

From 6 to 8 p.m., DJ CprodG took the mic to continue to keep Montague Street dancing. (The story is that the musical “prodigy” DJ CprodG “learned how to change on the stereo, put on headphones, and rock out whilst in diapers, prior to uttering his initial phrases.”)

This year’s event was the 15th celebration of Make Audio Working day in New York Metropolis.

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