The BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech—BAM's free summertime showcase of heavy hitters from R&B, reggae, funk, and other genres—runs this year through August 8, with concerts happening (almost) every Thursday at noon. That means lunchtime for most, so for the full MetroTech experience, we suggest bringing takeout from a nearby restaurant and making an afternoon (or a long lunch break) out of it. Check back every week for these previews, which will also suggest appropriate eats to enjoy along with the music, and pigeons, in Downtown Brooklyn.
Wed, Jul 3 at 12pm
MetroTech Commons | map
In a nutshell:
A powerful soul singer and keyboardist with deep roots in the music of the church.
Soul with a soft spot for the 1960s.
What to Know:
Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holiday, who became famous after her turn as Effie White in the musical Dreamgirls, hand-picked Sunshine to be choral director of an Atlanta production of the show—no small honor. Sunshine also sang on the soundtrack to the film The Fighting Temptations and at private events during President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, which should tell you that this dreamgirl is at least as versatile as she is talented.
Appropriateness for getting down / getting it on:
20% / 80%
What to bring for lunch:
Soul food for soul music, specifically the Soul Spot at 302 Atlantic Avenue. In the spirit of Sunshine’s multifaceted talent, go for the eclectic Vegetarian Lunch, which lets you choose four sides (mac and cheese, candied yams, sweet corn, plantains, etc.) with a side of corn bread for only $8.99.
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