The Queen of Funk is coming to Brooklyn this June to open up the summer long Celebrate Brooklyn! festival at Prospect Park. The first of several great festival acts— the Tune Yards, Shabazz Palaces, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are all in the lineup— Khan will bring audiences back to the early 1970s with a one-of-a-kind Funk repertoire. In an age where genres mix and mesh with no abandon, an artist this pure is rare.
Khan got her start creating music with legendary funk band Rufus in 1972. One of their first major singles, Tell Me Something Good, was written by Stevie Wonder for Khan in particular. The success of that track catapulted Rufus’s career, which would come to land him six platinum albums. Some other Rufus tracks that Khan will hopefully bust out on opening night of this year’s Celebrate Brooklyn! include Hollywood, Sweet Thing, and Do You Love What You Feel.
While Rufus was a major piece of music history and Khan’s career, she didn’t stop there. The singer has enjoyed a successful solo career of her own, and has performed with with greats such as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige and others. She even made a cameo in the music-comedy classic The Blues Brothers. Having sold over 70 million records and won 10 Grammys during her tenure as a musician, it’s safe to say that Chaka Khan is an extraordinary act.
Celebrate Brooklyn! is New York City’s oldest free performing arts festival. Shows set at the iconic Prospect Park bandshell bring artists and audiences together in the true heart of this historic borough. To learn more about Celebrate Brooklyn! events this summer and Chaka Khan check out the festival site here.
Prospect Park Bandshell
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