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Talib Kweli: 21 June 2011 - Brooklyn

A chilled out, inaugural summer evening in the park was led by Talib Kweli.

For the inaugural summer evening in the park New York’s City Parks Foundation hosted Talib Kweli in Red Hook. Backed by a three-piece band as well as DJ — enabling emersions into any genre desirable, Kweli boasted — the set featured Gutter Rainbows heavily, while also indulging in some Beatles (“Eleanor Rigby”) and a Gil Scott-Heron tribute (“The Bottle”). Though the latter lacked the original’s nimble bass, it showed off the keyboardist well on Fender Rhodes. A brief Black Star montage followed and Brooklyn shout outs were constant. (He proudly reminded us, “I was born here, raised here, and I live here.”) The exceptionally diverse crowd was spread out equally between relaxed picnickers and hand waving devotees. All joined in on the chorus of “Get By,” which Kweli closed with.

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