House Party 2021

House Party 2021


Thursday, November 4, 2021 – 7pm-10pm

BKCM’s legendary House Party is back. Our 2021 House Party will bring more than 30 musical acts and experiences, delicious food and drink, and of course, a few surprises. This year’s House Party will be an indoor-outdoor event, taking place throughout our gorgeous Park Slope home, our gardens and surrounding spaces.

Funds raised at the House Party support BKCM’s community programs, which provide high-quality music education and music therapy to thousands of youth and adults across New York City.

Exclusive VIP tickets and general admission tickets are on sale now. This in-person, adults-only party will be one for the books, so get your tickets before they sell out by purchasing below or contacting The deadline for purchasing tickets is 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021. For sponsorships and more information, contact Cara Search (Development Associate, Individual Giving) or Rose Crichton-White (Director of Marketing & Development).


We want to party safely! In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests, performers and event staff will be required to present same-day negative rapid test results (administered on Thursday, November 4, 2021). Guests will need to present same-day negative rapid test results from a certified testing site or by taking a rapid test on site at BKCM. A no-cost rapid test will be available to ALL ticketed partygoers at BKCM starting the morning of 11/4. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card so that the insurance plan can be billed. Regardless, you will not need to pay for the rapid test. We will update our event website and notify party-goers of any changes to our event setup, testing or attendance policies.

While BKCM is taking every precaution to keep our guests, staff, and musicians safe, the risk of COVID-19 transmission still exists whenever people gather. In purchasing a ticket, guests agree that they will not hold BKCM liable should they contract COVID-19 following the House Party.

Our Post-Party E-Blast

Pictures from the Night

A Breakdown of our Stages

Learn more about our Performers & Experiences

Frequently Asked Questions

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(as of 10/28/2021)

The Lincoln Place Pre-Show
Thalys Peterson Trio

The NOLA Stage:
Brass by the Slice
Sugartone Brass Band
Zydeco Revelators

The Garden Stage
Brooklyn Raga Massive Duo
Sterling Strings

The Lincoln Place Main Stage
People’s Champs
Eggs Benatar

State Fair

Pink Carpet Paparazzi

Piano, Deconstructed – An Artsy Autopsy


The Concert Hall
VIP Party – Brooklyn Raga Massive
Rumba de la MUSA
Ajna Dance Company

30 The Speakeasy

31 The Chill Room
Sumie Kaneko
Jake Charkey and Mir Naqibul Islam
Astrid Kuljanic and Mat Muntz

32 The Unplugged Room
Melody Allegra Band
Tahkt al-Nagham
Roshni Samlal and Brinda Guha

33 Cheese Vol. 2 – Le Fromage

35 The Roots Room
The Rockafours
Laura Elkeslassy

40 The Red Velvet Room

42 The Showtune Sing-along Room
Eric Yves Garcia
Kenney Green

43 The Bar

44 No Balanço do Brasil
Rogerio Boccato
Maucha Adnet
César Garabini

50 Arcade Serenade Room

52 The Groove Room
Chico Raro


(as of 10/28/21)

Ajna Dance: Ajna Dance Company, New York’s premier South Asian performing arts organization, will lead the crowd in a joyous Bollywood dance party. Performers and guest alike will light up the Concert Hall with a special Diwali finale!

Vocalist Astrid Kuljanic and Bassist Mat Muntz: This duo’s music is eclectic AND electric. Their music draws on diverse styles from Eastern European folksongs to Brazilian hits and blends original composition, spontaneous reinterpretation and electronic manipulation. You may have seen Kuljanic and Muntz perform at World Refugee Day!

Brass by the Slice: Known for their powerful sound and “cheesy” sense of humor, Brass by the Slice is a kick-brass band that will play all your favorite pop hits, past and present. This New York band features BKCM tuba and trombone instructor Heather Ewer.

Brinda Guha and Roshni Samlal: Brinda Guha has been dancing Indian Classical Kathak for more than 20 years and has traveled the world performing. She will be joined by Roshni Samlal, a tabla player from Brooklyn Raga Massive who has studied within the Farukhbad, Benares, and Punjab gharanas.

Brooklyn Raga Massive: House Party falls on Diwali, the festival of lights! Lighting up our VIP Party and curating performances throughout the evening is Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM), a prolific artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical music.

César Garabini: Italian-Brazilian musician César Garabini is a 7-string guitarist that specializes in Choro, the predecessor to the well known Brazilian music styles Samba and Bossa Nova. “Choro” may mean “cry” in Portuguese, but save your tears! This style is known for its fast and joyful beat and improvisational feel.

The Cheese Room Vol. 2 — Le Fromage: Let us melt your h(av)-eart(i) with the schmeltiest schmalziest cheese this side of the Atlantic (Avenue). Don’t rennet-way before we can schm-ooze!

Chico Raro: Electro clash, post punk, New wave queer Latinx band. With industrial songs mixed with opera, Chico Raro is a theatrical band inspired by old drag queens and club kids style.

Eggs Benatar: We wouldn’t want to be heartbreakers. That’s why we’re bringing back a beloved House Party CLASSIC — Eggs Benatar, Brooklyn’s finest Pat Benatar cover band. Come rock out to these iconic songs of the 70s and 80s.

Eric Yves Garcia: One of the most coveted, award-winning pianist/singers in NYC, London and Paris, Eric Yves Garcia will be playing and singing hits from the Great American Songbook.

Jake Charkey and Mir Naqibul Islam: Settle into the serene with this cello-tabla duo from Brooklyn Raga Massive. Jake Charkey, trained in both Western classical music and Hindustani music, is one of the few cellists in the world performing Indian music on the cello. Mir is a Bangladeshi born tabla player trained in the traditional guru-shisya style who brings his tabla playing to many genres, including Middle Eastern music and jazz.

Kenney Green: Broadway lovers, come belt your hearts out with Kenney Green! Since 2008, Green has been a beloved pianist and performer at the historic piano bar Marie’s Crisis Cafe. He is a musician, actor, director, artistic director, and expert leader of sing-alongs – Green has even led massive sing-alongs at Elsie Fest, Broadway’s outdoor music festival.

Laura Elkeslassy: Originally from Paris, Laura is a vocalist who specializes in North African & Middle Eastern music. With Moroccan and Israeli roots, Laura regularly performs Judeo-Arab music in Arabic, Ladino and Hebrew. Her current work focuses on reclaiming the cultural heritage of Jews from Arab lands from a feminist perspective.

Lollise: From Botswana to BKCM, Lollise uses music, visual art, and fashion to tell stories. Go on a journey through real and imagined worlds, multidimensional and nuanced, historical and futuristic with Lollise.

Maucha Adnet: Bringing bossa nova to BKCM is Maucha Adnet! Born in Rio de Janeiro, Adnet started her professional singing career at the age of 15 as a member of vocal group Céu da Boca. Maucha has toured throughout Brazil, the US, Japan, Israel and Europe and performed at jazz festivals and venues such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.

Melody Allegra Band: Award-winning fiddler Melody Allegra Berger has been raising a ruckus in NYC for over a decade. She has toured nationally and abroad, appeared on shows like SNL, and worked as an actor-musician off-Broadway. Expect fierce fiddling and soulful vocals.

People’s Champs: Break out your dancing shoes — People’s Champs are coming to party! People’s Champs combines the hottest dance rhythms from West Africa and South America with New Wave synth tones, crafting them into indie songs with Stevie Wonder-esque lyrics.

Piano, Deconstructed – An Artsy Autopsy: This piano has served us well, but her time at BKCM has come to an end. Send her off the right way with glitter, glow in the dark paint, and all the pipe cleaners you can imagine.

Pink Carpet Paparazzi: Red carpet who? Strike a pose and flash that dazzling smile as you strut down the Pink Carpet. It’s time for your closeup.

Red Velvet Room: In this room, you’re invited to indulge. There will be red velvet, red wine, red hots and more. Some say gaudy, we say gorgeous.

Rogerio Boccato: Featured on two Grammy Award-winning albums, Brazilian percussionist Rogério Boccato has played and recorded on projects led by some of today’s leading jazz artists, among them Maria Schneider, John Patitucci, Kurt Elling and Danilo Perez. He has also collaborated with top-ranking Brazilian artists, such as Toninho Horta, Moacir Santos, Zé Renato and Vinicius Cantuária.

Rumba de la MUSA: Rumba de la MUSA is a diasporic collective of artists who gather around the voice of the Caribbean drum. Our community encompasses members from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Chile, Panama, Colombia, and the US. We are a multi-generational group of musicians, composed of long-standing pillars of the NYC Rumba scene as well as a young group of rising stars.

State Fair: Step right up, folks! Get a thrill and test your skill at the outdoor carnival station. Come for the games, stay for the cotton candy.

Sterling Strings:With their electric repertoire and fiery interpretations, Sterling Strings pushes the boundaries of what a string quartet can do. Composed of Black classically-trained string players, Sterling Strings has performed at venues throughout NYC including Joe’s Pub, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Madison Square Garden.

Sumie Kaneko: Sumie Kaneko creates music that spans a millennium. A master in the traditional repertoire of the ancient Japanese instruments koto and shamisen, Kaneko has also pioneered their use in jazz and experimental music.

Sugartone Brass Band: Sugartone Brass Band has been funkin’ up the brass band scene in New York City for over a decade. They are the original New York brass band that continues to break down musical barriers, astound audiences, and blaze trails with the funkiest of new sounds.

Takht al-Nagham: Takht al-Nagham is Syrian Music Preservation Initiative’s performing ensemble (in Arabic, takht means chamber music group, and Nagham means melody). The takht is committed to performing the classical and folk Syrian repertoire with traditional acoustic instruments.

Thalys Peterson Trio: This group of Brazilians musicians is influenced by Choro, Samba, Bossa-Nova and Jazz. Each musician brings their own feeling, colours and experiences to deliver a unique performance.

The Rockafours: All heavy hitters including BKCM Faculty members Christine Cornell and J.M. (Mike) Clifford, The Rockafours are going back in time to the early days of country crossover to rock and roll with the songs of Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and other chart-topping greats.

Zydeco Revelators: Zydeco Revelators deliver hot Louisiana-style dance music. Sweet Cajun accordion, electric guitar and a powerhouse rhythm section, and a signature metal rubboard vest!


Health & Safety: Our safety protocols are subject to change. We will update our event website and notify party-goers of any changes to our event setup, testing or attendance policies.

Are Covid-19 vaccines required? How will I demonstrate proof of my vaccine?

Yes, vaccines are required. All guests must be fully vaccinated (two weeks out from their final shot) and will need to send us a picture of their vaccine cards or their Excelsior pass prior to the event.

Are rapid tests required?

All guests will need to present same-day negative rapid test results from a certified testing site or by taking a rapid test on site at BKCM. A no-cost rapid test will be available to ALL ticketed partygoers at BKCM starting the morning of 11/4. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card so that the insurance plan can be billed. Regardless, you will not need to pay for the rapid test.

Will masks be needed?

Masks will not be required but guests are welcome to wear them and encouraged to do so in smaller, indoor spaces.

Will social distancing be in effect?

We will be spacing the party out both indoors and outdoors. We are adding another 5000 sq. ft to the outdoor space in addition to our 10,000 sq. ft of indoor space.

What will the contact tracing policy look like?

We will require every guest to send us their name, email and phone number. For groups attending the party together, the individual information of each guest within the group must be provided.

What happens if I show up without my rapid test?

Based on availability, you may be asked to wait online to take a rapid test on-site or sent to a testing site before you are allowed to reenter the party. A negative rapid-test will still be required to enter.

Will a PCR test be accepted in lieu of a rapid test?

No. Only rapid-tests will be accepted.

What is the ventilation system like at BKCM?

Our HVAC system will be running.
Music, food, and drink will be available outdoors. If guests choose to stay outside, they will still have access to all the great parts of the party.

Will temperature checks be required at the door?

No, but we will conduct a Covid screening.

Party Logistics

Where will the House Party be held?

The House Party will be held at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. We are located at 58 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

How do I get to the House Party?

Take the B or Q train to Seventh Avenue and walk four blocks south to Lincoln Place, or take the 2 or 3 train to Grand Army Plaza, walk south to Lincoln Place and then west to Seventh Avenue. The B43, B65, and B67 buses stop within a few blocks of the Conservatory.

What time will the event begin and end?

The event will last from 7-10pm. For VIP ticket holders, there will be a Cocktail Party starting at 6:00pm.

What is the flow of the event?

  • Maps and schedules of the event will be provided in the near future. These programs will also be provided at the party.
  • Check-in will happen outdoors on Lincoln Place. Guests will first need to show their negative rapid-test results. They will then receive a wristband that admits them to any part of the party, inside or outside.
  • There will be coat racks available in the lobby for anyone who would like to hang their coats. It will be self-serve.
  • Food and cocktails will be available for all partygoers both indoors and outdoors. Guests are welcome to bring food anywhere they wish in the building.
  • There will be limited seating available at every performance site.
  • Our building is wheelchair accessible.

What is the dress code for the evening?

Cocktail attire. Please keep in mind that half of the performances will be hosted outside, so consider bringing something to keep you warm.

If it rains, will the event be canceled?

The event is not weather dependent. If it rains, we will cover more of the outdoor area with tenting and host more of the party inside.

Will this event be streamed on Zoom?


Can I bring my child?

No, this event is only for guests 21+ years of age.

Can I leave and come back?

Yes, guests will be given wristbands that will allow them to enter and leave the party as they please.

The Artists

Where can I find a list of the artists?

Our growing lists of artists and experiences will be updated here.

Can I donate directly to the artists?

We have a full list of our artists up on our website if you would like to reach out to support them directly. Please be aware that all artists performing at the House Party are being compensated for their work, and by donating to BKCM, you are directly supporting BKCM’s mission to provide opportunities such as these to local artists.

Proceeds of the Event

How can I make a donation to BKCM?

Donations can easily be made by going to

What does my ticket sale or donation support?

Funds raised at the House Party support BKCM’s community programs, which provide high-quality music education and music therapy to thousands of youth and adults across New York City.

Is my ticket tax deductible?

The fair market value of each ticket is $80, with the remainder of the ticket cost being tax deductible. For example, $220 of each GA ticket ($300) is tax-deductible.

Who is producing the event?

This is a self-produced event by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

BKCM Classes

Who can I talk to about taking classes at BKCM?

Call the registrars at 718-622-3300. They are ready to take your call from
Mon – Fri: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

We Thank Our Benefit Committee & Generous Sponsors

(as of 11/1/21)

Natasha Chefer and Joel Tompkins
Henry Choi and Sandy Lin
John Chun and Simona Kwon
Con Edison
David Cone-Gorham and Beth Ricciardone
Chad Cooper and Claire Ellis
Daniel and Alexis DiPietro
Adam and Rachele Dubin
Robin Dull and Laurie Kardos
Jon and Jen Ellis
Danielle Epstein
Eric Friedman and Emily Rubenstein
Tatyana and Oleg Gershkovich
Russell Gordon and Raquel Jaramillo
Jeffrey Grossman
Neil Gupta and Seema Dhar
Syvia Hang
Stephanie Hill and Benjamin Wilchfort
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Chiwoniso Kaitano and Andrew Sabl
Julie Kay and Thomas Fergus
Andrea Knutson
Bernadette Levandowski and Andrew Chipok
Jonathan Levey and Melanie Barr
John and Liz Libré
William and Ellyn Lindsay
Mari Matoba and Michael Walters
Tom and Jerri Mayer
Vivek Menezes and Maitri Morarji
Doris and Charles Michaels
Dede and Sal Moore
Allen Murabayashi
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Indra and Raj Nooyi
Preetha Nooyi
Naomi Nwosu-Stewart
Erica Oquendo
Andrew Ormson and Eileen Shy
Konrad Payne and Ashima Aggarwal
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Sailaja Sastry and Jason Gottlieb
Melanie Smith and Stephen Schulz
James and Christine Seger
Russ Soper and Selina Strong
J. David Sweeny
Frederick Tang and Ziki Dekel
Cynthia and Justin Tatham
Nicholas and Linda Tatlow
Thigpen Hill Family Fund
Pierre Vilain
Henry and Christina Wang
James Weiss
Aaron Welch
Rob Wetstone

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