Open Stages 2022

Open Stages 2022


Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 3-7pm

BKCM’s FREE spring music festival rocked Park Slope on Saturday, May 21 from 3–7pm! Click here to read the post-event e-blast and click here to see our Flickr with photos from the day.

Open Stages 2022 brought people together and spread good vibes throughout the neighborhood in a celebration of community, culture and Brooklyn’s vibrant music scene. Stoops, school lots, parks, gardens and sidewalks hosted more than 200 musicians throughout the day, including classical musicians, marching bands, kids groups, and so much more.

Proceeds from the event helped to support BKCM’s community programs, which bring music education and music therapy to thousands of people across all five boroughs of New York City.

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Annie Chen: a vocalist, composer, and bandleader from Beijing, based in New York since 2013
Arian Saleh: an Iranian-American artist whose unique sound is deeply rooted in a troubadour tradition
Brooklyn Raga Massive: a prolific artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical music
Brooklyn United Marching Band: a high-octane, one-of-a-kind drum and dance corps comprised of Brooklyn public school youngsters ages 5 to 17
Caleb Hawley: a magnetic singer-songwriter
Claudia Acuña: a Chilean jazz vocalist, songwriter, and arranger and a Latin Grammy Award nominee
Cleave Guyton: a professional musician who plays the saxophones, flutes and clarinets who has worked with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Nat Adderley and many more
Dale Novella: an accomplished singer-songwriter and events curator who brings funk, soul and grooves to whatever she touches
Dancers from Dancewave: a non-profit that uses dance as a vehicle for transformation, expression, active citizenship, and self reflection
The Du-Rites: an eclectic funk duo
Fred Thomas: James Brown’s bassist since 1971, Thomas tears into a mix of JB hits, plus blues & soul classics as vocalist and bassist for his Fred Thomas Band
Hungry March Band: a high-energy brass and percussion ensemble celebrating 25 years
Musicians from Issue Project Room: a pioneering, boundary-pushing performance non-profit based in BK
Jahlani Andrew Roberts: a multi-instrumental performance artist with a unique style of Steelpan music
J.M. Clifford: a New York based singer-songwriter, bluegrass musician and BKCM faculty member
Bands from Kids Rock for Kids: a non-profit that enables rising star musicians to make a difference with their performing talents
LA MANGA: a cultural identity laboratory that is inspired by the spirit and ancestry of the great Caribbean musical diaspora where Colombia, Puerto Rico and Venezuela meet and bond
Lex Rush: a hip-hop MC who has ripped stages from Brixton to Brooklyn, bringing her signature style of lyricism, bravado, charisma and creativity
Madhattan Barbershop Quartet: an award-winning contemporary barbershop quartet out of New York City and Boston, performing music from across genres including jazz, R&B, musical theatre, rock and pop
Melody Allegra Berger: an award-winning fiddler who has been raising a ruckus in NYC for the past decade and has toured nationally and abroad
Mikal Amin: an interdisciplinary hip-hop artist and educator who has implemented master classes, cultural workshops, lectured and performed in over eight countries on four continents
Natie: a Brooklyn-based artist originally from Réunion Island. With a looper, violin and vocals, she builds full tracks live, with flavors of Soul, Electronic and World music.
Pablo Masis Jazz Trio: a trio helmed by Masis, a BKCM faculty member and trumpeter/composer who blends his background in classical music and jazz/improvisational music
Pallasrat: a funk band from Brooklyn comprised exclusively of high schoolers
Preetha Nooyi: an accomplished bluegrass and country musician and BKCM board member who has performed at Rockwood Music Hall, Opry City Stage, Keyport Music Festival and Porchstomp Folk Festival
Richard Eyler & The Company of Totaled: The Musical: a new work that explores means to be a queer person in America but with a supernatural twist
An “ENCANTO” Sing-along led by Sofía Campoamor, Emil Beckford and Christopher Zander
Sydney Spann: a sound artist and musician who works with synthesis, chance operations, recursive compositional processes and voice
The BC Jazz Messengers: the official jazz combo of the Berkeley Carroll Upper School
The Binky Griptite Orchestra: the new band of Binky Griptite, the guitarist and emcee for Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings
The Brooklyn Nomads: a collective of musicians from different cultural and stylistic backgrounds
The Deedle Deedle Dees: an all ages rock-n-roll group inspired by history, science, and folklore
The Fat Cats: the pre-professional youth ensembles of the non-profit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance
The Long Island Vegetable Orchestra: an un-beet-able orchestra that plays instruments made from veggies
The Michael-David Band: a funky, fun group that plays an engaging blend of R&B, pop and jazz covers and originals
The Occasionalists: a Brooklyn-based live karaoke band playing songs across many decades and genres
The Opera Next Door: a radical opera company that produces high-quality work with diverse new audiences in unconventional neighborhood spaces
VGM Collective: a three to six-piece band dedicated to bringing relevance to the huge impact of 20th-century video game music
Willie Martinez and his Latin Collective: a world class drummer/percussionist and vocalist and the recently named “New Yorker of the Week” by NY1
Yasser Tejeda: an award-winning Dominican composer, guitarist, vocalist, and producer
Yesterday’s News: an awesome 80’s rock band playing spring benefit for the second year in a row!
BKCM ensembles and student performers from Suzuki, Music Partners and Music Therapy
And many more!
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Jan Ahlberg
Chris and Kelly Atwell
Sophie Balcoff
Brookfield Asset Management
Brooklyn Suites Furnished Apartment Rentals
Robert Cannavale
Henry Choi and Sandy Lin
John Chun and Simona Kwon
Compass Real Estate
David Cone-Gorham and Beth Ricciardone
Chad Cooper and Claire Ellis
Dime Bank
Daniel and Alexis DiPietro
Nicholas Doering-Dorival
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Robin Dull and Laurie Kardos
Barbara Dzubak
Eric Friedman and Emily Rubenstein
Tatyana and Oleg Gershkovich
Tara and Arthur Goldfrank
Russell Gordon and Raquel Jaramillo
Jennifer Grady
Richard Grellier
Jeffrey Grossman
Neil Gupta and Seema Dhar
Florence Hutner
Paul Hyun and Lily Chang
Olivia John
Douglas Kaden
Chiwoniso Kaitano and Andrew Sabl
Julie Kay and Thomas Fergus
Tricia Kissinger and Matt Nemeth
Andrea Knutson
Pamela Koo
M&T Bank
Mari Matoba and Michael Walters
Jerri and Tom Mayer
Vivek Menezes and Maitri Morarji
Margaret and Matthew Meyers
The Migdon Family
Sal and Dede Moore
Morrison Cohen LLP
Devin Murphy
National Grid
Nancy and Vivek Nayar
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Indra and Raj Nooyi
Preetha Nooyi
Allan Novick
Erica Oquendo
Andrew Ormson and Eileen Shy
Keith Otuomagie
Park Slope Copy
Konrad Payne and Ashima Aggarwal
Perkins Coie LLP
Carole Postal
Anne-Laure Py
Funda and David Rozan
Page Sargisson and Peter Robbins
Sailaja Sastry and Jason Gottlieb
Katherine Slingluff and Andy Stuckey
Russ Soper and Selina Strong
Mamie and Justin Stewart
Vero and Insoo Suh
Sabrina Sullivan
J. David Sweeny
Frederick Tang and Ziki Dekel
Nicholas and Linda Tatlow
Tiger Baron Foundation
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
David Traitel
Pierre Vilain
Aaron and Desiree Walters
James Weiss and Ashley Cotton
Rob Wetstone
Man and Natalie Wong
Julian Yap and Lauren Flicker
Hyun-Jung Yoon and Wen-Fu Wu






What does my donation or ticket sale support?

Your support allows us to continue reaching people who would not otherwise have access to music education and music therapy during the pandemic. All of the artists performing today have been paid by BKCM, so every dollar goes toward supporting music education and music therapy for kids and adults all over New York City.

Can I make a donation to BKCM via check?

Yes, checks can be made out to Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Can I get a tax acknowledgment for my donation?

Yes, if you donate online we will send you a tax acknowledgement. If you want to donate with cash, give us your information and we will make sure to get you one.

Can I donate directly to the artists?

We will 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 at today’s event 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.

Where is BKCM located?

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is located 58 7th Avenue and Lincoln Place. It is on the northside of Park Slope near the 7th Avenue B/Q station. You can find our event space through the garden entrance on Lincoln Place.

Who is producing Open Stages?

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

Will there be bathrooms available?

Yes! Bathrooms will be available and marked on our map — coming soon!

Where can I find food and drink stops?

All food and drink locations are marked on our Open Stages map — coming soon!