Folk Music from Both Sides of the Border

The final BRIC House Session of 2019 brings Portland-based Y La Bamba along with Brooklyn-based indie quartet Habibi on Thursday, April 11, in the BRIC House Ballroom in Fort Greene.

Folk Music from Both Sides of the Border

BRIC House | Fort Greene

The final BRIC House Session of 2019 brings Portland-based Y La Bamba along with Brooklyn-based indie quartet Habibi on Thursday, April 11, in the BRIC House Ballroom in Fort Greene.

At the heart of Y La Bamba is indie-folk singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza’s inquisitive sense of self as she explores what it means to be a Mexican-American woman.

Acknowledging folk music from both sides of the border throughout the band’s five albums, “the beauty of the band's presentation is listening for those source inspirations and how each member of Y La Bamba rises to the challenge of making a musical and cultural statement without sounding preachy” (NPR). Their latest record, Mujeres, exists in the post-2016 landscape of a national identity crisis, and Mendoza is leading us through places we are afraid to go.



Habibi creates music that blends psychedelic rock and sixties girl group harmonies. The name Habibi means "my love," an Arabic word that vocalist Rahill Jamlifard grew up using in her Iranian family, and the group’s first EP in more than four years—significantly the first one recorded in Farsi—came out in spring 2018.



Brooklynite DJ Bembona (Vibras NYC) opens the night with her radical blend of Afro-Diaspora sounds.

Official Closing Night Afterparty at DeKalb Market’s new speakeasy, Understudy.



DJ Bembona | Photo by Mario Carrion


BRIC House Sessions

The spirit of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is alive in BRIC’s Fort Greene headquarters with world-class artists reflecting the diversity of Brooklyn in a must-do Thursday concert series. BRIC House Sessions draws its talent from a bold and eclectic array of musical genres and world cultures, featuring opening acts by local DJs and musicians, and headlining sets from internationally-renowned artists. Set against the backdrop of BRIC’s contemporary art gallery and the BRIC House Ballroom—one of the best spaces for live music in Brooklyn—each evening delivers a unique multi-sensory experience.