- American Rock ‘n’ Roll band to perform at finish line festival in Prospect Park
- Annual fall race returns to Brooklyn on Saturday, October 14, 2017
Americana band, Hollis Brown will headline the 2017 Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The band, named after a Bob Dylan song (“The Ballad of Hollis Brown”), will perform for thousands of runners and spectators at the finish line festival in Prospect Park.
“New York City-based Hollis Brown exemplifies the spirit of young rock and roll,” said Alex Bennett, Vice President of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “We look forward to sharing their classic rock style, with timeless songs full of pop, country and the blues with our Rock ‘n’ Roll fans in Brooklyn. We feel that it’s a local band that everyone can enjoy while celebrating at the finish line.”
The race is back for its third year and will take runners on a tour of the famous New York City borough of Brooklyn. Each year, a local band has performed, and this year Hollis Brown will return to their home city to celebrate with runners. The band was founded by Mike Montali (singer and guitarist) and Jonathan Bonilla (guitarist) in New York City in 2009. Both 2nd-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found their bandmates across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums), Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals), and Brian Courage (bass).
Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn will feature a full day of running with the half marathon and a new 5-mile run on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Both races will take place at 7:00 a.m. and follow the same start and same finish locations. The route begins in front of the Brooklyn Art Museum and winds through the tree-lined streets of Eastern Parkway, Washington Avenue and Ocean Avenue.
In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, entertainment, enthusiastic cheerleaders and spectators will line the race route. The race will conclude with a celebratory finish line festival and post race concert at the Nethermead in central Prospect Park, one of New York City’s most charming green spaces. The concert is free and open to the public.