PLEASE NOTE: Opening Night Gala is Friday, September 25th (not July 25th as stated in the $50 Reward).
Two outdoor and three indoor stages along the Brooklyn waterfront featuring thirty of Brooklyn’s best original and traditional Americana, Folk, Country, Acoustic Roots Blues, Bluegrass and Jazz. Plus special Guests from Nashville, TN, New Orleans, and Austin, TX. The Manhattan skyline is the backdrop for our Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy stage on Saturday afternoon, September 26th culminating in a set by M Shanghai String Band. Live music all weekend in the newly re-activated 7000 square foot performance space: The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. Sponsored by DUMBO BID and The Light House. Coney Island Brewery specialty beers on tap! Astounding Projections by Leo Kuelbs and 3_Search on the north wall of the Archway.
Jan Bell, long time DUMBO resident, artist, curator and community organizer is the Founder and Artistic Director of Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, booking two hundred artists year round at our Festival venues. These artists have gone on to play around the world including coveted engagements at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City, Mountain Stage, The Ryman Auditorium, Prairie Home Companion, The Royal Albert Hall, Paradiso, Amsterdam and The Louvre.
You may know us as The Little Red Hen Music Stage at The Dumbo art under the bridge festival. You might have seen or played our showcases at Folk Alliance International in Vancouver, Toronto, Jacksonville, Memphis... 2015 is our inaugural year as The Brooklyn Americana Music Festival. Friends and neighbors, local arts organizations, live music venues, small business, and the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L Adams have all expressed their sincere support.
Please join us in keeping the music scene alive and thriving right here where we put down roots, built community, and have grown together in the swiftly developing waterfront neighborhoods of Brooklyn where we pioneered live music stages.
Risks and challenges
A grass roots urban music festival that takes place on free stages indoors and out is wholly dependent on local sponsorship and community support. This festival line up includes DUMBO and Red Hook pioneers, whose creative spirit and communal courage carved out the artistic scene along the Brooklyn waterfront long before yellow cabs knew how to get here!
These days, earning a living as full time musicians in NYC is a tall order, but touring full time is also a difficult and often risky business financially without funding, or as support for a big name .
The festival circuit is a network of small business that rely heavily on good will and volunteerism from their own town and region. Accommodations are often thanks to a music enthusiast opening their door to folks they maybe only met that day. Its a family affair, and relationships are built along the way that last a life time. The torch is passed from generation to generation on stage and off, because the music matters. Its essential to our sense of togetherness no matter the news that day, the triumphs and the tragedy in the world around us. And to be a participant in such a community is priceless.
Its sixteen years since we first put a band on the back of Superfine chef Laura Taylor's 64' Ford pick up truck outside the century old iron workers bar 'Between the Bridges'. Three years later, the wrecking ball came and in its place was built the first high rise condominium in DUMBO.
Drawn to the neighborhood for it's artistic reputation, lots of music lovers now live in that building. Our main challenge is to continue to sustain our community, remembering to be open and inclusive to our neighbors old and new.
We curated and built stages in raw spaces at the Dumbo Arts Festival every year since that time, from loading docks, to the tobacco warehouse, to powerhouse books before they were there. Many of the bands that played their first Brooklyn show at our invitation have gone on to play main stages around the world, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City, Mountain Stage, The Ryman Auditorium, Prairie Home Companion, and The Royal Albert Hall.
With the announcement that 2014 was the final year of the arts festival, Brooklyn Americana have stepped up in celebration of our thriving music community to keep that weekend going.
To do it right we need to set aside money to pay the CREW: Technical Director, Sound Engineers, Stage Managers, Security for The Archway; Graphic Arts, Printing of Posters and Festival Program; and of course THE ARTISTS! Plus we plan to document the weekend with professional photographers and video-graphers, and set aside budget for pre and post production. A proper publicity campaign does not come cheap and we are investing time every single day to build this festival as a live music celebration of our community. In this day and age with the sky rocketing cost of living in NYC its more important than ever before to join forces and support our intrepid artists and local business who support live music year round.
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