Art + Culture

Brooklyn Americana Music Festival: Saturday Prelude June 27

On Saturday, June 27th from 2pm – 5pm,  Brooklyn Americana Music is taking over the Archway for an afternoon of family friendly Americana performances! This concert will preview some of the music you can expect to hear at the Brooklyn Americana Festival in September. Organized by Brooklyn’s own Jan Bell, the festival brings together the best of Brooklyn’s original and traditional Americana, Folk, Country, Roots Blues and singer-songwriters.

The concert is free and open to all! Join us under the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge for this amazing line up:

2pm The Sparrow Sisters Family Sing-Along

3pm The Jalopy Chorus

3:30pm Eva Salina
4pm The Jack Grace Band

“His prized possession is a 1947 Gibson acoustic guitar, autographed by his heroes, the country star Merle Haggard and the bluegrass legend Doc Watson. He is rarely spotted without his weather-beaten cowboy hat and rugged boots.  Make no mistake: Jack Grace is an old-fashioned country musician Except that he isn’t. His band rocks too hard to be country. And the band members come from all walks of life: jazz, rock, country and, well, other” -New York Times“NYC someday will brag about its great legends of country music, that’s right we said country, and among those names will be the engaging, hardworking, witty, and schmoozin’ and boozin’ Grace.” – Village Voice

“Those seeking country music in NYC aren’t necessarily looking for escapist thrills. Urban cowboy and native New Yorker Jack Grace is the big hatted man to provide Western-tinged sounds with a gritty edge. When he sings about going down to the river, he means the one along the city’s East Side, not the Rio Grande.”– Mike Wolf, Music Editor, Time Out

A native of Santa Cruz, California, Eva Salina has been immersed in Balkan music and culture since she was a young child. She has studied with some of the greatest living singers of Balkan traditional music. Eva’’s rich, versatile, agile, deep and powerful voice and her enthusiastic, skillful, inspired and inspiring teaching have led her to quickly become a renowned singer, interpreter, and teacher of Traditional Balkan Vocal music. Singing primarily through the traditions of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and the Romani people, Eva has also studied Georgian, Corsican, Traditional American, and Ukrainian singing, and has a BA in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Jalopy Chorus is a brand new vocal ensemble taking residency at the Jalopy Theatre, led by Musical Director Eva Salina. The chorus will explore a variety of harmony styles, including American and Irish folk, old time,bluegrass, Balkan, and various other Eastern European harmony traditions, sung both a cappella and accompanied. The choir is a select mixed-voice ensemble that will perform each season at the Jalopy Theatre.
The Sparrow Sisters are a Brooklyn-based folk duo performing both folk standards and their own original work. Drawing on years of songwriting, teaching and performance experience along the West and East coasts, Katy and Jessie Sparrow both sing and play guitar, as well as banjo and violin, respectively. Following a successful series at Brooklyn Public Library they bring their all ages family singalong to The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge.