Art + Culture

Live at the Archway: Free Music & More Every Thursday

Every Thursday through October, the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO comes alive with free performances! Live at the Archway – a curated series from the DUMBO Improvement District & The Lighthouse – showcases the best of DUMBO and Brooklyn talent, with music and more under the Archway. With beer, wine and bites from The Lighthouse, it’s the best place to be every Thursday. Live at the Archway is always free and always all ages.

Full schedule is below. Click on each artist’s name for more details.



MAY 2015

May 14
Legendary NYC brass band Hungry March Band
with Saint Ann’s School Brass Choir & Saint Ann’s Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Stephen Pickering
6 – 8:30 pm

May 21
All-female Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble BatalaNYC
with a workshop by Capoeira Brooklyn
6 – 8p (workshop at 6:30)

May 28
Electronic pop duo Doppel Gang
with a DJ set by Eugene Tambourine
6 – 8pm

JUNE 2015

June 4
DUMBO’s own DJs Kai Song and Ductape
with a fantastical hula hoop performance by Miss Saturn
Part of DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk
5 – 9pm *note early start

June 11
Cuban mother-son duo Xiomara & Axel Laugart
with a DJ set by Daniel Edinberg of The Stepkids
6 – 8pm

June 18
Salsa lessons with Ulises Beato and Conjunto Guantánamo
6 – 8pm (Salsa lesson at 6:30; live music otherwise)

June 25
Nine-piece pop Nadia Ackerman and the Harold Pinter Orchestra 
6 – 8pm

JULY 2015

July 2
DUMBO’s own DJ Tim Lee of Tummy Touch Records and S//P//A of Turntable Labs
Part of DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk
5 – 9pm *note early start

July 9
Caribbean steel drum band Jah Pan
with a closing DJ set by Zack Whitacre
6 – 9pm

July 16
Cuban ensemble Ola Fresca, with a salsa lesson with Ernesto Palma of DUMBO’s The Lab
6 – 8:30pm (salsa lesson at 6:30pm)

July 23
Soulful punk rock quartet GOLD
with an opening set by American Anymen
6 – 8pm

July 30
Rockin’ guitar duo The Doyle Brothers
with a DJ set by Ami O
6 – 9pm


August 6
DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk featuring HUGE DJ Jesse Mann
with a special light installation by Huge’s Studio team
5 – 8pm *note early start

August 13
All-female worldbeat dance jam band Paprika, performing in six languages
6 – 8pm

August 20
Innovative salsa by the 11-piece Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
6 – 8pm

August 27
Avant pop/experimental rock project Oracle Room
6 – 8pm


September 3
DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk curated by Turntable Labs, featuring DJs Native Racket, Keat & S//P//A
with a special appearance by Kate Brehm’s poofs
5 – 8pm *note early start

September 10
Excerpts from WHITE WAVE Dance’s critically acclaimed piece, “Eternal Now”
Dance performance at 6:30; DJ set by SPASE to follow
6 – 9pm

September 17
New Orleans-style hot jazz and blues with the J.T. Wildman jazz band
6 – 8pm

September 24
Indie darlings Mr Twin Sister
with an opening DJ set by Daniel Edinberg of The Stepkids from 5:30 – 7pm
5:30 – 8:30pm


October 1
DUMBOktoberfest with Opera On Tap
6 – 8pm

More details:
MAY 14
Hungry March Band
with Saint Ann’s School Brass Choir & Saint Ann’s Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Stephen Pickering
6 – 8:30 pm

Celebrating over 15 years of bringing live musical spectacle to the people of New York City and beyond is Hungry March Band, a brass, percussion, and performance ensemble which melds big band, traditional brass, and free jazz, with punk rock and global brass influences. Founded in Brooklyn in 1997 for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, HMB embodies the spirit of NYC’s streets with an inimitable brass sound and inspired, eclectic dance. HMB has shared their creativity with audiences around the United States, South America, and Europe, where they’ve been embraced by a longstanding community of brass bands. In preparation for their performance at the upcoming graduation, DUMBO neighbors Saint Ann’s School’s high schoolers and sixth graders will join HMB and celebrate with gusto a challenging classical repertoire for brass and percussion under the direction of Stephen Pickering. (top)

MAY 21
with a workshop by Capoeira Brooklyn
6 – 8pm (workshop at 6:30pm)

In 2011, Stacy Kovacs and Laura Torell traveled to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil to join Batala in the Carnival. They brought back 35 Batala drums, and the rest is history. A Sambalanche of music and dancing,BatalaNYCis part of a larger global arts Afro-Brazilian samba reggae drumming project called Batala. Batala was started in 1997 in Paris, France by Brazilian percussionist Giba Goncalves; its infectious rhythms and dance has spread to more than thirty cites around the world. BatalaNYC is an all female ensemble, and currently boast more than seventy-five drummers!

Capoeira Brooklyn, the borough’s only full-time capoeira academy, was founded by Mestre Foca, a native of Brasília, Brazil. The school is a branch of Centro Cultural de Capoeira Raízes do Brasil, founded in Brasília in 1980 by Mestre Ralil, which today has more than 11,000 active members in Brazil, the U.S., Europe, and Africa. Locally, Foca has spent a decade building a strong and energetic community of students that reflects the rich physical, social, mental, and spiritual elements of capoeira. This unique and breathtaking martial art combines music, dance, combat, and Brazilian culture into an exciting and physically challenging form of self-expression that is accessible to everyone. Join Mestre Foca and Professora Rouxinol in creating community, training your body, and developing your sense of wonder.

MAY 28
Doppel Gang
with a DJ set by Eugene Tambourine
5:30 – 8pm

Electronic pop duo Doppel Gang’s unique blend of pop, funk, and electronic music manages to sound entirely original while acknowledging the greats that have come before: Hall and Oates, Kraftwerk, Chic, Rick James, Prince, Justin Timberlake, The Neptunes, and Steely Dan all come to mind, to name a few. The duo is comprised of Dan Edinberg–co-founded & bassist of the influential psych-soul trio The Stepkids–and Graham Norwood, who Dan saw perform time and time again as a backup vocalist all over NYC and kept thinking “Graham has pipes bigger than that organ at St. Patrick’s cathedral, he’s gotta be a lead singer!” Stay tuned for their first EP dropping fall 2015.

Eugene Tambourine draws on a musician’s background, expressing a deep love of rhythm and melody that spans tempos and genres. His smoothly-blended DJ sets segue from Tito Puente to Tears For Fears when the vibe is right. (top)

DUMBO’s own DJs Kai Song and Ductape
with a fantastical hula hoop performance by Miss Saturn
5 – 9pm

DJ Kai Song spins from 5 – 7pm; DJ Ductape spins from 7 – 9pm

It’s rare to define a child as a prodigy, but with the skills of those 3 times his age and a father who is a professional in the field, who taught him since the age of 3, DJ Kai Song has all the attributes of one. DJing is in his blood and he’s not afraid to show it. With over 100 performances across the country, ranging from elementary school block parties to legendary clubs such as New York’s Cielo and Pacha, Writers Room (Hollywood) and events such as the NY International Auto Show and MLS games at Red Bull Arena (NJ) to releasing his first mix album on Ultra Music, this 10 year old DJ prodigy has accomplished more in 7 years than many DJs have dreamed of in their lifetime. What started as a hobby had by 2012 turned into a career, with gigs practically every week, an appearance on Good Morning America, write-ups in The NY Daily News, Vogue Bambini, Magnetic Mag and OneBeat and being named as one of 30 DJs to watch for 2013 by Vibe Magazine. Since then Kai has DJ’d and MC’d NY Kids Fashion Week and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (for clients such as Heidi Klum, Nike and Swarovski), performed at the International DJ Expo, became the youngest DJ ever at Pacha NY and was featured in Noisey. In 2014 he did his first radio-show (the #1 rated Remix Top 30 Countdown), which was globally broadcast on 38 stations, and played his first festival, opening for TiëstoAbove & Beyond and Krewella at the Thank You Festival. Having DJ’d for many charities of the years, Kai became an ambassador for the Childhood Foundation (alongside fellow DJ Tiësto). In December, Kai was honored for his contributions by his local community in Brooklyn and named one of the Dumbo Dozen.

Kai is transparently passionate about music in all forms. He loves singing almost as much as he loves DJing and regularly performs with the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus (arguably the best youth choir in NYC) at venues such as Carnegie Hall. Kai has also been playing the piano since age 5 and has been taking music production classes since age 7, getting his start at Manhattan DJ school Dubspot. He now regularly puts his Ableton skills to use by creating Mash-Ups for his DJ-set and has started to work on original material as well, which he looks forward to releasing this year. Finally, as Kai is exploring acting and MC’ing, his magnetic personality led to National Geographic hiring Kai in February 2015 as a host of their new YouTube Kids channel.

Jenny Saturn performs as Miss Saturn, a hula hooping clown. Her interactive performances are full of vaudeville antics, boast impeccable comedic timing, and have been known to feature up to 75 hula hoops. Miss Saturn has performed her solo outdoor show at the World Busker’s Festival in New Zealand, Coney Island’s amusement parks (Astroland and Luna Park), and at Victorian Gardens in Central Park. She has graced the stages of La Soiree, The Famous Speigel Tent, The Box, PS 122, and the Bergen Music Festival. She also has toured extensively with the Bindlestiff Family Circus. You may also have seen Miss Saturn hula hooping in the HBO series “Bored to Death” or in a Levi’s commercial. “The afternoon’s highlight…her performance had the hard-to-impress crowd on its feet”(Village Voice.) (top)

Cuban mother-son duo Xiomara & Axel Laugart
with a DJ set by Daniel Edinberg of The Stepkids
6 – 8pm

Those who have entered Cuba through Jose Marti International Airport in Havana will know that upon arrival, they are greeted by beautiful video images of Old Havana on TV screens and the sultry voice of Xiomara Laugart singing “Hoy mi Habana”.  And it is no coincidence because Xiomara “La Negra” Laugart is “The Voice of Cuba”. She has been representing her country and her people, performing at venues around the globe for over 30 years and with the greatest of international talents. She is a living legend in her native Cuba where she has recorded more than 15 albums. Xiomara began to sing at the age of 15. From the moment she entered the “Adolfo Guzmán” Contest for Cuban music in 1980–winning the highest award–she has become one of the most brilliant representatives of Cuban song, taking home many international awards (1980, Sochi Russia; Sopot Festival 1985, Poland; Dresden Festival 1986, Germany, and others). In the late 1990s, Xiomara relocated to the United States, and in 2003 became a founding member of the Grammy-nominated fusion band Yerba Buena. She appears on numerous records, including “Deep Rumba” by Kip Hanrahan, “Latin Lullaby” by Ellipsis Art, and Jacky Terrason’s “What it is.” From 2007 – 2008, Xiomara performed the title role in Celia, based on the life of Celia Cruz, at New World Stages on Broadway. She has performed internationally, and recorded and performed alongside Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Roy Hargrove, Femi Kuti, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes and many others. She appears in the film Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and in the German/Cuban film Paraíso Bajo las Estrellas. Xiomara has recorded and released three original records, Xiomara (2006), La Voz (2010) and Tears and Rumba, which is due out this summer.

Pianist Axel Tosca Laugart, son of world-famous Cuban musicians Alberto Tosca and Xiomara Laugart, was born in Havana, Cuba in 1985. As a young musician in Cuba, Axel performed and ecorded with many renowned musicians, including the great Cuban conductor Miguel Ceruto, Teresa “Tete” Garcia Caturla of the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Sexteto Sendito, and Bobby Carcases, as well as the Roots on their Cuba tour. In 2005, Axel moved to Las Vegas, where he spent two years performing with “Havana Night.” In 2009, he received a scholarship to finish his bachelor’s degree at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and relocated permanently to NYC. In New York, he plays with the legendary Pedrito Martinez Group, Gerardo Contino & Los Habaneros and his original ensemble, (U)nity, a collaboration with Cuban-American drummer Amaury Acosta. Axel has produced two records for his mother, Xiomara Laugart, and has performed internationally at her side. He has worked with many celebrated musicians and producers, including George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelic, Michael Moog, Gary Haus, Jeff “Tain” Watts, James Genus, Ron Blake, Roy Hargrove, Luques Curtis, Giovani Hidalgo, Luis Salinas, Candido Camero, and Pablo Milanes. He credits his teachers Miriam Valdez (sister of the famous Cuban piano player and virtuoso Chucho Valdez) and Rosa Maria Tolon, as well as Amadito Valdez, the famous timbalero of the Buena Vista Social Club, with putting him on this path. (top)

Salsa lessons with Ulises Beato and Conjunto Guantánamo
5:30 – 8pm

Sizzling Ambassadors of Cuban Folklore, Conjunto Guantánamo has arrived with a fresh interpretation of classic Afro-Cuban sounds, uniting the precision and cadence of traditional Afro-Cuban music with the raw energy and edge of New York City’s unique nightlife. Since their founding in 2003, Conjunto Guantánamo has become highly visible on the NYC nightlife scene, performing at festivals, dance parties, and events and venues as diverse as The Museum of Modern Art and the grand opening of the IKEA store in RedHook (an all weekend affair!). Led by founder Ulises Beato, along with Pepito Gomez, Sebastian Natal, Carlos Mena, Oscar Onoz and Mauricio Herrera, the band has inspired thousands of New Yorkers and visitors to swivel their hips in the name of Latin passion. Sting, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Mickey Rourke, Leonardo DiCaprio, and other stars have made surprise audience appearances at places like the West Village’s celebrated Socialista, where Conjunto Guantánamo have previously played a weekly residency. Salsa lovers rejoice! Conjunto Guantánamo brings you the origins and essence of what music lovers today mostly know as Salsa.

Read a interview with Ulises here(top)

Nine-piece pop ensemble Nadia Ackerman and the Harold Pinter Orchestra
6 – 8pm

Nadia Ackerman is a singer/songwriter and illustrator and the artistic force behind DUMBO’s Natchie Art at 145 Front Street. Seventeen years ago, Nadia decided to pack her suitcase and move from her native Sydney, Australia to New York City to pursue her dream of being a jazz singer in the big apple. Five pop albums, appearances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, SNL and Good Morning America, and performances with music industry greats including Sting, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Billy Joel later…she has crammed a lot into her career as a singer. In 2012, Nadia began to see her songs as images, and felt an overwhelming desire to draw her music. Out of this desire was born “Natchie” (from the nickname her dad gave to her when she was 13). At Natchie Art, Nadia draws each of her songs; each piece of art comes with lyrics and a free download code to own the song. In addition to her first retail store in DUMBO, she hosts the radio show “Natchie Night Fly” on bbox radio and continues to sing, write and perform. (top)

DUMBO’s own DJ Tim Lee of Tummy Touch Records and S//P//A of Turntable Labs
5 – 9pm *note early start

Tim “Love” Lee, the eccentric A&R maverick behind the label Tummy Touch Records, started out his career in music playing Hammond organ for 80s pop stars Katrina & The Waves, but it was as a DJ on the early UK Acid House scene that Lee really developed his skills as a “selector” of fine and far out music. Tim has rocked crowds from Helsinki to Sydney, San Francisco to Moscow, Hong Kong to Paris, and of all sizes, from huge festivals like Benicassim, Bestival & The Big Chill, to world famous discos like London’s Ministry Of Sound, to infamous dive bars and celeb hang outs like The Viper Rooms in Hollywood and New York’s Rose Bar. Lee’s selecting skills have landed him radio shows with KISS FM, the BBC and NYC’s East Village Radio as well as official DJ Mix CD releases from Universal Records, Stereo Deluxe / Ministry Of Sound and Keep Diggin.

S//P//A is Bret and Jay from Turntable Labs. Listen herehere, and here(top)

Caribbean steel drum band Jah Pan
with a closing DJ set by Zack Whitacre
6 – 9pm

JahPan is New York City’s preeminent steel drum band ensemble. The band is comprised largely of musicians from Trinidad and Tobago, the country that created steel drums, (or “pans”) and produces the vast majority of the world’s best players. Jah Pan’s steel drum, calypso musicians and reggae singers have performed all over the world, at events ranging from backyard parties to Presidential receptions, on NBC’s Today Show, at the U.S. Tennis Open, on television, in major motion pictures.

Zack Whitacre is a Brooklyn-based DJ. While his focus is on house, disco, and funk, he’s always searching for great sounds in every corner of every record shop in the city and the world wide web. Expect a range of tunes that’ll make you stomp your feet. Take a listen here(top)

Cuban ensemble Ola Fresca, with a salsa lesson with Ernesto Palma of DUMBO’s The Lab
6 – 8:30pm (salsa lesson at 6:30pm)

Over ten years and through two award winning albums, Ola Fresca has evolved into a swinging, fearless tropical Latin sound directly from Brooklyn, New York. An antidote to factional bickering everywhere in the world, Ola Fresca skillfully blends Cuban son, rumba, and timba, and Puerto Rican-style salsa, in a fresh sound that embraces the best of New York’s Latin scene. From their rustic Cuban roots-tinged 2004 debut Ay! Que Rico, to the funky, eclectic (R)Evolucion, which won the Best Latin Album in the 2008 Independent Music Awards, the band has meandered through a spectrum of Latin roots styles and instrumental formats and fused liberally, all while making music that was praised by many such as the NY TIMES for having an “emphasis on songs with characters, wordplay and mild social ideas…good for dancing and thinking!” Their third record, Elixir is due out this June.

Born in Costa Rica, Ernesto Palma began dancing at the age of 11, learning Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and other dance styles. At the age of 16, he was invited to join the National Folklore Dance Company of Costa Rica, thus launching his professional dance career. He moved to the USA at the age of 19 and joined the TC Dance Club International. Palma has danced for Marc Anthony and Disney star Daniel Patric Ellis. He has taught Blake Lively, and appeared on the Today Show. He has won numerous awards, include the 2014 Gay Games World Professional International Same Sex Latin Dance Championship, and the 2015-2014-2010 USA International Latin Same Sex Ballroom Championship. Ernesto joins us from The Lab, a pilates studio in DUMBO. (top)

Soulful punk rock quartet GOLD
with an opening set by American Anymen
6 – 8pm

GOLD is a driving bass and drums with three part harmony soulful punk rock quartet. Just back from a European tour this spring and releasing their debut record, GOLD is the musical project of songwriter, bassist, and vocalist Julie DeLano with musicians Christy Davis on drums and Leslie Graves and Susan Hwang on vocals.

American Anymen is an antifolk band that has been organizing DIY shows in New York City since 1999. Their orientation towards art is that passion and creativity trumps expertise, and that what you have to say is more important than the equipment you own. They are thoroughly dedicated to undermining the classed based art that dominates our culture! Hurray! (top)

Rockin’ guitar duo The Doyle Brothers
with a DJ set by Ami O from 7:30 – 9pm
6 – 9pm

Family is everything… It can define who you are. It can reveal and support strengths and passions. It can create intuitive bonds through shared experiences. It can drive you crazy, but it always brings you home. And it’s at the absolute core of The Doyle Brothers. Todd Doyle (Box, Vox) and Ryan Jacob Doyle (Vox, Axe) grew up in a household that was constantly filled with audio influences. Whether it was coming from their parents singing harmonies and playing instruments (semi-retired music teacher Tom Doyle and artist Cindy Doyle, married shortly after performing in a 70’s folk group together) or their older siblings blasting their cd collections or having live band rehearsals (Brad Doyle and David Nathaniel Doyle couldn’t help ending up musicians as well), music was almost inescapable. It was only natural that the two brothers would find a way to make music together. They have honed their sound into spirited songs with accessible but often uncommon arrangements and share a good natured rapport both on and off stage and in the studio. They’ve just released their first EP, “Synapse”.

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, AMi O began his first steps as a drummer at age four. After years of dedication to the art of drums and percussion, focusing mostly on Latin Jazz, AMi O was drawn to the world of clubs and house music. In his early years, working at Israel’s most famous dance club, Ha’oman 17, AMi O had the luxury of being exposed to and working with the world’s very best DJ’s. His experiences inspired him to infuse his Latin percussion set with electronic music, and form a unique, first of its kind live show.  AMi O currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. In the past few year he has performed in top venues as Avalon, 1Oak, Lavo, Music Box, Marquee and others, alongside some of the biggest names in the music business, such as Stevie Wonder, Tiesto, Erick Morillo, Afrojack, Chuckie, Questlove, Cobra Starship and many more. (top)

DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk featuring HUGE DJ Jesse Mann
with a special light installation by Huge’s Studio team
5 – 8pm *note early start

For over 13 years, Brooklyn based disc jockey Jesse Mann has been igniting dance floors across NYC and the globe with his eclectic and soulful take on dance music. Cutting his teeth first in the NYC drum & bass scene, Jesse eventually found his way to the deeper side of house, disco, funk, afrobeat, Latin, reggae, and various electronic and bass-fueled rhythms. Today, inspired by the 360 degree musical approach of tastemakers like Gilles Peterson and Mr. Scruff, Jesse takes it even further by progressing through tempos and genres seamlessly, building a vibe throughout the night. He thrives on six hour sets.Jesse’s talents have taken him as far as Tokyo, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Bristol, San Francisco, Miami, and Puerto Rico to name but a few. He’s graced the decks of legendary clubs like Cielo, Limelight, APT, Watergate, Batofar, Roxy, Le Baron Tokyo, and more―alongside legendary jocks like LTJ Bukem, Matthew Dear, Afrika Bambaata, and Robert Hood. For than 7 years, Jesse acted as resident DJ promoter, and booking manager for Body Music: Sundays at Bembe, a weekly party in Brooklyn featuring a rotating lineup of live music. On a typical night at Body Music Jesse traded off back and forth with the bands, seamlessly blending between live and DJ-led selections―building the vibe together. Some of NYC’s most talented musicians have packed into the intimate, vibe-filled space including members of LCD Soundsystem, Matisyahu, Escort, Tortured Soul, Antibalas, the Daptone Records crew, and much more. (top)

All-female worldbeat acid rock dance band Paprika, performing in six languages
6 – 8pm

Paprika is Brooklyn’s own world beat dance and jam band performing dance music from around the world. The group came into being in the summer of the year 2000 in a Brooklyn backyard, founded by members of NYC’s Brazilian based musical phenomena such as Tigresa, Xodo, and Beat the Donkey. With a distinctively world beat sound, Paprika vibrates with the passion its members have for the music of Brazil, Cuba, the Middle East, Indonesia, the Mediterrean and Africa to name a few. Paprika has performed at numerous music festivals, including the National Women’s Music Festival in Madison, WI, the Starwood Festival, Michigan Women’s Festival, Campout Virginia, Cabin Fest, Brooklyn’s Chili Pepper and Cherry Blossom Festivals, Atlantic Antic and numerous Earth Day Celebrations. They have also performed at some of NYC’s finest music venues including Joe’s Pub, SOB’s, The Bowery Poetry Club, CBGB’s, Galapagos, Superfine, Southpaw and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. (top)

Innovative salsa by the 11-piece Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
6 – 8pm

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is a stunning, 11 piece band that plays innovative, astonishing salsa with a new, vibrant aesthetic. With an ever evolving set list that includes covers by many of today’s popular indie bands, the WSO has taken the typical salsa form and infused it with a completely modern identity. The explosive arrangements have established the band as a groundbreaking force in the New York underground, leading to residencies at Brooklyn Bowl and S.O.B.’s. Led by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano (from the Latin-funk legends Radio Mundia) and featuring Argentine chanteuse Solange Prat, along with a full complement  of horns and percussion, the WSO boasts of some of the best players in the field, with backgrounds from Colombia, Panana, Puerto Rico and of course, Nueva York. (top)

Avant pop/experimental rock project  Oracle Room
6 – 8pm

Heralded as ‘the next big thing’ and ‘PJ Harvey-goes-pop’ by the Village Voice, Oracle Room is the avant pop/experimental rock project of Brooklyn based songwriter/vocalist Alex Nelson. Nelson draws inspiration from an eclectic range of artists such as Bjork, Nina Simone, & Joni Mitchell, and her performances aim to promote energetic empowerment for all who attend. Together with her six piece band, the ensemble conjures up a powerfully emotive live experience which is not easily categorized, but is nonetheless awe inspiring. Oracle Room just released their debut EP ‘Have Everything’ in June, and are planning their next release for this winter.(top)

DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk curated by Turntable Labs, featuring DJs Native Racket, Keat & S//P//A
with a special appearance by Kate Brehm’s poofs
5 – 8pm *note early start

Growing up under the influence of New York City’s musical melting pot and poised to continue pushing it’s dance scene, Native Racket(Randy Delgado) has carefully honed his craft, blending a love for classic NY/NJ house roots with a propensity towards the more aggressive traditions of acid, techno and rave, a driving force on the cutting edge of New York’s underground movement.

An avid record junkie, Keat gets his hands dirty for any good dig he can find, and picks up anything he can nod his head or shuffle his feet to. His DJ sets are an eclectic blend of musical genres that are funky & soulful, drawn from the fusion of cultures found in the record crates of NYC.

S//P//A is Bret and Jay from Turntable Labs. Listen herehere, and here.

The Poofs are nondescript puppet objects which confound reason.  Inspiring wonder from their visitors the poofs simple are. They do not speak or react in any coherent manner. They are a cross between plants and insects, anchored to the ground and confounding an impression of rational sentience. (top)

Excerpts from WHITE WAVE Dance’s critically acclaimed piece, “Eternal Now”
Dance performance at 6:30; DJ set by SPASE to follow
6 – 9pm

Fresh from their success at the Detroit City Dance Festival, the multi-award winning Young Soon Kim WHITE WAVE Dance company is proud to present excerpts from their critically acclaimed work, “Eternal Now.” Choreographed by Artistic Director Young Soon Kim, “Eternal Now” portrays the challenges of living in the present while the past and future tug from all sides. With vital, visceral and virtuosic performances from a nine-member company “Eternal Now” is set to an electronic score by Marco Cappelli that reflects the hybrid essentialism fusion of contemporary composition music. WHITE WAVE Dance is one of New York’s most innovative contemporary dance companies and has performed at the New York’s most wanted venues including BAM, Dumbo Dance Festival, New York Summer Stage, Museum of Arts and Design, and internationally at the Hong Kong Academy of Arts, National Theatre of Korea and the National Theatre of Taipei.

SPASE is Spencer Blake and Asen James of TunnelVision. (top)

New Orleans-style hot jazz and blues with the J.T. Wildman Jazz Band
6 -8pm

The JT Wildman Jazz Band is a New York-based band that plays New Orleans-style hot jazz and blues. The band has performed in venues in and around New York and New England and is currently in residency at Superfine, where it appears monthly. The band features Ray Scro, an acclaimed reed player in New York jazz circles, and Whit Symmes, on keyboard and vocals. Scott Sokoloff (guitar), Gaku Takanashi (bass), Kirk Driscoll (drums), Tim Wildman (cornet) and Jim Wildman (trombone) round out the band.

Joining the JT Wildman band for their Live at the Archway performance is Mary Foster Conklin, a New York-based jazz vocalist who has performed throughout the United States and Canada. Conklin she has performed in all of New York’s jazz venues, and has a special talent for uncovering lesser known treasures of the Great American Songbook and performing them in nontraditional venues. “Scratch her witty tough-girl-from-Jersey patter,“ wrote the Washington Post, “and you’ll find a sensitive artist (but not frail) with a wide-ranging boldly colored voice and an open ear for off-beat material.” Her tribute to Beat poet Fran Landesman (“Spring Can Really Hang You Up”) was praised by the New York Times as “full of vinegar – with the intensity and tough humor of someone who might have lived on the bohemian fringe of the late ‘40s and ‘50s, when the word “hip” meant something.” (top)

Indie darlings Mr Twin Sister
with an opening DJ set by Daniel Edinberg of The Stepkids from 5:30 – 7pm
5:30 – 8:30pm

“Twin Sister are a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Long Island quintet that do so much so well. Their songs have a remarkable sense of atmosphere and romanticism. They nod at their heroes– maybe Stereolab and Bjork, maybe Cocteau Twins or 1980s pop– without overtly stealing. They seem to know they are capable of great things…” – Pitchfork

The band’s self-titled album is the second full length album by the five members of Twin Sister, now known as Mr Twin Sister. Following their debut LP, composed largely in a studio, the band returned to the creative process they had employed on their first two EPs- working individually or in small, shifting groups. Ideas germinated in an environment where experimentation was encouraged. Some bloomed immediately, others matured slowly over the years, the rest demolished and rebuilt dozens of times in an effort to discover their ideal form. Progress was slow, coming in fits and bursts, accommodating the unexpected twists and turns of life.

There was a new depth to the process as well- prior to 2010, when working on their EPs in much the same manner, the band had never before been in a proper studio. Now having spent time in one, they knew better how and when to use it, and were able to combine its benefits with a more methodical songwriting approach for the first time.

We are left with eight songs stretching 38 minutes, something far deeper, darker, and more substantial than anything they have done before. Revolving around themes of self-identity and isolation, the songs stand as a testament to fighting for what you love, breaking down the walls we surround ourselves with, out of the dark and into the light. (top)

DUMBOktoberfest with Opera On Tap
6 – 8pm

“We like our wurst with a little angst, suffering, heartbreak, joy and a variety of other heightened emotions.  We like to sing drinking songs too.  Join us this October for lager and sausage with a side of Sturm und Drang.” — Opera on Tap

Opera on Tap is the nation’s premiere barroom opera company.  The company started in 2005 in the backroom of Freddy’s Bar and Backroom in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and has since grown into a national organization with 18 chapters across the country. They aim to make opera more accessible to the American public and beyond. (top)