Art + Culture
Live at the Archway: Los Cumpleaños + FogoAzul
This week at Live at the Archway, we’ve put together an energetic, danceable, one-of-a-kind musical experience–with an all-female Brazilian drumline, psychedelic cumbia + live art with Tom Fruin (of Stained Glass Watertower fame!)
- Fogo Azul6:00pm in the Pearl Street Triangle
- Los Cumpleaños6:30pm in the Archway
- Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with Tom Fruin All night
Herald the launch of season three of Live at the Archway with the all female, Brazilian drumline FogoAzul! They kick off the celebrations in the Pearl Street Triangle at 6pm, and will march into the Archway for a set by Los Cumpleaños.
Los Cumpleaños play classic era cumbia, porro, son caribeño, salsa criolla and bullerengue from Colombia with cutting-edge psychedelic new wave synths and retro organ sounds together with the energy of a downtown punk rock band, combining heavy grooves and experimental sounds into a energetic, danceable, one-of-a-kind musical experience. Los Cumpleaños features Nestor Gomez from Barranquilla, Colombia (percussion / vocals), Lautaro Burgos from Chaco, Argentina (drumset) as well as Eric Lane (keyboard) and Alex Asher (trombone), both from the United States. The members of Los Cumpleaños have played with a variety of notable artists including Anival Velazquez, Lizandro Meza, Juan Piña, Alfredo Gutierrez, MAKU Soundsystem, Orquesta Dee Jay, Beyoncé, Joan as Police Woman, People’s Champs and The Superpowers.
Working with plexiglass, steel, plastic, and scrap material, Tom Fruin takes on recognizably urban objects (houses, billboards, flags and the like), elevating their form to emblematic status and architectural scale. Sourcing sign shop offcuts and brilliantly-hued plexiglass scraps throughout Chinatown, Fruin weaves patchworks of primary colors into striated grids, recalling not only his earlier drug-bag quilts but also the energy and syncopation of New York City itself, very much in the vein of Piet Mondrian. Illuminated from within and constructed in municipal locales, Fruin’s structures flash and dim to their own internal rhythms, becoming beacons of color and temples of light that dot city skylines and community parks alike. Nocturnally radiant and visible 24/7, we find landmarks and city-specific artifacts which transform public space in the vein of both land art and light & space movements. Tom Fruin, originally from Los Angeles, CA now lives and works in New York City. At the age of 40, he has already exhibited in over 25 solo shows and over 30 group shows, and his works live in collections around the world. His Watertower now graces the Brooklyn skyline, as a beacon for passerby’s crossing the Manhattan Bridge.
The Space Station, by This Friday or Next Friday, premieres at this year’s Live at the Archway. Tfnf is likely the tiniest, most inconsequential art gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn, probably in NYC, and maybe on the face of the earth. It was founded by Nathan Sinai Rayman, and he runs it with Zach Seeger, his Director of Programs.
Live at the Archway–a curated series from the DUMBO Improvement District & The Lighthouse–showcases the best of DUMBO and Brooklyn talent, presenting a broad range of music and performance genres. This season brings sizzling salsa, Colombian cumbia, swing dancing, world roots music, sultry R&B, an Italian modern dance troupe, puppetry, funk, DJs and more. With beer, wine and bites from The Lighthouse and epic scenery below the Manhattan Bridge, it’s the best place to be every Thursday night. Concerts & events take place on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m.