6/13 | Live at the Archway: Nkumu Katalay / Kai Song / Fogo Azul / Rose Nestler

Celebrate opening night and kick off season five with high-energy Congolese popular music from Nkumu Katalay & The "Life Long Project" Band. Plus opening acts from PS307 & Dock Street School students, our favorite lady drummers Fogo Azul, and a set up DJ Kai Song to follow. Rose Nestler takes over the gallery with her solo show, "Plenty of Pockets."

Live at the Archway is DUMBO's signature series: featuring dynamic musical performances + spectacle opening acts for kids & kidults + a pop-up art gallery + interactive art experiences, in a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting. Always free, all ages, + rain or shine.


  • IN GALLERY CUBED: “Plenty of Pockets,” by Rose Nestler


The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge is a public plaza in DUMBO, Brooklyn. It’s on Water St between Anchorage Place and Adams St. 


THE HEADLINER | AT 6:15PM. When it comes to Congolese popular music, Nkumu Katalay can do it all—he's a dancer, singer, drummer, percussionist, guitarist, bassist and bandleader. Born in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nkumu is a veteran of Lokassa Ya Mbongo's Soukous Stars, but he has become a fixture in New York City, especially in Harlem. In addition to leading The Life-Long Project Band, Nkumu is a co-director of the Yam Session, a monthly collective Afro jam session, and teaches weekly high-energy Afro-Congolese dance classes.

THE OPENER, FOR KIDS AND KIDS-AT-HEART | AT 5:00PM. The best-of performances from our local public schools, Dock Street Middle School and PS307 elementary school.

THE OPENER, FOR KIDS AND KIDS-AT-HEART | AT 5:45PM.  Perennial favorites Fogo Azul–an all women (and gender non conforming) Brazilian Samba Reggae drum line–open Season Five of Live at the Archway, as is tradition, in the Pearl Street Triangle. 

DJ KAI SONG | AT 8:00PM.  Kai Song discovered his passion for DJ-ing and performing at the original Dumbo Block Party in 2007, when he joined his dad behind the decks. His first professional gig was at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, when he was almost 4 years old. Over the past eleven years, he has played top clubs such as Pacha and Cielo, appeared on Good Morning America, been featured in The Wall Street Journal, and at age eight, was named one of 30 DJs to watch. Kai Song has opened for Tiesto at the Global Citizens Festival, DJ-ed fashion shows for Heidi Klum, Nike, and Levi’s, and MLS games at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. At age 11, he embarked on his first 18 date East Coast tour, and in 2016, released his first track “I Just Wanna Dance” on Ultra Music. He has been a Dumbo resident since he was six months old, and he was the youngest recipient of a DUMBO Dozen Award. Kai currently enjoys a bi-coastal career and attends the prestigious LA County High School for the Arts, produces his “Kai’s Club House” podcast, and continues to immerse himself in music production and vocal music.

THE ARTIST IN GALLERY CUBED | ALL NIGHT. Rose Nestler is an interdisciplinary artist focusing in sculpture and video. Her work has been exhibited at a variety of galleries and institutions including American Academy of Arts and Letters, Thierry Goldberg, Ortega Y Gasset, Underdonk, Smack Mellon, University of Illinois/Springfield, Crush Curatorial, and CUCHIFRITOS Gallery and Project Space. As a project based, interdisciplinary artist, Rose Nestler uses fabric as a sculptural material because it is linked to clothing. Video allows her to activate her sculptures, documenting a physical experience with the objects she creates.

“Plenty of Pockets” refers to a New York Times article published in 1910 describing a Suffragette costume of the time as having seven or eight pockets. The pocket had historically been left out of women’s garments, in part because having pockets gives the wearer freedom to carry the things they need and desire, moving throughout their day without a cumbersome handbag. The works included in this show present dissected items of clothing that fall into the category of masculine attire, but have been worn by both men and women throughout history. Through singling out recognizable items of menswear and subverting them with absurd manicured hands. and conical breasts, these pieces of sculptural clothing meant to conceal, instead, reveal naked truths about systemic patriarchal power structures. In this reveal, there is an underlying defiance and strong insurgence of feminine power.