9/13 | Live at the Archway: Gangstagrass

This week at Live at the Archway, get down with this dynamic and spontaneous fusion of bluegrass and hip hop. Plus, get up-close with a live art experience led by DUMBO-based artist Kay Gordon. 

TODAY AT #LiveAtTheArchway

  • ON STAGE: Gangstagrass
  • IN THE GALLERY: Kay Gordon 

Live at the Archway is always free, always all ages, and always rain or shine


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 BAND. Gangstagrass, a fusion of bluegrass and hip-hop, was birthed in 2006 by producer Rench, whose initial mix of the two genres took the form of a free download that started an underground buzz, followed by a request from the FX Network for a theme song for the series Justified, “Long Hard Times to Come,” which was nominated for a 2010 Emmy Award. Albums include: Lightning On the Strings, Thunder On the Mic; Rappalachia; Broken Hearts and Stolen Money; and American Music featuring a collection of original cuts and traditional folk anthems, which debuted at number five on the Billboard bluegrass charts. Gangstagrass has toured internationally with appearances at SXSW and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. With two emcees R-Son and Dolio The Sleuth trading verses, Dan Whitener on Banjo, Landry McMeans on dobro, and Rench on guitar, the Gangstagrass live show has garnered a reputation among fans for its dynamism and spontaneity. Gangstagrass has been a TuneCore artist since 2011.

THE ARTIST. DUMBO-based artist Kay Gordon explores the balance of chaos and order, and the dependency of one object’s juxtaposition to the next to reveal its form or create its existence in her work. She works in drawing, sculpture and installation. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at MOMA PS1, Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC), Gallery Shoshinkan (Nagano, Japan) and Galerie R31 (Berlin, Germany). She is currently a professor at the City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.

THE GALLERY. Every Live at the Archway, Tfnf’s The Space Station pops up in the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge  Brainchild of artist Nathan Sinai Rayman and with a footprint of only 32 square feet, Tfnf’s The Space Station replicates (in flat pack, modular, franchisable form) his DUMBO gallery This Friday or Next Friday – “likely the tiniest, most inconsequential gallery in NYC, maybe on the face of the Earth”. Each week, we present an exhibition featuring a DUMBO-based artist and invite the public to create a collaborative piece with the artist over the course of the evening.

TUNECORE. TuneCore is a leading distribution and publishing administration service for independent musicians, headquartered in DUMBO. Artists using TuneCore are able to distribute their music to more than 150 digital music stores around the world while keeping 100% of their earnings. The platform supports artists at all stages of their careers by providing the tools and resources to get their music heard by more people in more places. Artists can learn more on TuneCore.com


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