9/6 | Live at the Archway: Shanghai Mermaid

This week at Live at the Archway, Juliette Campbell of Shanghai Mermaid, the time traveling speakeasy cabaret, curates a hot jazz experience. Mara Kaye & the Boys will serenade you with the blues, and Nathan & Gaby, award winning swing dancers, will dance throughout the evening. Bring your dancing shoes and travel back in time with us. Feel free to come in your vintage attire!

TODAY AT #LiveAtTheArchway

  • ON STAGE: Shanghai Mermaid 
  • IN THE GALLERY: Tanya Rynd 

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 EXPERIENCE. Shanghai Mermaid creates an intoxicating mix of hot jazz and live performance that transports guests to the 1920s and 1930s. Created by Juliette Campbell in 2007, Shanghai Mermaid started as an underground, time-traveling speakeasy in a basement in DUMBO, which is now in its 11th year, and is credited with helping to kick off the current hot jazz, vintage, and immersive party scenes.

MARA KAYE is a blues singer born and raised in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. She's won over houses all over NYC and beyond, singing 'other people's blues' with earnest yet audacious rhythm and love. Some of her most electric and rewarding moments have been her sold-out performances at Joe's Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, Shanghai Mermaid and most importantly, her favorite intimate gatherings at Sunny's Bar in Red Hook. Backed by treasured veterans of the scene, Mara has brought her own modern charisma to a historic genre, with her heart always in her voice. She is currently working on a solo project; FiLLuS, a manifest of move-making in Brooklyn, a fresh blend of Hip-Hop and The Blues. 

THE ARTIST. Tanya Rynd is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and producer who has lived and worked in DUMBO for twenty four years. She is a pioneer artist, and business owner/partner of the acclaimed restaurant Superfine. Rynd grew up in Seattle, Washington and when she was 19, she moved to New Mexico to find the artist movement and to become a painter. She spent five years in Santa Fe and the desert painting and learning printmaking. At age 25, she moved to New York for a one year art sabbatical and never left. New York was the beginning of her career as an artist working in set design, cabaret, costume design, performance art, and collaborative art theory. Her most recent show Crow Crossing was shown at Sunny’s Bar in Brooklyn. She currently has paintings at Solid Gold Yogi/Scape Grace Art Space in Bushwick. 

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.


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