15 weeks of fun

Live at the Archway

A Performance Series as Enchanting as Its Venue.

The 2018 Season

The DUMBO Improvement District is giving us yet another reason to be stoked for open-air entertainment.

Time Out New York

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The 2017 Season

Our third season of Live at the Archway brought hundreds of happy DUMBOnians and visitors out Thursdays in 2017 to experience the Archway come alive with music and art–from Cuban salsa, flamenco and New Orleans hot jazz, to Indie afrobeat, modern dance, psychedelic soul, J-Pop and yes, even a hula hooping circus!

In 2017, we introduced The Space Station, a pop-up gallery presented in partnership with DUMBO-based gallery TFNF. Each week, a different DUMBO artist exhibited their work, and invited the public to collaborate on an interactive piece wrapped around the outside of the gallery.

Season two was co-curated by Clara Inés Schuhmacher of the DUMBO BID, and Tanya Rynd of Superfine. The series is produced by the Dumbo Improvement District.

Live at the Archway reflects the neighborhood's diversity and its commitment to the arts.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

What the Press is Saying

"DUMBO Improvement district is giving us yet another reason to be stoked for open-air entertainment." - Time Out New York

Live at the Archway is Above & Beyond in the New Yorker.

"If you’re looking for somewhere to kick back and enjoy the cooler sunsets through September, find your chill vibes Live at the Archway in DUMBO." - Metro US

"The only thing that beats an outdoor concert is a free outdoor concert." - SpoiledNYC

"A great way to unwind after a workday." - ZealNYC

And top hits in the New York Times, Untapped Cities, Paper Magazine, Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn Vegan, Art Haps, Ariana's List, PureWow, Brokelyn, Brooklyner, Mommy Poppins, Mommy Nearest and more!

The shows!

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June 8: Los Cumpleaños

We kicked off Live at the Archway with an energetic, danceable, one-of-a-kind musical experience–with Fogo Azu, an all-female Brazilian drumline, psychedelic cumbia from Los Cumpleaños + live art with Tom Fruin (of Stained Glass Watertower fame!)


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June 15: PopGun Presents Rhodes Rollins

We teamed up with the awesome guys behind PopGun Presents to bring you Rhodes Rollins' Americana-inspired pyschedelic rock, plus live art making with illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg.


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June 22: H+ | Hip Hop Dance Conservatory

This week at Live at the Archway we learned the foundational cornerstones of Hip Hop from dance all stars at H+, then test them out at a DJ dance party. Plus live art making with Zach Seeger. H+ spreads the knowledge of true hip-hop to the masses!


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June 29: Rising Choreographers

On June 29, we were awed by six contemporary dance companies, curated by WHITE WAVE, and made art in the gallery with DUMBO-based CAM (of DUMBO Walls fame!)


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July 7: 79.5

DUMBO grooved to the “...honeyed vocalists, street flautists, and psych guitarists...” (The New Yorker) of the band, 79.5 and made art with Vladimir Nazarov in the gallery.


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July 14: Brown Rice Family

Perennial #LiveAtTheArchway favorites Brown Rice Family bridged cultures while creating a fun atmosphere within improvisation on July 14. They were followed by a DJ set by DJ Jigüe – in Brooklyn one week only straight from Havana, Cuba! Plus Jaimie Walker was in the Gallery.


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July 21: Ola Fresca

This week at Live at the Archway, we danced salsa with Ola Fresca, one New York's best ensembles, plus made art with James Nazarov. Ola Fresca was thrilling, and the dancing never stopped (thanks to salsa dancing help from Marlene Veras.)


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July 28: Jah Pan

We sank into summer with New York City’s preeminent steel drum band ensemble, Jah Pan, followed by DJ DuctTape. DUMBO-based artist Michael Farmer was in the gallery.


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August 3: Ghost Train Orchestra

This week at Live at the Archway, we learned to swing with Paolo Pasta Lana, then danced along with Ghost Train Orchestra, a band that the new New York City Jazz Record claims “There hasn’t been big band music as exciting as this since forever.” ­Plus Dale Kaplan was featured in the gallery.


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August 10: Brasil SummerFest

For the first time, we partnered with Brasil SummerFest to bring Batuque da Lan Lanh to DUMBO, straight from Brazil! This week, Damon May took over the gallery.


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August 17: Big Sky Works

This week at Live at the Archway, we had a unique, participatory circus experience--great for all ages--from our friends at Big Sky Works, made even more special by Cara Lee Sparry's immersive subway installation in the gallery.


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August 24: Los Chantas

We transformed the Archway into a magical milonga, with a class to start led by Adam and Ciko, and a tango social to follow with music from Los Chantas. Michael Muster brought his moody paintings to the gallery, rounding out the evening.


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August 31: Underground System

We danced along to female-fronted Afrobeat in this mind-blowing show from Underground System. And Kylin O'Brien turned the gallery into an immersive installation for the first time all season with The Scream Room.


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September 7: Espiritu Gitano Ensemble

DUMBO reveled in the beauty and boldness of flamenco this week thanks to Espiritu Gitano Ensemble, plus made some live art with Eleanor Kupencow (who made those FunSeetz you love to sit on in Old Fulton Plaza.)


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September 14: Hot Sardines

We had the best in vintage jazz thanks to an epic set by the Hot Sardines, learned some swing moves, and made some art with DUMBO's own Natchie.


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September 21: Nickodemus

DJ Nickodemus & friends took us on a dance ride around the world on their WONDERWHEEL Recordings label. Plus we made art with Tara Dixon.


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September 28: Gaijin à Go-Go

This week we were treated to a rare reunion of DUMBO's most famous Japanese pop band (the first in ten years!): Gaijin à Go-Go. And in the gallery, our own Tanya Rynd popped up!

The 2016 Season

Our second season of Live at the Archway brought hundreds of happy DUMBOnians and visitors out every Thursday to experience puppetry, sizzling salsa, swing bands, Sierra leon bubu ensemble, alt-classical percussion, Colombian cumbia, some epic video projections, and more. Season two was co-curated by Clara Inés Schuhmacher of the DUMBO BID, and Tanya Rynd of Superfine. The series is produced by the Dumbo Improvement District.

The Manhattan Bridge Archway is the place to be on Thursday evenings this summer

Time Out New York

What the press is saying

"Listening to a band under the Manhattan bridge at The Archway should be on everyone's NYC bucket list." - Alexandra Farrington

"Enjoy some of Brooklyn's top talent at Live at the Archway in DUMBO." – Viewing.Nyc

"It’s the best place to be every Thursday night." - South Brooklyn 

And top hits in the New York Times, Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn Vegan, am New York, Village Voice,  Brooklyn Rail,  Oh My Rockness, Ariana's List, Brokelyn, Mommy Poppins, Mommy Nearest and more!

The shows!

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June 2: Los Hacheros

Modern-day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music, Brooklyn-based ensemble Los Hacheros launched our second season, with an opening set by the one-and-only BatalaNYC.


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June 9: Lynette Williams

Harlem-based artist Lynette Williams brought her joyful R&B to the Archway, and The Poofs brought their mysterious puppetry to the stage.


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June 16: Greg Humphreys Electric Trio

Brooklyn-based guitarist by way of North Carolina, former leader of the bands Dillon Fence and Hobex, and DUMBO resident Greg Humphrey took to the #LiveAtTheArchway stage this week.


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June 23: Beat Kaestli

Internationally acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, arranger and producer (and DUMBO resident!) Beat Kaestli brought his jazzy set to the #DumboArchway.


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June 30: Mary C and the Stellars

This week at Live at the Archway we had rock-n-roller Mary C, plus the charming wiles of Ask a Puppet.


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July 7: Conjunto Guantanamo

Ambassadors of Cuban folklore, Conjunto Guantánamo, led by longtime Dumbo resident Ulises Beato, turned the Archway into an epic dance party for a second year.


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July 14: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang

This week at #LiveAtTheArchway we were treated to a special performance by Sierra Leonean Bubu King Janka Nabay, and enjoyed the charming wiles of Ask a Puppet..


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July 21: Blue Vipers of Brooklyn

This week at #LiveAtTheArchway, we learned some dance moves with Paolo & Laurentina, and then put them to use with The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn.


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July 28: Tigue

One half new music ensemble, one half art-rock band, Brooklyn-based trio TIGUE turned the Archway into an immersive sound experience, and PB n DJs extended the experience with a live painting project.


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August 4: Madame T and the Starlights

Madame T, aka Tanya Rynd of Dumbo staple Superfine Restaurant, aka cabaret and jazz singer brought a set of whistle blowing train songs, sizzling summer swing and a journey of high camp performance to the Archway that made us dance and swoon!


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August 11: Harlem Swing Dance Society

The premiere organization that shares the history of Lindy Hop and Swing Dance, the Harlem Swing Dance Society came down to Dumbo for a night of dancing.


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August 18: M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

The raw-edged, punk-tinged band M.A.K.U. Soundsystem rocked the Archway with their Afro-Colombian beats.


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August 25: Stratos y el Trio de Arrabal

We transformed the Archway into a magical milonga, with a class to start led by Adam and Ciko, and a tango social to follow with music from Stratos y el Trio de Arrabal.


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September 1: White Wave Young Soon KIM Dance

Dumbo's own modern dance company performed excerpts from “Eternal NOW” on the cobblestones.


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September 8: Bella Tonic

This Millennial jazz-lounge group, with Cara Dineen at the helm, brought their revamped jazz and with crowd-pleasing pop hits to #LiveAtTheArchway.


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September 15: Brown Rice Family

"Brown Rice Family is bridging cultures together while creating a fun atmosphere within improvisation. Amazing…" -- Vogue Japan


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September 22: Ava Luna

Brooklyn-based indie art funk septet Ava Luna packed the Archway for an epic evening, and puppets from Great Small Works rounded out the visuals.


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September 29: AV LIVE

We closed out our second season of Live at the Archway with an evening of single channel video projections + music by DUMBO-based artist Glowing Bulbs.

The 2015 Season

The first season of Live at the Archway was launched in 2015 as a joint effort of the DUMBO Improvement District and Superfine restaurant. Every Thursday from May through October, the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge came alive with free performances! From Cuban salsa to indie pop, brass bands to Afro Brazilian outfits, old school punk to New Orleans style jazz and even an opera ensemble, Live At The Archway brought the neighborhood together, presenting local talent and celebrating local companies.

Highlights included a packed house for Mr. Twin Sister, a performance by mother-son Cuban duo Xiomara Laugart & Axel Tosca Laugart; a DJ set by the incredible Tim Lee; salsa with Ola Fresca; avant pop/experimental rock project Oracle Room; crowd pleasers the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra; and much more!