15 weeks of fun

Live at the Archway

A Performance Series as Enchanting as Its Venue.

Coming up June 21

Celebrate the longest day of the year with the lead (Live) singer of Thievery Corporation in a solo show!

“...emotions and passions fuel not just her performances, but also her songwriting process."

NPR

The 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 presented with generous support from green desk,

DUMBO’s native co-working space.

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 three was co-curated and produced by Tanya Rynd of Superfine. 

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

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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

We were awed by this site-specific contemporary dance from six renowned companies, plus live art making with CAM (of DUMBO Walls fame!)

  • Rising Choreographers | curated by WHITE WAVE
  • followed by SPASE
  • Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with CAM

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July 7: 79.5

DUMBO grooved to psychedelic soul with “...honeyed vocalists, street flautists, and psych guitarists...” ­­says The New Yorker, plus make some art with Vladimir Nazarov.

  • 79.5
  • followed by a DJ set by Dan Edinberg
  • Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with Vladimir Nazarov all night

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July 14: Brown Rice Family

Today's freshest world roots band Brown Rice Family bridged cultures while creating a fun atmosphere within improvisation. Followed by a DJ set by DJ Jigüe -- in Brooklyn one week only straight from Havana, Cuba! Plus we made some live art with Jaimie Walker.

  • Brown Rice Family
  • Followed by Dj Jigüe - straight from Havana!
  • Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with Jaimie Walker all night

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July 21: Ola Fresca

This week at Live at the Archway, we danced salsa to one New York's best ensembles, plus made art with James Nazarov. Ola Fresca was brilliant and thrilling. The groove never stopped!

  • Ola Fresca
  • Salsa class with Marlene Veras
  • Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with James Nazarov all night

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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
  • Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with Michael Farmer all night

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August 3: Ghost Train Orchestra

This week at Live at the Archway, we learned some swing steps, then danced along with a band that the new New York City Jazz Record claims “There hasn’t been big band music as exciting as this since forever.” ­­


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August 10: Brasil SummerFest

We partnered with Brasil SummerFest to bring Batuque da Lan Lanh to DUMBO, straight from Brazil!

  • Brasil SummerFest: Batuque da Lan Lanh
  • Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with Damon May

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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!

  • Big Sky Works
  • Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with Cara Lee Sparry

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August 24: Los Chantas

We transformed the Archway into a magical milonga, with a class to start, then followed by a tango social.

  • Los Chantas
  • Tango class with Adam and Ciko
  • Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with Michael Muster

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August 31: Underground System

We danced along to female-fronted Afrobeat in this mind-blowing show.


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September 7: Espiritu Gitano Ensemble

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

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


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September 14: Hot Sardines

We had the best in vintage jazz, 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.

  • Nicodemus & friends
  • Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with 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.

  • Gaijin à Go-Go
  • Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience

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October 6 & 7: Oktoberfest

On Friday The Polka Brothers, a four man band of hipster polka lovers, performed a unique mix of classic polka favorites, covers of pop and rock songs with a polka spin, as well as an original tune.

On Saturday we had Arts & Crafts for kids + kidults with Creatively Wild, a New Orleans inspired brass band, Street Beat Brass, who played traditional German, Polka, and Oompah hits. Then we enjoyed a high energy Oktoberfest performance complete with costumes, tubas, accordions, and more by MELINA and the Oompahs. Melina’s musical act is drawn from inspiration from the original Oktoberfest in Munich, where she was previously featured.

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 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 and produced by Tanya Rynd of Superfine.

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
  • BATALA
  • LOS HACHEROS
  • DJ Miko, presented by Superfine

Modern-day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music, Brooklyn-based ensemble Los Hacheros revives folkloric styles like son montuno, guaracha and salsa, often combining them with Bomba. The five-member group evokes the spirit of a conjunto of 12 musicians, with members singing and playing instruments ranging from the trombone to the guiro, flute, campana, and baby bass.

A Sambalanche of music and dancing, BatalaNYC is part of a larger global arts Afro-Brazilian samba reggae drumming project called Batala. Batala was started in 1997 in Paris, France by Brazilian percussionist Giba Goncalves; its infectious rhythms and dance has spread to more than thirty cites around the world. BatalaNYC is an all female ensemble, and currently boast more than seventy-five drummers!


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June 9: Lynette Williams
  • Lynette Williams
  • Puppets! Ethnopoofcologist Appears With Rare Species Kate Brehm with Jacob Graham
  • DJ Duct Tape, presented by Superfine

Harlem-based artist Lynette Williams creates music that is complex and simple, dark and joyful, abstract and tangible — sometimes all of that in the space of a single verse. It is at once tragic and joyful, quiet and mighty — reserved and abandoned. Lynette sang backgrounds for Ms. Lauryn Hill and is also on Ms. Hill’s track “Consumerism”.

The Poofs are nondescript puppet objects which confound reason.  Inspiring wonder from their visitors, the poofs simply ARE. They do not speak or react in any coherent manner. They are a cross between plants and insects, anchored to the ground and confounding an impression of rational sentience.


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June 16: Greg Humphreys Electric Trio
  • Greg Humphreys Electric Trio
  • DJ Connor Egan, presented by Superfine

Brooklyn-based guitarist by way of North Carolina, and former leader of the bands Dillon Fence and Hobex, Greg Humphrey collaborates with his Electric Trio—bassist Matt Brandau and drummer Keith Robinson.


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June 23: Beat Kaestli
  • Beat Kaestli
  • DJ Fonzy, presented by Superfine

Internationally acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, arranger and producer Beat Kaestli has appeared in renowned clubs such as The Blue Note, Birdland, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Jazz Standard and The Stone and at festivals worldwide, performing in both solo engagements and alongside acclaimed artists. Beat’s music encompasses his own spin on classic songs, influenced by his jazz roots.


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June 30: Mary C and the Stellars
  • Mary C and the Stellars
  • Puppets! Ask a Puppet
  • DJ Fonzy, presented by Superfine

Mary C’s performances with her band The Stellars continue to electrify and energize crowds with their unique mix of soul and rock, highlighted with a blend of pop, blues and funk. They have opened for Grammy-nominated artists Thievery Corporation, Emily King, 311, and Matisyahu and were invited to perform at South by Southwest in 2013 for Rachael Ray’s Feedback concert. The daughter of jazz recording artist Mercedes Hall and the sister of “Brat Pack” member Anthony Michael Hall, Mary C has been writing and performing original material since the age of five. The Stellars represent her vision of showcasing the essence of her native New York City.


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July 7: Conjunto Guantanamo
  • Conjunto Guantanamo
  • Dance class! Learn Salsa with Hunter Houde
  • DJ Pablo77

Ambassadors of Cuban folklore, Conjunto Guantánamo, founded in 2003, unites the precision and cadence of traditional Afro-Cuban music with the raw energy and edge of New York City’s unique nightlife. Conjunto Guantánamo brings the origins and essence of what music lovers today mostly know as salsa, performing at festivals, dance parties, and venues throughout New York City.


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July 14: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang
  • Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang
  • Puppets! Ask a Puppet
  • DJ Pablo77

Sierra Leonean singer Janka Nabay considers his work a letter to Sierra Leoneans, as a call for them to remember the roots of their culture. He is a firm believer in the power of music to enact social change, singing in Sierra Leone’s common language, Krio, as well as his native tribal language of Temne, and in English, and Arabic. Together with his six-piece band the Bubu Gang, he modernizes traditional bubu music into hypnotic dance music, electrifying crowds at shows in dance clubs, rooftops, and block parties.


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July 21: Blue Vipers of Brooklyn
  • Blue Vipers of Brooklyn
  • Dance class! Learn to swing with Paolo & Laurentina
  • DJ Pablo77

An early jazz, swing, and blues band, the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn—composed of acoustic guitar/vocals, upright bass, homemade washboard percussion, trumpet and saxophone—blends a repertoire of witty songs from the 1920s and 30s, New Orleans and Dixieland, classic Blues, R&B and Western Swing together with original tunes and four-part vocal harmony.

Paolo is a 20 year veteran of Swing Dance specializing in the Balboa, Boogie Woogie, Collegiate Shag, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and The Madison Time.

Listen to DJ Pablo77 mixtapes here.


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July 28: Tigue
  • Tigues
  • Live Painting! PB&DJs
  • DJ Pablo77

One half new music ensemble, one half art-rock band, Brooklyn-based trio TIGUE unites homegrown ethos with conservatory precision. With musical influences spanning eclectic contemporary, pop and avant grade, TIGUE approaches its role of a performing ensemble with a unique fluidity through collaboration in multi-disciplinary work, commissioning and performing works by living composers, and generating their own material.

PB n DJs is an energetic performance group of artists, photographers, dancers, designers and more that love to live in the moment. They bring interactive, creative experiences alive in NYC. For this week's Live at the Archway, they will present a two-sided canvas. On one side, a live, collaborative painting by DTRxBPT; on the other -- a blank space for the YOU to contribute!

Listen to DJ Pablo77 mixtapes here.

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.