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Catch them now before they play Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Grand Ole Opry, and Late Night TV!

Celebrating Ten years! 

September 12 – 16, 2024

The Brooklyn Americana Music Festival BKAMF takes place along the waterfront in The Dumbo Archway, Jalopy Theatre, 68 Jay St, Sunny’s, and Superfine.

Friday, July 26th Brooklyn Americana Music in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pier 6 ‘Sounds at Sunset’ Series 7pm – 9:30pm. 

Folks we’ve hosted at festival venues in the past include:

Allison Russell, Melissa Carper, Elyas Khan, Brennen Leigh, Willi Carlisle, Nat Myers, Gill Landry, Gangstagrass, Greensky Bluegrass, Lyndsey Lou, Luke Winslowe King, Joy Clark, Crys Matthews, Hannah Juanita, Jolie Holland, Kyshona, Smokey Hormel, Tyrone Cotton, Jake Fussell, Chris Acker, Brittany Ann Tranbaugh, O Pep, Mali Obamsawin, Alex McMurray, Aurora Nealand, Jon Langford (The Mekons), The Be Good Tanyas, Bobby Bare Jr, Ali Dineen, Samoa Wilson, Sean Walsh, Miriam Elhajli, Beth Bombara, Truckstop Honeymoon, Jackson Lynch, Queen Esther, Puss N Boots.

Joy Clark is a rising star in Americana. Appearances on Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel Live; recently played her hometown New Orleans Jazz Fest. and signed to Righteous Babe Records. Summer tour opening for Allison Russell.

In 2022 Brittany Ann Tranbaugh‘s queer Americana heartbreaker “Kiss You” was awarded Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest which led to her record with Grammy-winning producer Tyler Chester (Madison Cunningham, Margaret Glaspy, Watkins Family Hour). 

Since she was 12 years old, Samoa Wilson has a voice the New York Times calls “sweet, effortless, old-timey”. Raised in the riverbed of traditional North American folk music, under the wing of jug band and folk legend Jim Kweskin.  Honeyed renditions of haunting, captivating, often little-known soul blues.

Evrette, hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains, a singer-songwriter deeply rooted in Appalachian music. Her musical journey commenced at the tender age of 6 when she stumbled upon the region’s iconic dulcimer and autoharp. Her family later relocated to Tennessee, where she joined an award-winning choral group. Everette weaves soulful melodies exploring the profound beauty of the Appalachians through her expressive and captivating voice.

Neha’s credits include headlining at the famous off-Broadway show “Sleep No More,” performing with her songwriting project at Lincoln Center, and being a recurring guest of Dan Zanes, multi-grammy award winner.  She has also sung works by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang and performed in an immersive sonic experience at Rockefeller Center created by avant-garde American composer Sxip Shirey.

AC Sapphire – Winner of Relix Magazine’s 2022 Sonic Showdown, and Grand prize winner in the 21st Annual New Song Music competition. Her latest album Desert Car released on American Standard Time Records is a stunning, shimmering collection of  electric rock songs served as nostalgic souvenirs. Ac Sapphire has toured with Lauren Ruth Ward, First Aid Kit, Amos Lee, Langhorne Slim & Victoria Williams.

Taylor Plas is an Americana/Soul/Folk singer/songwriter based in New York. With their work described as “raw,” “powerful,” “controlled chaos,” Their debut album Slow to Tune is available on BandCamp, and all other streaming platforms.  Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist “Downtown” Rashad Brown

Ever More Nest A native of North Louisiana, Ever More Nest’s Kelcy Wilburn (“Kelcy Mae”) was equally influenced by the gospel, country, and blues of her Bible Belt hometown as she was by artists of her generation: Cranberries, Counting Crows, Tori Amos, Radiohead, et al. At 18, she moved to New Orleans, where she found the freedom to be herself and sing. On tour as a trio, festival resident band 2023.

Native New Yorker Saudia Young is an Ameripolitan 2023 Awards nominee.  Her sultry vocals and powerhouse sound mines the black roots of country and rock & roll, bringing vintage sounds into the future. Honoring the black roots of country and rock and roll, combining rhythm and blues, Bo-Diddley Rockabilly, and Dark Americana. 

Born in Salem, Massachusetts, to undocumented parents from Costa Rica, Rams Montero taught himself how to play the guitar and piano while teaching at a primary school in the Dominican Republic. Based in Brooklyn, Rams is writing songs invoking both Latin and country songwriters from the 70s like Rigo Tovar, Chico Che, Johnny Cash and Lee Hazelwood.

Hannah Juanita (Austin TX) left her home state of Tennessee in her early twenties to ramble the world, trying new things and gathering stories. Eventually, at 30, she found herself living in a Hostess step-van-turned- cabin on the side of a mountain in Washington state, in a relationship that had her feeling lonelier than actually being alone. So she packed up her things, namely her dog Loretta and a guitar, and got the hell out of dodge. She landed in Nashville and is now a staple at honky tonks around Music City. Hannah Juanita was highlighted in Grammy.com, who listed her one of the five women creating the future of country music.

Mose Wilson is a singer/songwriter/guitarist based out of Nashville,TN. With heavy bluegrass and blues influence, a voice like Lead Belly, and writing like Billy Joe Shaver. The country and blues singer-songwriter from the foot of Sewanee Mountain in Tennessee, picked up his first instrument at the age of 2, was leading music in church by the age of 5, and was touring with his blues band by his early 20s. Recently toured the US supporting Melissa Carper and Hayes Carl.

Charles Burnham is a violinist and composer. Highly imaginative style encompasses bluegrass, jazz, delta blues, and punk. He initially became renowned for his work on James “Blood” Ulmer‘s Odyssey album.

When Brooklyn collective Gentleman Brawlers performs, it’s more than a concert: It’s an electrifying experience. Led by creative duo Becca Fox and Matt Walsh, the band channels musical inspo Talking Heads with their distinct brand of Afrofunk and indie dance music that becomes a visual as well as auditory feast on stage.

“If you can MOVE you can DANCE!” shouts an exuberant Fox from the stage — or from the dance floor, where she’s joined the crowd. Gentleman Brawlers loves to engage an audience, and the audience loves them right back. Gentleman Brawlers has opened for Cimafunk, Fantastic Negrito, & Los Amigos Invisibles. 

Seth Kessel is inspired by everything from from Elvis Presley,  Howlin’ Wolf,  Johnny Cash, Django Reinhardt, to The Clash, and Bad Brains, the influences are abundant on his latest album Ride on Through, released June 2021. Born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn

 

Wyndham Baird’s husky renditions of otherwise unheard of folk jams carry the same water as his patently eclectic originals. Lifting urban love affairs to the stuff of Gospel, and twisting his own stories into universal folk anthems. This old soul’s found room to honor Dylan, Cohen and 60’s icons throughout his 7 song album.” The Deli Magazine

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Festival Fundraiser – Sunday, September 10th, 2023

Superfine 6pm – 9pm

Samoa Wilson, Miss Maybell, Mikey & The Ribeyes, and more!

Brooklyn Americana Music Festival is a semi annual event:

WATCH Opening Night 6/23/23 at Jalopy Theatre.

Often hailed as “the next Woody Guthrie,” Nashville resident Crys Matthews is among the  brightest stars of the new generation of social justice music-makers. A powerful lyricist whose songs of  compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls “the poster child for intersectionality,” The Bluegrass Situation called Matthews’s gift “a reminder of what  beauty can occur when we bridge divides.” 

B.E Farrow tours with Grammy winner Dom Flemon’s and plays on his ‘Black Cowboys’ Smithsonian’s Folkways album.  The chart topping  ‘No Time for Enemies’ by Gangstagrass features Farrow on his signature fiery fiddle. Americana Music Association ‘Musician of the year’ nominee.

With roots in the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, and the Piedmont of Virginia, Richmond-based guitarist and songwriter Justin Golden’s origins are deeply vested in the blues. His debut record, Hard Times and a Woman, encompasses the full breadth of the genre: country blues, Americana, soul, and folk indie roots. 

Tiger Alley (Austin TX) are British Guitarist Sophia Johnson, and Texan fiddle player Katy Rose Cox. Born in El Paso, TX, Katy Rose began her musical journey at age 5 and later “cut her teeth” as a fiddler in New York City in a speed metal bluegrass band selling out CBGBs, and writing scores as the original timekeeper for “The Moth”. Sophia Johnson, originally from Birmingham England, began her path as a guitar “shredder” first with classical music at age 7.  Her family bluegrass band ‘The Toy Hearts’ toured the world. Sophia was voted “Best Western swing female guitarist” Ameripolitan awards, Memphis TN.

Saturday, June 24th Brooklyn Bridge Park PRIDE Stage:  KJ Denhert is a Queens born Grenadan-American NYC folk jazz legend whose career spans forty years, 10 albums, with legions of devoted fans worldwide. 
Albanie Falletta was born in Louisiana, and grew up hearing live Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Gospel. She plays lead guitar in New Orleans, Austin TX and New York City – at the heart of the bustling early jazz, acoustic blues, and folk scene.
Native New Yorker Saudia Young is an Ameripolitan 2023 Awards nominee whose songs mine the black roots of country, and rock & roll.
Feral Foster draws from the deep wellspring of early blues, country, and jazz to tell contemporary, human stories. Village Voice ‘Best Folk Artist’.
Brooklyn’s Taylor Plas powerhouse soul folk singer duets with funk blues artist Rashad Brown

BBC Radio 2 favorite British Danni Nichols now based in Nashville TN, grew up on the American roots music record collection of her Anglo-Indian grandmother;
 Bobby Blue is a Costa Rican New York latin folk artist – picture Indigo Girls meet Calexico. 
Tone’s Bluegrass Jam takes place in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6 Flower Gardens Saturday June 24 from 2pm – 5pm. Literally a ‘field trip’ from their home at Sunny’s Bar. 

Sunday, June 25th Festival partner Superfine winner of the LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce Award, NYC Pride 2022  host Sunday Brunch Bands including M Shanghai Stringband.

68 Jay St Bar in Dumbo double bill. West Virginia born Olivia Ellen Lloyd whose debut album Loose Cannon drew comparisons to John Prine (Rolling Stone Country) and was featured on The Bluegrass Situation. 
Alex Battles, the Ohio native who created both the Cash Hank Hootenanny and The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash;
Sunny’s Bar Fri June 23 hosts Alex McMurray (New Orleans) Winner Big Easy Award Best Roots Rock Artist and Off Beat Magazine Best Country Folk Artist 2022;
Sunny’s Sat June 24 Jazz singer Alexa Barchini, the daughter of an opera singer, fuses her voice with the cultural tapestry that surrounded her upbringing;

Sunday June 25 hosts Japanese fiddle player Ken Shoji joined his father’s bluegrass band as a teen, and holds court at Sunny’s every Sunday.

The semi annual festival also takes place in the Dumbo Archway September 30 and October 1st, 2023. 



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Press

Click the Day to Reveal its Schedule

Top Picks by John Platt (WFUV) New Folk Initiative

Gig Alert – Best Show to see today in NYC by Jon Scheafer WNYC

Brooklyn Has Voted! Best Annual Event / Festival in Brooklyn 2023!

Top Ten Lists:

10 Amazing Summer things to do in Dumbo and Brooklyn Bridge Park

MOST BROOKLYN-ESQUE  

Kings of Americana! Bands to watch in DUMBO and Red Hook

Significant music festival grows in Dumbo and Red Hook – Red Hook Star Revue

If you hear twangs of mandolin or fiddle wafting across the East River, it’s not carrying up the coast from Nashville — it’s the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, taking place on several stages in Dumbo. Critics Choice,

Spiritual successor: Americana jamboree is rooted in the old Dumbo Art Festival New York Post, Sunday Special

Spotlight Interview with Jan Bell, Festival Founder – Realty Collective NYC

Folk music is alive and well in Brooklyn. A number of venues and musicians are committed to keeping traditional music—including folk, Americana, bluegrass, old time, and country music—on stage. 

 Explore Brooklyn

Best things to do in NYC this week!

METRO US  NY News

Biggest and best yet! Leaves Waterfront Wanting More – ‘Brooklyn Life’ DumboNYC

Variety and authenticity highlight Americana Festival – Brooklyn Roads

Superfine Bluegrass Brunch – The Best Live Music Brunch Spots in Brooklyn

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Schedule 2023

Thurs 9/28 

Jalopy Theatre

315 Columbia St, Brooklyn NY 11231

8:00 Jan Bell

8:10 Ever More Nest 

8:40 Brittany Ann Tranbaugh

9:30 Joy Clark

10:00 Caleb Caudle

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Fri 9/29 

Dumbo Archway

155 Water St, Brooklyn NY 11201

6:00 Samoa Wilson

7:00 Brittany Ann Tranbaugh

7:30 Joy Clark

8:00 Caleb Caudle

9:00 Gentleman Brawlers Trio

Superfine

8:30 Secret Show with Special Guest

9:30 Seth Kessel (Dumbo Archway After Party)

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Sat 9/30 

Dumbo Archway

155 Water St, Brooklyn NY 11201

5:00 Rams Montero

5:45 Hannah Juanita & Mose Wilson

6:45 AC Sapphire

7:30 Queen Esther

8:15 Saudia Young 

Superfine

126 Front St, Brooklyn NY 11201

7:00 Ever More Nest

9:00 Rashad Brown

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Sun Oct 1st

Superfine

126 Front St, Brooklyn NY 11201

12 Noon – Ever More Nest

2:00 Wyndham Baird

68 Jay St Bar

68 Jay St, Brooklyn NY 11201

5:00 Ever More Nest

7:00 Evrette

Sunnys Bar

253 Conover St 11231

9/28 Charlie Burnham

9/29 Neha Jiwrajka 

9/30 Hannah Juanita & Mose Wilson

10/1 Sunny’s 20 year Anniversary of Tone’s Bluegrass jam feat. Ken Shoji and many friends of the jam! 

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Festival Highlights 2022 

Festival Rising Stars

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Click here for 6th Annual BKAMF Highlight Reel

In 2020, sixty three concerts live streamed and pre-recorded from lock down and quarantine in NYC, eleven states, and seven countries.

41K Viewers around the world enjoyed the following artists:

2023 Brooklyn Americana Music returns for a third year to co-curate Live at the Archway following ‘Americana in the Archway’ in partnership with Dumbo BID as part of ‘Daily Dose of Dumbo’ 2022.

Brooklyns largest covered outdoor space – 7000 Square foot cobblestone plaza beneath the Manhattan Bridge. Free and for all ages.

Watch this space for Live at The Archway season announcement 2023!

Back in the year 2000 I was producing weekly live music events with pioneer establishment Superfine, when Joy Glidden Director of Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) asked me to curate a live music stage loading dock at the annual ‘art under the bridge festival.’ I had already founded a collective for Folk Alliance International Conferences called ‘Little Red Hen Music’, and kept the name for the festival stage.

Brooklyn Americana Music Festival was founded in the wake of what was known as the Dumbo Arts Festival (DAF). DAF comprised over 100 open studio’s. Art in Dumbo new champions this annual Open Studio Celebration every April.

At that time, twenty two years ago, Dumbo was home to around four hundred artists paying on average $1 – $10 / sq. foot for high ceiling lofts with sweeping views of the East River, the Manhattan Bridge, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

My live music stages were in old abandoned loading docks, the then roofless shell of the tobacco warehouse, industrial era warehouse lofts, water tower roof tops and down under the cotton wood tree near where Jane’s Carousel stands today. 

NYC Mayor Eric Adams, then Brooklyn Borough President appealed to the community to save the annual event, and gave Brooklyn Americana Music the thumbs up to forge ahead with keeping the live music aspect music going.

Thanks to Brooklyn Arts Council we are supported by the Brooklyn Arts Fund, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs as well as New York State Council on the Arts.

The 7000′ square foot cobblestone Archway under the Manhattan Bridge is a main stage thanks to Dumbo BID, who administer discretionary funding from the Office of Councilman Lincoln Restler.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy support our women led LGBTQ stages on Pier 6, in tandem with Pride NYC celebrations across the city.

Brooklyn Americana music partners with artist owned and operated festival venues year round. We curate live music at Superfine, 68 Jay St Bar, Sunny’s Red Hook and special events at Jalopy Theatre.

                                                                           – Jan Bell, Dumbo Brooklyn 2023. 

Click here to see the  brilliant history of the Dumbo Archway!

Americana in the Archway September 3rd – ‘Downtown’ Rashad Brown

More Online fun took place at ‘Unlocked’ Folk Alliance International. More on our Youtube Channel!

DUMBO Oral History Project with festival founder Jan Bell

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The 9th Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival is supported by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with the support of the NYC Council, and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President. Administered by Brooklyn Arts Council. And by the Statewide Community Regrants Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Administered by Brooklyn Arts Council.

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