9th Semi Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival

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2023 Dates!

June 24 Brooklyn Bridge Park, Jalopy Theatre & Sunny’s

September 31 – October 1 Dumbo Archway & Superfine

Made possible in part by Brooklyn Arts Council, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, NY State Council on the Arts, the Office of Councilman Lincoln Restler, and the encouragement of NYC Mayor Eric Adams.

Check out our 2022 Spotify Playlist

Charlie Burnham
Ana Egge
Maggie Carson
Treya Lam
Hubby Jenkins
Lizzie Edwards
The Loyales
Jackson Lynch
Mikey and the Ribeyes
Albanie Falletta
The Brightmares
Rashad Brown
Rebecca Hart Band
The Lonesome Heroes
Hyuna Park
Tina Lama
Peter Baldwin
Aramis Estevez
Juliet Varnedoe Jazz Band
Howard Brofsky Memorial Jazz Jam
Mali Obomsawin
Cornelius Eady
Joanna Sternberg
Rosetta Serrano
Jorn Swart
Hilary Hawke
Jan Bell & The Maybelles
Thea Hopkins
Sunshine Nights
Tone Johansen
Olivia Ellen Lloyd
Lisa Liu
Miriam Elhajli
Saudia Young
Bobby Blue
M Shanghai String Band
Alice Lee
Tone’s Legendary Bluegrass Jam
Rebecca Birmingham – WFMU
Tanya Rynd and Cara Lee Sparry
T Shirt – Modeled by Joseph.
T Shirt – modeled by Bo Wayne
Tank Tops – modeled by Dani
Tank top – modeled by Samoa



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The 8th Annual ​Brooklyn Americana Music Festival (BKAMF)​ comprises twenty free live music events. Folk, roots, country blues, old time, jazz and Americana. 

Wednesday, September 21

Jalopy Theatre Pre-Festival Special ‘Roots n Ruckus’ hosted by Feral Foster 8:30pm – Feral Foster 9:00pm – Youth in a Roman Field 9:30pm – Resonant Rogues 10:00pm – Ever Lovin’ Jug Band 10:30pm – Barry Clyde _______________________________________

Thursday September 22

Sunny’s Bar 

8pm Charlie Burnham


Friday September 23, 2022

Dumbo Archway

5pm Rosetta Serrano

5:30pm Alice Lee

6pm The Brightmares

7pm Hubby Jenkins

8pm Lizzie and The Makers

9pm Maggie Carson


Saturday September 24

Dumbo Archway

3pm The Loyales

4pm Neha

5pm Treya Lam

6pm Rebecca Hart

7pm Ana Egge

8pm Rashad Brown

9pm Jackson Lynch


8pm Juliet Varnedoe Jazz Band


Sunday September 25, 2022

Green Chile Bluegrass Brunch at Superfine

Noon – The Lonesome Heroes (Austin TX)

2pm – The Maybelles

68 Jay St Bar

4pm – 7pm Howard Brofsky Memorial Jazz Jam with Jorn Swart, Tina Lama, Hyuna Park and Friends of ‘Dr. BeBop’


6pm – 10pm Albanie Falletta / Mikey and the Ribeyes / The Jackson Lynch Band

Upcoming at Festival Partner Venues:

Top Ten Lists:

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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

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. 

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


Songs & Story

Check Out our 2022 Brooklyn Americana Spotify Playlist

Click here for 6th Annual BKAMF Highlight Reel

THANK YOU to our Bkamf 2020 ‘Long Distance’ Virtual Artists.

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

Enjoyed by 41K Viewers around the world:

In 2021 Brooklyn Americana Music curated ‘Americana in the Archway’ in partnership with Dumbo BID as part of ‘Daily Dose of Dumbo’ 7000 Square foot cobblestone plaza beneath the Manhattan Bridge is in its 12th year as an activated community space.

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 went onto be known as the Dumbo Arts Festival (DAF) folding in 2014. DAF comprised over 100 open studio’s. 

At that time, twenty two years ago, Dumbo was home to around four hundred artists paying on average $1 / 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 me the thumbs up to forge ahead with keeping the music going in its stead. Thanks to Brooklyn Arts Council we are supported by the Brooklyn Arts Fund and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. 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 / she / her / they stages on Pier 6.

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, Founder BKAMF

Dumbo, Brooklyn September 2022

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



We acknowledge the unceded territory where we gather as the traditional land of the Lenape Peoples, The Nayack and The Canarsee with gratitude for the land itself, and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations

The Jalopy Theatre & School of Music


Dumbo Archway


Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 6


68 Jay St Bar


Sunny’s Bar





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Tax Deductible Donations via Brooklyn Arts Council

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We are happy to doff our hat your way for any contribution. Sliding Scale Sponsorship starting at small business level $500
Signage on stage at seven indoor stages & two outdoor stages in Brooklyn Bridge Park & the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge
VIP tickets to the Opening Night Gala
Reserved picnic table at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Dumbo Archway outdoor stages
Back Stage Guest List Passes 
Shout outs from the stage  & Invitation Only events year round in Dumbo and Red Hook for you & friends and family.

The 7th Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival was made possible by public funds from the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Brooklyn Arts Council.”

The Festival is made possible in part by the office of Councilman Stephen Levin administered by Dumbo BID.

Thank you so much!