Live at The Archway

Live at The Archway is a Weekly Cabaret Below the Manhattan Bridge — with free performances, beer, wine, and a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting from every Thursday beginning June 2nd through September 29th, 2016.

Live at The Archway

Manhattan Bridge Archway | DUMBO

Live at The Archway is a Weekly Cabaret Below the Manhattan Bridge — with free performances, beer, wine, and a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting from every Thursday beginning June 2nd through September 29th, 2016.

This 18-week series showcases the best of DUMBO and Brooklyn talent, presenting a broad range of music and performance genres – from sizzling salsa, Colombian cumbia, swing dancing, world roots music, sultry R&B, an Italian modern dance troupe, puppetry, funk, DJs and more. Live at the Archway is brought to you by the DUMBO Improvement District & The Lighthouse.

Headlining artists play at 6:00pm. It’s always all ages, always rain or shine (which works because we’re under the Manhattan Bridge). With beer, wine and bites from The Lighthouse and epic scenery below the Manhattan Bridge, it’s the best place to be every Thursday night.

September 22nd: AVA LUNA

Brooklyn-based indie art funk septet Ava Luna features Carlos Hernandez (vocals, guitar), Julian Fader (drums), Nathan Tompkins (synthesizer), Ethan Bassford (bass), and female vocalist trio Felicia Douglass, Becca Kauffman, and Anna Sian, performing with its trademark intensity, mirthful humor, and angularity. Ava Luna’s discography includes its debut album 3rd Avenue Island, as well as Services, Ice Level, Electric Balloon and their latest release featuring a structured set of art funk and R&B-infused songs, Infinite House.

 

THE FULL LINEUP

June 2nd: LOS HACHEROS

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.

 

June 9th: MARY C AND THE STELLARS

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.

 

June 16th: LYNETTE WILLIAMS

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”. She’s in the 2015 December issue of Essence and was a featured artist at The Apollo in February. Her own band plays around New York at local venues such as Rockwood, Bowery Electric, Lincoln Center, The Highline, The Blue Note, and Pianos. She currently has an EP out called “Songs for Sarah”.

 

June 23rd: BEAT KAESTLI

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.

June 30th: GREG HUMPHREYS ELECTRIC TRIO

Brooklyn-based guitarist by way of North Carolina, and former leader of the bands Dillon Fence and Hobex, Greg Humphreys collaborates with his Electric Trio—bassist Matt Brandau and drummer Keith Robinson. The trio’s latest album Lucky Guy will be released on June 14 and includes songs that highlight the trio’s musical relationship and collaboration.

July 7th: CONJUNTO GUANTANAMO

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. Led by founder Ulises Beato, along with Pepito Gomez, Sebastian Natal, Carlos Mena, Oscar Onoz and Mauricio Herrera, 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.

July 14th: JANKA NABAY AND THE BUBU GANG

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.

July 21st: BLUE VIPERS OF BROOKLYN

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.

 

July 28th: TIGUE

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.

August 4th: MADAME T AND THE STAR LIGHTS

Madame T, aka Tanya Rynd, cabaret and jazz singer collaborates with the Star Lights–all accomplished musicians–to present a set of whistle blowing train songs, sizzling summer swing and a journey of high camp performance that will make you want to dance and swoon! T

September 1st: WHITE WAVE & ONIIN DANCE

Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company strives to inspire audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. Ms. Kim and WHITE WAVE have appeared globally including at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Joyce Theater, the Kennedy Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow, and the American Dance Festival.

Teatro delle Celebrazioni’s contemporary dance company, Oniin Dance Company based in Bologna, Italy, was founded by dancer and choreographer Daniela Rapisard in 2012. The company’s debut production “Corruption” was met with critical acclaim, both in Italy and beyond. Choreographers Daniela Rapisarda and Alessandro Vacca continue to imagine a lively style which utilizes new motions full of dynamism, technique, and harmony, breaking academic clichés, and enhanced by seven skilled dancers.

September 8th: BELLATONIC

Millennial jazz-lounge group Bellatonic, featuring vocalist Cara Dineen, combines revamped jazz together with crowd-pleasing pop hits, hipster classics, and the greatest R&B classics of the past century from artists such as Destiny’s Child, Britney Spears, Robyn, Aaliyah, Tom Waits, Bjork, Oasis, Radiohead, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

September 15th: BROWN RICE FAMILY

Guided by a strong belief in life’s natural flow, Brown Rice Family gives listeners a distinctively organic World Roots Music experience, encompassing reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, afro beat, jazz stylings, rock, Brazilian, Latin, and funk music. Comprised of eight members hailing from Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa, and the US, the members’ diverse national backgrounds set the stage for a musical journey that straddles ancient and contemporary global sounds.

 

September 22nd: AVA LUNA

Brooklyn-based indie art funk septet Ava Luna features Carlos Hernandez (vocals, guitar), Julian Fader (drums), Nathan Tompkins (synthesizer), Ethan Bassford (bass), and female vocalist trio Felicia Douglass, Becca Kauffman, and Anna Sian, performing with its trademark intensity, mirthful humor, and angularity. Ava Luna’s discography includes its debut album 3rd Avenue Island, as well as Services, Ice Level, Electric Balloon and their latest release featuring a structured set of art funk and R&B-infused songs, Infinite House.

September 29th: VJ FARKAS (GLOWING BULBS)

Farkas is a member of Glowing Bulbs visual artists group, that formed around the time of the turn of the Millennium, with the collective evolving from the vibrant underground techno scene of Budapest of that time. Over the past 16 years, the group has become an important part of the international visual scene, employing diverse techniques and media to create complex and coherent works. Treating light as a tool we fill spaces and surfaces with content. In the past years the group created numerous video mapping shows, panoramic projections, live VJ performances, music videos, short films as well as installations at festivals, in galleries and museums in the USA, Hungary and other European countries (Spain, France, UK, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia). Farkas has played a key role in both the technical and artistic development in many of these projects. Lately, as the electronic music scene of New York is reshaping, he has had numerous appearances as a VJ in clubs and warehouses, working with the VJs of the evolving scene.