3rd Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival

3rd Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival

Brooklyn Heights
Red Hook

The 3rd Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival encompasses seven stages along the spectacular waterfront from Superfine in Dumbo to Sunny’s in Red Hook, with outdoor stages in The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, and in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

With over sixty shows at seven locations, Brooklyn’s best play day time shows in The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge (Friday and Saturday), & Brooklyn Bridge Park (Saturday and Sunday). The 3rd Annual event runs from September 21-24, 2017, beginning with an Opening Night Gala at Jalopy Theatre. The gala features special guest bands from the heartland: Tim Grimm Family Band (Indiana), Truckstop Honeymoon (Kansas), The Aching Hearts (Missouri), plus local Brooklyn based Annie Keating and Dumbo locals Everything Turned to Color.

The shows continue all weekend. On Friday, September 22nd, The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO brings five bands for a perfect evening of music in an incredible setting from 5pm to 10pm. The linup features:

5pm: Aron Blue and the Bootleggers
6pm: Truckstop Honeymoon
7pm: Session Americana
8pm: The Maybelles
9pm: The Four O’clock Flowers

Saturday, September 23rd, the venues expand for a full day of music not only back in the Archway, but also in Brooklyn Bridge Park and the amazing music venues of Sunny's and Red Hook Bait & Tackle in Red Hook, plus 68 Jay St Bar and Superfine in DUMBO. Showtimes and lineups include:

In The Archway Sat. 9/23
2pm: The Ukuladies
3pm: Bobtown
4pm: Abby Hollander
5pm: The Dang-It Bobby’s
6pm: Queen Esther
7pm: Jesse Lenat
8pm: Megan Palmer
9pm: Rench

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Liberty View Lawn on Pier 6 Sat. 9/23
1pm: The Sparrow Sisters Family Sing A Long
2pm: Stella Branstool
2:30pm: The Sparrow Sisters
3pm: The Wild Goats
4pm: The Brother Brothers
5pm: Truckstop Honeymoon
6pm: Ana Egge
7pm: The Defibulators

Red Hook Bait & Tackle Sat 9/23
10pm: The Avalanches

Sunnys Bar Sat. 9/23
9pm Bluegrass Jam

68 Jay St Bar Sat. 9/23
5pm: Warren Byrom
6pm: Sunshine Nights
7pm: Cactus Rose
8pm: Danni Nichols
9pm: Wil Scott
10pm: Alex Battles

Superfine Sat. 9/23
10pm: Megan Palmer

The weekend closes out on Sunday, September 24th, with another full day's lineup:

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Liberty View Lawn on Pier 6 Sun 9/24
2pm: Dylan Charles and Stephanie Layton
2:30pm: Junior Folk from Jalopy
3pm: The Aching Hearts
4pm: The 4 O’clock Flowers
5pm: M Shanghai String Band
6pm: The Chapin Sisters
7pm: Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs

Superfine 11am – Late! Sun. 9/24
Noon – 3pm: Truckstop Honeymoon
3pm: Little Nora Brown (showcase)
4:30pm: The Sparrow Sisters Family Sing A Long
7pm: The Aching Hearts
8pm: Will Scott
9pm: The Four O’Clock Flowers String Band

Sunnys Bar Sun. 9/24
8pm: The Tyrone Cotton Trio


Hollering with all their hearts over a five string banjo and a doghouse bass, Truckstop Honeymoon live the life they sing about. Touring across three continents with four kids and a truck load of songs, Katie and Mike West tell stories about the strangeness of everyday life. Their music combines elements of bluegrass, music hall jazz and straight up rock’n’roll. Vaudevillian wit and showmanship spike their energetic live shows, while the fearless honesty of their songs touches the hearts of listeners around the world.

Brooklyn's Annie Keating's voice is not flashy, nor perhaps conventionally pretty. It has more of a mysterious, rough-hewn beauty that comes out of the shadows.  She offers a captivating and unfashioned, natural delivery of songs born from authentic reverie; her work springs from a desire to craft music directly from the emotions that lie beneath the songs.

Graduates of New York University, brothers Bryan and Kyle began their musical careers as leaders of the Alternative Rock band ZELAZOWA, releasing three full-length albums, touring the world from 2006-2009, and founding the DIY tour booking website IndieOnTheMove.com. Neha Jiwrajka (whose mother is a classically trained Hindustani singer) worked at tech giant Google in San Francisco, CA before leaving the company to pursue a masters degree in Jazz vocal performance at The New England Conservatory of Music. A classically trained pianist in her own right, Neha released her first solo record "The Dreamer" during her time in Boston, eventually relocating to NYC after graduation. In May of 2015, Bryan, Kyle, and Neha debuted as Everything Turned To Color at local DUMBO bar and music venue 68 Jay. Over the next two years, the trio of ex-Alt-Rock brothers and their classically trained neighbor toured up and down the northeast corridor time and time again, honing their Beatles meets Ella Fitzgerald-esque sound at notable venues including Rockwood Music Hall, World Cafe Live, Club Passim, and Daryl's House, to name a few.

The Maybelles are: Jan Bell on guitar, Violinist Rima Fand, and Tina Lama on Upright Bass. The upcoming album ‘Goodbye to the River’ tells a story of long distance love in the age of gentrification.  Recorded at Acme Hall Studios, Brooklyn. The Maybelles have opened the show for Emmylou Harris, Odetta, Wanda Jackson, Steve Earle, & The Be Good Tanyas. NYC shows often include special guests from the thriving Brooklyn Americana music community. Philippa Thompson steps in regularly on Mandolin, washboard, and the Saw; Megan Palmer, now in Nashville plays violin or piano; May ‘bro’ Tim Luntzel on upright bass.  Hilary Hawke (banjo), Katy Rose Cox (violin), and founding member Melissa Carper (upright bass) step in when back in Brooklyn.

Tim was supported both in the writing and production of the latest album ‘A Stranger in this time’ by his sons Jackson Grimm (guitars, banjo, octave mandolin, vocals) and Connor Grimm (bass), as well as his wife, Jan Lucas (harmonica, vocals), maiking up TIM GRIMM AND THE FAMILY BAND. Both sons have played and toured with Tim on and off for a few years, and his wife Jan has been touring with him since 2004, but this is the first time they have collaborated as writers, musicians, and producers in such a focused way. The result honors the folk tradition from which Tim comes, and pushes the boundaries of that tradition with drums and percussion.

The Chapin Sisters, Lily & Abigail Chapin, are singing, songwriting sisters known for pristine harmonies and haunting melodies. They’ve been compared to sister-acts of old and Appalachian family groups, yet their original songs and arrangements have a contemporary feel. Their last album, A Date with the Everly Brothers, debuted at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart, #2 on Amazon’s Folk chart, #14 on Billboard’s Heatseekers, and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.