Third annual ‘Live at the Archway’ series to feature free concerts and events

May 25, 2017 By John Alexander Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Spectators gather to watch an evening performance under the Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Tory Williams
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Live at the Archway is an annual series of free summer concerts and events that take place Thursdays at 6 p.m. under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO — one of the only covered outdoor spaces in NYC. The series, co-curated by Clara Schuhmacher of the DUMBO Business Improvement District (BID) and Tanya Rynd, owner of the popular DUMBO restaurant Superfine, reflects the neighborhood’s diversity and commitment to the arts.

This year’s event introduces “The Artist Interactive,” featuring a different DUMBO artist each week in a pop-up gallery in the archway.

“Live at the Archway … reflects DUMBO’s creative spirit and Brooklyn’s diverse culture,” said Schuhmacher.  She said the series “encompasses a broad range of musical genres, including salsa, R&B, jazz and classic rock, together with some of today’s emerging indie bands, performances by modern dance companies and five evenings of social dance.”

The 17-week series kicks off on June 8 with a performance by Colombian fusion group Los Cumpleaños, preceded by an opening set in the Pearl Street Triangle by the all-female Brazilian drumline FogoAzul NYC.

Live at the Archway celebrates the diversity and artistry of Brooklyn, and the borough’s talent is given prominent representation throughout the series with Los Cumpleaños, PopGun Presents: Rodes Rollins, Hip Hop Dance Conservatory, White Wave Dance, 79.5 Band, Ghost Train Orchestra, Big Sky Works, the Hot Sardines and Gaijin à Go-Go’s leader singer Petra Hanson, all hailing from Brooklyn.

“There’s nothing quite like sitting below the Manhattan Bridge — having a beer with friends, listening to great music and taking in some art, all at the same time,” said DUMBO BID Executive Director Alexandria Sica. “We can’t wait to bring another set of unique and diverse artists to the neighborhood this summer.”

The Lighthouse is open during Live at the Archway events for food, beer and wine at its kiosk location under the Archway. These family-friendly events take place rain or shine. The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge is a public plaza on Water Street between Adams Street and Anchorage Place in DUMBO.

For more information and for a list of upcoming Live at the Archway events, visit DUMBO.is.


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