Returning for a second year, banjos will be strummed and three-part harmony sung during three days of FREE live music events at the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Americana Musical Festival.
September 23-25, some of the best original and traditional Americana musicians from Brooklyn, along with special guests from Austin, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Cincinnati, will perform on five indoor and two outdoor stages along the spectacular waterfront in DUMBO and Red Hook.
Participating musicians have been featured on NPR, WFUV and BBC Radio, and have graced the stages of the Kennedy Center, The Town Hall, Austin City Limits and many more illustrious venues—and now they’ll be making Brooklyn their home next week.
Check out the schedule highlights below, and full details on the official website.
Friday, 9/23 8pm: Opening Night Gala at The Jalopy Theatre: The Chapin Sisters, Queen Esther, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, and The Tillers. [The only ticketed event]
Friday, 9/23 and Saturday, 9/24 2-9pm: Seven bands play music for all ages at the 7,000 square foot performance space at The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge Stage: Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs; Sasha Dobson, Casey Neill, The Defibulators, and a Square Dance! [Free]
Saturday, 9/24 and Sunday, 9/25 2-8pm: The Manhattan skyline is the backdrop for six bands each day at Brooklyn Bridge Park Stage at Pier 6: Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Luke Winslow King, Annie Keating, Bobtown, M Shanghai String Band. [Free]
Saturday, 9/24 4-11pm: Pioneer DUMBO establishment 68 Jay St Bar: Clarence Bucaro, Rench (Gangstagrass), and Alex Battles (Johnny Cash Birthday Bash). [Free]
Sunday, 9/25 11am-3pm: Sunday Bluegrass Brunch at Superfine (now in its fifteenth year).
Sunday, 9/25 6pm: After Party at Superfine featuring High Plains Jamboree (Austin, TX), led by Grammy Award winning songwriters and Guy Clark favorites Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay. Alaska born fiddler and singer Beth Chrisman sings her originals, and has played Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. Palomino Shakedown close out the night. [Free]
Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook host their regular Saturday night Bluegrass Jam, plus concerts by Smokey Hormel and his Secret Family, Session Americana, and Hilary Hawke who recently debuted on Broadway playing the banjo in the Steve Martin musical Bright Star.
Lineups subject to change