Live at the Archway Returns for Its Fourth Year in DUMBO
By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 6, 2018
Summer’s almost here and it’s time for dancing in the street — or under the Manhattan Bridge at the Live at The Archway series!
Starting on June 14, this free fifteen-week celebration of musical and artistic diversity will showcase new and established artists performing in a kaleidoscope of styles. Like music from the 1920s and 30s? Enjoy the sounds of the past with The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn (July 5). How about Afro Cuban? Then don’t miss Los Habaneros (August 23). There’s also hip hop from JSWISS (August 30) and Gangstagrass (September 13), along with so much more. In addition, Rising Choreographers NYC curated by WHITE WAVE dance will present six up and coming dance creators (July 26).
The visual arts are represented by a pop-up space called In the Gallery sponsored by This Friday or Next Friday gallery, showcasing a different DUMBO-based artist weekly. Scheduled participants include Pasqualina Azzarello, Chiquita Bruijita, Marney Fuller, Charlotte Lily Gaspard, Kay Gordon, Catherine Haggarty, Katie Hector, Samuel Jablon, Robin Kang, Nathan Sinai Rayman, Tanya Rynd, Emily Ullrich, and Steve West.
As a fun touch, when the World Cup tournament is on, musicians from the countries competing that day will perform at the festival. Check out Ljova and the Kontraband (June 14), Natalia Clavier (June 21), and Grupo Rebolu (June 28) representing Russia, Argentina, and Columbia for those match days. There will also be screenings of the semi-finals (July 10 and 11 @ 2:00pm) and finals (July 15 @ 11:00am); for more information click here.
All shows start at 6pm (rain or shine) and admission is free. To get there you can take mass transit: A/C trains (High Street/Brooklyn Bridge stop), F train (York Street stop), or 2/3 trains (Clark Street stop). The bus lines are all based in Brooklyn: B25 from Downtown Brooklyn to the last stop, or B67 to Jay Street/York Street, B69 to last stop (Sands Street). There’s also the East River Ferry from Manhattan and Brooklyn that docks at the Fulton Ferry Landing, or you can walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn via the Brooklyn Bridge. Another way to go is taking a CitiBike from various points and returning the bike at one of four docking stations in the area. For travel information click here.
An audio sample on Spotify for Live at The Archway’s lineup can be found here.
The series runs from June 14 to September 20; for more details click here.
Cover: An event from Live at the Archway; photo: Julienne Schaer.