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8 Weeks of Free Concerts at DUMBO’s Outdoor Archway

Go see lots of art and listen to free music, starting on June 20.
Live at the Archway September 15, 2017

The DUMBO Improvement District announced its summer programming for its annual Live at the Archway series beneath the iconic Manhattan Bridge Archway. 

Eight free concerts and visual art exhibits will take place on Thursdays at 6pm from June 20 to August 15, according to a news release. 

The series begins on Thursday, June 20 with a concert by La Banda Chuska, a group that re-imagines the vintage sounds of Peruvian cumbia. Kicking off opening night for La Banda Chuska is Fogo Azul.

Also on the series this year is country music artist Paisley Fields (June 27), a concert presented in collaboration with Brasil Summerfest (July 11), contemporary salsa band Sonóra Nuyorkina (July 18), multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Jerron Paxton and Dennis Lichtman (July 25), Gentleman Brawlers (August 1), alternative singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham (August 8) and a concert presented in collaboration with Queerchella (August 15).

In an ongoing exploration of the artistic legacy of the neighborhood, each week, a Dumbo-based visual artist is featured on the Art Wall, where the audience has the opportunity to directly engage with the artist and create a new collaborative piece together.

The following artists will present on the Art Wall in 2024: Sam Ticknor (June 20), Billie Elise (June 27), Noah Lyon (July 11), 20x200 in collaboration with Joan LeMay (July 18), Emily Nam (July 25), Annick Martin (August 1), Joshua Reynolds (August 8) and Melanie Hope Greenberg (August 15).

During Live at the Archway evenings, beer and wine will be for sale from the Archway Bar, which was modeled after the Manhattan Bridge Three Cent Line, the first trolley service that began operations on the bridge in 1910. Additionally, dinner bites will be for sale from local Dumbo restaurants. 

“Music, drinks and dancing underneath the Manhattan Bridge? It's such a special only-in-New York City experience here in Dumbo!” said Dumbo Improvement District President Alexandria Sica. “The artists who will be performing this year are perhaps our best slate ever, and we can't wait to take it all in!”