Keep Musicool in Brooklyn

There’s something about summer that makes us want to sing and dance! As summer comes to an end, Brooklyn is keeping the music alive. Listen out at these upcoming, mostly outdoor, events in the best borough!

archSwing and Sway Away
There’s something for everyone at Live at The Archway, a weekly event every Thursday night in DUMBO under the Manhattan Bridge. The 18-week series from July to September boasts the best of Brooklyn talent, with broad music and performance genres including sizzling salsa, Colombian Cumbia, swing dancing, world roots music, sultry R&B, an Italian modern dance troupe, puppetry, funk, DJs and more. The free performances start at 6pm right under the Bridge, so the events are on rain or shine. Take in the epic scenery below the Manhattan Bridge and enjoy beer, wine and bites from The Lighthouse. Visit to see the full schedule. All ages.
50 Adams St, DUMBO.

funkFormidable Festival
A music festival that claims to give “power to the party”, AfroPunk Brooklyn returns to Commodore Barry Park on August 27 and 28. The annual festival was created by its founders to showcase what they billed as “alternative black culture”, with acts that didn’t always fit into other major festivals. Described by The New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US” AfroPunk promises an impressive weekend of live music and good vibes with an eclectic line-up and diverse audience. The international event, now also held in Paris and London, is a mix of music, art and politics. Come sundown the creeps into the streets, bars, and restaurants of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill and comedy shows, dance, pop-up performances, film screenings, art installations and drink specials will feature at AfroPunk After Dark. GA and VIP tickets are available for Saturday, Sunday or both days, from $45 to $250 plus booking fee.
Commodore Barry Park, Flushing Ave, Fort Greene.


americanaUnited Stages of America
For the second year running, round up your favorite folks, friends and family, and mosey on down to the Brooklyn Americana Festival. On September 23, 24 and 25, fifty free shows will be held over the course of three days, on seven stages, from outdoor daytime performances to evening concerts. Festival-goers will shimmy and sway to the best original and traditional Americana musicians, playing live country, folk, roots, blues, old time and bluegrass and enjoy performances from Brooklyn’s Best plus special guests from Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee. The beloved pioneer hosting establishments in DUMBO and Red Hook include The Archway, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Gala at Jalopy, Sunny’s Bar, 68 Jay St Bar, Superfine and Bait N Tackle. All ages. Visit to see the full schedule.
Various locations in DUMBO and Red Hook.

Pave the Wavenext wave

Although the Brooklyn Academy of Music delivers impressive shows year-round, their Next Wave Festival is one of the largest experiments in live performance in the world. The annual multimedia, multi-genre art festival includes music, theatre, opera and dance, and runs September 7 through December 18. Opening the festival is “the loser” an opera piece by David Lang in which the title character is held in mid-air with a grand piano hovering in the distance behind him. The line-up also includes music by The Magnetic Fields, So Percussion and The Dublin Guitar Quartet. Single tickets for all shows are now on sale and range from $20-$130. Subscriptions to the festival are also available.
Various locations in Downtown Brooklyn.

Fashion Forward Brooklyn

Brooklyn showed of its cultural gems and fashion hems this month. Afropunk Festival and New York Fashion Week have reminded us that Brooklyn has others beat when it comes to expressive original street style. During Afropunk Festival in the tree-lined townhouse sanctuary of Fort Greene, Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Danny Brown, SZA and other artists performed; while party-goers rocked their frocks with vibrantly hued head wraps and dashikis, bold eyewear, chunky jewelry and imaginative fairy-tale hair.

Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn

Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn

Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn

The headlines stemming from New York Fashion Week are set to continue at the BF+DA. Nestled between the cosmopolitan bohemia of Williamsburg and the African American cultural hub of Bed-Stuy, the BF+DA by the Pratt Institute is a 21,000 square foot production and workspace for NYC designers/makers to grow their start-ups into viable businesses, integrating local manufacturing and an ethical supply chain into their bottom line.

150918 - activismOn Sunday September 20th, the BF+DA will host the closing reception for “Activism + Apparel” with a panel discussion. If you haven’t already cottoned on, the exhibit has raised pertinent questions facing the industry today. Artists and designers for the exhibit have used artifacts, garments, performance and media, to explore human rights, the impact of the industry on the environment and the need to support traditional cultures. Industry experts as well as academics from Pratt Institute, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of California and others will be putting their best shoe forward and contributing to the lively debate.

150918 - antiguaOn Friday September 25th, the BF+DA will launch “The Antigua Project Opening Reception”. This exhibit chronicles the journey of New York City designers trading in the high-rise for cultural ties, spending 2 weeks in the museum Casa del Tejido Antiguo where they worked with weavers, seamstresses, woodworkers, leather workers and a ceramicist.

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