Bklyn Americana Music Fest.

Founder & Director - 5th Annual 2019

The 'DUMBO Dozen' presented by Dumbo Bid honor artists and innovators including our festival founder and long time artist organizer. Archway Under The Manhattan Bridge Annual General Meeting and Awards Ceremony.
Original and traditional Americana, Folk, Country Blues, Old time roots, and Bluegrass music for all ages.
Festival plans are in full swing year round, with the support of local organizations DUMBO BID, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, and Brooklyn Arts Council. Friends and Fans can contribute to our kick starter for lots of fun 'Rewards' including Guest List VIP Passes at the Opening Night Gala.
The festival brings together the best of Brooklyn's original and traditional Americana, Folk, Country, Roots Blues and singer songwriters. The Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook; 68 Jay St Bar and Superfine in DUMBO host evening concerts Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. Live music outdoors Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn Bridge Park; and Saturday and Sunday in The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. Sunday Bluegrass Country Brunch at Superfine with the closing party there that night.

In 2000 at the invitation of Dumbo art under the bridge festival we produced our first stage in the Main St Loading Dock. Thirty bands over three days including The Nervous Cabaret, The Mammals, MyshkinJesse Harris, The WIYOS, Julia Joseph, Pyeng Threadgill, Jesse Lenat, Luminescent Orchestrii,and The Be Good Tanyas. We now present more than 300 live music events year round including a stage at the DUMBO Arts Festival for the last sixteen years. DAF announced that 2014 was the final year of their festival.

The Brooklyn Americana Music Festival celebrates a steadfast commitment to grass roots music in the neighborhoods known as DUMBO and Red Hook, presenting local and internationally touring artists year round. Many artists who played their first show in DUMBO on our stage have gone onto play legendary venues Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City The Royal Albert Hall, and The Louvre.

Jan Bell takes charge with graceful stride. Working with Jan was like handing over the church keys.  Her focused attention to detail and rounded handling of all aspects of a production, pre and post coupled with a level headedness made the interaction dreamy! If there ever were a request for the mounting of a sound stage or launching of a new prospective talent, Jan would be a sure call.
Executive Producer & host of Art Index TV – Joy Glidden, Founding director of DUMBO Arts Festival
Jan’s stage in the Main Street Loading Dock was the highlight of the DUMBO Arts Festival. Alison Tocci, Publisher Time Out, NY


Much as a lot of New York clubs exploit musicians, there are other venues that actually support and nurture scenes: Barbes, with its global talent base; the Jalopy’s oldtime Americana roots crew; punk rock at ABC No Rio; jazz at Smalls. Count 68 Jay St. Bar in Dumbo on this short but crucial list. If Jan Bell (a poignant and potent Americana singer and tunesmith herself) has booked a band for one of the bar’s Wednesday and Saturday night shows, that’s a guarantee that the music will be good. New York Music Daily


It can be argued that ‘The Be Good Tanyas’ entire career was kicked off at Folk Alliance 2000 in the Little Red Hen room. That was officially where and when the ‘buzz’ began, thanks to Jan Bell and the other “hens” (and roosters) creating such a magical vibe.  We played our first DUMBO Arts Festival on The Little Red Hen stage, and a house concert at Jan’s led us to Lincoln Center. Little red hen rooms are the place to be!!! Founding member, The Be Good Tanyas – Samantha Parton

In 2009 DUMBO Pioneer venue 'Superfine' cited Little Red Hen Productions when they won NYC Mayor Bloomberg's coveted Award for 'Women in Business'.

The same year Jan was inducted into the Brooklyn Country Music Hall of Fame for 'Unending Support of Country Music in New York City'. Matt Winters of WKCR-FM also received the award for presenting his Sunday morning Moonshine Radio Show for 11 years.

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