Brooklyn Americana Music Festival

The Manhattan skyline serves as the backdrop for this Acoustic music festival.

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The Brooklyn Americana Music Festival returns with more original and traditional country, folk, roots, blues, old time, and bluegrass artists.

Saturday, September 24th

2:00 PM Eva Salina and The Jalopy Chorus

3:00 PM Silver City Bound

4:00 PM Queen Esther

5:00 PM Luke Winslow King

6:00 PM The Maybelles

7:00 PM Shanghai String Band

Sunday, September 25th

2:00 PM Nikolaus Schuhbeck & the Avalanches

3:00 PM The Dang It Bobbys

4:00 PM Annie Keating

5:00 PM Hubby Jenkins

6:00 PM Karen Poliski

6:30 PM Will Scott

7:00 PM Bobtown

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Six acts each day including: Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops), M Shanghai String Band, Annie Keating, Queen Esther, Bobtown, Eva Salina and The Jalopy Chorus, The Dang It Bobbys, Silver City Bound, The Maybelles, and special guest from New Orleans Luke Winslow King.

Queen Esther plays hot on the heels of her September show on the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center. Paste magazine describes her new release ‘The Other Side’ as “the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year.” ’Talkin’ Fishbowl Blues’, her debut album of Black Americana also received much critical acclaim. “You’ll have to set your preconceptions aside for this one. Queen Esther is active in the theater and performance art worlds, sings the blues, sings jazz…and now has offered up a great Rock and Roll album. Is there anything this woman can’t do?” (4 Stars) — All Music Guide

Luke Winslow-King is a New Orleans-based slide guitarist, singer, producer, and songwriter. His work is an eclectic mix that combines Mississippi delta blues, folk music, traditional jazz, and roots rock & roll. His original songs blend contemporary ideas with styles from a bygone eras, producing a sound that is both rustic and elegant. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Winslow-King lived in New York City and was employed as a music therapist by the Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics in the Bronx. He also held a music teacher’s position at the La Velle School for the Blind. Since being named New Orleans’ Best Blues Artist by Gambit Magazine in 2015 Luke Winslow King has toured The United States, Australia, Canada, and Europe.

Hubby Jenkins is a multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz. After years of busking around the country and making a name for himself, Hubby became acquainted with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Since 2010 he has been an integral part of the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops and continues to make solo performances.

Bobtown - one of WFUV’s John Platt’s top three discoveries of 2013. With their distinctive original songs and 5-part vocal arrangements, NYC’s Bobtown takes an unconventional approach to Americana music. The quintet released their eponymous first album in 2010, receiving strong reviews and radio airplay as well as a feature on NPR’s All Songs Considered. Bobtown has been a headlining or featured act at prominent folk festivals in the Northeast, and members of the group have been finalists and/or winners at prestigious competitions such as Kerrville’s New Folk, Falcon Ridge’s Emerging Artists and the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.

Annie Keating whose latest album Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2 describes as ‘Wonderful’. “A wise mix of Lucinda Williams songwriting, Gillian Welch guitar and a vocal all her own… a cross between Willie Nelson and John Prine and you don’t get any better than that.” The Village Voice

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