Jan Bell moved to Dumbo in 1999 and is the Founder and Director of Brooklyn Americana Music Festival. Opening Night Gala kicks off the first of fifty free concerts over four days, at nine locations along the spectacular waterfront at the 6th Annual BKAMF, September 17 -20, 2020.


Daytime shows for all ages in The Dumbo Archway under the Manhattan Bridge & Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6. Evening shows at beloved pioneer artist owned and operated establishments in Red Hook and Dumbo. Namely: Jalopy Theatre and Jalopy Tavern, Sunny’s Bar, 68 Jay Street Bar, Powerhouse Arena, & Superfine Restaurant Bar. 2019 saw the addition of the brand new Time Out Market Rooftop Stage.


“Just like American tunes grew out of an older tradition, the Brooklyn Americana Festival is rooted in a previous one. It is a spiritual successor to the now-defunct Dumbo Arts Festival where Jan Bell curated the music stage at several locations, over fourteen years." NY Post.

"Most Brooklyn-esque!" New York Times.


Award winning recipient of grants from NYC Dept. Cultural Affairs, and NY State Council on the Arts administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council. Non profit Partners Dumbo BID, Living Traditions, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.


Made possible by the Office of Councilman Stephen Levin and our Generous Sponsors:

Coney Island Brewery, Superfine, Red Hook Star Revue, 168 Plymouth, NYC Ferry, D'Addario, Olympia Wine Bar, Creatively Wild, Exit 9, Mark Jupiter, Dumbo View, Dumbo Direct, Brooklyn Roads, Two Trees, and Miko Graphics.


Jan is also known as a singer songwriter with her band The Maybelles, playing festival stages from Grey Fox to Glastonbury.

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