Brooklyn Americana Music Presents: Queen Esther, Hilary Hawke, Mali Obomsawin. Hosted by Jan Bell

July 26th, 2022 7pm   Stage

Brooklyn Americana Music Festival
The Brooklyn Americana Music Festival (BKAMF) brings together Brooklyn-based Americana musicians and special guests from across the country to perform both outdoors and indoors in Dumbo. The semi annual music festival is a beloved celebration of folk, roots, country blues, and Americana taking place in Brooklyn Bridge Park in June, and Dumbo Archway every September. Founded from the ashes of Dumbo Arts Fest. (DAF) in 2015.
BKAMF is made possible by Brooklyn Arts Council’s 2022 Brooklyn Arts Fund Program supported by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA).
Jan Bell – MC, Festival Founder and Curator
Originally from Yorkshire England, calling Dumbo Brooklyn home since the 90’s. Her band The Maybelles have played stages from Greyfox Bluegrass festival to Glastonbury; the Woody Guthrie Archives to the Waldorf Astoria. Independent Music Awards Best Americana album, and nominee for ‘Dream of the Miner’s Child’ dedicated to her Grandfather. Opening for Odetta, Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Rosalie Sorrels, Jolie Holland, and Sierra Ferrell. Bell curates 300+ live music events year round at women artist owned and operated small business festival venues, in Dumbo and Red Hook.

Queen Esther


Can you imagine a black Lucinda Williams? Not like when she plays the blues torn from her first albums, no. A black Lucinda Williams in pop, rhythm, blues and even gender roots Americana. So it sounds, if you can imagine such a hodgepodge somehow, the latest album from this brutal, original, explosive singer. – Vanity Fair

Imported – from Charleston, SC and the ATL respectively – vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer Queen Esther delves into her Low country childhood and harmelodic tendencies to forge a sonic path that melds roots rock, country gospel and twang.

Hilary Hawke


Hilary Hawke is a Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, teacher and arranger originally from New York State. She most recently was the featured banjoist for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! on Broadway, and banjo/guitar in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star on Broadway (NYC)



MALI OBOMSAWIN is an award winning songwriter, bassist and composer from the Wabanaki First Nation at Odanak. With an eclectic background in American roots, jazz, and indie rock, Obomsawin carries several music traditions. A Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist, Mali has received acclaim from NPR and RollingStone and toured internationally with her band Lula Wiles.