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TokenFolkAcoustic: Marcus Jade, Mariel Berger, Dahlia Dumont

  • Bessie's Broadway and Ditmars Ave Brooklyn, New York (map)

oken Folk and visual-artist Emily New are pleased to present an evening of acoustic music with:
Marcus Jade -
Mariel Berger -
Dahlia Dumont (The Blue Dahlia) -

===Doors 6pm/Show 7pm===
++$5-10 Sliding Scale (100% of this goes to musicians)++

In collaboration with Emily New's solo show, "Now, Look Hear", on view at the gallery in Bessie's November 8-29th (, New and Token Folk have curated a special evening of music highlighting some of the key players in the infamous Jalopy Theatre music scene, the eclectic bunch of musicians the artist has documented via live-portraiture since March 2015.

Bessie's is a private artist studio/salon hosting art, community, literary and acoustic music events. We offer refreshments and snacks, some wicked vinyl and a ever growing reading room focusing on small presses and writers, living and working in the Brooklyn/NYC area. PM Bessie's for address. We are located on Broadway, at the intersection of Ditmars and Brdwy, two blocks east of JMZ Myrtle/Brdway stop ++WE OFFER: Refreshments and Snacks, Respect, Love, Art, Books, Reading, Live Acoustic Music, Vinyl, Green things, Air Conditioning, Safe Place


MARCUS JADE- Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Marcus Jade is a singer-songwriter, and guitar player. Currently living and jamming in Brooklyn, he has found a steady rhythm between offering his medicine of Blues and Folk music at shoes across the New York City metro area and producing more songs. 

MARIEL BERGER - After playing piano for her entire life, Mariel now likes to write dreamy, hopeful songs and plays regularly with her sister, Melody as the duo aptly named: The Berger Sisters. Mariel writes for Tom Tom Magazine which features women and non-binary drummers, and curates a performance series, The Moon Show, which promotes underrepresented artists. Mariel teaches song-writing and piano all around Brooklyn. She believes in the importance of collective collaboration as a way of fighting fascism and oppression.

DAHLIA DUMONT - Dahlia Dumont, growing up in Brooklyn, soaked up all of the music around her, from the Middle Eastern airs in her home to the singer-songwriter dive bars and Latin bistros of NYC. Then, after years of wondering through Senegal and France, Dahlia's colorful and far-reaching influences gave birth to "The Blue Dahlia:" lyrics in French and English, Tex-Mex and French accordion, klezmer violin, horns, folkloric percussion - a sound that is both contemporary and traditional, exotic and nostalgic, urban and intimate; an organic sound with an electric energy.

"It was March 4th 2015, when New first arrived at Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn and began to document Roots’n’Ruckus, a 13-year-old, Wednesday night, traditional, folk, blues music gathering hosted by founder and emcee, Matthew “Feral” Foster. New discovered Foster’s music in 2006 and, after moving to Brooklyn in 2015, sought out Foster in concert. “He was playing a show at the Bowery Electric with two other groups and I went to that”, recalls New, “and someone there told me, he plays every Wednesday so, I went to see him there (Jalopy Theatre) that same week.” Initially, New utilized a sketchbook, ink, pencil, charcoal, etc., to document Roots’n’Ruckus performers but, in May of 2017, when spurred into new mediums and technology by another illustration job New got to “pay the bills”, New began documenting performers using an iPad, Apple Pencil and the Procreate App. Utilizing additive and subtractive, digital techniques, during the moment of creation, while co-existing with the live-music performance, New creates living portraits. New hopes to combine her art making process with the subjects’ music in a forthcoming audio/visual presentation but for now, this “live” progression of strokes can be viewed on the artist’s Instagram Page. It was only natural that New and Foster collaborate on a Zine in 2016. Based on Foster’s lyrics to the song, Golden Gates of Heaven, the zine includes original art conceived and illustrated by New and accompanies Foster’s song lyrics; the song is included in the back of the Zine as a digital download."

Earlier Event: November 16
The Cafe Open Mic
Later Event: November 28
Unruly Presents: Art burst 3