Five Views of the Erie Canal: A sunset celebration of Bowery Boys history, jazz music and dance

Last year the State of New York began its celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal.  This important upstate canal — constructed from 1817 to 1825 — changed life in New York City forever, bringing countless opportunities to the thriving port city and transforming the Hudson River into one of the most important waterways in the world.

The Waterfront Alliance will be presenting a series of programs this summer called Canal to Coast: Reuniting the Waters. The five-week series will weave together maritime arts and heritage with economic history that for 200 years has linked the Erie Canal and the Port of New York.

Please join Greg Young from the Bowery Boys in a very unconventional celebration of the Erie Canal’s history, joining two great artists in an amazing location — at sunset!

Map showing Present and Proposed Canal System, to accompany report of Edward A. Bond, State Engineer and Surveyor of N.Y. (from:Annual report of the State Engineer and Surveyor of the State of New York, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1903 (Oliver A. Quayle, Albany, 1904) c/o Erie

In Celebration of the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal
A sunset performance on Saturday, August 25, 2018 | 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Dancer Davalois Fearon, musician Mike McGinnis, and historian podcaster Greg Young combine their talents to paint a multi-faceted portrait of the Erie Canal, its geography, social impact, engineering, labor issues, and more.


Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover Street, Brooklyn, NY

This series of performances will take place aboard Lehigh Valley no. 79, a 104 year old Lehigh Valley Railroad barge moored in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Canal to Coast: Reuniting the Waters is a program of the Waterfront Alliance made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

In addition to performances, Canal to Coast will offer boat tours focused on Erie Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn and its role in helping the Erie Canal make New York City a world capital.


Tickets to performances will cost $2 (plus processing fee) each. Yes $2! Boat ride tickets will cost $5 each (plus processing fee).

Click HERE for more information and to reserve your tickets

DAVALOIS FEARON is a critically acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer born on the island of Jamaica and raised in The Bronx, New York. She is the founder and artistic director of Davalois Fearon Dance. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City by the Joyce Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dance Enthusiast’s “Moving Caribbean in NYC,” the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and the Inception to Exhibition Dance Festival, among others; as well as across the US and in Kingston, Jamaica. She has collaborated with internationally renowned poet Patricia Smith, multi-reedist Mike McGinnis, fashion photographer Nigel HoSang, and interdisciplinary artists Andre Zachery and Deborah Castillo.

MIKE McGINNIS is a composer and multi-reedist performer unbound by stylistic barriers. Artists with whom he’s worked include Yo La Tengo, Stew & the Negro Problem, Anthony Braxton, Alice & Ravi Coltrane, Hank Roberts, Ben Goldberg, Steve Coleman, Lonnie Plaxico, Art Lande, Steve Swallow, and the Broadway production of Fela!

His newest album Singular Awakening, with Art Lande & Steve Swallow, has been released by Sunnyside Records.



Top image: View on the Erie Canal (1830-32) by John William Hill/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY