Entertainment Brooklyn Americana Music Festival: Bands to watch in DUMBO and Red Hook By Hal Bienstock Special to amNewYork Updated September 21, 2016 8:23 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email While Brooklyn isn’t known nationally for its country and roots music scene, it has a thriving Americana community centered around bars, restaurants and clubs like Jalopy, Superfine and Sunny’s in Red Hook. This weekend, 60 acts will perform at the second annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival at mostly-free concerts in DUMBO and Red Hook. Here are six bands to watch. The Chapin Sisters Photo Credit: Seth Thomas Abigail and Lily Chapin are the daughters of folk singer Tom Chapin and the nieces of Harry Chapin. They began their careers as kids, singing on their father's children's albums. As adults, they first became known for their acoustic folk cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic." What could have easily come off as a novelty instead became a showcase for the sisters' beautiful harmonies and way with a melody. (Friday, 8 p.m., The Jalopy Theater, $30) Luke Winslow-King Photo Credit: Jason Kruppa Winslow-King is a bluesman from New Orleans, who also incorporates the city's jazz heritage as well as Memphis soul. His new album, "I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always," which is out September 30th, was written as his marriage fell apart, yet attempts to focus on the positive aspects of getting through the hard times. (Saturday, 5 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6; Saturday, 8 p.m. at the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, Free) Sasha Dobson and Daria Grace Photo Credit: Getty Images Sasha Dobson is best known for the company she keeps, namely her work with Norah Jones in the band Puss N Boots. She began her career as a jazz singer, but has evolved into a rock-oriented singer-songwriter in recent years. She'll be joined by Daria Grace of the Pre-War Ponies, which performs songs from the 1920s-1940s, looking beyond the obvious standards. (Saturday, 6 p.m., The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, Free) The Defibulators Photo Credit: Jessica Gildersleeve The Defibulators play the kind of country music you'd expect from a New York band, with a nervous punk energy and a healthy dose of sarcasm. But they also have the musical chops necessary to make the group more than just a high-minded concept. (Saturday, 7 p.m., The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, Free) Jack Grace Photo Credit: Jack Grace Grace is a country singer with a rock influence, a strong sense of humor and a stage presence that has earned him a solid cult following. When he's not performing his own material, Grace leads rootsy Van Halen tribute band Van Hayride and fills in on the "Freewheelin'" show on SiriusXM's Road Dog channel. (Saturday, 10 p.m., Red Hook Bait and Tackle, Free) Hubby Jenkins Photo Credit: Orlando Camacho Jenkins began his career as a subway busker before joining Grammy-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops. With the band and as a solo artist, the multi-instrumentalist performs blues, jazz, country, gospel and more, while teaching people about the history of African-American roots music. (Sunday, 5 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6, Free) By Hal Bienstock Special to amNewYork Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Brooklyn Americana Music fest founder on local bands, moreSixty acts will perform at the fest this weekend. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.