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Dope BBQ: Labor Day Weekend


Nothing says Labor Day better than a fun filled barbecue or cookout with family, friends, and your Dopebbq family. DOPEBBQ is the definition of a high-energy and elite barbecue experience with good food, great sounds, and beautiful people. This is a serious barbecue and day party situation!

If you were there in May and July, you know the deal but this time the surprise is bigger and better!

Whether your favorite NBA player or Instagram influencer crush is there or not it will always be DOPE! DO NOT MISS IT. (21+)

Free plate of food included with your ticket purchase.

Presented by The General Public (TGP) & proud partner, Cassius.

Afro Carnival




Afro Carnival Festival is set to end the summer right with pure authentic vibes! All in one setting, the festival is set to provide nothing less than an exhilarating cultural experience. Afro Carnival Festival is the premier event for the unification of the diaspora through music.




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OFFICIAL STARBOY DJ and Afrobeat/Afrobeats pioneer DJ Tunez is a Nigerian DJ/producer from Brooklyn New York. With a passion for music and his culture, Tunez has elevated his stature on a global scale. Using his talent to spread a vibe impossible of replication, he has earned the title of top Afrobeat/Afrobeats DJ nationally while simultaneously being Wizkid’s official DJ.

DJ Tunez made his mark selling out African themed events in New York City. Growing up Brooklyn Tunez was heavily influenced by multiple cultures making him versatile with multiple audiences. He’s been an instrumental influence in the globalization of Afrobeat/Afrobeats.

DJ Tunez global imprint includes stops at Wireless Festival, Barclays Center, The Apollo, Afropunk Paris, Boiler Room Toronto, MoMa PS1, Royal Albert Hall, and more. He’s entertained crowds at popular venues around the world and has DJ’d with the genre’s biggest acts. Within a short amount of time, the sounds of DJ Tunez have rapidly grown in popularity amongst a variety of cultures. Tunez has found success releasing timeless music such as the international sensation “Iskaba,” which has amassed millions of streams across major platforms.


Afro Carnival is a premier festival in NYC, with the aim of unifying people of the diaspora through music and culture. Patrons from all walks of life come to enjoy amazing music, food and cultural expression from around the world.

Afro Carnival has put New York’s melting on display as continental Africans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Latinos, African Americans and many other cultures come together for this affair.

Festival masqueraders grace the audience in traditional carnival costumes and perform a variety of Caribbean dances. Guests are also treated with an array of live instruments, including the vibrant beat of the drums.

Afro Carnival features internationally acclaimed, award winning Afrobeats disc jockey, DJ Tunez joined by guests who bring a host of different sounds from around the globe while also implementing live performances.

Witness various displays of cultural expression throughout the day via latest dance trends, face painting, cultural attire, food and much more.


Instagram(s): @afrocarnival @btgroup_events
Facebook: @Afrocarnival1
Twitter: @Afrocarnival

Fifty Two Ft: Sue Havens


Knockdown Center is pleased to present Brick and Mortar: MASSIVE, a new work by Sue Havens as a part of Knockdown Center’s FiftyTwo Ft. series of commissioned wall-based artworks in the East Corridor.

Sue Havens is an artist interested in the interplay between painting and ceramics. Her work is influenced by the visual world around her: glimpses of things from daily life such as buildings, pavement lines, commercial packaging, tree bark, auto body signs, and 1970’s knit sweaters are embedded in the pattern, texture, and form of her work across disciplines.

At Knockdown Center, Brick and Mortar: MASSIVE will be Havens’ largest scale painting to date. The visual language of this site-specific work will continue Havens’ practice of culling from her everyday surroundings while also incorporating gestural influences from Turkey and from kilim rugs to the ruins of Ephesus. Havens’ disparate sources mingle and surface in large brushstrokes and layered patterns producing a playful grid. As a whole, the work emerges as an integrated landscape that oscillates between flat and dimensional, sturdy and precarious, irregular and precise.

Sue Havens is an artist based in New York and Tampa. Havens received her BFA in Art from The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art in 1995, and her MFA in painting from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 2003. Havens is a 2008 Fellowship recipient in Painting from The New York Foundation for the Arts and most recently a recipient of the 2017 McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowship. She is currently an assistant Professor of Art at The University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

Havens has exhibited internationally and nationally in venues such as Galerie Nord in Berlin, The Museum of Drawings in Laholm, Sweden, Regina Rex, Jeff Bailey, PS 122, Postmasters, Frederich Petzel, Art in General, Momenta Art, Sara Meltzer, OK Harris, Pierogi, The Houghton Gallery at The Cooper Union, The Parlour in Bushwick, New York, and Mindy Solomon in Miami among others. Havens was a 2008 Fellowship recipient in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts and most recently, a recipient of the 2017 McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowship. Havens authored, designed and illustrated the book Make Your Own Toys (2010). She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union, and a MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of The Arts at Bard College. Her work was most recently featured in Warhol’s Interview Magazine.

Carried on Both Sides: Encounter Three


Exhibition Events
Thursday, August 30, 6 – 8pm: Opening performance by Lika Volkova
Saturday, November 3, 5 – 8pm: Closing performance by Daniel Neumann

Knockdown Center is pleased to present Carried on Both Sides: Encounter Three, a collaborative project by artists Caroline Woolard, Helen Lee, and Lika Volkova on view August 30 – November 3, 2018. Founded in research and expressed across media, the works in the exhibition explore the visual, political, and material lineage of the @ symbol. The artists employ traditional and experimental glass techniques to engage with the history of the @ symbol, and ultimately, to speculate about its future use.

The project consists of three exhibitions over the course of a year, culminating at Knockdown Center in its final and most comprehensive presentation. For Knockdown Center, the artists incorporate sculpture, installation, fashion, and glass blowing to create new artifacts that reference what the group calls “imperial residues” of ancient Rome that are embedded in the contemporary world. These residues appear in daily life, from architectural columns on buildings and the figure of the bald eagle on the dollar bill, to the ubiquitous @ symbol. The @ symbol derives from a graphic representation of the amphora, a vessel used in ancient Rome to transport goods like olive oil or grains. The project’s title references the amphora’s original meaning – to “carry on both sides” – referring to the vessel’s two carrying handles. The works on view aim to evoke questions about what connections we may find between this ancient mode of transportation, commerce, and craft, and today’s digital communication. The artists thus have created artifacts from the future of the @ symbol in which they imagine the @ symbol unfurls in an imperative to rest, to sleep, and to dream.

The first iteration of the project was exhibited at Lesley Heller Workspace in November 2017, and the second iteration of the project showed at LMAKgallery in January 2018. For more information on this project, see:, and the Art21 documentary:

Thursday, August 30
6 – 8pm: Opening performance by Lika Volkova

During the exhibition’s opening, collaborating artist Lika Volkova brings three bodies into contact with her artwork. Wearing garments from the future, they rest under glass paperweights. With this work, Volkova asks us to consider the ways in which the @ symbol destroys sleep and takes over dreams, offering the glass paperweight as a speculative protection from the invasive @ symbol during sleep.

Saturday, November 3
5 – 8pm: Closing performance by Daniel Neumann
The exhibition will close with a durational sound field composition by sound artist Daniel Neumann made in response to the works on view.


Caroline Woolard creates sculptures using online networks, hand built objects, and immersive environments. Recent commissions include Listen, Wave Pool, Ohio (2018); WOUND, Cooper Union, New York, NY (2016); Capitoline Wolves, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2016), and Exchange Café, MoMA, New York, NY (2014). Woolard’s work has been celebrated by the National Endowment for the Arts, where she delivered the 50th Anniversary keynote (2017) and in New York Close Up, the PBS / Art21 documentary series (2017). Recent scholarly writing on her work has been published in the Brooklyn Rail (2017); Artforum (2016); Art in America (2016); The New York Times (2016); and South Atlantic Quarterly (2015). Recent visiting artist lecture appointments include the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL); Williams College (Williams, MA); the University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, CA); the Malmo Art Academy (Malmo, Sweden); University of Wisconsin at Madison (Madison, WI); and the Royal Danish Academy (Copenhagen, Denmark). Woolard holds a BFA from Cooper Union (Sculpture, 2007) and is a recipient of the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund (OurGoods, 2010-2012), the Antipode Scholar-Activist Project Award (Community Economies Collective, 2016), and the Theo Westenberger Estate Fund (2015). Woolard has been named one of 11 Artists to Transform the Art World (2017), has been listed in the WIRED Smart List (2013), ArtNet’s Top 20 Female Artists (2015), and in the Top 100 Women for the Commons by the Peer to Peer Foundation (2014).

Helen Lee is an artist, designer, educator, and glassblower. She holds an MFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BSAD in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her honors include the inaugural Irwin Borowsky Prize in Glass Art in 2013 and the Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award in 2014. She was nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2015 and a USA Fellowship in 2016. Most recently, Lee received the Gold Award in the 2016 Bullseye Emerge exhibition. Her work is in the collections of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and Toyama City Insitute of Glass Art. Lee has worked as a freelance graphic designer for Chronicle Books and Celery Design Collaborative, and was an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts from 2009-2011. She has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Art, Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and the MIT Glass Lab. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of Glass in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lika Volkova is an artist and fashion designer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her sculptures and garments have been shown at the Museum of Art and Design and the Queens Museum of Art. Volkova’s label SANS was featured in Vogue, Metal, and Hintand her work has been commissioned by PERFORMAHer forthcoming New Economic Policy installation will be shown at The Luminary in St. Louis and at the Ross Art Museum in Ohio in 2018.

Daniel Neumann is a Brooklyn-based sound artist, organizer and audio engineer, originally from Germany. A main focus throughout these different occupations is how sound interacts with space and how spaces can be shaped by sound. He holds a masters degree in media art from the HGB Leipzig and also studied electronic music composition.


Knockdown Center’s exhibitions are selected through a competitive open call for proposals. Through a multi-round process, exhibition proposals are reviewed by Knockdown Center’s Curatorial Advisory Board and selected based on quality, distinctiveness, and response to Knockdown Center’s unique site and context within an ecosystem of live events.

Founded in 2015, the Knockdown Center’s Curatorial Advisory Board is currently comprised of seven sitting arts professionals with diverse but overlapping interests and fields of expertise. The Curatorial Advisory Board meets bi-annually to provide critical feedback on a wide range of proposals as well as contributing to discussions about larger programmatic goals. To learn more about proposing an exhibition or short-term project please visit our Proposals Page.

Myth and Prosthesis III: Robot, teach us to Pray


Robot, teach us to Pray is a sound performance by composer and robotics developer Efraín Rozas with his robotic percussive sculpture. The robot, coded and built by the artist, recognizes human movements and generates rhythmic patterns in real time. The robot’s percussive patterns are generated by an algorithm and a software developed with a logic that draws from Rozas’ Latin American music background and his personal concepts of time. Through the performance, Rozas’ relationship with the robot becomes a means to create a personal ritual.

Robot, Teach us to Pray is the third and last installment of Myth and Prosthesis, a series of sound installations and performances by Rozas. The series explores new possible paradigms in the relationship between technology, culture, body, and cognitive processes. It also asks what cosmologies, epistemologies, and mind/body concepts are represented in new technological prostheses.

This project was developed with the support of The New York State Council on the Arts/Wave Farm and Harvestworks.

Efraín Rozas is Peruvian Brooklyn based performer/composer and robotics/software developer interested in new paradigms of cognitive technologies and mythologies.

In 2018 he released the album “I enjoy the World” described as “A psychonautic deep dive” by Wire Magazine. His robotic installation “Myth and Prosthesis” has received the NY State Council on the Arts/ Wavefarm Media Arts Assistance Fund 2018, Harvestworks New Works Commission & Residency (New York), a commission from Knockdown Center (New York). He has presented it at the Crazy Music Festival (Luxembourg), Yaam (Berlin), and Worm (Rotterdam).

His work has been featured at CNN, BBC, Washington post, Wire magazine, Daily News, and NPR Soundcheck. He has performed at the Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Levitation Festival, and played with his experimental Latin American ensemble “La Mecánica Popular” at Central Park Summerstage Fania Records 50th anniversary in New York. As a researcher he has focused on the experimentalisms of the global south. He holds a PhD in composition and ethnomusicology at New York University. He has published the book “Fusión: a soundtrack for Peru”, and has released several LPS internationally via Names You can Trust, the Ethnomusicology Institute of Peru and the Embassy of Spain. He teaches at New York University and produces “La Vuelta al día en 80 mundos” since 2008, nominated to the best “World Sounds” radio show by Mixcloud.


AfroDisiac Multicultural Music and Arts festival is a harm reduction awareness benefit by queer women of color of New York DanceSafe, a 501(c)(3) public health non-profit based in NYC event held on World Humanitarian Day that will expand harm reduction services and relevant health and safety resources to marginalized communities that are typically not reached through mainstream “Electronic Dance Music” events.
It’ll feature dance genres such as grime & bassline, Jersey club, booty bass, ghetto house, tropical bass, baile funk, juke, and more! This lineup features a balanced representation of ethnic and gender groups.
This is a safe space for marginalized communities to have access to partygoer health and safety information and other related services.
► Juliana Huxtable
Juliana Huxtable is an artist, poet, performer, and DJ who often uses her own body, gender fluidity, and identity as her primary subject. Spurred by a diaristic impulse, she reflects upon her gender transition and often links her own physical evolution to a dialogue concerning avatar, science-fiction, radical black and queer movements, and aboriginal tribes, among other social phenomena.
► DJ Deeon
Growing up in Chicago’s south side in the late 60’s and 70’s, Deeon experienced an era of profound change in America’s cultural and racial landscape which later became the subject-matter for his extensive musical portfolio. At a time when electronic music was new and starting to define itself, he was a pioneer in developing a sound that corresponded to the time and life of the people around him and the surrounding neighborhoods of Chicago’s downtrodden; those in dire need of profound change and liberation. His personal story and musical work is now indistinguishable from that rich tapestry that is America’s contemporary cultural history.
► DJ Haram
DJ Haram is a producer and DJ originally from New Jersey, currently based in Philadelphia. Stylistically versatile, she throws down for Jersey, Philly, and Baltimore with club and booty bounce sets but also has been known to pay homage to her roots in the tradition of Middle Eastern dance music and of DIY noise and experimental sound.
► Boston Chery
► The Dance Pit
► Cruz CTRL
► GoodDroid
► Jasmine Infiniti
► Kush Jones
► Love Taps
► Nasty Nigel
► Ryan Romanski
► Winnah Daniels
► Naloxone Training provided by Harm Reduction Coalition
► Fentanyl Test Strip Training provided by Washington Heights CORNER Project
► Drug Checking Demonstrations provided by New York Dancesafe
► MDMA the Movie Screening provided by Dancesafe
► “Is Prohibition Killing Our Kids? Reality-based Drug Education in the Era of Black Lives Matter” abuse prevention and harm reduction education presentation by Jerry ‘Mista Oh’ Otero
► Free health screening and testing provided by Community Healthcare Network
► Free Earpeace Hi Fidelity Protection provided by Drug Policy Alliance: Music Fan
► Free 15 minute mental health check-ins for provided by The Center For Optimal Living
► Free Self-Defense workshop catered to women & LGBTQ led by POP Gym
► Onsite sober peers for individuals in recovery
► Free health and safety resources and peer educators
► Amarachi Esowe –
► Club Etiquette –
► Craig Johnson II –
► Josh “Big Ears”
► Team Circus –
► Rave Ninjaz –
► Raiders of Concrete –
► Arthur Clarke –
► Gina GypsyPixiie –
► Her.She.Me by Crown Me Brands –
► BlackGround Ink Printing –
► Smurfo Udirty –
► Eternal Lotus –
► Andrea Zalkin –
We acknowledge the biases against lower income persons, LGBTQ, or persons of color–taking into mind the risks of being a partygoer in this demographic, that may not only lead to mental health or personal safety issues–but legal issues.
Alongside our sponsors and partners, we collaborate to not only educate, but protect, and/or restore rights to individuals in these communities, who are adversely affected by unequal access to these resources.
► Drug Policy Alliance
► Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
► Zendo Project
► Harm Reduction Coalition
► ParaDocs Worldwide Inc
► Community Healthcare Network
► Washington Heights CORNER Project
► Festival Wellness- Rave On
► Dr. Bronner’s
► The Center For Optimal Living
► Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program
► Brooklyn Defender Services
► POP Gym
► Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY)
► Harmonium: Recovery & Music in Harmony
► Gaimova
For more information about the participants of this event, visit:



Schimanski NY & RPM Presents presents…

FISHER in The Ruins [Knockdown Center’s backyard]

Tickets on sale now



Amorawa featuring DJ Tunez + FRIENDS is the premier African Attire Festival in New York City. Patrons of the event have the opportunity to relish in the elaborate fashion of the diaspora while also indulging in the diverse global sounds.



Join us for an evening of performances and DJ sets by participating artists from “Soundtrack,” a new work of collaborative sound art initiated by Mel Chin with Jace Clayton (aka DJ /rupture) in conjunction with the exhibition Mel Chin: All Over the Place on view now at the Queens Museum!

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Ushka (
Atropolis (
DJ Aaron (

Presented by Queens Museum and No Longer Empty as part of Mel Chin: All Over the Place, local artists, including L’Rain, DJ Aaron, Ushka and Atropolis, and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe have transformed field recordings from the routes of the 1, 5, 7, E and F trains into compositions that bridge the mechanical and the human.

From Eastchester in the Bronx to Brooklyn’s Coney Island, the far West Side of Manhattan to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the commissioned works use the sounds of the city’s transit system. The artists’ interpretations capture more than sounds of the city, they weave its ethos and creative potential into one of the most practical components of daily life: the commute. The commissioned works are woven into a single mix that extends the entire length of this daily route. The mix also features novelists Jennifer Marie Brissett and Eugene Lim reading from their works.

To stream or download Soundtrack click here.

Juice WRLD


 I’m Really There: Juice WRLD

JuiceWRLD comes to Knockdown Center as one of the brightest new stars in hip-hop, topping the streaming charts with breakout hits, “All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams“.

Meet & Greet packages available for a very limited time!

** Move Forward Music Presents: I’m Really There, a festival built for the fans, curated to bring together the best in our culture:








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