July, 2016

Forest Hills

Queens Museum celebrates the Ramones

From Forest Hills High School to Rockaway Beach, the Ramones’ roots in Queens are deep. The punk-rock foursome is most well-known for its CBGB shows, wild songs and a well-earned reputation as one of rock’s fiercest and finest bands, but the Queens Museum is currently highlighting the group’s Forest Hills origins in an exhibition. Comments (1)

Dr. John rocks Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Flushing Meadows Corona Park was transformed into the Big Easy as Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John headlined the third annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival Saturday. Comment

Borough bands compete for top prize

Enterprising bands from throughout the borough graced the stage of the Colden Auditorium at Queens College on July 14 for the Queens Library’s second annual “Battle of the Bands.” A fast-moving thunderstorm did not deter the excited crowd of family, friends and fans. More than 2,000 free tickets were distributed and by the time the first band hit the stage many seats were full. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills street to be renamed for Ramones

Forest Hills is getting yet another tribute to The Ramones, a rock band who once called the neighborhood home. Comments (2)

Making Space for Music

Despite the many contributions that performing artists make to the city’s cultural vibrancy, the high cost of real estate, combined with the limited resources that many performers have at their disposal, can make finding suitable rehearsal or work spaces extremely difficult. Comments (1)

Musical pioneers make their mark in Queens

On a Friday evening last month, the Arthur Moon Band performed at Queens Theatre to celebrate the release of its first album, “Our Head,” and to screen the video for “Wind Up,” one of the songs from that album. Comment

June, 2016


All of Queens is a musical stage

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has partnered up with various organizations to provide talent for performances at various locations, kicking off with the “Only in Queens Summer Festival Sunday” at Flushing Meadows Corona Park near the Unisphere. Comments (1)

Queens has a tuneful Tuesday in store thanks to Make Music New York

In its 10th year, Make Music New York will bring a mix of over 1,000 free outdoor concerts to the city Tuesday, with a long list of family-themed events taking place in Queens. Comment
St. Albans

A Tribe Called Quest to be honored with mural

Phife Dawg, a founding member of the celebrated hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, died earlier this year, and elected officials are seeking to memorialize the St. Albans native and his group. A new mural may grace the side of a Linden Boulevard storefront soon, according to the office of Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans). Comments (4)

Jimmy Heath to honor Dizzy Gillespie with concert

He jammed with Queens’ music royalty back in the 1960s, and now NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath returns to Flushing Town Hall for a tribute to his hero and mentor, Dizzy Gillespie, with the Queens Jazz Orchestra titled “Dizzy Revisited.” Comment

May, 2016


Dayramir Gonzales showcases talent at Jamaica show

Cuban jazz pianist Dayramir Gonzales brought a little bit of Havana to the Queens Library in Jamaica Monday night. Comment

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Prince fans in southeast Queens celebrate the late pop legend

About 50 southeast Queens fans paid tribute to pop legend Prince at an intimate celebration hosted by state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) over the weekend. Comments (2)

April, 2016

Forest Hills

Forest Hills nonprofit heals with music

Through remarkable acts of kindness and the healing power of music, a Forest Hills-based nonprofit called Songs of Love Foundation has been bringing smiles to the faces of thousands of ailing kids all across the country and the world. Comment

Queens Symphony Orchestra celebrates David Katz

Back in 1953, the borough was culturally deprived when David Katz founded the Queens Symphony Orchestra, which he served as its first conductor. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Singer from Fresh Meadows inspired by religion

A young man from Fresh Meadows who is embarking on a musical career influenced by a variety of genres says religion is what has inspired his path. Comments (4)
St. Albans

Friends of Phife Dawg remember late musician at public memorial

St. Albans residents who grew up with the late Phife Dawg, a member of renowned hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, braved the rain to show their respect for him at a public memorial hosted by the group at St. Albans Memorial Park Monday morning. Comment
St. Albans

Phife Dawg fans honor late rapper at St. Albans Park memorial

Despite the rainy weather, nearly 200 fans of the late Phife Dawg, a member of renowned hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, braved the rain and came out to a public memorial hosted by the group for the musician at St. Albans Memorial Park Monday morning. Comment
St. Albans

Petitions underway for Phife Dawg, A Tribe Called Quest to be honored in Queens

Two major efforts are underway to honor legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest and one of its members, Queens-raised Phife Dawg, who recently died. Comments (2)

February, 2016


She writes the songs and now the novel

LaForrest “La La” Cope, an adjunct English professor at York and Queens colleges, has written songs and produced music for such A-list entertainers as Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill and Christina Aguilera. Comments (3)

Ramones exhibit coming to the Queens Museum

The Ramones, the legendary punk-rock band hailing from Forest Hills, will be the subject of a two-part exhibition at the Queens Museum starting this April. The exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversary of the group’s first album. Comments (2)
South Ozone Park

Tony Orlando proves odds-on favorite at Resorts World show

If the Bronocs vs. Panthers did not strike your fancy for weekend entertainment, Resorts World Casino supplied a blast from the past with as performance by Tony Orlando Sunday night. Comments (2)
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