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December, 2018

If you were a teenager in the ‘70s, you probably listened to those awesome bands that defined an era: Queen, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple and Jethro Tull. Their music and live productions really pushed the envelope and stretched musical boundaries. Comment
Celebrated jazz musician Monty Alexander is returning Queens to perform in the borough for the first time in nearly 50 years on Saturday, according to the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning. Comment

90-year-old Douglaston composer debuts newest piece at Tuesday Morning Music Club

Age hasn’t slowed down 90-year-old composer James Cohn, who just debuted his newest musical creation this week. Comment

November, 2018


Astoria artist’s newest album offers quick pick me ups for dark winter days

Astoria artist and French transplant LiLi Roquelin will release her fourth album “Be Inspired” on Dec. 6, which will be celebrated with a red-carpet event and live performance at the Village’s The Bitter End. Comment
PS 377 in Ozone Park is the latest elementary school to partner with Education Through Music (ETM), a music education program that provides musical education to underserved communities. Comment

Flushing Church on the Hill to host second annual concert series

The Flushing Church on the Hill is inviting the community to its free annual fall concert “Music in a Sacred Space” Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Comment

October, 2018


Cabaret star Renee Katz to perform in Flushing

Renee Katz is bringing her acclaimed show “Only from the Heart can you Touch the Sky,” to her synagogue for a cabaret night the entire Flushing community can enjoy. Comment

Douglaston violinist, 14, will perform solo at Massapequa Philharmonic

Michelle Stern, a 14-year-old violin prodigy from Douglaston, is about to make her dreams become a reality as she is preparing to perform Sunday at the Massapequa Philharmonic. Comment

College Point singer records first solo album

After 37 years of performing with The Tapes, College Point native Bill Popp is set to release his first solo album, titled “Bill Popp Solo.” Comment

Musical treasure marks comeback at QPAC

They say age is a matter of mind. So, if you don’t mind it shouldn’t matter. Comment

September, 2018

Sage Music, one of the most popular music schools in western Queens, didn’t have enough room for the multitude of students that were applying to study there. But after undergoing a remodel and expansion of their space, Sage is opening its doors to new students and anticipating the promising future of the school. Comment

August, 2018


Photos: Day Off concert wows the crowd at Knockdown Center

After eight years of traipsing around the country — including Los Angeles, Miami and Austin — Fool’s Gold, the indie hip-hop label headquartered in downtown Brooklyn, brought its famed Day Off festival to Queens. Comment

CreArt Music Festival offers unique take on classical music

He was once dubbed “a six-and-a-half-foot tall scowl,” appearing somewhat cold and aloof. Comments (1)

July, 2018

Free summer concerts highlight diverse cultures of Queens

A culturally diverse series of free summer concerts will take place at Long Island City’s Live at the Gantries, hosted by Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College beginning July 10. It is important to Live at the Gantries to showcase local and diverse talents to accurately represent Queens’ culture. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival doesn’t let rain stop the fun

At the 8th Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival Sunday, headlining act and Jamaican dance hall artist Elephant Man, who also goes by the nickname “Energy God,” was lively as ever even during a torrential downpour. He performed his hit songs on top of a large sound system, jumped into the crowd of 13,000 and danced on a soaking wet stage without missing a beat. Comments (1)
Imagine what legendary artist and “Queens boy” Paul Simon must be thinking as he prepares for his historic farewell concert at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the final performance of his “Homeward Bound” tour, set for September 22. Comments (1)
The City Parks Foundation SummerStage commenced a concert series July 5 in Springfield Park, where some music lovers relaxed on their lawn chairs, while others listened and danced along during the performances on a thick carpet of grass. Comments (1)
Late music titan Louis Armstrong has been gone for nearly half a century, but his legacy is remembered every summer in Queens. Comment

June, 2018

Forest Hills

Local musician who caught Sinatra’s eye details her show biz journey

If you strolled along Austin Street during the recent Festival of the Arts pre-summer street fair in Forest Hills, you probably heard Jukebox Jive band’s rockin’ sounds down 71st Road — also known as “Restaurant Row.” Comments (1)
Flushing Town Hall has a celebration planned to honor jazz legend Jimmy Heath’s Queens Jazz Orchestra. Comment

Sing for Hope brings Broadway to Queens

Paul Raimonda Playground in Astoria served as an ideal location to host Sing for Hope’s seventh annual event, as the park had recently undergone renovations to include a spray shower in the shape of a baby grand piano dedicated to the Steinway and Sons factory located a few blocks away. Comments (1)
Forest Hills Stadium — once the home of the US Open and now revived as a top-of-the-line concert venue — opened its concert season last week with a performance by Belle & Sebastian, a Scottish indie band that is making a comeback after being off the road for a few years. Comment
Long Island City

Microsessions returns to Queens

Jackson Heights has its own vibe. You can sense it just walking down the street. Comment
Forest Hills

Roger Daltrey takes ‘Tommy’ to Forest Hills Stadium

“Where are the artists writing with any real sense of angst and purpose? There are no movements at the moment: we had mod and then there was punk, but it’s so hard to start a movement now,” said Roger Daltrey, the legendary frontman for the English rock band The Who, in a 2014 interview with Daily Mail Online, shortly before the band turned 50. Comment

May, 2018


Children’s Orchestra Society will celebrate its 49th Year with Hunter College performance

Fresh Meadows resident Yeou-Cheng Ma has been playing the violin since she was 2 years old and the piano since she was 3. Comment

Queens Youth Music Festival shines a light on borough’s emerging talent

Prototype Music, a Jamaica-based youth music development and event production company, is having its third annual festival at St. John’s University next month in Fresh Meadows, where large crowds are expected. Comment
Long Island City

A Queens Latin Music Artist Brings New Jazz Sounds to New York City

Samuel Torres was only 17 years old when he left his homeland of Bogota, Colombia, to pursue a music career. Comments (1)

April, 2018


Bayside native brings vintage Vegas vibe to Studio 54

It was that unforgettable era of sex, swagger and swing – when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Sammy Davis, Jr. were household names. Comment

A dose of doo-wop

While strolling through Central Park near Bethesda Fountain last Sunday, I was drawn to the strains of songs of the 1950s being performed by a group of gentlemen who call themselves Cover Story. Their music, affectionately referred to as doo wop, revived many fond memories, uplifted my spirits and made me smile. It even stirred my patriotic pride because those sounds could not have been created anywhere else on the planet. Sadly there are some who are of the opinion that the “classic songs of the ‘50s” represented an era of repression and segregation. Comment

March, 2018


Queens College alumnus wins fourth Grammy

Queens College alumnus and award-winning musical composer Arturo O’Farrill was awarded with his fourth Grammy at the 60th awards in January at Madison Square Garden. Comment

Grammy-nominated pianist to perform at Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery concert

Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery will be presenting a piano concert and talk on Saturday, March 3. It’s a concert of romantic classical and modern music performed by Grammy-nominated master pianist and modern music specialist David Holzman, who will also share stories of his career as a hearing-impaired musician. This event coincides with World Hearing Day. Comment

February, 2018


QPAC announces new season of diverse entertainment

There’s another fabulous season of performances coming to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center on the campus of Queensborough Community College. Highlights of the February and March calendar include Russian dancers, a tribute to two of pop’s greatest pianists, and a celebration of the Lunar New Year. Comment

Singer’s chart-topping rise began in Astoria

Known professionally as Melanie, singer-songwriter Melanie Safka was born on Feb. 3, 1947 and spent her early years in Astoria, Queens. She is best known for her songs “What Have They Done to My Song,” “Ma,” “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and “Brand New Key.” One of only three women to perform solo at Woodstock in 1969, her performance started a trend among concert attendees to display lighters while artists sang. She has three children, all of whom are musicians, and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Comment

January, 2018

Americana musician Wes Houston performed with his trio at historic Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven last Saturday, bringing special significance for both the folk legend and the venue for the fact his grandfather played the same spot in 1908. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights Orchestra will offer ‘Four Seasons’

Maestro Patricia Glunt and the Jackson Heights Orchestra will stage their February concert, the second of the season, at 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 33-50 82nd St. The orchestra will present “The Four Seasons,” by Antonio Vivaldi. Comment



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