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July, 2018

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. Comment
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 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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