December, 2016

It’s been a long road traveled for Nan-Chang Chen, but the Forest Hills resident continues to make an impact on the musical world. Comment
Jackson Heights

Symphonic sounds come to Jackson Heights

The Jackson Heights Orchestra, led by Artistic Director and Founder Patricia Glunt, will kick off its fifth season with a concert Wednesday, Dec. 14. In addition to playing music by Bach, Krommer and Mozart, the orchestra will perform a piece, Peri Mauer’s “All Along the Heights,” that was commissioned to celebrate its fifth birthday. Also featured is soloist Thomas Piercy on clarinet. Comment

Visuality gives music a brand new look

Multidisciplinary music ensemble CreArtBox, which is based in Sunnyside, will bring a powerful combination of various art forms to the Queens Theatre Saturday night. Comment

November, 2016


A Tribe Called Quest looks back and forward

A Tribe Called Quest’s new album “We’ll Take It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service,” will be their last, according to the group, particularly after founding member Mailk “Phife Dawg” Taylor’s death earlier this year. The album is utterly in keeping with the rest of the seminal hip-hop group’s discography without ever giving into the pull of nostalgia. Comment
St. Albans

Phife Dawg to be memorialized in street co-naming

A member of the celebrated Queens-based hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest who died earlier this year will be honored with a street co-naming this coming weekend, outside of a building now emblazoned with a mural of the famous group. Comment

KC and The Sunshine Band to perform at QPAC

Bayside will be getting a shake-up Nov. 19 when KC and The Sunshine Band rolls out the disco-era hits at Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Comment
Forest Hills

Ramones fans turn out in droves for new street naming

Ramones fans gathered from far and wide to celebrate the renaming of the intersection of 67th Avenue and 110th Street outside of Forest Hills High School as “Ramones Way.” The school is the alma mater of the four original members of the band. Comments (1)

October, 2016


New film follows legendary Danny Fields from Warhol to the Ramones

Earlier this year, the Queens Museum saluted one of Queens’ biggest contributions to the history of rock n roll with the exhibit “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: The Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” which told the story of the legendary punk rockers on the 40th anniversary of the release of their first album. Comments (2)

John Lennon bus makes stop at Holy Cross High School

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made a stop at Holy Cross High School at last week to introduce students to techniques in music and video production as part of their Come Together NYC Tour. Comment

Queens gets some love from rock ‘n’ roll legend

Like most performers, Darlene Love has a lot to think about when she’s on stage—set lists, cues from the other musicians and all of the other things that go into putting on a show. But her biggest consideration, she says, is making sure that the audience has a good time. Comment
The inaugural The Meadows Music and Arts Festival, which stretched throughout the Citi Field parking lot, could have easily been called the Kanye West festival. But it ended abruptly before the final curtain. Comments (1)

Country music finds a home at LIC Bar

Some things in New York City simply do not meet expectations. Take the Island City Outlaws, for example. When Matt Cusack and Alex Kerckhoff started bringing the cowboy tunes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams—among others—to Queens about three years ago, acceptance from borough musical audiences might not have been totally expected. But that’s what has happened. Comment

September, 2016

Forest Hills

In Forest Hills, it’s time for everybody to dance

If you remember the 21st night of September as something more than just a date on the calendar, then Forest Hills Stadium next weekend may be the place for you. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Gustavo Rodriguez is always searching for new musical talent for LIC Bar

When Sunnyside resident Gustavo Rodriguez, 43, began booking musical performers at the LIC Bar in 2008, he used to have a difficult time bringing acts to the old venue at 45-58 Vernon Blvd. That is no longer the case, as the saloon’s reputation has grown along with the neighborhood’s popularity. Comment

A little bit of Spanish Harlem comes to Flushing Town Hall

Back in the 1960s, a sound known as the Latin Boogaloo became prominent on the music scene. Following in the footsteps of the bossa nova and incorporating touches of R&B, mambo and a Cuban genre called son montuno, this modern style of samba originated in New York City, where it was primarily popular among Cuban and Puerto Rican teenagers. Songs were performed in both English and Spanish. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Harps get hip

If you think harps and harp-playing belong to a different era, you haven’t experienced Erin Hill’s “alternative” take on the instrument. Comment

August, 2016


Big City musicians showcase talent at LIC venue

Big City Music Festival returned to Long Island City’s LIC Bar, where 24 musicians and groups from across the city gathered to showcase their original song-writing talent Saturday and Sunday. The two-day event comes along every two years and was founded by Niall Connolly, an Irish immigrant who sought to bring a little bit of home to the city. Among performers gaining in notoriety were Warren Malone, August Wells and Youth in a Roman Field. Comment

Bill Popp plays cool sounds for warm evenings

Queens offers a lot of ways to cool off with music during the summer months, from evenings under the stars in a city park, to rock bands cranking up the volume within sight of the Atlantic Ocean in the Rockways. Comments (1)

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 (4)

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

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 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
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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