Connect with us

Entertainment

DAMIAN MARLEY FOR GROOVIN’ IN THE PARK

Reggae’s most sought after superstar Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley will bring the curtain down on the highly anticipated Groovin In The Park festival that takes place on Sunday, June 24 inside Roy Wilkins Park in New York. The tremendously popular decision to add Marley to the lineup was confirmed earlier.

Published

on

Damian Marley
Reggae’s most sought after superstar Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley will bring the curtain down on the highly anticipated Groovin In The Park festival that takes place on Sunday, June 24 inside Roy Wilkins Park in New York. The tremendously popular decision to add Marley to the lineup was confirmed earlier.
 
The son of two celebrities- reggae icon Bob Marley and former Miss World 1976 Cindy Brakespeare – cemented his own place in the annals of music history when he became the first reggae artist to win a GRAMMY outside of the “reggae” category, taking home an award for ‘Best Urban/Alternative’ performance for his single, “Welcome To Jamrock.”

The acclaimed international reggae/dancehall superstar is a fixture on Billboard’s Reggae Digital Singles chart. ‘Welcome to Jamrock,’ from his Grammy winning album of the same name was certified gold in the United States. The single was listed as one of the ‘Top 100 Songs Of The Decade’ by Rolling Stone Magazine. Popular track from the disc include ‘Pimpa’s Paradise,’ ‘Confrontation’ and ‘Hey Girl.’

The success of ‘Road To Zion,’ the 2nd US single from the ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ album inspired his 2010 Distant Relatives project, a collaborative album with Nas. The album’s title reflected not only the bond between the artists, but the connection to their African ancestry.
 
He partnered with Skrillex on the groundbreaking track ‘Make It Bun Dem.’ The song sold over 350,000 downloads and enjoyed success in Austria, Belgium, Sweden and New Zealand. The song was one of four tracks with Marley that graced the Billboard chart in 2005 including ‘Road to Zion’,  ‘Patience’ (with Nas) and ‘Welcome to Jamrock.’
 
Marley was in the news a few days ago when R&B icon Babyface declared in an interview that Marley was the reggae artist he would most like to collaborate with.
Other headliners booked for Groovin In The Park 2018 are Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Busy Signal, Capleton, Romain Virgo, JC Lodge, Marcia Aitken and Pam Hall.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Entertainment

Summer Sings come to Queens this August

Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills will host two Summer Sings this August, inaugurating an exciting new tradition in our borough. On Thursday August 16, David Close and Ben Arendsen will conduct the Mozart “Requiem,” and on Thursday August 23 Ronnie Oliver Jr. will conduct the Brahms “Requiem.” Summer Sings are open to everyone, start at 7.30 pm, and cost $15, payable at the door. Musical scores will be provided.

Published

on

Summer Sings come to Queens this August

Everyone is welcome to take part in fun, open performances of the Requiems of Mozart and Brahms.

 

Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills will host two Summer Sings this August, inaugurating an exciting new tradition in our borough. On Thursday August 16, David Close and Ben Arendsen will conduct the Mozart “Requiem,” and on Thursday August 23 Ronnie Oliver Jr. will conduct the Brahms “Requiem.” Summer Sings are open to everyone, start at 7.30 pm, and cost $15, payable at the door. Musical scores will be provided.

 

Summer Sings are open performances of major choral works. They are a chance for anyone who enjoys singing to join a rousing community event. Leading local conductors guide an impromptu choir through some of the most iconic works of choral literature.

 

Our Lady of Mercy Church (www.mercyhills.org) enjoys abundant free street parking, elevator access for the less mobile, and excellent air conditioning, as well as being convenient to mass transit (E or F subway, Forest Hills LIRR and the Q23 bus). It is close to highways, and convenient for all of Queens, as well as Nassau county and other NYC boroughs.

 

The Forest Hills Choir (www.fhchoir.org), a local community choir, sponsors Summer Sings in Queens, in partnership with The Oratorio Society of Queens (www.queensoratorio.org) and Schola Sine Nomine. Go to sponsor’s websites, or contact info@summersingsinqueens.org for more information.

Continue Reading

Entertainment

It’s in Queens July 12 to July 18

Published

on

FunkyDawgz

Spiders, graft, funky dawgz, and salad allergies are about to descend on Queens this week. But don’t worry, they’re friendly – and they’ll mix with plenty of outdoor concerts, a few film festivals, dance, and an annual walking tour.

July 12, Jazz in the Park, 6:30 pm. Saxophonist Eric Wyatt, a seasoned performer, brings his commanding tone for a night of smooth jazz as part of an ongoing series. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

July 12, Very Be Careful, 7 pm. This SummerStage celebration of Latin American music and culture features an all-Colombian lineup. Very Be Careful plays vallenato. There’s also the dance music collective Systema Solar with an opening DJ set from El Freaky. Free. Queensbridge Park, 41st Avenue and Vernon Boulevard, LIC.

July 13, Boulevard Film Festival, July 15. This third annual event screens 25 films, each one followed by a Q&A session. Comedies, shorts, documentaries, dramas, and a closing party. Five sessions over three days at Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., and Sanger Hall, 48-20 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside.

July 13, The Other Side of Everything, July 22. The U.S. theatrical premiere of the Serbian film that won Best Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Showtimes are July 13, 7:30 pm; July 14, 4 pm and 6:30 pm, July 15, 4 pm and 6:30 pm; July 18, 3 pm; July 19 at 3 pm; July 20 at 5 pm; July 21 at 4 pm; and July 22 at 4 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

July 14, The Colors of Frida, 10 am & noon. This bilingual, one-woman show combines storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets, and audience participation for young audiences to tell the story of a famous Mexican artist. $14/$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

July 14, Hot Jazz/Cool Garden: Byron Stripling, 2 pm. This highly acclaimed and versatile musician earned his stripes as lead trumpeter with the Count Basie Orchestra. $20 with red beans-and-rice dish and sweet tea. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona.

July 14, The New World of the Number 7 Train, 10 am to 5:30 pm. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a series of six walks and connecting rides along the 7 train, focusing on its affect on surrounding neighborhoods since beginning service in 1914. Route includes Hudson Yards, LIC, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, and Flushing. $49 and register via jaconet@aol.com.

July 14, Spend the Day Dancing, noon. The internationally famous troupe Jessica Lang Dance is now based in Queens. Enjoy a free Creative Moment class and a game of Freeze Dance intended to open children’s imaginations through engagement with music and creative movement exploration. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 14, Ayazamana, 7:45 pm. More than 30 artists take the audience on an imaginary trip through Ecuador via traditional dances and celebrations, accompanied by live music. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Theatre, 35-12 35th Ave., Astoria.

July 14, Queensboro Dance Festival, 2 pm. Outdoor performances as part of an ongoing, series. On this day, it’s Dugal Dance Projects, The Kingdom Dance Company, Mala and Dancers, DIPR…the company, Dancing Fish, and Vissi Dance Theater. Free. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 14, Allergic to Salad, 11 am. Hands-on cooking with farm-fresh ingredients. This class is designed for families, and all ages are welcome. $20. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.

July 14, Graft, 7 pm. A local rock-n-roll band plays two sets of covers and original songs. Free. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside.

July 14, Cinema Saturdays: Street Games, 1 pm. As people from all over the globe settled in NYC in the early 1900s, one thread the children could share was the games they played in the streets. This film looks back at when things were a bit simpler and creativity was a prerequisite to play. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.

July 15, Queens Craft Brigade Market, noon to 5 pm. Artwork, fashion, food, jewelry, crafts, and more. All vendors are from Queens and curated to maintain a diverse atmosphere. Rocco Moretto VFW Hall, 31-35 31st St., Astoria.

July 15, Sundays on the Lawn: Las Llamadas with Favela Candombe Ensemble, 1:30 pm. This new outdoor program presents internationally renowned bands and musicians at 3 pm, after free art-making classes and lawn games at 1:30 pm. Las Llamadas plays Uruguayan-African music. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 15, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, 3:30 pm. This band engulfs the spirit and traditions of New Orleans with R&B, original music, hip hop, funk, and today’s top hits with a brass twist. Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

July 17, Lindsay Lou, 7 pm. A fantastic Americana/Folk/Bluegrass ensemble performs as part of the two-month Live at the Gantries series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, LIC.

July 18, Irish Heritage Night, 6 pm. McManus Irish Dance and the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy present bagpipes, dance, traditional music and song, and Gaelic sport demos. Free. LIC Landing by Coffeed, 52-10 Center Blvd., LIC.

July 18, It’s All About Spiders, 1 pm. The second weekly Garden Creativi-Tea workshop involves making imaginary, fuzzy spiders and building a giant, colorful web. Workshops continue on Wednesdays until Aug. 8. $4. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.

Continue Reading

Entertainment

KUPFERBERG CENTER’S LIVE AT THE GANTRIES

Experience the wonderful world of Queens in your own backyard at Long Island City’s Live at the Gantries, a summer concert series hosted by Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Live at the Gantries aims to highlight local and diverse talents that represent the communities and cultures in Queens.

Published

on

Live at the Gantries 2018

KUPFERBERG CENTER’S LIVE AT THE GANTRIES AND KICKS OFF IN JULY WITH LINE-UP OF LOCAL AND DIVERSE PERFORMERS

Experience the wonderful world of Queens in your own backyard at Long Island City’s Live at the Gantries, a summer concert series hosted by Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Live at the Gantries aims to highlight local and diverse talents that represent the communities and cultures in Queens.

 

In past years, Live at the Gantries typically featured only seven acts, but due to increased attendance, Kupferberg Center has extended this year’s line-up to include eight acts. This summer’s program includes acclaimed performers from a variety of musical backgrounds, including jazz, rock, hip-hop, folk, and pop.

 

On July 10, Lady and the Vamps will cover a range of genres from jazz standards like “Cheek to Cheek” to chart topping hits like “All About That Bass.” Based in Manhattan, Lady and the Vamps has performed at venues like the iconic Rainbow Room, NIOS Restaurant, Winnie’s Jazz Bar, the New York Hilton. The group prides themselves on their technical abilities, improvisational skills, and musical versatility.

 

Influenced by the Michigan music scene and jazz singers of the 50s and 60s, Lindsay Lou will deliver a soulful performance on July 17. She has performed in globally renowned concerts such as Stagecoach Music Festival in California, Colorodo’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Strawberry Music Festival in California among others. Lindsay Lou was named one of NPR Music’s 12 best live performance sessions of 2015 by Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, which has featured acts like Joan Baez, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and PHISH.

 

FDR Drive’s extensive repertoire knows no boundaries. On July 24, the group will play a medley of genres that includes current dance hits, Motown, R&B, 70s, 80’s, 90’s, rock, pop hits, and swing.

 

Founded in 1998 by artistic director Valerie Green, Dance Entropy is a professional not-for-profit modern dance company. On July 31, the eight-member dance troupe will explore themes such as traditions of culture and notions of self. The company creates, performs, and teaches dance to Dance Entropy to use creation, performance, and teaching to bridge communities. Dance Entropy has engaged with at-risk youth, adolescents, the chronically ill, trauma survivors, immigrants, senior citizens, and aspiring/professional dancers.

 

Indian musician Maestro Khan is committed to reaching broad audiences. On August 7, the multi-instrumentalist masterfully blends Indian classical and folk music, flamenco, and jazz with the sitar, keyboard, and guitar among other instruments. He has performed alongside Ray Charles in Germany and with Stevie Wonder at the Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival.

 

On August 14, The Bartlett Band with The Next Generation Sound will perform “From Bebop to Hip-Hop,” featuring the music of Frank Sinatra to Justin Timberlake, from Madonna to Lady Gaga, from Earth Wind & Fire to Bruno Mars, and more.

 

On August 21, the Chuck Braman Quintet draws inspiration from the compositions of trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Joe Henderson and others featured on classic Blue Note recordings of the 1960s. Drummer-bandleader Chuck Braman has performed at jazz clubs like Birdland, The Cornelia Street Cafe, and the 55 Bar, and for virtually every summer concert organization in New York City, including Heart of Brooklyn (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens), Sunset On The Hudson, and Summer in the Square

 

On August 28, Grammy-nominated percussionist Felipe Fournier will pay tribute to the late, great New Yorker Tito Puente, a giant of Latin jazz percussion. Tito Puente rose to fame with his early mambo recordings and is best known for his groundbreaking work with the shallow drums known as timbales.

 

For more information about Live at the Gantries, visit kupferbergcenter.org/live-at-the-gantries/ or call the box office at 718-793-8080.

 

About Kupferberg Center for the Arts

Sponsored by New York Community Bank, The Kupferberg Presents 2018-2019 season features a vibrant lineup of world-class cultural events, concerts, and family programs at Colden Auditorium, Lefrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theatre, and select off-campus locations for the 2.2 million residents of New York City’s most diverse borough. Since 1961, Kupferberg Center for the Arts has provided accessible and affordable world-class cultural entertainment to the NYC region. From classical and pop performances, to concerts and school residences, to a wide range of family events, over 350,000 individuals attend events at Kupferberg Center for the Arts each year. For tickets and information, visit www.kupferbergcenter.org or call the box office at (718) 793-8080. The box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and up to one hour prior to all performances.

Event Directions

 

Subway: 7 train to Vernon/Jackson (first stop in Queens). Walk west toward the river on 50th Avenue.

Ferry: East River Ferry to Hunters’ Point. Walk north on 2nd Street.

 

 

Continue Reading

Trending