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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.

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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.

 

 

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Kranium Performance at Massive B Shutdown Free Party in NYC

Kemar Donaldson, more commonly known as Kranium, is known for his melodic flow, clever wordplay, and ability to break all barriers when it comes to his music. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and raised in Jamaica, Queens, NY, Kranium offers the perfect blend of that authentic Dancehall vibe but with a unique touch of his own.

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WHO IS KRANIUM?

Kemar Donaldson, more commonly known as Kranium, is known for his melodic flow, clever wordplay, and ability to break all barriers when it comes to his music. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and raised in Jamaica, Queens, NY, Kranium offers the perfect blend of that authentic Dancehall vibe but with a unique touch of his own. He emerged onto the music scene in 2013 with “Nobody Has To Know ft Ty Dolla $ign.” The summer hit was saluted by FADER as “one of the most enduring dancehall songs this side of the aughts…it’s been a bashment mainstay, perfect for dark corners and sweaty summer nights.” The widespread success of this single helped placed him at the forefront of today’s U.S. dancehall scene and introduced his influential sound as an undeniable staple the world didn’t know they were missing.

Kranium’s name serves as a testament to his unique process of creating. Neglecting pen and paper, he’s known to allow his honest lyrics to flow freely based on the feelings the melodies uncover. Kranium’s distinct sound can be heard on major collaborations with artists such as Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Kid, Major Lazer, Torey Lanez, Rotimi, Bebe Rexha and Ed Sheeran. Kranium has established himself as a global touring artist bringing Dancehall to stages worldwide including Dubai UAE, Albania, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania) and more. He can currently be seen headlining a few stages worldwide and heard on a variety of new releases including No Odda & Last Night. Both songs are just a taste of what fans can expect from Kranium with his forthcoming EP. For more info on KRANIUM log on to. https://www.officialkranium.com/

 

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New Pop-Up Art Festival on Wheels to Debut in Jamaica, Queens!

July 2018, Jamaica, NY — The Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA) is taking art from the studio to the streets with its first day-long, free (C)Art Festival on Saturday, September 1st (rain date: Saturday, September 8th) at Rufus King Park on Jamaica Ave. & 150th Street. From 11am-5pm, visitors will have the opportunity to participate with local artists in hands-on art creation and educational activities ranging from paper-making to designing personal herbal teas. All happening in, on and around mobile carts!

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New Pop-Up Art Festival on Wheels to Debut in Jamaica, Queens!

 

July 2018, Jamaica, NY — The Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA) is taking art from the studio to the streets with its first day-long, free (C)Art Festival on Saturday, September 1st (rain date: Saturday, September 8th) at Rufus King Park on Jamaica Ave. & 150th Street. From 11am-5pm, visitors will have the opportunity to participate with local artists in hands-on art creation and educational activities ranging from paper-making to designing personal herbal teas. All happening in, on and around mobile carts!

 

Founded in 2017, SEQAA is a collective of artists and arts professionals who seek to cultivate and share artistic expression where they live and work. Its mission is to nurture local talent and support quality cultural programming in our community, particularly in public spaces. The (C)Art Festival is The Alliance’s first major initiative that invites interactive public experiences at a historical community space on the grounds of the Rufus King Manor Museum.

 

As Southeast Queens undergoes new developments and major changes, the (C)Art Festival will be a vehicle for SEQAA to introduce The Alliance to our neighbors and visitors as well as further its mission of building and expanding the current art community and its cultural offerings.

 

A number of cross-disciplinary projects will be available at the (C)Art Festival that are fun and engaging for people of all ages. They include:

 

  • Rejin Leys’ PulpMobile DIY paper-making project.
  • Shervone Neckles’ Creative Gathering Wellness Station, an herbal tea-making cart.
  • Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks and Margaret Rose Vendryes’ Consume a piece of Cuba before… / Consuma un trozo de Cuba antes que…, a community dialogue project about the changing relations between Cuba and the USA discussed while consuming cake.
  • Sherese Francis’ Expressions mobile library of Southeast Queens authors and writers will present a bookmaking workshop and the Black Cherry Jam Open Mic.
  • Natali S. Bravo-Barbee’s Fresh of the Press: The Green Card Cart, taking a small, portable Gocco silkscreen press and printing limited edition Green Card prints, to open dialogue about the current immigration crisis, deportations and family separations.
  • Art & Com’s (Thiago Szmrecsányi, Natalia De Campos, Tracy Collins and Toya Mileno) Collective Bargain, a mobile installation-performance-intervention that displays information, media and ephemera related to collectivity, action, gathering, healing, and the power of union.
  • Museum of Impact’s #UpstanderLoveLetters, an artful intervention where participants learn to ‘Stand Up. Speak Up. Act Up’ for what they believe in by engaging in a series of themed activities that amplify social justice.
  • Other participants include Queens Creative Solidarity, multimedia artist Elizabeth Velazquez, and other local creators and organizations.

 

The (C)Art Festival is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and through a partnership with King Manor Museum. For more information about the festival, please contact SEQAA at seqartists@gmail.com. Additionally, please visit our website, Seqaa.org, and our social media pages, Southeast Queens Artist Alliance on Facebook and @southeastqueensartists on Instagram.

 

 

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