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The man behind the music at VP Records Edwin Howell

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Edwin “The Bajan King” Howell had a love for music even as a little boy growing up in St. Lucy, Barbados. That love has helped him become “The King” in Caribbean music in New York today. Born to Mannetha and Osbert Howell, of Checker Hall, St. Lucy, Edwin attended Half Moon Fort schools before moving to Brooklyn, NY with his parents in the early 80’s and completing his education. Starting as a DJ in the clubs, he first got his radio break in the early 1990s with the late William “Love Doctor” Blake and Prince Kalunda on WNWK (105.9 FM). In the summers of ‘95, ’96 and ’97, Edwin began mixing for Bob Frederick on WLIB (1190 AM)’s “Spring-Summer Jam”. In 1996 he hosted his own show on WNWK on Sunday evenings from 9 to 10 PM, where he started to build a following of listeners representing all of the Caribbean. At the same time, Edwin was also making waves in the music business at his full time job with VP Record Distributors, where he continues as a Manager/ A & R Rep., compiling and producing compilation CDs such as Soca Gold, Reggae Gold, Strictly The Best, D’ Soca Zone and Soca 101 just to name a few.

Edwin has been the recipient of many awards including Reggae/Soca Music Awards for Executive Producer of the Year 2000-2006 Manager of the Year 2003 & 2004, Producer of the Year 2003, 2004 & 2006. Also for Soca Gold 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Bajan King Promotions Inc, of which Edwin is CEO and founder of, is a managerial and promotion company responsible for selecting, mentoring and advising artists in mostly Caribbean music. He manages artists and organizes national and international tours for his individual artists and groups. Edwin is a member of The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union. Edwin “The Bajan King” Howell currently is working with artists such as Bunji Garlin and Edwin Yearwood, hoping all the while to see his dream of a Grammy Award for Soca, one day in the very near future.

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Free Concerts in Gantry Plaza State Park

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WHAT:
Against a stunning backdrop of a vibrant sunset and the New York City skyline, Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College will host free concerts at Gantry Plaza State Park as part of their summer series Live at the Gantries. The series aims to highlight up-and-coming and established Queens-based artists as diverse as the borough.

Free and open to the public.

WHO:
Percussion/vocal group Akoko Nante Ensemble will perform music from the African diaspora.

WHEN:
Tuesday, August 20, 2019, from 7 – 9 p.m.

WHERE:
Gantry Plaza State Park

4-09 47th Road

Long Island City, NY 11101

 

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.

BACKGROUND:
Formed in 2011, Akoko Nante’s mission is to display the beauty and diversity of Africa; weaving together the musical threads of many nations to compose sonic tapestries. The ensemble has performed at several venues across the world and outdoor festivals, such as Celebrate Brooklyn, the International African Arts Festival, and more.

About Kupferberg Center for the Arts

Sponsored by New York Community Bank, The Kupferberg Presents 2019-2020 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.

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The Harvest Festival returns for its 3rd year

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The Harvest Festival returns for its 3rd year on Saturday, September 21st from 10am to 6pm from Hillside to Jamaica Avenue on Sutphin Boulevard.
Bring the whole family for a day full of entertainment, activities and food!
We hope to see you all there!
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It’s In Queens! | March 29 to April 3

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It’s In Queens! | March 29 to April 3

Where to begin this week? Get covered in colored talcum powder at the Phagwah Parade or swim in bubbles at a circus. Build wonderful creations at Brick Fest or fall in love at a romantic concert. Rock out at a jam or explore a 19th century Civil War fortress. Express yourself through painting or treat yourself to a hilarious one-man show. Where to end?

March 29, B: The Underwater Bubble Show, 8 pm. Straight from Latvia, B is a musical fairy tale that transports audiences to an underwater world inspired by Cirque du Soleil. Expect laser technology, snow cannons, optical illusions, and some surprises. Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.

March 29, Joe Kye: Migrants, 8 pm. Kye brings his unique blend of violin looping, electronics, singing, and storytelling, with a special guest, Chinese-American hip-hop artist Jason Chu. Workshop at 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

March 29, Live Jazz, 6:30 pm. The Bayo Fayemi Group creates a sonic landscape that explores the band namesake’s self identify through the lens of his predecessors’ homeland, Africa, and his Queens neighborhood. $15. King Manor Museum, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.

March 29, Welcome to La Misa, Baby!, March 31. In response to attacks on the LGBTQ community, performer and activist Migguel Anggelo presents his new one-man show. Using music, dance, and a kaleidoscope of personalities, he pays homage to one of the most sacred spaces in gay culture: the disco. Shows are March 29 and 30 at 7 pm and March 31 at 2:30 pm. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Little Theatre, 31-10 Thomson Ave., M Building, LIC.

March 30, Brick Fest Live, March 31. The ultimate LEGO fan experience with sculptures, collaborative building projects, hands-on activities, a glow gallery, a wall, and more. Open 10 am to 6 pm on both days. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

March 30, Mike Leigh’s Period Pictures, April 3. On the occasion of Leigh’s ambitious new film “Peterloo,” he attends screenings of his historical dramas. Schedule: “Topsy-Turvy,” March 30, 1:30 pm; “Mr. Turner,” March 30, 4:30 pm; “Vera Drake,” March 31, 7 pm; and an advance screening of “Peterloo,” April 3, 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

March 30, The Romantic Heart, 7:30 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents the first concert in its Masterworks Series. Expect romance with Wagner, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. Free with online RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

March 30, Book Event, 2 pm. Art Shamsky and Erik Sherman discuss their forthcoming book “After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets.” Shamsky was on this team, and the book is an inside account of the consistently last-place team that turned it around for one season. Book Culture LIC, 26-09 Jackson Ave., LIC.

March 30, Footsteps for Progress Fun Run, 8 am. A five-kilometer walk/run to raise funds for Queens Center for Progress, a service provider for people with developmental disabilities. Meet at 81-15 164th St., Jamaica.

March 31, Phagwah Parade, noon. For the 39th year, floats filled with colorfully clad revelers kick off from 133rd Street and Liberty Avenue and roll to Phil Rizutto Park (formerly Smokey Oval Park) in Richmond Hill for food, music, dancing, chanting, and plenty of incense.

March 31, The Platters with Special Guest Bradd Marquis, 3 pm. One of the most successful vocal groups of all time with 40 Billboard Hot 100 singles, The Platters burst onto the world stage 50 years ago. Special guest Bradd Marquis presents a tribute to Sam Cooke with such songs as “You Send Me” and “Twistin’ The Night Away.” Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, 34-24 203rd St., Bayside.

March 31, Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Fest, noon. A free, daylong series of jazz workshops and performances by student combos, master classes, and school bands. The evening lineup has six Queens-based ensembles. Free with online RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

March 31, From W.C. Fields to Goodfellas, 2:30 pm. Jason Antos, the author of six books on the borough, lectures on the motion picture industry in Queens. Since 1900, the borough has hosted various movie studios. Some of Hollywood’s earliest superstars lived here before the days of Beverly Hills and Malibu. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.

March 31, Behind-the-Scenes Fort Totten, noon. Explore a 19th century Civil War fortress with the New York Adventure Club and an Urban Park Ranger. $29-$32. Meet at the Fort Totten Visitor Center, Lee Road, Bayside.

March 31, Holi, the Spring Festival of Colors, 2:30 pm. Colorful dances and music in celebration of the Hindu holiday Holi, which marks regeneration. The Hindu Temple Society of North America co-sponsors. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

April 2, Wine and Watercolors, 6 pm. Paint an original watercolor with professional artist Lisa Zilker and sample some classic French wines perfect for spring. Each participant goes home with artwork, a bottle of one of the wines, and a gift bag. $40. RSVP to Lisa Zilker at lmzilker@gmail.com. SquareWine & Spirits, 24-20 Jackson Ave., LIC.

April 2, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, 12:30 pm. Quintet of the Americas, the borough’s renowned woodwind quintet, presents jazz, blues, minimalism, Latin, Middle Eastern, and Pop. The guest artists are Renee Manning on vocals, Earl McIntyre on tuba, and Carlos Maldonado on percussion. Free. York College CUNY, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica.

April 3, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Musicians gather and play under the direction of saxophone legend Carol Sudhalter. Don’t play? Come and listen. The theme is Louis Armstrong. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

April 3, Lauren Bakst: More Problems with Form, April 6. Video and dance unfold via a three-act structure. The work includes many multiples of Bakst, sometimes played by herself and sometimes by others in videos featuring her fellow group therapy members, lover, and mother. Every night at 8 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory Theatre, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.

Continued from the previous week

Queens World Film Festival, until March 31. This ninth annual extravaganza screens more than 200 movies from 31 nations. The lineup includes 16 world premieres, 79 films by women, 14 with LGBTQ themes, 15 by Asian filmmakers, and six by children at two locations in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave.; and Zukor Theatre, 35th Street between 34th and 35th avenues.

Bringing Steel to Life: An Exhibition of Sculpture, until April 26. See works by LIC-based artist Jack Howard-Potter spanning the last 16 years of his career. LIC Arts Open Raw Gallery at The Factory, 30-30 47th Ave., LIC.

The Tempest, until March 31. The Secret Theatre offers a classic Shakespeare comedy in an 8,000-square-foot space with dance, projections, and moving scenes. All shows are at 7:30 pm. $25 at the door. Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave., LIC.

Flamenco with Danza España, until March 31. A Latin music-and-dance adaptation of “The Bacchae” by Euripides. $42-$45. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 4 pm. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.

Noises Off with Samuel French Inc., until March 31. Remaining performances are March 29 at 8 pm and March 31 at 2:30 pm. $20. Maggie’s Little Theater, St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-05 79th Pl., Middle Village.

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