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Arts & Leisure July 7, 2011  RSS feed

Summer Concert Season Hits Full Swing In Queens

Favorite Tunes Are Offered At Free Shows
by Robert Pozarycki

P.O. Horatio Maldonado (left), Lt. John Pappas and their four-legged friend Rae of the NYPD Transit Bureau K-9 Unit dropped by to visit with Carmen Suarez (second from left) and her daughter Jillian at their Glendale home. Carmen’s husband, Ramon, was one of the many casualties of 9/11. P.O. Horatio Maldonado (left), Lt. John Pappas and their four-legged friend Rae of the NYPD Transit Bureau K-9 Unit dropped by to visit with Carmen Suarez (second from left) and her daughter Jillian at their Glendale home. Carmen’s husband, Ramon, was one of the many casualties of 9/11. Sweet sounds of music will fill the summer air across communities in Queens during a number of free concerts being held in parks and other outdoor venues in the Times Newsweekly’s coverage area.

While some of the events are scheduled rain-or-shine, other concerts may be cancelled prior to the performance due to inclement weather or excessive heat. Check with the organizations sponsoring each concert for last minute updates.

Among the performances set to take place in July and August include the following:

Juniper Valley Park

Irish medleys, a hit parade of big band tunes and music with a European flair are all part of the 2011 Juniper Valley Park Concert Series scheduled to take place over five consecutive Thursday evenings starting tonight, July 7.

Sponsored in part by the Juniper Park Civic Association, the city Department of Parks and Recreation, the Juniper Valley Park Conservancy, Crifasi Real Estate and the Associazione Culturale Italiana di New York, each concert will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on the softball field located off the corner of 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North in Middle Village. All guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

Tonight’s performance at Juniper Valley Park will feature Irish and American music provided by the Boston Burglars. Next week, July 14, guests will be treated to doo-wop sounds and music from the New York Exceptions.

German Night on Thursday, July 21, will feature performances by die Schlauberger, and the following week, the Lew Picardi Orchestra will delight one and all with their renditions of big band favorites on July 28.

The concert series wraps up on Thursday, Aug. 5, with Italian Night featuring the Gio Venuto Band and a performance by Italian tenor Salvo Randazzo.

For more information on the concerts, call 1-718-651-5865 or visit www.junipercivic.com.

Forest Park

Music lovers will be flocking to Forest Park’s Seuffert Bandshell all summer long for a number of concerts and performances featuring big bands, rock and roll, symphonic sounds and other genres.

As announced by the city’s Parks Department and the Queens Symphony Orchestra, each event will take place at the bandshell located on Forest Park Drive west of Woodhaven Boulevard. Parking is plentiful and free.

The events include the following:

 The Swing Time Band and Steve Sharman will perform exciting swing sounds tonight, Thursday, July 7, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

 Elements: The Ultimate Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute show, will recreate the sounds of the popular music group from the 1970s and 1980s on Thursday night, July 14, at 7:30 p.m.

 Billy C & Kitty invite everyone to sing their favorite songs during their Community Karaoke and Oldies Nights on Friday, July 15, Friday, July 22, Friday, Aug. 12, and Friday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m.

 The Queens Symphony Orchestra will present its “Opera Under the Stars” concert on Sunday, July 17, at 5 p.m. Call 1-718-570-0909 or visit www.queenssymphony.org for more information.

 Plaza Theatrical will present an outdoor performance of the musical Bye Bye Birdie on Thursday night, July 21, at 7:30 p.m.

 The Magic of Motown will entertain audiences with their renditions of classic Motown hits of the 1960s on Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m.

 The Mary Lamont Band and the New York Metro Country Music Association will offer plenty of country and western hits during their concert on Sunday, July 31, at 7 p.m.

 Michael DelGuidice and Big Shot: The Ultimate Billy Joel Experience will delight audiences with their versions of the “Piano Man’s” greatest hits on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

 Laughing Pizza will perform fun music for the whole family to enjoy on Thursday night, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Visit the Parks Department’s website, www.nycgovparks.org, for further information or schedule changes.

Highland Park

Marching bands and salsa sounds will fill the air during a pair of concerts at Highland Park in Brooklyn on two Wednesday nights this month.

Sponsored by the Parks Department and City Council Member Erik Martin Dilan, both shows will take place at the park in the vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street beginning at 7 p.m.

The first performance on Wednesday night, July 20, will feature the sights and sounds of the Approaching Storm Marching Band. A week later on Wednesday, July 27, crowds will be entertained with classic salsa music by Cholo Rivera y su Salsa Classica.

Visit www.nycgovparks.org for further details.


Latin music and American showtunes will be part of the fun during the annual summer concert series sponsored by Woodside on the Move at Windmuller Playground in Woodside.

All performances will take place beginning at 6:45 p.m. at the playground located at the corner of 52nd Street and 39th Drive.

The latest show will take place tonight, July 7, with Latin music from Los Fantástico de Ritmo, accompanied by Mexican dance troupe Comité Guadalupano. Next week on Thursday, July 14, the Lew Picardi Orchestra will take to the Woodside stage to delight residents with their big band sounds.

The series ends on Thursday night, July 21, with Plaza Theatrical Production’s performance of the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue show, A Grand Night For Singing.

For more information, call Woodside on the Move at 1-718-476-8449 or visit www.woodsideonthemove.org.


Jazz lovers are invited to take in tunes originally performed by one of the all-time great artists in the genre during the 11th annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert in Sunnyside on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Sponsored by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID), the Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Committee and the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside, the concert will take place at 4 p.m. along 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue. The event will coincide with the DOT’s Weekend Walks program sponsored by the BID.

The concert honors Beiderbecke, one of the most renowed jazz musicians of the 1920s and a one-time resident of Sunnyside. He died at his home on 46th Street on Aug. 6, 1931 at the age of 28.

For more information, visit www.sunnysideshines.org/events/bix 2011.


All are invited to a pair of free concerts scheduled to take place this month in the parking lot of Ridgewood Savings Bank’s main office in Ridgewood.

The first concert will take place on Tuesday night, July 12, with guests entertained by the Something Special Big Band Orchestra. Two weeks later on Wednesday, July 27, the bank will host a doo-wop show featuring The Clusters.

Both performances are sponsored by the bank and will start at 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the main office located at the corner of Myrtle and Forest avenues. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

For more information on the concerts, call 1-718-240-4920 or send an e-mail to custsvc@ridgewood bank.com.


Doo-wop and polka favorites will be enjoyed by one and all during Maspeth Federal Savings Bank’s concert series at their main office in Maspeth.

Each concert will start rain or shine at 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the main office located on 69th Street and Grand Avenue. A limited number of chairs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, but there will be ample room for those who wish to bring their own lounge chairs.

The first performance is scheduled for Wednesday night, July 13, with The Crests (featuring the voice of Tommy Mara) and Randy and the Rainbows taking to the stage. Four weeks later, Maspeth residents will be entertained by Oh What A Night, a musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, on Wednesday night, Aug. 10.

Polish Night on Wednesday, Aug. 24, will feature the musical stylings of Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra along with a performance by Carol Golis and the Polonaise Dancers.

For further details, call 1-718- 335-1300 or visit their website, www.maspethfederal.com.

Forest Hills

Everyone should be dancing to a disco beat at the Maspeth Federal Savings bank’s summer concert at their Forest Hills branch on Wednesday night, July 27, as guests will be entertained by the Bee Gees musical tribute show, Stayin’ Alive.

The performance will start rainor shine at 7:30 p.m. in the bank’s parking lot, located at 101-09 Metropolitan Ave. Seating will be limited and guests may bring a chair. Visit www.maspethfederal.com for more information.

Additionally, the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual “Jazz Thursday” concerts on two consecutive Thursdays, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. Each show will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. along 70th Road between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard.

Visit the chamber’s website at www.foresthillschamber.org for more information.


From country sounds to the Peppermint Twist and everything in between, crowds are sure to be pleased by the entertainment provided during the Waterfront Concert Series at Astoria Park to be held on five consecutive Thursday nights beginning next week, July 14.

Organized by the Central Astoria Local Development Corporation (CALDC), each show will take place at the Astoria Park Lawn located on Shore Boulevard between the Astoria Pool and the Hell Gate Bridge beginning at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s lineup includes performances by the pop music group The Infernos (July 14), country stylings of Nashville Attitude (July 21), standards from The Manhattan Skyline (July 28), the George Gee Swing Orchestra (Aug. 4) and rockand roll’s Joey Dee and The Starliters (Aug. 11).

For more information or lastminute updates, call 1-718-728-7820 or visit the CALDC website, www.centralastoria.org.