Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Throughout Queens

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, in partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and NYC Parks, today announced the full schedule of the third annual “Katz Concert Series”, a slate of free outdoor concerts scheduled this summer at various locations throughout Queens.

“Summers are all about free concerts in the parks,” said Borough President KATZ. “We’re delighted to continue the partnership and bring this concert series back for the families of Queens.”

“Bringing live music into the community is a source of great personal satisfaction to me,” said JEFFREY ROSENSTOCK, Executive Director of the Kupferberg Center at Queens College. “But being able to partner with Melinda Katz on her summer long Katz Concert Series is even more meaningful. We share the same goal of giving the residents of the diverse neighborhoods in our borough a rich and varied series of performances right in their own backyard.”

“Live music is just one of the great reasons to come out to Queens parks this summer,” said Queens Parks Commissioner DOROTHY LEWANDOWSKI. “So grab a chair, pack a picnic, and join us for a concert under the stars! Many thanks to Borough President Katz for her support of this treasured summer tradition.”

The Concert Series kicks off this weekend on Sunday, July 9 in Rockaway Beach, and runs through mid-August at parks in Rockaway Beach, College Point, Springfield Gardens, Far Rockaway, Bayside, Middle Village, Ozone Park and the campus of St. John’s University in Jamaica. The full schedule can be found below, along with descriptions of scheduled talent. All performances are free admission, held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes each. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to these outdoor events.


SUN JULY 9 AT 6:00PM – ROCKAWAY BEACH – ALIVE N’ KICKIN’ (cover band from the ‘60s to today)
@ Rockaway Beach, Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway in the Rockaways
Led by co-founder and lead singer Pepe Cardona, Alive N’ Kickin’ has been a mainstay of the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut music scene for decades. Their number one hit single –“Tighter, Tighter”–was written and produced by Tommy James of Tommy James and the Shondells, who also wrote and recorded such hits as “Mony, Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” and “Crimson and Clover.” Tighter, Tighter” sold over a million copies and earned Alive N’ Kickin’ a gold record.

THU JULY 13 AT 6:00PM – MACNEIL PARK – YESTERDAY & TODAY (Beatles tribute band)
@ MacNeil Park, Poppenhusen Avenue and 119th Street in College Point
Yesterday & Today is an established, professional, fun & entertaining, New York and New Jersey Beatles cover band with a large and loyal following. With its superb harmonies and expert musicianship, Yesterday & Today is able to beautifully recreate all those magical Beatles songs that we know and love.

@ Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard between 146th and 147th Avenues in Springfield Gardens
This outstanding band of musicians and singers takes you on a realistic journey of the Motown sound and makes you want to sing along with song they play. They have kept true to the Motown sound roots, and each and their every performance of the group transports listeners back to another era. Their audiences both young, and not so young, can’t help dancing to that Motown beat.

SUN JULY 23 AT 6:00PM – O’DONOHUE PARK – DR. K’S MOTOWN REVUE (Motown cover band)
@ O’Donohue Park, Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway

SUN JULY 30 AT 7:00PM – FORT TOTTEN – ALIVE N’ KICKIN’ (cover band from the ‘60s to today)
@ Fort Totten, Totten Avenue at Cross Island Parkway in Bayside

@ St John’s University (Great Lawn), 8000 Utopia Parkway in Jamaica
Queens Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is the borough’s only professional orchestra and the oldest and largest professional arts organization in Queens. Founded in 1953 by Borough President Katz’s father, David Katz, QSO is comprised of professional, Local 802 union musicians who also perform on Broadway and with the New York City Ballet and other freelance regional orchestras. QSO’s mission is to serve the culturally diverse members of the Queens community.

SUN AUGUST 6 AT 6:00PM – JUNIPER PARK – YESTERDAY & TODAY (Beatles tribute band)
@ Juniper Park, Juniper Valley Park Boulevard and 76th Street in Middle Village

SUN AUGUST 13 AT 6:00PM – TUDOR PARK – LADY AND THE VAMPS (Pop/Rock cover band)
@ Tudor Park, 133rd Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets in Ozone Park
Lady and the Vamps is a band that covers a range of genres from jazz standards like “Cheek to Cheek” to chart topping hits like “All About That Bass” The band has an impressive and unique sound and its members pride themselves on their technical abilities, improvisational skills, and musical versatility.

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