• Reggae: September 3 from 3 to 7pm at Rockaway Beach Amphitheater
  • Lost Boyz: September 16 from 4pm to 8pm in Springfield Park

(August 29, 2023 at 10am)

QUEENS, NY – To close out an eventful summer in The World’s Borough, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. is bringing back his “Queens Live!” free concert series, beginning with “Reggae on the Boardwalk” this Sunday, September 3 at the Rockaway Beach Amphitheatre. The series will culminate with a community concert headlined by the Lost Boyz on Saturday, September 16 in Springfield Park, as part of the ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip hop.

“I don’t know a better way to cap off summer in Queens than with music and community, which is why I’m thrilled Queens Live! is back for our friends and family to enjoy together,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “This is a special year, as we not only bring back our beloved Reggae on the Boardwalk, but we also come together to celebrate Queens’ place in hip hop history with the Lost Boyz. Come enjoy great music, great energy and create great memories with us!”

The free concert series begins this Sunday, September 3 from 3pm to 7pm with Reggae on the Boardwalk: Rockaways Edition, taking place on the Rockaway Beach Amphitheater, located on Shore Front Parkway at Beach 94th Street. This weekend’s performances include DJ’s Sir Tommy, WiFiOG, Jah Earl, Baddamon, Amy Wachtel, and Chanter The Timeless Sound with Prezident Carter.

Reggae on the Boardwalk offers a traditional reggae sound-system event in a family-friendly outdoor setting, featuring legendary Jamaican emcees and DJs spinning vinyl records. The tunes are played from a 10-foot-tall sound system, or a wall of speakers — the kind of which constitute an important aspect of Jamaican music history — operated by Chanter “The Timeless Sound.”

Founded in Coney Island in 2010 by Carter Van Pelt, a WCKR DJ and curator who works for Queens-based VP Records, Reggae on the Boardwalk celebrates the popular Jamaican genre and highlights local performing artists, bringing together multicultural audiences for memorable afternoons of music and dancing. After years of performances in Brooklyn and the Bronx, Reggae on the Boardwalk came to Queens for the first time in 2021.

To mark 50 years of hip hop, Queens Live! concludes on Saturday, September 16 from 4pm to 8pm at Springfield Gardens’ Springfield Park at 146th Ave. with a free concert headlined by iconic Queens crew the Lost Boyz — including Mr Cheeks, Pretty Lou Spiggnice and Freaky Kah (the son of the late Freaky Tah) — along with Dennis Kellman & Glaze the MC, Royal Flush, DJ Von Thugg, and DJ Godfingaz.

The Lost Boyz, were formed in 1993 by Freaky Tah, Mr. Cheeks, Pretty Lou, and Spigg Nice. The four friends grew up in the South Jamaica area and began rapping together when they were teenagers. The Lost Boyz were significant players in the golden era of East Coast hip-hop, scoring several hits around the time of their 1996 debut. Following a lengthy hiatus, a new iteration of Lost Boyz formed in the late 2010s, resurfacing in 2019 with the new mixtape, Next Generation.

Both of the concerts are free to attend, open to the public and do not require registration in advance.

Queens Live! is produced in partnership with NYC Parks and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.

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