Grammy-winning rapper, classical orchestra and Beatles tribute part of ‘Katz Concert Series’ in Queens – QNS.com
The schedule for the fifth annual “Katz Concert Series” of free outdoor summer concerts at various locations around the borough was announced Monday and it runs the gamut from rap to Motown to a symphony orchestra.
“Summers mean free concerts in the parks,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “We’re thrilled to continue the partnership and bring this family-friendly concert series back to Queens.”
Katz is once again teaming up with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College and the city’s parks department to organize the series which will kick off Sunday, July 21 in Springfield Park.
Terrance Kelly, a Grammy-winning rapper known as Mr. Cheeks, born and raised in southern Jamaica, will take the stage beginning at 5 p.m.
Mr. Cheeks made a name for himself as a member of the Lost Boyz in the 90s before going solo.
The Queens Symphony Orchestra, which was founded by Katz’s father David in 1953, will perform on the Great Lawn at St. John’s University on Tuesday, July 23 from 7 p.m. and Beatles tribute band Yesterday & Today will perform in Rockaway Beach on Sunday, July 28 at 6 p.m. at Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway.
“There’s nothing nicer than free summer concerts in New York City parks,” said New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. “Borough President Katz’s concert series brings communities together to celebrate music together and gives everyone a great reason to enjoy all that our parks have to offer.”
The series continues Sunday, August 4 with a 5 p.m. dance party at Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City featuring DJ RECKA who specializes in fusing Bhangra music with international hip-hop.
On Sunday, August 11, Alive N’ Kickin will perform at Fort Totten Park beginning at 5 p.m. Bartlett Contemporaries, a dance group playing R&B, pop, hip-hop and jazz will perform at Cambria Heights Playground on Sunday, August 18 at 5 p.m.
The series will conclude Sunday, August 25 with Dr. K’s Motown Revue at O’Donohue Park Bandshell at 5 p.m. This venue is located on Seagirt Boulevard between Beach 17th Street and Beach 19th Street in Far Rockaway.
“Queens College is thrilled to once again partner with Borough President Melinda Katz and New York City Parks to present the Katz Concert Series, which features wonderful musicians in outdoor venues across our borough” , said acting president of Queens College, William Tramontano. “This vital series fulfills the goals of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, making the best cultural programs easily accessible to our students, their families and the Queens community.”