June 20, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
Who needs Pitbull?
A series of free outdoor concerts that take place at Gantry Plaza State Park every summer will return to the waterfront next month.
The series, called Live at the Gantries, will include six concerts over July and August, each taking place on a Tuesday at 7 p.m. Musicians will perform in front of the northern set of gantries at the park to the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.
Live at the Gantries aims to highlight the diverse local talent which represents the community of Queens. It will feature an assortment of jazz, funk, electronic and salsa music along with offerings from Mexico, South America and the Arab world.
The series kicks off on July 12 with a performance by Brass Queen, an 8-piece brass band whose music spans various genres and is inspired by New Orleans traditional jazz.
Other performances include the Mariachi band Real De Mexico, an Arab music and dance ensemble called Zikrayat as well as Cuban-born singer Gerardo Contino who brings a raucous style of salsa to the stage.
Meanwhile, Slavic Soul Party, a 9-piece brass band, will blast out a mix of Dixieland, funk, klezmer, and Roma music.
The series will conclude on Aug. 16 with a performance by Sofia Rei, a singer and music producer. Rei’s music draws from South American folkloric, pop, jazz, new classical and electronic music. She has won four Independent Music Awards.
The series of concerts are produced by the Kupferberg Arts Center at Queens College, located at 153-49 Reeves Avenue in Flushing. The center is the largest multidisciplinary arts complex in Queens which aims to deliver accessible and affordable performances to the borough’s residents.
Live at the Gantries is also co-produced by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation.
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