Battle Of The Boroughs Back For Queens

Staff Writer

Some of Queens’ best up-and-coming artists will face off against each other in the hopes of becoming the winner of the Battle of the Boroughs.

One dozen Queens artists will compete on March 7 at 7 p.m. for WNYC and WQXR’s “Battle of the Boroughs,” taking place at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, located at 44 Charlton St., Manhattan. Several musicians from each borough will perform for the audience with the hopes of being voted the best on their home turf. From there, there will be a final contest for an overall victor.

Woodhaven hip-hop collective 85th will face off against 11 other musicians from Queens in the “Battle of the Boroughs” at The Greene Space in Manhattan on March 7.

Woodhaven hip-hop collective 85th will face off against 11 other musicians from Queens in the “Battle of the Boroughs” at The Greene Space in Manhattan on March 7.

The 12 Queens musicians are among the 60 acts that were selected out of more than 400 submissions, with genres ranging from rock to electronic to hip-hop.

Winners will be selected through votes from both the live studio audience and the online audience who will be watching via a live telecast. Voting will be available online at and via mobile phone by texting vote codes to 69866.

The winner of the Ultimate Battle on June 27 will receive an exclusive concert at The Greene Space with live video webcast, a four-hour recording session, a guest appearance at The Apollo Theater and more.

Tati Ana is an electronic-indie musician from Astoria. Her soulful songstress is a classically trained singer-songwriter originally from Moscow.

Hailing from Jackson Heights, Corona and Astoria, MONECO is part of New York’s growing Neo-Cumbia scene.
Annika, a multi-instrumentalist from Breezy Point, has played at Lincoln Center, The Knitting Factory and many more as part of the indie band Still Saffire.

One of the harder-edged artists on the bill is Maspeth rock band Born of Scars. The four-piece came together in 2009 and have been pumping out groove-based hard rock since then.

Guitarist Nick Moran steeps his music in the tradition of old-school blues and funk.

Woodhaven hip-hop group 85th has three records out already, all available for free at
Tarantinos NYC is an Astoria instrumental band that specializes in the space between surf rock and spaghetti western songs.

Astoria folk artist Jeneen Terrana has been a presence on the local music scene since 2002. The folk artist’ latest, “See The Light,” came out in 2011.

Jim Wilson’s ticket is a Southern-tinged, bar rock band from the Long Island City/Sunnyside area.

A Hypocrite & Slanderer is a Woodside power trio that focuses on delivering angular riffs and driving rhythms.

Jessica Rowboat, from South Richmond Hill, is an acoustic folk rock songwriter who puts all the focus on her voice and guitar melodies.

Chris Shamkin, a Long Island City singer-songwriter, is an Americana storyteller who is also part of Wooden Nickel, an acoustic/electric four-piece based in Millerton, NY.

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