BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced the lineup for her free Katz Concert Series, which is back by popular demand, and scheduled to kick off next weekend.
Katz, who is an advocate for free concerts at free public parks, hosts a series of free performances in local Queens parks each summer.
“Summers are all about free concerts in the parks,” said Katz. “We’re delighted to continue the partnership and bring this concert series back for the families of Queens.”
This year’s series will be held in collaboration with the city’s Parks Department and Kupferberg Center for the Arts.
“This program fulfills the goals of the Kupferberg Center of the Arts at Queens College to provide cultural programs borough-wide in the neighborhoods where our students and their families live and work,” said Felix Matos Rodriguez, the president of Queens College.
The series kicks off with Alive N Kickin’ on July 8 at Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway at Rockaway Beach. The popular 1970s cover band is known for its hit single “Tighter, Tighter,” which sold more than a million copies and earned the band a gold record.
Dr. K’s Motown Revue will follow suit on July 22 at Springfield Park, located between 146th and 147th avenues in Springfield Gardens. The band will take the audience back to the late 1960s and 1970s with popular Motown songs.
The Queens Symphony Orchestra (QSO), which was founded in 1953 by Katz’s father, David Katz, will take the Great Lawn at St. John’s University on July 24 for a performance.
On July 29, Tramps Like Us, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band, will take the stage at MacNeil Park, located at Poppenhusen Avenue and 119th Street in College Point. The band, which was formed in 1990, has performed more than 2,000 concerts and accumulated numerous fans due to its tributes to the New Jersey rock ’n’ roll icon. The band features a lineup of professional musicians with a repertoire of more than 140 songs.
Alive N Kickin’ will return to the borough on Aug. 5 at Fort Totten, located on Totten Avenue at Cross Island Parkway in Bayside.
Lady and the Vamps, a pop and rock cover band, will play Bayside’s Crocheron Park, located at 35th Avenue between Crobett Road and the Cross Island Parkway, on Aug. 13.
The band covers a variety of genres, such as jazz standards—“Cheek to Cheek”—and pop hits—“All About That Bass.”
Dr. K’s Motown Revue will return to end the concert series at O’Donohue Park, located at Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway.
All performances are free and will be held rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.
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