December, 2014

Ozone Park

Elvis Christmas show rocks Ozone Park

The seats were filled, decorations hung and nothing stirred, not even a mouse until there was a shout, a rattle and gyration of his hips when Elvis filled the Esquire Diner in Ozone Park through the voice of tribute performer Gregg Peters last week during his Elvis Christmas show. Comment.

Jamaica hip hopper Sabor Latino raps positive message

Robert Torres is a stand-up guy who believes in good causes. Comment.

November, 2014


Flushing Town Hall jumps with jazz

Last Friday was a uniquely fortuitous time for a capacity crowd gathering of serious music appreciation fans and jazz aficionados alike who witnessed an unusual confluence of several of the idiom’s most dynamic, respected and celebrated purveyors of the art form. Comment.

Voca People bring their sound to Bayside

There will be a crash landing on the stage of the Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway teen Tyrema Mosley making a name for herself in the world of hip hop

Like her musical inspiration – famous rapper Nicki Minaj, who grew up in Jamaica – rising hip hop star Small Wundah is a proud Queens girl raised in Far Rockaway. Comments (12).

October, 2014


Local jazz musicians greet Airtrain statio commuters and visitors

Every Thursday until Nov. 20 jazz will make a delightful sound in the mezzanine of Jamaica’s AirTrain station. After all, jazz is to Jamaica and Queens as Elvis is to Memphis. Comments (4).

Latin musician brings his sound to Elmhurst

Manuel Valera can romance a jazz tune like a Latin lover serenading his amorcita. Comment.

September, 2014


Flushing Town Hall challenged to raise money

Flushing Town Hall needs help with its latest financial challenge. Comment.

August, 2014


Almost Elton John brings icon’s music to boro

Craig A. Meyer remembers when rock was young, when he and Suzie had so much fun. Comment.

Young hopefuls line up to be the next U.S. Open idol

A hot summer morning was no deterrent for a few hundred children who showed up for a chance to stand in the spotlight at this August’s USTA’s US Open in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

July, 2014


Latino festival bounces back

¡Excellente! Comment.
Long Island City

Lot LIC film, music event on tap

Part of the downtown music scene will move from Manhattan to a spot of land in Long Island City starting next month. Comment.

Revelations Quintet to fill air with classic music in Flushing

Classical music lovers will not have to travel to Manhattan this weekend to hear Bach and Handel: they will be able to get their melodious fix right in Flushing. Comment.

Ramones drummer dies in Ridgewood

Growing up in Forest Hills, Thomas Erdelyi was always really into music. Comments (2).
Forest Hills

Founding member of the Ramones dies in Queens at 65

The last surviving original member of Queens’ legendary punk band, the Ramones, has died at 65. Comment.

Lincoln Center makes a stop at Queens libraries

The Lincoln Center Local Live is back in Queens with nine shows to be performed throughout the summer at various branches of the borough’s library. Comment.

Louis Armstrong House plans birthday celebration

Although the actual day is still more than a month away, Louis Armstrong’s birthday festivities got under way this past weekend and continue through the Fourth of July. Comment.

June, 2014


Rock Fest to return to Forest Park

The Forest Park Rock Fest is returning June 28, thanks to the success of last year’s performance. Comment.

Queens College songwriter Gerry Goffin dies at 75

Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who along with Carole King wrote a string of mega-hit songs in the 1960s after they met as students at Queens College, died Thursday morning in his Los Angeles home of natural causes, his wife Michele announced Thursday. He was 75. Comments (64).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills Stadium books rappers Drake and Lil Wayne

Rap stars Drake and Lil Wayne have nearly quadrupled admission rates charged at the Forest Hills Stadium. Comments (1).

Music provides key to healing

Whether you’re riding the No. 7 train or the Q60 bus, you’re probably plugged into your favorite tunes as a relaxing way to start your day and transition into work mode. Comments (4).

Flushing woman pushed off subway platform releases book

More than 30 years after overcoming a horrifying attack in which she was pushed in front of an oncoming subway train and lost her hand, Renee Katz is still finding ways to inspire. Comments (2).

Performance venue encourages cell phone use

Anyone who has ever attended a live performance in a New York City theater knows the drill when it comes to cell phones. Comment.
Middle Village

The Kings of Queens

The two men with the wavy, slicked-back hair could pass for your typical father and son until you take a closer look. Comments (1).

May, 2014

South Jamaica

Sutphin sings of peace

Memorial Day weekend was marked in South Jamaica with a chorus of “I love my life” proclamations. Comments (2).

Jamaica singer brings Latin roots to his music

Talented and passionate best describe Latin pop artist Sharky El Tiburon’s music that is packed with both emotional and positive messages. Comment.

Barbara Cook brings tuneful act to Flushing

Legendary Broadway actress Barbara Cook continues to serenade audiences with her silvery soprano well into her sixth decade of performing, and has no plans of stopping. “Retire? Retire to what?” Cook said. “I love singing. And as long as I can do it, I will.” Comment.
Forest Hills

Tennis Club discusses concerts slated for Forest Hills Stadium

The Forest Hills Stadium’s revival as a concert venue has gotten rave and raw reviews alike from the surrounding community. Comment.

April, 2014


Sounds of jazz to take over Flushing Town Hall again

An artists’ collective of musicians, known as Queens Jazz OverGround, plan to highlight the talents of world-renowned and emerging jazz instrumentalists who call the borough home at the second annual Spring Jazz Festival this weekend. Comment.

Southern musician attracts fans in Sunnyside pubs

Few Queens musicians can boast that a Masters golf champion watched him or her perform, but Sunnyside resident Will McCranie can do that after Sandy Lyle caught his show Sunday night. Comments (2).
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows teen opera singer dreams big at the Met

Most teenage girls would rather dream of becoming Beyoncé than Maria Callas, but not Regina Fierro. Comment.

March, 2014

Breezy Point

Breezy Point musician named best in Queens

After the roar of rap, rock, blues and jazz quieted down, Annika Scilipote remained and was dubbed the best in Queens at the annual Battle of the Boroughs earlier this month. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Queens pediatrician splits time as violinist

It’s hard enough for a woman to have one full-time career, but Fresh Meadows resident Yeou-Cheng Ma has been maintaining two that are totally different as both a prominent musician and a pediatrician. Comment.
Forest Hills

Queens singers take center stage at Carnegie Hall

The old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice,” could now sport a new punch line. Comment.
Middle Village

Middle Village’s class of stars

It may be a 40-minute subway ride from Middle Village to the heart of Broadway, but for many PS 87 students it could easily be a 40-year journey. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax. Hts. opera star took on many roles

With March being Women’s History Month, we take a look at some outstanding women in the arts, such as Risë Stevens, a long-time opera star. Comment.

February, 2014


Ellington’s tune could be dubbed take the J train

Steinway is synonymous with the grandest of pianos and its factory, Steinway & Sons, helped to put Astoria on the map. Comment.

Flushing Town Hall strikes up the jazz bands

Jazz might have been born in New Orleans, but it grew up in Queens. Comments (3).

January, 2014


Whitestone hip-hop artist battles addiction with music

In February 2012, it might have seemed like Charlie Scott would never amount to much. The once drug-addicted youth had amassed a large amount of debt, been kicked out of his family’s home and was on his way to rehab. Comments (4).
East Elmhurst

E. Elmhurst DJ brings old-time sounds home

Today’s digital age of electronic dance music gets a refreshing “dis” from a local DJ’s vintage vibe mix of funk and soul, featured in his newly released album – made with old-school, analog technology. Comment.
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