Join the Black Spectrum Theatre Co. for The 16th Annual St. Albans Jazz and R&B Festival, which has delighted audiences in Southeast Queens and beyond with energetic music and entertainment performances in years past and will do so once again this year with performances by:
*Crown Heights Affair featuring the legendary William Anderson: nationally acclaimed R&B Dance music pioneers of the ’70s and ’80s known for hit songs “Dreaming A Dream”, “Dancin'” and “Say a Prayer for You” as well as for their action-packed live performances and infectious horn-driven R&B dance music with pop overtones.
*Leon and The Peoples: fronted by lead singer Leon’s smooth, sultry vocals and backed by The People’s top-notch music talent from across the globe, Leon and The Peoples has a signature sound combining Reggae and Soul. Their phenomenal single “Beautiful” has hit #12 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart.
*Mel Holder: nominated for Best Instrumental CD at the 2016 Stellar Awards for his album “Back 2 Basics Music Book Volume II”, Mel Holder’s signature sound spreads the gospel of hope and salvation.
*Onaje Allan Gumbs: a New York-based pianist, composer, and bandleader who grew up in St. Albans, Queens and began playing piano at the ripe age of 7, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Jazz Artist category.
*Craig Crawford Players: with his velvet melodies, Brooklyn-born saxophonist Craig Crawford, a long-time resident of Queens, leads the Dove Award and Stellar Award nominated Craig Crawford Players as they weave together a blend of inspired and moving arrangements transcending jazz, gospel, and funk that are sure to connect the heart and soul.
And many more!
N.E.X.T. stands for NEW, EMERGING, XTRAORDINARY, TALENT- Join us for our 2018 SUMMER Talent competition at Shillelagh Tavern on 30th ave in Astoria. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ACT! (sign-up at 7:30) Show begins between 8 and 8:30 UNTIL 11PM.. Park Early or take the Q18 bus to 47Th st. FREE / 212+ with ID
YOUR MID-WEEK RESCUE: C’mon down to JOE’S GARAGE on Wednesday nights for a cold one and the local HUMPDAY OPEN MIC showcase. CALLING ALL GUITAR HEROES & HEROINES: bring your Axe & Your Amp and cum shred like u mean it while your groupies shoot a game of pool in the new local house of Rock N’ Roll. #4thoseabouttorockwesaluteyou #UknowUwannaPlaySoPlay
Local singer/songwriter CATIE EGAN performs cheerful, uplifting, family-friendly favorites and engaging original material. Now is a good chance to see her perform live & local – these will be the last 3 dates before she goes back to school:
Friday August 10th/ Queens Comfort Restaurant / 8PM
Monday August 13th/ Ravens Head Public House / 8PM
Saturday August 18th/ Passage Irish Bar & Kitchen / 4PM
Enjoy free live music in the Gantry Plaza State Park featuring The Chuck Braman Quintet, which draws inspiration from the brilliantly inventive compositions of trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Joe Henderson and others featured on classic Blue Note recordings of the 1960s.
World premiere of “A Voice for the Voiceless,” new work by composer Landon Knoblock, inspired by and created with the voices of youth in NYC public schools who experience homelessness and housing instability. Composed around children’s voices, “A Voice for the Voiceless” acts as a collection of vignettes, framing their stories in a mix of rock, electronic jazz, and hip-hop.
The N.E.X.T. HOT JAM! – an OPEN STAGE, New Orleans-style JAM SESSION -Sign up to play from a list of songs selected for the evening.
Bring your instruments and JAM OUT on three (15-20 minute) popular songs during a one-hour set. There will be THREE SETS FOR THE EVENING (sign-up for the 8pm set, 9pm set or 10pm set with an open IMPROV jam finalé ). Stand-up comedy slots in between set changes. THIS IS A CITY-WIDE INVITATION FOR ALL MUSICIANS TO COME AND JAM IN ASTORIA, QUEENS! FREE ADMISSION. Hosted by emcee James Avatar.
Drink Specials galore including $5 “Music Tribute” shots. 21+ w/I.D.
Got talent? Then bring your guitar/bass/keys/synth/horn/string/pop/rap/rock/reggae/vocals and yo ass to Queens! #LiveInAstoria #hotjam #jamsong #openstage