#InTheLoop | Action Bronson Kicks Off SummerStage in Queens on June 25
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Socrates Sculpture Park are among the venues that will host free SummerStage concerts this summer.
The local fun starts this weekend with Queens Live! in Festival Lawn near the Unisphere on Saturday, June 25, at 4 pm.
Action Bronson, the rapper who was born in Flushing and attended Bayside High School, headlines the three-hour show hosted by Queens Public Library Hip-Hop Coordinator Ralph McDaniels. The other performers are Mexican Cumbia specialists Karen y Los Remedios and rapper Statik Selektah. The show will be livestreamed one-time only at SummerStageAnywhere.org.
SummerStage in Queens continues in the same place the next day, June 26, at 4 pm. The Brazilian street band Monobloco leads a Carnival-like celebration, which is set for four hours. Members will offer a drumming workshop before presenting a high-energy show that mixes samba, marchinhas de carnaval (carnival marches), forró by Luiz Gonzaga, and baile funk.
Expect Batalá, an all-female Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble, Boom Boom Room TT, a percussion duo hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil born DJ Patricktør4, the stilt-walking Kaisokah Moko Jumbies, and soca artist Nailah Blackman as well. This concert, too, will be livestreamed for one-time only at SummerStageAnywhere.org on June 26.
The next day, June 27, the Metropolitan Opera performs at Socrates Sculpture Park, whose entrance is 32-01 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, at 6 pm.
Three up-and-coming singers — soprano Amani Cole-Felder, mezzo-soprano Cierra Byrd, and bass-baritone Vladyslav Buialskyi — will offer arias and duets with Dimitri Dover on piano. While there, attendees can enjoy the on-site Steel Bodies and Subterranean Tropicália Projects: PN 15 1971/2022 exhibitions, too.
Music lovers can rest for about two weeks, and then Nai-Ni Chen Dance, which specializes with Taiwanese choreography, headlines Past, Present, Future in Festival Lawn on Friday, July 15, at 7 pm. The night actually kicks off with Springfield Gardens-based Fanike! African Dance Troupe at 6 pm. After Na Ni Chen, the audience gets to see tap dancer Ayodele Casel and Les Ballet Afrik.
The final Queens concert in the SummerStage series is on Saturday, July 16, at 6 pm. Colombia’s ChocQuibTown brings its Latin Grammy-winning, African-Caribbean Hip Hop/Reggaetón style first. Then another sensation from Colombia, Nanpa Basico, will rap over an acoustic guitar and maybe do some trap.
Summer Stage, whose full name is Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, will present almost 90 free and benefit shows in Manhattan’s Central Park and 12 other public spaces across the five boroughs this year. Salsa, Jazz, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, Reggae, Afrobeat, Soul, Pop, Global, and Contemporary are among the genres. Click here for the full schedule.
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