#NewsFlash | World Music Festival In Sunnyside on Sept. 18
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Don’t compare this mega outdoor concert to Woodstock. The music is much better and much, much more diverse.
The Queens United International Party will take place in Sunnyside Gardens Park on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 4 pm to 10 pm.
A celebration of the borough’s countless cultures and bottomless talents, the event will feature live music, dance contests with ice cream prizes, food trucks, and beer from Alewife, which is based in Sunnyside. Between sets, WFMU Transpacific Sound Paradise’s Rob Weisberg will spin deejay tunes.
Children under the age of 12 can attend for free. For others, there’s a $10 suggested donation to benefit the entertainers and the park, whose entrance is at 48-21 39th Avenue.
Here’s the schedule.
4 pm: Brooklyn Raga Massive, which performs classical Indian music with frameworks for improvisation and composition known as “ragas.”
5 pm: Somer Suarez, an Uruguayan piano player who specializes in Electro.
5:30 pm: The Lowers, a local dad band that favors British rock.
6:30 pm: Radio Jarocho, which mixes traditional music from Mexico’s Veracruz with contemporary urban tunes, while the group’s director, Julia del Palacio, tap dances.
7:15 pm: Davi Vieira, a Brazilian percussionist who’s big on Forró, a Latin genre that hails from northeast Brazil.
8 pm: Brown Rice Family, which mixes Reggae, Ska, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, Afro-Beat, Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Latin styles.
Sunnyside Gardens Park features three acres of playgrounds, sports fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and a picnic grove. It’s a members-only, volunteer-run venue, but it opens for the public periodically for events such as the Queens United International Party.