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Jun 19, 2019

MAKE MUSIC on the Summer Solstice in Queens

Make Music New York is New York City’s music festival for the people and by the people! Their mission celebrates the musician in all of us, connects New Yorkers to their (…)

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Musicians take to the streets for Make Music New York

Make Music New York is New York City’s music festival for the people and by the people! Their mission celebrates the musician in all of us, connects New Yorkers to their communities and with each other, and brings bold new artistic creations to life. Every year on the Summer Solstice they have festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music New York is open to anyone who wants to take part. From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, every kind of musician—young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion—pours onto streets, sidewalks, parks, and plazas to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. Everyone is invited to sing along and enjoy the first day of summer.

Musicians take to the streets for Make Music New York

Here’s how you can participate in Queens!

  • The Venus Envy Artist Coalition, along with Astoria Music Collective, is throwing a female-centered lineup in Athens Square Park (30th St & 30th Ave, Astoria) from 3 to 7 p.m. The shows are free, but tips are suggested to support. See the full lineup here. Also at 7:30 p.m. that night, Parlay will perform.
  • In Astoria Park (19 19th St, Queens), pop singer/songwriter Cristina F will be putting on a performance at 4 p.m., and at 7 p.m. the volunteer New York City Choir Peace of Heart Choir will sing.
  • The Sparrow Tavern (2401 29th St) will have live performances all night long—folk/bluegrass group Dirt River at 5:30, metal group Sweet Magma at 6:30 p.m. and Grateful Dead cover band Minglewood.
  • At Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, local ensemble Percussia will perform a mash-up of classical, modern, popular and world music styles.
  • In Jamaica, at the Parsons Public Space, Queens Second Line will feature jazz performances in partnership with the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

…or just create your own one-man show. on your sidewalk..it’s the day for it!

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