Astoria, Music Jun 19, 2014 Summer 2014 Waterfront Concert Series in Astoria Park The Waterfront Concert Series this summer again takes place on the Great Lawn in Astoria Park on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in July and August. It’s a great chance (…) Share this Scoop by Meg Cotner total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print The Waterfront Concert Series this summer again takes place on the Great Lawn in Astoria Park on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in July and August. It’s a great chance (…) by Meg Cotner Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print The Waterfront Concert Series this summer again takes place on the Great Lawn in Astoria Park on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in July and August. It’s a great chance to kick back, have a picnic, and listen to some tunes. Thanks to the Central Astoria LDC for putting this together. Here’s the schedule! July 10 Strawberry Fields (a tribute to The Beatles) July 17 Forever Ray (a tribute to Ray Charles) July 24 The Devotions (DooWop) July 31 Motor City Revue (a tribute to Motown) August 7 Michael Patrick’s Ring of Fire (a tribute to Johnny Cash) August 14 The Regulars (Pop/Rock) And don’t forget—the annual Independence Celebration Fireworks are at Astoria Park on the evening of Monday, June 30! Twitter Facebook Email Print 2014 Waterfront Concert Seriesastoria parkCentral Astoria LDCForever RayMichael Patrick's Ring of FireMotor City RevueStrawberry FieldssummerThe DevotionsThe Regulars About Meg Cotner Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver. 15 Comments Butch August August 6th, 2014 Stop complaining about music. Whiners! Reply Nicole Van July 19th, 2014 Astoria Music & Arts presents a festival September 6th called ASTORIA MUSIC NOW! BETWEEN 2 BRIDGES, featuring local bands playing original music. GIFTSHOP is playing this year and they are terrific http://www.reverbnation.com/giftshop. Also: Jump For The Sails http://www.reverbnation.com/jfts and The Missing Teens http://themissingteens.com/ Reply A Conversation with Meg Cotner, author of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens”, July 10, 2014 | Just My Eyes July 10th, 2014 […] CLICK HERE FOR THE “WE HEART ASTORIA” LINK FOR Summer 2014 Waterfront Concert Series in Astoria … […] Reply chris sahar June 23rd, 2014 Here is a link to entity that organizes it – around since 1979. http://centralastoria.org/ Reply Going Greek June 23rd, 2014 Gladly. Who organizes the concert series? Reply chris sahar June 23rd, 2014 Astoria still has a ton of retirees here. Also, as has been posted Astoria Park is surrounded by dense concentrations of residential buildings and very little commercial stuff going on. Finally it is an area that generally likes things low key and often work to keep the park quieter and cleaner – accepting some exceptions such as the Fourth of July celebrations. Astoria and generally the 114th Precinct is one of the most populated in the city – over 200,000 people (see nyc crime map) There are other options – Why not Rainey Park or Socrates Sculpture? Rainey really could use the concert, it is underutilized but practically across from Noguchi and south of Broadway, the LIC Trolley could do an extra run for the festival. Socrates is a no-brainer and the beach, Hallets Cove, and Welling Court Murals+community garden nearby give a nice artsy urban panache. Rainey has one advantage – further away from residential buildings – major disadvantage a little off the beaten path for visitors. Also, some of the bands that I have heard in Brooklyn have an issue with overly loud basses which rattle your whole damn skeleton. Not fun. But yes, I agree there are far TOO many cover bands. The Gantries concert series does a far better job showcasing local and international music acts. One way to change this is to get involved with the Central Astoria Business Alliance – join them and suggest a New Pop festival. In sum 1) Alternative more music friendly venues: Rainey Park, Socrates — and I forgot, Queensbridge Park all great for a daytime or early eve new pop music fest. 2) Join Central Astoria Alliance if you want to update the line-up of acts for next year 3) Remember Astoria is an extremely polyglot place, possibly one of the most contrasting areas of NYC – for this reason, it is hard to expect concerts of popular indie bands for a whole afternoon. Finally it is FREE, think of how exclusionary some residents feel when there is a huge cool concert with a $50 ticket price or more and they cannot afford it but they have to deal with crowds, noise, and litter. Reply J-La June 23rd, 2014 Perhaps all of you above will suggest some bands to the organizers of the concert series. But yes, Astoria does still house a population that enjoys these types of events as well. Old and young. Some of these concerts are perfect for children. Reply Mark June 21st, 2014 Wow, that is a super sad list of performers. Happy for them to get the work, know that some will enjoy them, BUT – who programs this series? Is there no way for that opportunity to be made more of then this?? Reply Going Greek June 20th, 2014 I personally don’t care if someone famous is playing, but to see a lineup of cover bands is disheartening. There is a lot of great original talent in Queens and NYC in general (of all different styles). That Beatles cover band wears wigs and uses fake synth sounds for horns. It’s embarrassing. Reply cmd June 20th, 2014 While true, those concerts in Brooklyn aren’t free (I paid close to $50 to see the National). But most importantly, they have a bandshell there and the infrastructure to support 5-10,000 people to attend. If there were suddenly that many people in Astoria Park, I imagine there might be a few complaints. Reply Rosy P June 19th, 2014 Yep. Let’s stretch a bit Astoria. Reply Pete J June 19th, 2014 I totally agree. None of this is my taste, but does *anyone* in Astoria want to see a doowop band or a Ray Charles tribute? Astoria is not a retirement community (anymore). Reply Dates Released for Astoria Park's Summer 2014 Waterfront Concert Series | Brownstoner Queens June 19th, 2014 […] Local Development Corporation is bringing its free concert series back to Astoria Park this summer. We Heart Astoria posted the schedule of events; concerts take place on the Great Lawn Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm […] Reply GMB June 19th, 2014 Um… Brooklyn gets Janelle Monae, The National, Jack Johnson… and we get the bands that play for free on the subway? C’mon Astoria. It’s time to expect more of ourselves… Reply Going Greek June 19th, 2014 I agree. We can do better than a bunch of tribute bands. Reply mackenzie June 20th, 2014 where do you see that jack johnson is playing in brooklyn? Reply Leave a Reply to A Conversation with Meg Cotner, author of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens”, July 10, 2014 | Just My Eyes Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.