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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Thursday Night Outdoor Music Programs This Summer At LIC Landing On East River Waterfront In Hunters Point South Starts June 13- Just 1 Ferry Stop From Roosevelt Island

Just a 5 minute NYC Ferry ride from Roosevelt Island and then a short 10 minute East River waterfront walk is the gorgeous Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City. It's a great place to explore and enjoy the beautiful views.

Take a look.

There's plenty to do at Hunters Point South Park including a Thursday evening outdoor music program at LIC Landing.

According to the Hunters Point Park Conservancy:
The months of June, July, and August will see six free outdoor musical programs held in the event space at LIC Landing in Hunter’s Point South Park on the East River waterfront. This will be the 4t​h​ year in a row of the Live at the Landing series featuring live music on the Long Island City waterfront.

The events are being planned and organized by the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and are co-sponsored by the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) and LIC Landing by COFFEED. The musicians will also represent different musical styles and hail from multiple Queens neighborhoods. Shows will be held every other Thursday evening from 6-8pm, beginning on June 13th. The full schedule of events and descriptions of artists can be found below.
  • June 13 - Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project - Arun Luthra is one of the premier saxophonists and composers on New York's jazz scene, and one of the small group of American jazz musicians of Indian heritage who have continued to explore to possibilities of fusing the modern post-bop sound with elements of Indian classical music – especially konnakol (South Indian classical music vocalised rhythms), as well as drawing from a wide variety of modern & classic influences to create a vibrant new sound & style.
  • June 27 - Joe Knipes Trio - Jazz Guitarist Joe Knipes performs in the NY Metropolitan area, exploring the jazz tradition, sharing the stage with longtime friends and bandmates. Joe is also the founder and director of the Jackson Heights Jazz Festival, which takes place throughout the neighborhood this summer.
  • July 11 - Tom Shane - Tom Shaner is a critically acclaimed songwriter, producer, performer and video director based in New York City. He calls his music “ghost songs, waltzes and rock and roll.” He usually performs with his dynamic band, but also solo. His songs have been featured in TV shows and movies. Most recently ABC’s “The Rookie” made great use of his ballad “The Tide of Love” in Episode 8.The music moves from rootsy American rock and roll, with an occasional hint of old blues and country as well more modern rock dynamics.
  • July 25 - Pam Reyes is a singer-songwriter from Sunnyside, Queens. It has been said that Pam’s performances are an exercise in collective vulnerability—a roomful of strangers in concerted reminiscence. Her frank, bordering on dark, songwriting meets her stirring voice in a match made not quite in heaven or hell, but some place just in between. In October 2019, Pam independently released her most ambitious project to date. In an emotive style all her own, the new single and music video, “Dear Dreamer,” explores her own family’s migration to America and stands in solidarity with young immigrants threatened by the current White House administration.
  • August 8 - Shelly Bhushan - Honest, soulful, empowering...all words to describe singer/songwriter Shelly Bhushan. Gifted with an incredibly powerful voice, Shelly draws on a depth of emotion that ranges from desire to defiance, longing to exhilaration. It’s as if her soul reaches out to yours when you hear her sing--real, without a trace of pretentiousness. Fans have likened Shelly and her band to Donny Hathaway, Bonnie Raitt, Emily King, Aretha, Etta James. It's hard to pin down, but the inability to classify her is the very thing that makes Shelly's music so interesting.
  • August 22 - Gabriel Guerrero & ​QUΔΠTUM - Led by Colombian pianist Gabriel Guerrero, QUΔΠTUM is a musical force featuring Cuban saxophonist Hery Paz, Chilean drummer Felix Lecaros, and Massachusetts born Will Slater on bass. “Music can be perceived from many perspectives, sounds and colors can change suddenly, take unexpected directions. Music from the past can be alive at any moment by the magic of recordings. The natural randomness of nature and universe is the perspective of QUΔΠTUM as a musical force. Unveiling the power of improvisation by the solos and constructions of the compositions QUΔΠTUM makes justice to each unique moment.”
These events are all outdoors and weather dependent.
The Thursday Night Music Series takes place at LIC Landing:
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Manhattan's skyline, LIC Landing by COFFEED features a spectacular 2000 sq-ft outdoor event space and a high-quality outdoor cafe. It is located in Long Island City's beautiful, brand-new waterfront park at Hunters Point South....
It would be great if we could have similar outdoor music programs here on Roosevelt Island

2017 Performance by Jon Christopher Allen at LIC Landing Courtesy Of Hunters Point South Park Conservancy

but, for now, we can take the quick trip to Long Island City.