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‘Live at the Gantries’ Concert Series Kicks Off Next Week

Live at the Gantries starts Tuesday, July 9

July 3, 2019 By Shane O’Brien

A series of free outdoor concerts will take place every Tuesday at Gantry Plaza State Park over July and August.

Featuring an assortment of Hot Jazz, Latin folk music and New Orleans Blues, Live at the Gantries aims to highlight the diverse local talent which represents the community of Queens.

The series will include eight concerts over the two months, each taking place on a Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Kicking off the series on July 9 is Yacouba Sissoko, who will perform traditional African songs using the kora, a 21-stringed instrument. Considered one of the best kora players in the world, Sissoko has shared the stage with esteemed artists like Paul Simon and Lauryn Hill. .

The series of concerts is produced by the Kupferburg Arts Center, the largest multidisciplinary arts complex in Queens which aims to deliver accessible and affordable performances to the borough’s residents.

A children’s concert from 123 Andres will conclude the Live at the Gantries series on August 27. Blending Spanish and English, 123 Andres is a bilingual artist who won a Latin Grammy for best children’s album with his last effort “Arriba Abajo” in 2016.

Live at the Gantries is also co-produced by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation in conjunction with Queens Theater and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer.

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Yacouba S. Was awesome. Hypnotic and livening at the same time. I will hunt for his music to purchase.
Very happy for the new sounds, interesting programming. Probably the first time I sat for a while then reluctantly left (hunger) only to open all my windows for the wonderful peacefulness to accompany our meal. Thank you!

Andrew Yang

Any options for native English speakers? These all sound like ethnic-specific music options. And if you plan on pandering to someone at least pander to the LIC locals who are primarily young (Millennial), Asian, and English speaking. The communities who will most enjoy this music will need to be bussed in from the Bronx or eastern Queens

Be open to something new...

Variety is the spice of life. And to suggest that communities that enjoy non-English speaking music need to bussed in is outrageous. I for one have an all English speaking household, my husband and I both being millennials and I cannot wait to bring my 2 year old son to experience a gorgeous sunset with “ethnic-specific” culture and music playing in the forefront. Thank you to the Kupferburg Arts Center for providing us with this FREE multi cultural experience. I’m so excited that my son will get to hear music live that he would otherwise not be exposed to. There are plenty of opportunities for English speaking millennials to enjoy English concerts/ arts experiences. This should be totally embraced, rather than criticized. This is why we can’t have nice things!!!!

Judith Mermelstein

Good opportunities for you to expand your musical taste, I’d say, especially if you live close & don’t have to go out of your way. Try it! Maybe you’ll like it! And let Kupferberg know what kind of music you’d like for next year.


This is New York City, not Iowa. This is the center of diversity, so if you want white and asian music, maybe you should go to China since they don’t seem to care for minorities?

yin lee

you sound like a dumb idiot!! music is music…we are not dealing with certain groups and ethnicities here. Come out and have a good time and stop categorizing groups of people. If you don’t like it stay in the house or move to another country. ?

Silent Observer

Sorry kid, in my HPS LIC building directly across from the Gantries, I see beautiful multi-ethnic diversity daily and hear every language spoken: Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, French, Korean, Japanese, Cantonese, Farsi, Mandarin, Russian, Polish, Hindi and more! It’s all here–it’s only here– in glorious Queens, NY, USA!


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