July 18, 2018 (Queens, NY) – Experience the wonderful world of Queens in your own backyard at Long Island City’s Live at the Gantries, a summer concert series hosted by Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Live at the Gantries highlights local and diverse talents that represent the communities and cultures in Queens.
This summer’s program includes acclaimed performers from a variety of musical backgrounds, including jazz, rock, hip-hop, folk, and pop.
FDR Drive’s extensive repertoire knows no boundaries. On July 24 the group will play a medley of genres that includes current dance hits, Motown, R&B, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, rock, pop hits, and swing.
Founded in 1998 by artistic director Valerie Green, Dance Entropy is a professional not-for-profit modern dance company. On July 31 the eight-member dance troupe will explore themes such as traditions of culture and notions of self. Dance Entropy has engaged with at-risk youth, adolescents, the chronically ill, trauma survivors, immigrants, senior citizens, and aspiring/professional dancers.
Indian musician Maestro Khan is committed to having his music reach broad audiences. On August 7 the multi-instrumentalist will masterfully blend Indian classical and folk music, flamenco, and jazz with the sitar, keyboard, and guitar, among other instruments. Maestro Khan has performed alongside Ray Charles in Germany and with Stevie Wonder at the Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival.
On August 14 the Bartlett Band with the Next Generation Sound will perform “From Bebop to Hip-Hop,” featuring music from Frank Sinatra to Justin Timberlake, from Madonna to Lady Gaga, from Earth, Wind & Fire to Bruno Mars, and more.
On August 21 the dynamic Chuck Braman Quintet will perform. The Quintet draws inspiration from the compositions of trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Joe Henderson, and others who were featured on classic Blue Note recordings of the 1960s. Drummer-bandleader Chuck Braman has performed at jazz clubs like Birdland, the Cornelia Street Cafe, the 55 Bar, and for virtually every summer concert organization in New York City, including Heart of Brooklyn (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens), Sunset on the Hudson, and Summer in the Square.
On August 28 Grammy-nominated percussionist Felipe Fournier will pay tribute to the late, great New Yorker Tito Puente, a giant of Latin jazz percussion. Puente, who rose to fame with his early mambo recordings, is best known for his groundbreaking work with the shallow drums known as timbales.
About Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Sponsored by New York Community Bank, the Kupferberg Presents 2018-2019 season features a vibrant lineup of world-class cultural events, concerts, and family programs at Colden Auditorium, LeFrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theatre, and select off-campus locations for the 2.2 million residents of New York City’s most diverse borough. Since 1961 Kupferberg Center for the Arts has provided accessible and affordable cultural entertainment to the NYC region. From classical and pop performances, to concerts and school residences, to a wide range of family events, over 350,000 individuals attend events at Kupferberg Center for the Arts each year. For tickets and information, visit www.kupferbergcenter.org or call the box office at (718) 793-8080. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon–6 pm, Saturday, 10 am–2 pm, and up to one hour prior to all performances.
Subway: 7 train to Vernon/Jackson (first stop in Queens). Walk west toward the river on 50th Avenue.
Ferry: East River Ferry to Hunters Point. Walk north on 2nd Street.