Five-time Grammy winner James Taylor comes to Queens to give a concert this week. He might want to arrive early and leave late so he can enjoy a huge foodie event, a ghost tour, outdoor movies, festivals and concerts, and even a chance to watch top-notch cricket. Here’s the rundown.

July 30, Doo Wop Concert, 7:30 pm. Golden Oldies from the 1950s and 1960s. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool.

July 30, Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria, 7:30 pm. This two-hour stroll visits some lesser-known historical sites and reveals tales of the neighborhood’s grim and ghostly past. Astoria is filled with tragic Hollywood film stars, voodoo, potters’ fields, grisly murders, poltergeists, hidden treasure, and deadly waters. $20/$25 at the door, location upon registration.

July 30, I Will Not Be Silent: A Comfort Woman’s Road to Activism, 6:30 pm. Yong Soo Lee, who was forced into prostitution by the Japanese during World War II, speaks. Special presentations by Holocaust survivors. Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside.


Van Morrison, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Met Opera stars, and the Muppets are the world famous celebrities providing entertainment and enrichment in the borough this week. Other possibilities are a LEGO fest, comedy, seniors singing Broadway, a Summer Solstice event, and an International Yoga Day gala. Here’s the rundown.

June 18, Music Under the 7 Train, 6:30 pm. The Street Beat Brass Band presents a multicultural program of brass-based and street-based music from various parts of the world. Free. Bliss Plaza, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street under the 7 train station, Sunnyside.

June 18, Big Band Music, 6:30 pm. New York City Swing plays big band favorites by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington. Free. Queens Library’s Howard Beach Branch, 92-06 156th Avenue, Howard Beach.


On Friday, Queens will demonstrate that it has the cachet to attract three big musical acts on the same night, the top-notch venues to host them, and the appreciative fan base to make it all worthwhile. The hard-working Jason Mraz, who went from the San Diego coffee house circuit to international tours in the world’s biggest stadiums, will perform at the Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. This two-time Grammy winner (and six-time nominee), whose probably best known for “Love Someone,” will jam with the eclectic rock-folk band Raining Jane. Two more concerts and two more photos after jump.


Sorry, Yankees fans, but Forest Hills Stadium is New York City’s most storied outdoor arena. Arthur Ashe and Billie Jean King made history there, while the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Jimi Hendrix, Talking Heads, and local boys Simon & Garfunkel made music there. The horseshoe-shaped stadium, which was built in 1923, fell into disrepair in the 1990s, but now it’s back after a roughly $3,000,000 structural overhaul and it’s been hosting concerts all summer. The revamped fun continues this Saturday, when Modest Mouse and Brand New share the stage. Formed in Washington state in 1993, Modest Mouse is the indie rock paragon with two Grammy nominations and a Billboard number one song, “We Were Dead before the Ship even Sank.” Long Island born Brand New is an alternative/indie rock group whose fourth and most recent album, Daisy, reached number six on Billboard.

Details and photos after the jump.


All day, Edge of the City has posted fantastic photos of the sold-out Mumford & Sons concert last night at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. This was the first show for the venue since the 1980s. Back in the day, the stadium saw the likes of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Frank Sinatra. Last night looked like an awesome comeback. Did any readers attend the show?

Mumford Concert Pics [Edge of the City]

Photo by Edge of the City


The iconic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium reopens tonight with a sold-out Mumford & Sons concert. This is the first major concert for the 17,000 seat venue since the 1980s. The stadium hosted the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Frank Sinatra until residents started protesting against them. The big night tonight is the result of a grassroots campaign to restore the stadium and put it into use. The Rego-Forest Preservation Council reports that “a reported nearly $1.5 million has been spent to restore and upgrade the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium since June 2013, and future restoration plans and upgrades are envisioned by the West Side Tennis Club and concert producers.” The West Side Tennis Club, where the stadium is located, built a new stadium entrance on Burns Street, further away from residential buildings than the main entrance on Tennis Place, to deal with noise and crowds. (Queens Crap has a cool picture of the new entrance. Check out interior and historic shots at this Flickr set by the Rego-Forest Preservation Council.) Also to discourage late-night noise, the concert’s scheduled to end at 10pm. DNAinfo has word on how surrounding businesses are planning for the big crowds in Forest Hills. It’ll be a big night in the neighborhood for sure.

Iconic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium Makes a Comeback [Rego-Forest Preservation Council]
Mumford & Sons Concert to Bring Crowds and After-Parties to Forest Hills [DNAinfo]

Photo by Rego-Forest Preservation Council