Rock ‘n’ roll will stop the traffic once again in Forest Hills this year.
After Grammy award-winning folk rock band Mumford & Sons dazzled a sold-out crowd at the first concert hosted at the West Side Tennis Stadium in almost 20 years last August, the former US Open venue will play host to a series of concerts this summer.
The Zac Brown Band, a popular country music act famous for chart-topping tunes such as “Chicken Fried” and “Goodbye in her Eyes,” will be hitting the stage on June 21, the first of a full concert series planned for the venue.
Tickets will go on sale exclusively on ticketfly.com on Saturday at 10 a.m. and prices range between $79.50 and $104.50, slightly more expensive than tickets for last year’s Mumford & Sons concert.
More musical acts for this year’s concert series will be announced over the coming weeks.
The stadium played host to the US Open 60 times until the tournament moved to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing in 1978 and legendary musical acts such as The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, The Who and Jimi Hendrix, who was booed off stage, all played the venue.
Nearly $3 million in renovations has taken place at the stadium over the last year, including the installation of new seats, walkways and other modern amenities.
Despite some Mumford & Sons ticket holders not being able to enter the venue due to overcrowding and complaints about the lack of adequate portable bathrooms for the approximately 16,000 attendees, the rousing test concert to see if the stadium and surrounding area could handle such an event was a success.
In the days after the show, Community Board 6 Chairman Frank Gulluscio and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) said they were pleased with the concert and their offices received very little negative feedback from the surrounding community.