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Free August concerts in Queens parks

Eclectic mix of shows planned throughout the borough this month

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:14 pm, Thu Aug 15, 2019.

Relax by the river with some jazz at Socrates Sculpture Park.

Check out some R&B in Cambria Heights.

Rock out to a Kiss tribute band in Forest Park.

All for free.

The Parks Department and cultural nonprofits have plenty of gratis concerts scheduled throughout Queens this month. No matter what corner of the borough is yours, it won’t be hard to find one. That’s especially true if you want to find one Thursday, Aug. 8, which will be a busy one for free shows in the borough.

Pop singer-songwriter Shelly Bhushan is performing from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Long Island City Events Landing Space in Hunters Point South Park, which is at Center Boulevard near 51st Avenue. The concert is part of “Live at the Landing,” a series presented by the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, LIC Landing and the Queens Council on the Arts.

It’s not the only free park show in LIC that night. Jazz lovers may want to head to Socrates Sculpture Park at Broadway and Vernon Boulevard, where the Bertha Hope Quintet will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Hope, a pianist and composer who’s toured with legends like Nat Adderley and Dizzy Gillespie, won the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s Legend of Jazz Award last year. Those who go to Hope’s show can also join students and faculty from LaGuardia Community College for stargazing through a telescope at the riverfront park.

South Queens is getting in on the fun, too. The Elton John tribute band Captain Fantastic will play in Forest Park at the George Seuffert Bandshell from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at a concert sponsored by the Forest Park Trust, Inc.

During the same time frame, over at Astoria Park’s Great Lawn, American roots and country singer D.B. Rielly and his band will perform. Their show is part of the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s 2019 Waterfront Concert Series.

Do-si-do on the next night in Alley Pond Park. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. there on Friday, Aug. 9, City Stompers and the Parks Department are joining hands for a square dancing event for the public at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard in Oakland Gardens. They’ll be doing the same thing on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rockaway Beach boardwalk and Beach 17th Street.

On Sunday, Aug. 11, northeast Queens residents can see cover band Alive ’N Kickin play at Fort Totten in Bayside from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The band plays classic pop rock, as well as Broadway, Motown and Latin songs. The show is part of Borough President Melinda Katz’s summer concert series.

Are you a Kiss fan? If so, head over to the George Seuffert Bandshell on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., where the tribute band Kiss Army will play.

Katz’s series will come to Cambria Heights on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Barlett Contemporaries, an R&B group, will perform then at Cambria Playground, which is at Francis Lewis Boulevard and 120th Avenue.

Head over to Alley Pond Park at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. That’s when there’ll be a performance by Taikoza, a group with a unique sound that fuses the sounds of bamboo flutes with those of ancestral Japanese taiko drums. Those wishing to go should RSVP in advance, which they can do at taikozaa.eventbrite.com.

Some more fun is planned for Sunday, Aug. 25 at O’Donohue Park on Seagirt Boulevard between Beach 15th and Beach 17th streets in the Rockaways. Cover band Dr. K’s Motown Revue will perform from 5 to 6 p.m.

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