2007-01-05 / Community

RAA's Solstice Music Fest A Hit

The weather may have made it feel more like a celebration of early fall or emerging spring, but the crowds came out and stayed well into the night for the Rockaway Artists Alliance's first ever Solstice Celebration on Thursday, December 21.

Performing from a specially-built stage some ten feet above the main floor of the sTudio 7 gallery building at Ft. Tilden, a wide variety of musicians lent their talents for the celebration. Will Flow, T.K. Kearney, Kuff and the Buttheads, ZEPS, Walker and the very popular Indaculture entertained the hundreds-strong audience with a rousing mix of slow and fast rock, reggae, rap, eclectic originals, soul, and rhythm and blues. Several times during the evening, utilizing the ramps that ran to and from the stage, several of the artists joined together to produce new and exciting sounds. Dancing and spontaneous sing-alongs also ensued, giving the Winter Solstice a proper send-off.

Reflecting on this bright spot in the middle of winter, one person summed up the feeling of many in attendance by simply saying, "What a night! It was great!"

The newly-renovated sTudio 7 is part of the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Ft. Tilden. The solstice event was presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance in partnership with the National Park Service/Gateway National Recreation Area, and sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.

The RAA is currently preparing its next multi-media exhibition, "Where Flowers Bloom In Winter," which runs from January 20 to February 18 in the sTudio 6 gallery.

An opening reception to inaugurate the show will be held on Sunday, January 21 from 1-3 p.m., and will feature live entertainment. Refreshments will be served and many of the artists will be on hand.

Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 718-474-0861; email rockart116@aol. com ; or visit the RAA's new website at www.rockawayartistsalliance.org .

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