2007-06-29 / Community

Rain Doesn't Stop RAA Summer Solstice Music Fest

Rain didn't stop concertgoers from enjoying the music at RAA's Summer Solstice music fest.Rain didn't stop concertgoers from enjoying the music at RAA's Summer Solstice music fest. Even the first cloud bursts of summer couldn't keep the show from going on, as the Rockaway Artists Alliance hosted the Summer Solstice Concert event, the first of a summer-long Summer Moons concert series.

Summer Moons, now in its third successful year, presents a variety of performances every Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. at the RAA's outdoor Moonstage in Ft. Tilden. In case of rain, the series will be moved into the adjacent sTudio 7 gallery. All shows are free and geared to all ages.

Last week's Summer Solstice music fest, which began outside, gathered quite a crowd. Bearing beach chairs, coolers and picnic baskets, everyone enjoyed a spectacular, unscheduled light show, as lightning streaked the sky. "You could only get this view in Rockaway," one concertgoer said. Shortly before the first summer downpour, musicians reassembled their equipment indoors, where everyone continued to have a full night of music, mingling and fun in sTudio 7's club-like setting. Many also took the opportunity to enjoy artwork from the gallery's Planet Animals exhibition.

Some members of Indaculture (Bobby Butler, left and Jenna Baker, right) keep up the musical mood in the sTudio 7 gallery.Some members of Indaculture (Bobby Butler, left and Jenna Baker, right) keep up the musical mood in the sTudio 7 gallery. "I don't think we lost any audience. In fact, I think we gained more of an audience," said Geoff Rawling, Rockaway Artists Alliance's president.

Added RAA member Tommy Burke, "It started out as a concert and turned into an event at an art gallery. People got to look at great artwork, talk, and meet new people. It was great."

Six acts played, including the popular Indaculture, Sixth Boro, Daha, Kuff and the Buttheads, Walker and the well-received group Fillet O'Soul, which traveled from New Paltz, New York.

Rain or shine, it looks like it's going to be a great summer in the Rockaways, and the Summer Moons free entertainment series is a great place to be every Thursday night. The RAA invites everyone to bring a chair, food and drinks, and friends and family to enjoy the shows.

For more information, contact the Rockaway Artists Alliance at 718-474-0861; email RockArt116 @aol.com or visit their website at www.rockaway artistsalliance.org .

Audience members took the opportunity to mingle and view artwork from the RAA's Planet Animals exhibition.  Audience members took the opportunity to mingle and view artwork from the RAA's Planet Animals exhibition.

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