2009-06-19 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

RAA And Make Music New York

Concert Sunday June 21

The Rockaway Artists Alliance gets ready to fill the air with sound as 25 musical acts, 100 or more musicians and three Rockaway stages are all scheduled to play a part in the 2009 citywide Make Music New York free music festival. Along with the surf and the seagulls, music will soar over amber sands from outdoors at Riis Park, indoors at the sTudio 7 gallery stage at Fort Tilden, and the open air Moonstage, also at Fort Tilden, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. Performances move to the indoor stage in case of rain. And this day-long musical event is completely free.

Broadening the "ART" in the name Rockaway Artists Alliance, the group successfully started the Summer Moons entertainment series several years ago, continously supports local music and performance events, and hosts regular Thursday Open Mike Music Nights all year round at their sTudio 7 Gallery. The RAA has become a hub for musicians to meet and new talent to emerge.

The upcoming three-stage concert event will mark the second year RAA is participating in the Make Music New York festival to represent this sandy corner of Queens.

Slated to perform so far on the Riis Park portable stage are Hudson's Hope-11 a.m., Reda Shay-12 noon, Squid-1 p.m., Off the Grid-2 p.m., Grayriders-3 p.m., Rat Trap Bumpkin-4 p.m., Brutal East-5 p.m., Observed-6 p.m. and Indaculture -7 p.m.

On Fort Tilden's outdoor Moonstage will be John Hamilton-12 noon, Inside Joke-1 p.m., Jonathon Roberts-2 p.m., Hey Stranger-3 p.m., Nina-4 p.m., Joint Chiefs Of Math-5 p.m., Jammin Jon-6 p.m., Jenny & JP- 7 p.m. and Mambo Mantis-8 p.m.

Also appearing onstage in the sTudio 7 Gallery are Lumberjack-1 p.m., Cosmo's Moon-2 p.m., Psyclone- 3 p.m., Going Green-4 p.m., Angel Face/Head Case- 5 p.m., Primal Etiquette-6 p.m., Beefcake-7p.m. According to an RAA spokesperson, plenty of room has been left for guest appearances and surprises.

Make Music New York itself is celebrating its third year. Previous years have featured well over 850 free concert venues with thousands of musicians performing in public spaces all across the five boroughs. Representing every genre of music, this year amateur and professional musicians of all stripes will make their sound heard as they perform "on streets, sidewalks, stoops, [in] plazas, cemeteries, parks, gardens, open air restaurants and even front yards." It is open "to anyone who wants to take part" to be "enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend."

Everyone from high school bands, solo performers, large and small groups, ethnic ensembles and a cappella singers to star performers and even "Mass Appeal" event gatherings bringing together large groups of single instruments — pianos, accordions, cellos and even cast-iron gamelan gongs — will make music from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

According to organizers "Make Music NY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 327 cities around the world — a global celebration of music making." According to New York City officials, MMNY is "one of the largest musical events in [New York's] history." June 21 is also the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.

The musicians and performers of the Rockaway Artists Alliance are gearing up for an amazing event. They invite "anyone and everyone" to join in on a musical outpouring that will literally be heard around the world. Says the RAA, "It doesn't get any bigger than that!"

For additional information call 718- 474-0861, e-mail rockart116@aol.com or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance- .org or www.makemusicny.org. Information about Rockaway Artists Alliance meetings, exhibitions and events can also be found at the group's website.

RAA works in partnership with the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area and in part is supported by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, JP Morgan Chase, The Independence Community Foundation and Brooklyn Brewery.

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