2013-06-28 / Community

RAA Makes Music Under The Super Moon


Poorhouse plays to the crowd at RAA Make Music New York/Solstice Celebration. Photo by Dan Guarino Poorhouse plays to the crowd at RAA Make Music New York/Solstice Celebration. Photo by Dan Guarino Summer arrived under the full moon as the Rockaway Artists Alliance presented an evening of talented musical performers on their outdoor stage on Friday, June 21st.

Billed as a Summer Solstice Celebration, it was also RAA’s contribution to Make Music New York. Now it in its seventh year, MMNY presents more than 1,000 free music events in public spaces around the city. Corresponding celebrations of music also occur in cities across the country and around the world on the same day.

RAA has been involved in the event for several years, and also presents both Winter and Summer solstice events.

The festive crowd enjoyed a roster of well-known Rockaway, Broad Channel and area talent and guests. Appearing on RAA’s Moonstage at Fort Tilden were Jammin’ Jon Kiebon, The Como Brothers, Mike Benedetto, Squid, Indaculture, Poorhouse, Walker and the Brotherhood of the Grape, ZEPS, Will Flow and others. Special host and MC was Sheelaa.


The super moon provided the perfect spotlight for a night of music. Here it rises over the old Post Chapel at Fort Tilden. Photo By Peter Brady The super moon provided the perfect spotlight for a night of music. Here it rises over the old Post Chapel at Fort Tilden. Photo By Peter Brady Support for the event was partially provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with the City Council.

Organizers wished to thank all of the talented musicians who donated their time and the volunteers who helped publicize, set up, run the event and clean up. From the stage they also gave a special thanks to the National Park Service.

The MMNY/Summer Solstice definitely resonated with the large audience that turned out, being one of the first outdoor music events since Hurricane Sandy struck more than seven months ago.

Said one man, “It was great. It was a great night with great music. It made Rockaway feel normal again.”



Mike Benedetto plays it acoustic on the outdoor Moonstage at RAA. Photo By Peter Brady Mike Benedetto plays it acoustic on the outdoor Moonstage at RAA. Photo By Peter Brady

Guy Nevirs takes to the keyboard at Rockaway Artists Alliance’s Make Music New York/ Summer Solstice music celebration. Photo By Peter Brady Guy Nevirs takes to the keyboard at Rockaway Artists Alliance’s Make Music New York/ Summer Solstice music celebration. Photo By Peter Brady

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