Free Concerts Coming to Sunnyside for Make Music NY

iJune 16, 2014

A diverse array of musicians, playing everything from Americana to world music, will perform in front of Sunnyside businesses on June 21. Sunnyside Shines, Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars and The Skillman Project have signed up businesses to host free concerts during the 2014 Make Music New York festival, which takes place on Saturday, June 21. The festival, billed as the largest outdoor music festival in New York City, features over 1,300 free, outdoor concerts occurring each year on the summer solstice.


This year 23 performances will take place throughout the neighborhood, including several local businesses, the 40th Street plaza and the Sunnyside branch of the Queens Library. Given the diversity of the performers there is sure to be something for everyone. The full schedule for Make Music New York is available at


Performances include:


40th Street plaza (40th Street and Queens Blvd, under the 7 train)

2:00 – 2:45: Marc Feldman (blues, funk, jazz)
4:30 – 5:30: The Live Cultures (Americana, bluegrass, folk)
5:30 – 6:30: Mild Mannered Rebel (indie-rock, singer/songwriter, world)
6:30 – 7:00: Roberto Buscarsi (pop, standards, world)


Avenue Coffee House (45-01 Greenpoint Avenue)

12:00 – 1:00: Amber Stowell (country, pop, singer/songwriter)


Bar 43 (43-06 43rd Street)

5:00 – 9:00: John Malone (folk, rock, other)


Bliss Street Station (47-02 Greenpoint Avenue)

6:00 – 7:00: Traveling Jewburys (Americana/bluegrass, rock)
8:00 – 9:00: Kira Lyra (Americana, bluegrass, indie-folk)


Claret Wine Bar (46-02 Skillman Avenue)

7:30 – 9:00: Bandera (Latin rock)


Dime Savings Bank (45-14 46th Street)

12:00 – 12:45: Sally Mason from ‘Taylor and the Mason’ (folk, pop, rock)


Marlene Tavern & Winebar (41-11 49th Street)

7:00 – 9:00: Joel Landy & Friends (blues, folk, singer/songwriter)
8:00 – 9:00: Amber Stowell (country, pop, singer/songwriter)


McGuinness’ Bar (44-23 Queens Blvd)

4:00 – 5:00: Joe Jung (Americana/bluegrass, blues, folk)
6:00 – 7:00: Katelynn Tomney (blues, indie-rock, singer/songwriter)


Quaint (46-10 Skillman Avenue)

5:00 – 6:00: Kate Manatee (indie-folk, pop, singer/songwriter)
7:00 – 8:00: Shari Pine (Americana/bluegrass, blues, soul)
8:00 – 9:00: David Heagy (Americana/bluegrass, country, jazz)


Queens Library at Sunnyside (43-06 Greenpoint Avenue)

11:00 – 11:30: Roberto Buscarsi (pop, standards, world)
1:00 – 2:00: Mild Mannered Rebel (indie-rock, singer/songwriter, world)
4:00 – 5:00: Miolina (classical, electronic, experimental)


4 Squared Flavors (45-12 Greenpoint Avenue)

12:00 – 12:30: Stephanie Lexis (indie-rock, pop, singer/songwriter)


The Gaslight (43-17 Queens Blvd)

6:30 – 7:30: Kira Lyra (Americana/bluegrass, indie-folk, singer/songwriter)
7:30 – 8:30: Katelynn Tomney (blues, indie-rock, singer/songwriter)


Joe Schiavone, manager of the Queens Library at Sunnyside said: “Make Music New York is a great opportunity for the library to utilize our outdoor space to engage the community. We’re very excited to be bringing music to the neighborhood.”


Liz Taylor, from Bliss Street Station, and a member of both the BID and Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars said: “Neighborhood-wide events like Make Music New York are great for Sunnyside, and we are excited to be a part of it this year. It provides free outdoor entertainment throughout the day and introduces the people who live and work here, as well as those visiting for the weekend, to new and different kinds of music.”


About Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District

The mission of Sunnyside Shines is to invigorate and enrich the economic life of the neighborhood by creating a safe, welcoming and dynamic commercial district in Sunnyside, Queens. Sunnyside Shines provides support services tailored to meet the specific needs of the district including supplemental sanitation, holiday lighting, neighborhood beautification, district marketing, government advocacy and the promotion of Sunnyside.  For more information about Sunnyside Shines, please visit


About Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars

Sunnyside's Boulevard Bars is a collective of bars and restaurants in the Queens Boulevard/Sunnyside area of Queens. Dedicated to our neighborhood and our customers, our mission is to elevate our community by utilizing our joint efforts to organize monthly events that bring people together, give back to local organizations, and keep locals and visitors alike up-to-date about what's happening in Sunnyside. For more information about Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, please visit          


About The Skillman Project

The Skillman Project is a neighborhood community group started by the business owners on Skillman Avenue. We are dedicated to enhancing our community through local events, beautification & preservation. For more information about The Skillman Project, please visit