Nearly 1,000 people attended the 2013 Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert in Sunnyside on August 3, 2013. Despite rain in the earlier part of the day, the skies cleared up and the dancers and musicians transformed 46th Street into a 1920s celebration, complete with flapper dresses, Lindy Hop dancers and crank-operated phonographs playing 78s.
The concert celebrates the music of Bix Beiderbecke, an influential jazz musician from the 1920s who lived his final days in Sunnyside.
This year’s concert featured a vintage 1920s theme and an exciting lineup of jazz musicians including MAC and Mike – the Antique DJs, Svetlana and the Delancey Five, the Sunnyside Drum Corps, Smidge Malone & Matt Dallow and the Sunnyside Wolverines. The Big Apple Lindy Hoppers offered a free Lindy Hop lessons and delighted the audience with a performance. A dance floor was set up in the street, and the day included a free photo booth and a 1920s costume contest.
The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert was presented by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District as a part of its Sunnyside Summer Strolls event series. Sunnyside Summer Strolls brings together community members, local businesses and exciting performers and institutions for three days of fun under the Sunnyside arch.
The event series takes place on 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue, adjacent to the 46th/Bliss Street station on the 7 line. The street is transformed into a new, temporary public space with tables and chairs set up, as well as scheduled activities. Each day is free and open to the public, while having a distinct program:
- Saturday, July 27: Children’s Arts and Crafts Fair, 12pm-6pm
- Saturday, August 3: Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert, 12pm-7pm
- Saturday, August 10: Arts and Performance, 12pm-7pm
- Rain date: August 17 (if necessary)
Please check the schedule at www.sunnysideshines.org for final details and schedule as the event approaches.
The event is a part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks program, which creates temporary pedestrian streets at 23 sites in all five boroughs.
Sunnyside Summer Strolls is supported by generous sponsors Associated Marketplace, Fresh n’ Save Marketplace, TD Bank, the New York City Department of Transportation and New York City Department of Small Business Services. Our media partners are the New York Daily News, BORO Magazine and the LIC Courier.
Additionally, a huge thank you to these local Sunnyside businesses who provided prizes and giveaways: Pets Unlimited, Bing's Hallmark, Butcher Block, New York Style Eats, Fresh n Save Market, TD Bank, Sidetracks and Lotus Spa.
Below photos: Mary Teresa Giancoli and Artie Weiner