The LIC Arts Open has announced events for its nine-day duration. They are as follows:
Old Instruments, Brand New Music
Begins May 10, 7:30 pm @ Little Secret Theatre
The Queens New Music Festival dusts off some unique renaissance instruments and revamps them for the modern age in this groundbreaking series of concerts. This first-ever festival showcases new works written for chamber music ensembles complete with multi-media productions, rewired instruments, digitally enhanced humans, and a consort of renaissance viols. Tickets priced according to show, please check www.queensnewmusicfestival.org for more information.
Homegrown Jazz Made in LIC
May 17, 7 pm @ Manducatis Rustica
The passionate musicians of The Long Island City Jazz Alliance All-Stars get things swingin’ as they deliver quality jazz to LIC. For more information, please visit www.licja.org or call 917.549.0494.
GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS!!!
May 17, 7:30 pm @ The Store
Join four of the most up-and-coming NYC voices for a night of singer-songwriter girl power! Self-taught sensation Lauren Diamond, retro sweetheart Sara Lewis (produced by Julie Last), internationally known Emily Rupp and versatile storyteller Jeanne Marie Boes form a lineup of stripped-down sets that’ll melt your heart and rock your bras off. And, in true indie-goddess fashion, it’s FREE.
Bossa Nova Boss and Cult Cartoon Heroes
May 18, 7:30 @ The Store
NYC musician Roberto De Parana (produced by Jeff Peretz) embraces his Brazilian roots as he croons his way through both standards and original Bossa Nova compositions. Featuring Jeff Peretz, Kyle Olson, and Chris Lucca. Later on, Pat Irwin (composer for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Bored to Death not to mention SpongeBob SquarePants) joins three-time Emmy winner J. Walter Hawkes (composer for Blues Clues and Wonder Pets) on stage for a night of multi-instrumental improvisation and vintage electronics. Where else can you hear the keyboardist from the B52’s jam alongside Norah Jones’ trumpet-player? No where. And in other awesome news: it’s FREE.
Rock the Block
May 19, 12 – 6 pm @ 22nd Street
An all-day festival that isn’t just about music. Sure, performances will include the musical stylings of 2/3 goat, Water Brain, L.E.S.B.C., Sara Lewis, and the LICAM students. But there’s also samurai sword fighting, theatre, and dance performances. And did we mention the food trucks and vendors? A truly hip (and free) way to spend your Saturday afternoon.