KCA is proud to announce its Summer 2020 LIVE AT THE GANTRIES ONLINE Concert Series. Traditionally held at Gantry Plaza State Park in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Recreation, Queens Theatre, Plaxall, Inc., and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, this series is moving online in 2020 to offer eight world-class performances every Tuesday at 7pm during July and August 2020 that will stream on KCA’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Live Q&A sessions with the artists will follow each event.

This year’s Live at the Gantries Online concert series kicks-off on July 7 with Nixtaband, an exciting contemporary jazz ensemble composed of Queens College alumni and musicians based in New York City and Mexico. Nixtaband fuses Afro-Cuban, South American, Afro-American, and Mexican rhythms to deliver a modern sound deeply steeped in the jazz and folk traditions. On July 14, Kalunga, The Duo Sessions will bring an eclectic and exciting blend of Afro-Latin music and crossover chamber music in the hands of award-winning percussionist Javier Diaz and world-class oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz for a classical sound with a contemporary flair. This show will be followed by a short master class on Batá percussion. The thrilling New York-based jug band, The Salt Cracker Crazies, will offer their bone rattling, floor shaking, gut thumping jug-centric skiffle on July 21. Their songs about unicorns, fireworks, and all sorts of party-related themes will definitely make audiences want to dance in their living rooms.

Brooklyn Raga Massive’s (BRM) Tradition to Innovation program, will showcase a wide range of sounds inspired by jazz and traditional Indian Classical and raga music on July 28. BRM has been hailed as “Leaders of the Raga Renaissance” by the New Yorker and praised by The New York Times for “preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit.” On August 4, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Fernandito Ferrer will offer his personal take on Nueva Canción through the use of loops, pedals, and all kinds of cool props to accompany his delightful voice. The Chivalrous Crickets will perform on August 11. Creating a unique sound based on the mix of Appalachian, Old Time, traditional English and Celtic, and early European art music the Crickets will take you on a centuries-long sound journey. August 18 will bring Mexican songstress Claudia Valentina’s stirring performance of classic boleros, rancheras, son jarocho, cumbias, and indigenous pieces. The season will come to a close on August 25 with a performance by Grammy award winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes. A show perfect for the whole family, it will feature Dan’s greatest hits as well as folk and blues classics from their popular new songbook entitled Dan Zanes’ House Party!: A Family Roots Music Treasury.

All shows will stream at 7:00 PM EST

Nixtaband
Tuesday, July 7

Kalunga, The Duo Sessions
Tuesday, July 14

The Salt Cracker Crazies
Tuesday, July 21

Brooklyn Raga Massive
Tuesday, July 28

Fernandito Ferrer
Tuesday, August 4

The Chivalrous Crickets
Tuesday, August 11

Claudia Valentina
Tuesday, August 18

Dan + Claudia Zanes
Tuesday, August 25

Supporters
This summer’s online concert series is supported by the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation, Queens Theatre, Plaxall, Inc., Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, and the New York Community Trust. Season support for all Kupferberg activities is provided by New York Community Bank and Resorts World Casinos. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.