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Sunnyside to be Inundated with Musicians Tomorrow, with Concerts Throughout ‘Hood

40th Street Plaza

June 20, 2014 By Christian Murray

Sunnyside is going to be taken over by musicians tomorrow–as 23 bands or solo performers will be playing outside several bars/restaurants—as well as public spaces– throughout the neighborhood.

The musicians are expected to play everything from Americana to world music and will be scattered throughout the neighborhood–from Skillman Avenue, the 40th Street plaza (40th Street under the 7 train) to Greenpoint Avenue.

The June 21 event marks the 2014 Make Music New York festival, where musicians will be performing outside 1,300 venues throughout New York City.

Sunnyside, however, has brought some organization to the event– through the collaboration of Sunnyside Shines, Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars and the Skillman Project.

Performances include (June 21):


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

o   2:00 – 2:45: Marc Feldman (blues, funk, jazz)

o   4:30 – 5:30: The Live Cultures (Americana, bluegrass, folk)

o   5:30 – 6:30: Mild Mannered Rebel (indie-rock, singer/songwriter, world)

o   6:30 – 7:00: Roberto Buscarsi (pop, standards, world)


  • Avenue Coffee House (45-01 Greenpoint Avenue)

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


  • Bar 43 (43-06 43rd Street)

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


  • Bliss Street Station (47-02 Greenpoint Avenue)

o   6:00 – 7:00: Traveling Jewburys (Americana/bluegrass, rock)

o   8:00 – 9:00: Kira Lyra (Americana, bluegrass, indie-folk)


  • Claret Wine Bar (46-02 Skillman Avenue)

o   7:30 – 9:00: Bandera (Latin rock)


  • Dime Savings Bank (45-14 46th Street)

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


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

o   7:00 – 9:00: Joel Landy & Friends (blues, folk, singer/songwriter)

o   8:00 – 9:00: Amber Stowell (country, pop, singer/songwriter)


  • McGuinness’ Bar (44-23 Queens Blvd)

o   4:00 – 5:00: Joe Jung (Americana/bluegrass, blues, folk)

o   6:00 – 7:00: Katelynn Tomney (blues, indie-rock, singer/songwriter)


  • Quaint (46-10 Skillman Avenue)

o   5:00 – 6:00: Kate Manatee (indie-folk, pop, singer/songwriter)

o   7:00 – 8:00: Shari Pine (Americana/bluegrass, blues, soul)

o   8:00 – 9:00: David Heagy (Americana/bluegrass, country, jazz)


  • Queens Library at Sunnyside (43-06 Greenpoint Avenue)

o   11:00 – 11:30: Roberto Buscarsi (pop, standards, world)

o   1:00 – 2:00: Mild Mannered Rebel (indie-rock, singer/songwriter, world)

o   4:00 – 5:00: Miolina (classical, electronic, experimental)


  • 4 Squared Flavors (45-12 Greenpoint Avenue)

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


  • The Gaslight (43-17 Queens Blvd)

o   6:30 – 7:30: Kira Lyra (Americana/bluegrass, indie-folk, singer/songwriter)

o   7:30 – 8:30: Katelynn Tomney (blues, indie-rock, singer/songwriter)


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Concerned Hipster

@DoMo I believe me and Hipsta are entirely separate entities. This was the case last time I checked with my psychiatrist!


People will complain about everything . OMG live music playing to 9pm on a beautiful sat night. How awful!!! Go to bed and turn your AC on at 6 pm so you don’t have to listen to it. It was a great nights entertainment with lots of talented musicians. Wish there was more of these events in Sunnyside. Watch out next year it will be on a Sunday. So guess there will be even more haters.


@superwittysmitty Spot on about the whining. “Oh but the music will be loud! On a Saturday! Until 9pm!”

There was a great mix of musicians at the space on 40th street as well. I even saw a guy jamming out on an oud.


Loud music was what he meant, and I doubt that was a problem, just another person anxious to complain about something before it even happened.

I watched a nice band play by the Sunnyside Library- a violin, a tambourine, and some sort of mandolin/guitar. Absolutely delightful.

Sunnyside gets better and better, each year. I love it.


Another person who is just not funny. I bet it’s the Hipsta Thugg under a new identity.

Concerned Hipster

I’ll be doing a performance of Scott Walker’s seminal avant-garde classic, “Tilt”, outside my house on 45th Street using only a mouth harp and a Boss DD-3 pedal. 10pm. Be there or be squarer than a square thing!

Hipsta Thugg

300 years of strings! Are you kidding me? I bet the average age at that concert will be about 100!

Flores 65

@what the hell, ill be anonymous too

That’s what hipsters are trying to do. Take over Sunnyside and claim it as their new territory.

what the hell, ill be anonymous too

man, this place has more music than that place Willaimsburg! You guys tryin to attract more hipsters or something?? Damn, those hipsters!!


@anonymous I’m assuming that’s a typo for live music. I don’t see anything listed as running after 9pm – is that acceptable?


Great for Sunnyside/Woodside. But, load music after legal hours should be respected so people can sleep.


Change bum will be performing his one hit solo in front of Arriba Arriba 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

I know I know old material…I couldn’t resist.


This was a great event last year and it looks like there’s even more performances schedules this time around.

Colleen Ross

Also part of Make Music New York:

Spaceworks/Healing Arts Initiative 34th St. Block Party

Enjoy live music, dance performances, food and fun at our indoor/outdoor block party on 34th Street between Skillman and 43rd Avenues. Open to all! Free for everyone!

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