Queens Crossing Summer Concert:
MUSIC BEYOND BORDERS
Flushing, June 21, 2015 – Queens Crossing Summer Concert: Music Beyond Borders – which was part of Make Music New York 2015, took place at the Queens Crossing Outdoor Plaza. This is Queens Crossing’s fifth anniversary of participation in the 9-year-old festival, which is a live, free musical event that takes place simultaneously in all five boroughs of New York City on the first day of summer. In accordance to the theme of ‘Music Beyond Borders’, some 9 individuals and groups of musicians across several genres of music were presented, reflecting Queens’ undeniable diversity and vibrancy.
According to Wesley Sin, Public Relations and Marketing Manager of F & T Group, this year’s concert performers were curated for their talents as well as their distinct backgrounds – having come ‘from different cities all over the world such as New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Beijing and Manila’. Performers include J-pop street dancers and boy band EXPG Boyz, dancers from A.K.F. dance studio in Flushing, K-pop EXP featuring RK & Cedric, Brooklyn born rapper Jay Mula, award-winning band Izzy Man and The Plan, native New Yorker and pop musician Rick Rocker, and singer, songwriter and composer originally from Israel, Hananel, as well as a special appearance by Taiwan born model, dancer, ice-skater and winner of Miss Chinese Cosmos, Ssuting Yu.
Among the talents, A.K.F. dance studio arrived decked in complimenting outfits that match their precisely choreographed dance moves – strong, opinionated, and with a tinge of rebelliousness, EXPG Boyz brought on a rush of youthful energy with their song and dance number, while EXP, RK & Cedric – ethnic Korean Americans, put up charismatic performances against the Flushing skyline. As EXP, RK & Cedric rapped and crooned about love, their fans in the crowd – who called out their names, cheered and jostled for better views.
Like the performers, the audiences in attendance were diverse, too – as testified by their varying preferences in music, as well as their different familial roles. Seniors, teenagers, children, adults minding toddlers gathered in front of the concert stage to enjoy the free music and entertainment. The atmosphere was dense with a defying sense of fun.
The determined concert goers who braved the almost scorching summer sun were also rewarded with nothing short of a mini fair; neatly lined up stalls along the sides of the outdoor plaza, handed out popcorn, shaved ice and snacks such as chicken samplers from the Coop Restaurant and Bar, newly arrived in Flushing, and even free temporary metallic tattoos sponsored by Junio Jewelry. A live raffle draw also saw lucky winners bring home prizes from a luxurious 3-night Bahamas cruise trip, complimentary nights at Hyatt Hotel, to fashion accessories from Pandora, Swarovski, and Mango.
With Queens Crossing Summer Concert: Music Beyond Borders, Queens Crossing has proudly led its community to herald the new season with a dose of festivity, family spirit, and fostered a sense of old-school camaraderie among the folks of Flushing.