On Stage At Kingsborough brings back free outdoor concert series

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Fleur Seule performs retro jazz music in seven different languages.
Photo courtesy of Fleur Seule

On Stage At Kingsborough is bringing back its popular, free outdoor concert series this summer with with shows each week from July 9-30, sponsored by  Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso’s Office. 

“Brooklyn is ready to enjoy summer this year, and thanks to community events like the series being put on by On Stage At Kingsborough, Brooklynites will have plenty of fun options to choose from,” Reynoso said in a release.

“Hot Summer Nights” features a range of jazz and blues music that are expected to get the audience’s feet bumping at Kingsborough Community College’s Lighthouse Bandshell overlooking the Rockaway Inlet.

“On Stage At Kingsborough is pleased to be a destination for all swingin’ New Yorkers while providing local residents with access to great music right in their backyard,” said Anna Becker, On Stage at Kingsborough’s executive director. “This summer’s Hot Summer Nights Grammy-studded lineup features everything from vintage swing to New Orleans street beats to jump, swing, and blues!” 

Jumaane Smith plays the trumpet at On Stage at Kingsborough
Jumaane Smith brings down the house with a wide range of jazz music. Photo by Frank Stewart

The season kicks off on Saturday, July 9, transporting the audience back to the 1920s and 30s during the big band era with vintage swing music from Grammy-award winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and continues the next three Saturdays— with retro jazz band Fleur Seule whose music is in seven languages on July 16; a blues ensemble will take the stage ob July 23rd, five-time Grammy nominee Roomful of Blues; and Jumaane Smith and his six-piece band will close the month-long summer season with his eclectic range of jazz through the ages.

“We invite you to dance under the stars and sway in the ocean breeze. It’s a perfect summer evening activity for young and old, and it’s completely free. Come gather again!” Becker said.

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Five-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues will perform at the Lighthouse Bandshell on July 23rd.Photo by Sonja Lemoi

All shows are open to the public with free parking, though a limited number of seats are available. Showgoers are welcome to sit out on the lawn — and bring blankets and food for a picnic.  Each show starts at 8 pm with doors opening at 7 pm. In the event of rain, the show location to the campus’ Leon M. Goldstein Performance Center. 

On Stage At Kingsborough strives to host affordable shows to make theater and music accessible to all while also providing space to promote discussion of cultural arts, the organization said.

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Big band era ensemble Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks will open the summer series on July 9. Photo courtesy of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

“Brooklyn is fortunate to have such invested institutions, willing to provide entertainment and spaces for people of all ages and background to enjoy each other as the city comes back alive during the warmer months,” the borough president remarked.