Celebrate the legacy of Satchmo with food, music and more in Flushing Meadows Corona Park later this summer.
On July 21, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College will put on the fifth annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival. The festival will take place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, just walking distance from Louis Armstrong’s former home.
This year, the festival will be headlined by the legendary rapper, Action Bronson. The Queens native will be joined by New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels, who will be making their live Queens debut at the festival. The eight-piece ensemble has performed with other notable Queens hip-hop artists such as Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Mobb Deep, and more.
A full line-up of musical acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
The festival will also feature food trucks and activities centered around honoring Armstrong’s legacy. Ricky Riccardi, author of “What A Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years,” and the Director of Research Collections at Louis Armstrong House Museum, will host lectures and appear at the festival’s Louis Armstrong House Museum tent.
“We can’t wait to take NYC festival-goers on a thrilling ride from Queens to New Orleans and back, at the same time that we honor and celebrate the legacy of America’s greatest musical icon, Louis Armstrong,” said the Kupferberg Center team. “For this year’s What a Wonderful World Festival, we honor Satchmo’s life in Corona by featuring one of Queens’ finest, Action Bronson, and we remember his birthplace by presenting the Soul Rebels, who will bring their New Orleans sound to the field at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.”
The free event will start at 4 p.m. A limited number of VIP ticket packages are available for $25. Click here to RSVP for free tickets or to purchase a VIP package.