Why spend a perfectly beautiful summer night in Queens cooped up inside when you can enjoy a concert or a movie under a starlit sky for free?
Middle Village residents won’t have to travel far to find great music this summer, as Juniper Valley Park will again play host to a concert series over five consecutive Tuesday nights this July and August.
Each show will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on the softball field of Juniper Valley Park, located off the corner of 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North in Middle Village.
The Juniper Valley Park Concert Series kicks off on Tuesday night, July 10, with a country flair, as “Kickin’ Up Country with Nash East” takes the stage.
Then, on July 17, Irish eyes will be smiling with the sounds of Andy Cooney and his world-famous Irish band. A week later, the concert plays host to Italian night featuring tenor Elio Scaccio, soprano Julie Anna, The Chris Cuvier Trio and MAM Production and Sound Company.
July 31 is “Totally 80s” night featuring the White Wedding Band covering all the favorites from the 1980s.
The final concert in the series, on Aug. 7, coincides with the 104th Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime celebration at the park. The concert that evening will feature Generations performing classic rock favorites.
There are no seats at the softball field, so all guests should bring their own lawn chair or blanket. The concert schedule is weather permitting, and all acts are subject to change.
Sponsors of the Juniper Valley Park Concert series include the city Parks Department, Councilman Bob Holden and the Juniper Park Civic Association, with additional support from the Juniper Valley Park Conservancy, Crifasi Real Estate and Queensboro UNICO.
For more information about the concerts, visit junipercivic.com or call 718-651-5865.
Concerts and movies at Maspeth Federal locations
Meanwhile, Maspeth Federal Savings is hosting several evenings of outdoor entertainment this July and August, inviting everyone to see a great show at no extra charge.
The fun begins on Wednesday night, July 11, with a disco concert in Maspeth featuring Disco 54 performing chart-toppers from the 1970s and early 1980s. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Maspeth Federal Savings’ main branch, located at 56-18 69th St.
The main branch will hold two more concerts this summer: on Aug. 1, Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, will perform some of the band’s greatest hits, while the following week, Aug. 15, The Crests will entertain the crowd with their covers of golden oldies from the 1950s and 1960s. Both shows take place at 7:30 p.m.
Piano lovers will want to head over to Maspeth Federal’s Forest Hills branch, located at 101-09 Metropolitan Ave., on July 18 for a free concert featuring Dueling Pianos. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m.
Throughout August, the Maspeth Federal main branch will also host its “Free Movie Under the Stars” series, where you can enjoy family-friendly movies at no charge. The series begins on Aug. 15 with a screening of “Paddington 2,” followed by “Moana” on Aug. 22 and “Coco” on Aug. 29. All movies begin at 8 p.m.
Limited seating will be provided at the Maspeth and Forest Hills events, so guests are advised to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. The events are weather permitting; visit maspethfederal.com for additional information.