Concert celebrating heroines of Queens coming to Woodside

(Photo courtesy of Rashmi)

The Queens Council on the Arts New Works on Saturday, Sept. 17, will host a performance of “QUEENS of Queens: Women of Woodside,” which celebrates local heroines of Queens, at the Moore Jackson Community Garden.

The concert will be performed by Rashmi, who will premiere and perform her newly penned modern-day folk songs from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. The cemetery and community garden were restored by local volunteers.  

Reflecting the many particular voices of Woodside, Rashmi’s songs will tell the stories of three women who now call Queens their home. Rashmi’s modern-day folk songs portray an aspect of each heroine’s journey to Queens and celebrate their various particular cultural, vocational and life experiences.

Rashmi said that the event will be a fantastic gathering of community, connection and celebration.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate local heroines, learn about the rich cultures and voices of Woodside, make new friends in the community, support a local artist and enjoy a beautiful garden,” Rashmi said.

The performer said that music is a language everyone speaks and can relate to.

“Music and storytelling are languages that speak to everyone and are catalysts for generating powerful transformations in the world. As a Western woman with Eastern roots, my intention with my art is to bridge gaps, tell universal stories and give voice to the unheard. We are more alike than we are different and art is a powerful tool to build awareness and affect global change,” Rashmi said.

Rashmi’s most recent album, “Puzzle,” won the Akademia Music Award for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album. Her screenplay, “THE DIVIDE,” is a Sundance Producers Lab finalist and honorable mention winner at the HBO Urbanworld Festival.  Rashmi is also a four-time writer-in-performance resident at The Tribeca Performing Arts Center and a selected artist of the New York City Artist Corps.

“QUEENS of Queens: Women of Woodside” by Rashmi is partly funded by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The Puffin Foundation.

Moore Jackson Community Garden is located at 31-20, 31-98 54th St. in Woodside.

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