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This kickoff in Queens will get people to kick off their heels.

Flushing Town Hall launches its busy fall season with the infectious brass dance band La Patronal on Friday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $16, but QNS readers can get 20 percent discounts by using the code QTC20 during an online purchase.

Rural towns and urban neighborhoods across Spanish-speaking Latin America organize “fiesta patronales” or annual fairs. These joyous events often celebrate a harvest or a Catholic saint with music, dancing, food, costumes and religious processions.

La Patronal, which hails from Peru’s capital Lima, is basically a traveling “fiesta patronal” on steroids. Band members — all of whom are direct descendants of rural musicians — like to dance with audiences and improvise on stage. Their performances are lively with contagious percussion and vibrant brass and wind riffs.

It’s not just music, it’s culture for La Patronal, which strives to present rhythms and sounds from all over Peru, including the coast, jungle and Andes mountain range. Some studied classical music at conservatories. Others learned how to play instruments at home. They wear polleras (traditional skirts), ponchos, knitted chullo hats, and color-coordinated ties and vests. Some don masks with exaggerated facial expressions.

The group was part of the official delegation that accompanied the Peruvian national soccer team to Russia for the World Cup this summer. Members offered concerts and led cultural workshops there.

As this is the first night of Flushing Town Hall’s season — which is jam-packed with concerts, plays, visual arts, dance, drawing and craft workshops — a celebratory cocktail reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. Plus, La Patronal will facilitate a group dance lesson at 7 p.m.

Students with proper identification can attend for $10. Teenagers can attend for free as part of an ongoing promotion. The dance lesson and cocktail party are included in the price.

Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Images: La Patronal/Flushing Town Hall


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