Armstrong Festival Set for June 2014

FLUSHING,  NY,  October 18, 2013 — It’s official: The first annual Louis Armstrong International Music Festival will take place on a weekend next June at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which was home of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.

“We want this festival to embrace the legacy of Louis Armstrong, who traveled the world and became known as ‘Ambassador Satch,’” notes Jeffrey Rosenstock (Asst. VP Government & External Relations), who is helping to organize the event. “Indeed, this festival takes its inspiration from Armstrong’s belief that ‘You gotta listen to all kinds of music.’”

Rosenstock believes the festival, which will use multiple stages and locations throughout the USTA grounds, has the potential to draw over 60,000 people. There will be an open festival format each day from noon to 7 pm, and a concert featuring major artists in the Arthur Ashe Stadium each evening.

George Wein, the legendary founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, will serve as advisor. “This could be a true world’s fair of music in the actual World’s Fair grounds,” Wein believes. “It’s a spectacular concept to showcase not only jazz, but music from around the world.”

The festival, which is being produced by the college through the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, has already secured support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the City University of New York, and the Kupferberg Family. Collaborating partners include NYC & Company, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and the USTA.

Keep your eye on the college’s website in coming months for more information about performers and tickets for what might be the most exciting thing to hit Queens since the 1969 Mets.

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