July is just around the corner, and music’s in the air. Kingsborough Community College is set to kick off another year of “Hot Summer Nights,” their free summer concert series starting Saturday, July 2. With the Siren Music Festival shamelessly hightailing it from Coney Island to Manhattan, coupled with Marty Markowitz’s Seaside Concerts moving further away to the old Ringling Brothers Circus site, the KCC’s free series now becomes your most local option to get your summer music fix. Luckily, the venue is amazing as it features free parking, close seating, picnicking, indoor seating in case of rain, and best of all, a month jam packed with some glorious music options for the whole family. Below is the schedule of listed events guaranteed to fill your summer with those halcyon memories, which upon reflection, will make you more depressed when the winter comes.
All events are at Kingsborough Community College’s outdoor amphitheater (2001 Oriental Boulevard), in the middle of the campus, and begin at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 2 – Brooklyn’s beloved COMMUNITY WIND ENSEMBLE & CONCERT BAND, conducted by Ray Wheeler, pays musical tribute to Independence Day with their acclaimed Stars and Stripes Forever Concert.
Saturday, July 9 – THE DANNY REPOLE SWING BAND will have you dancing in the aisles at their ever-popular Seaside Swing Concert, featuring such golden chestnuts as In The Mood, It Don’t Mean A Thing, A Merengue, and I’ve Got You Under My Skin. Repole’s illustrious career includes performing in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, at Radio City Music Hall, and on the original Broadway cast recordings of The Sound of Music, Cabaret, and Chicago.
Saturday, July 16 – The Grammy Award-winning CHESTNUT BRASS COMPANY has earned international acclaim for their brilliant performances on modern and historical brass instruments at The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and internationally. Their Opening Night Concert will feature some of Broadway’s most memorable compositions by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin, including The Man I Love,Night and Day, Satin Doll, and In The Still of the Night.
Saturday, July 23 – THE BIRDLAND BIG BAND is the resident band at the popular New York City nightclub of the same name. Conductor Tommy Igoe has toured internationally with Art Garfunkel; Blood, Sweat, and Tears; and Dave Grusin and wrote the drum book for Broadway’s “The Lion King.” Special Guest Violinist Ali Bello has collaborated and performed with a wide range of world-renowned artists including Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri’s Big Band, Doc Severinsen and Beyoncé.