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Performance Opportunities for Young Musicians

Posted by Tabitha Laffernis

Veteran contestants Summer Haze

Queens Library’s Battle of the Bands is a must-do event for young, emerging musicians in Queens. It’s especially important in securing a stage for them to play on, in an environment where they’re supported an accepted despite being relative newcomers to the music scene. When asked why they felt welcomed by Queens Library, 2016 and 2017 contestants Summer Haze talked about the opportunities they found. “Not many young bands get to play in such a large venue, such as the library, so it's a great opportunity. Also, it's the respect that each musician has for one another. It's a competition, but it doesn't really feel like that at all. It's more of an opportunity to meet different bands with different backgrounds and sounds.”

2016 runner-up and 2017 judge, Noni Rene

Last year’s runner-up, Noni Rene, also spoke of the opportunities she found at Queens Library, and the sense of community that she finds at every branch. “From the get go I felt welcomed by the Queens Library. After becoming a winner of the Battle of the Bands, the QL offered me the opportunity to do 1-hour concerts. I'm so thankful it wasn't a one-time thing! My first concert was in September, and I've done numerous branches since. Each concert has been a joy, and I have had some real standout moments. For instance, in December a young girl took to my music and started singing along to my music during the show, and asked to sing for me afterwards. At the Pomonok location, an older man got up during one of my songs and started to clap and dance. He pulled other audience members to join him. And at the Peninsula location, a young girl and her parents introduced themselves to me, and revealed that the young girl drew a portrait of me during the show.”

"These moments warmed my heart, and were affirming to me that I need to continue with the work I'm doing with my music!"

Don’t miss the Battle of the Bands on Thursday, July 27! Get your free tickets today.