Top 5 Music Venues: Better Live Than Dead
By Patrick Kearns
Long ago, Queens had a bustling music scene. There were venues sprinkled throughout the borough and on Friday and Saturday nights, in almost any community you could see a live rock band, some smooth jazz or even a rap show. Those days aren’t exactly past, despite what some might think. While there’s no longer the same magnitude of venues, it’s all about quality, rather than quantity. There are still plenty of places to see live music of very different magnitudes and acts. Here’s our Top 5 Live Music Venues.
5. Terazza 7
40-19 Gleane Street
Hailed as an “immigrant folk” venue, Terazza 7 is located right on the border of Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, two large immigrant communities. If Queens is the most diverse county in the country, then Terazza is the perfect representation of that diversity. The venue is more of a free-form space that allows creative-types to gather, make music and art, and exchange ideas. There are performances on their impressive stage every night, wether it be live readings, film screenings or live music. The music is mostly jazz and folk, and serves as a perfect showcase for some of the most talented, unknown artists in the borough to express themselves through their art. Owner Freddy Castiblanco created Terazza as a community space, and also encourages local non-profits and organizations to utilize the impressive venue.
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