May. 25, 2023 By Ethan Marshall
Among those scheduled to perform are DJ Greg Caz, Allen Gogarty, The Afro-Latineers, Jennah Vox and the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center.
In addition to the hosting the performers entertaining the crowd, there will be speakers from Queens Rising and its sponsors. The event is expected to run from 5 p.m. to 11:45 p.m., with the market set to close at midnight. Throughout the event, there will be vendors out in full force, offering affordable food from around the world.
DJ Greg Caz will be bringing the sounds of Brazilian samba to Queens Rising. He performs regularly at the Brazilian influenced DJ night in New York City, Brazilian Beats Brooklyn.
Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center’s (KTMDC’s) professional dance troupe will be performing a diverse repertoire of purely authentic traditional Korean dance to the event. Each of the troupe’s members have individually won dance competitions and are actively engaged in teaching and performing dance. The troupe usually performs for cultural and educational events, though they also do private functions. Some of their notable performances took place at venues like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Citi Field, Ellis Island, the Metropolitan Museum, the Egg Theater in Albany, the United Nations, French and Italian embassies and numerous universities.
Allen Gogarty, a folk singer who has become a staple of New York City’s Irish music community, will bring both traditional and nontraditional Irish folk tunes to the Queens Night Market. Gogarty also has a close connection with the title sponsor for Queens Rising, Northwell Health. Following a recent major medical incident, Gogarty received lifesaving care from them.
“The gift of life has been handed back to me,” Gogarty said. “It’s something that we take for granted that I won’t ever take for granted again.”
The Afro-Latineers are a group that specializes in Latin Jazz with West African rhythms. Saint Peter’s Church Music Director Ike Sturm offered high praise for the group from their work for the church’s program. Sturm said the Afro-Latineers were “a bright and energetic point in our program, playing with a tight groove and uplifting spirit.”
Jennah Vox’s voice has been described as a cross between Adele and Amy Winehouse. The Queens native’s powerful voice fills up any venue and space in which she performs. She draws upon her influence from neo-soul and spoken word to create deeply emotional songs that pull from past relationships as she turns challenges of the heart into redemptive art.