The evening began at 7 p.m. with Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce President Leslie Brown welcoming the night’s performers, LA Blacksmith & Jazz Plus, who recently returned from London after performing a sold-out show at the Coronet Theatre.
“One of the things that makes Jazz Thursdays so special is that it is a street concert” said Brown. “I noticed that most city and neighborhood events are held in parks, but ours is right in the business district of Forest Hills with all the restaurants surrounding us.”
The concert was held on 70th Road between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street, otherwise known as “Restaurant Row” featuring popular spots like Uno’s Pizzeria, Aged Steakhouse and Martha’s Country Bakery.
Last Thursday, the folding chairs were filled to capacity as residents were forced to stand to enjoy the show.
“It brings everybody out, as you can see,” said Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz. “It’s a wonderful feeling to see people eating along here and listening to the music.”
Jazz Thursdays and the Austin Street fairs have become signature events for the Forest Hills neighborhood, attracting people from all over Queens.
“You need something different in the community,” Koslowitz added. “It’s summertime and the people need somewhere to go. Every neighborhood has their own event, and Jazz Thursdays is a perfect event for Forest Hills.”
Jazz Thursdays continues on August 22 with a performance by Cheryl Pepsii Riley. The Shop Forest Hills Fall Street Fair will take place on Sunday, September 29.