Wonderful World Festival
July 21, 2018 • 4:00PM to 11:00PM
The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College has announced that the fifth annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival will take place on Saturday, July 21 at the historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park — the same borough where Louis Armstrong lived for more than twenty years and within walking distance of his former home, which is now a national landmark operated by the Louis Armstrong House Museum.
This year’s festival will be headlined by legendary Queens rapper, Action Bronson. Bronson, who shares a home borough with Armstrong and has been hailed over the last decade as “one of the most promising prospects in New York hip-hop” (NYT), is a fitting artist to host the celebration of music’s greatest innovators. The rapper’s flamboyant phraseology, explosively charismatic nature, and entrepreneurial spirit make him one of the most exciting acts in the music world today.
He will be joined by eight-piece brass ensemble The Soul Rebels, who continue to chart new territory blending tones of funk and soul with elements of hip hop, jazz and rock. Okayplayer writes that the Rebels are doing their part in “sublimating the homogeneous tones of the contemporary urban music landscape with the lush instrumentation of our culture’s root.”
In addition to a diverse musical line-up, the festival will include food trucks, activities, and more. Ricky Riccardi, the Director of Research Collections at Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of “What A Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years,” will host lectures and appear at the festival’s Louis Armstrong House Museum tent.
The free festival will kick off at 4PM. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $25, which includes a private viewing area and access to premium restrooms. For more information, visit armstrongswonderfulworld.com.