Forest Hills Stadium sets diverse summer season
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Apr 22, 2015 | 7974 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ed Sheeran will be performing to sold out crowds. Photo courtesy of Ben Watts
Ed Sheeran will be performing to sold out crowds. Photo courtesy of Ben Watts
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Van Morrison fans will also receive a copy of his new album  “Duets” at his show. Photo courtesy of Bradley Quinn
Van Morrison fans will also receive a copy of his new album “Duets” at his show. Photo courtesy of Bradley Quinn
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Sutton Foster will perform with The New York Pops. Photo courtesy of Laura Marie Duncan.
Sutton Foster will perform with The New York Pops. Photo courtesy of Laura Marie Duncan.
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Forest Hills Stadium is fiercely trying to bring music lovers from around the world into Queens this summer.

The venue, which originally opened in 1923, will continue its promise of delivering entertainment for everyone by playing host to a varied selection of artists.

One of pop music’s biggest stars, Ed Sheeran, already has two sold-out dates for his upcoming May performances. Legendary English band The Who will end the U.S. leg of their HITS 50! world tour with a performance at the concert venue as well. The performance will come almost 45 years after the band first played at Forest Hills Stadium in front of a rain-soaked 1971 crowd.

After a long hiatus, the open-air stadium returned in 2013 with a performance by indie rock band Mumford & Sons. Since then, artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Modest Mouse and Zac Brown Band have all performed at the historic stadium. The 2015 summer lineup doesn’t pale in comparison.

Mike Luba, concert producer at the venue, understands the importance of being in one of the most diverse places in the world, so he and his team chose programming that respected and honored the wide range in tastes.

And while it’s been a long process in re-introducing the stadium to a new generation of fans, he is proud and pleased with the way the neighborhood has rallied around the stadium from locals to elected officials. The public’s support has only motivated him to pursue better quality musicians.

“We think about what works best for the borough, especially for Forest Hills,” he said. “We aim for iconic, world class people that will give people trust that it’s going to be as awesome as it is. This year we have the best musicians in the world excited to step onto our stage.”

Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison will play his only North American show this year at the venue. Not only will fans get a copy of his new album “Duets” with purchase of ticket, but they get to experience the trailblazing music of Morrison’s special guest Taj Mahal, a Grammy-award winning blues musician.

The stadium has also become the official home for The New York Pops, a symphonic orchestra specializing in popular music. The New York Pops Executive Director, Anne Swanson, believes Forest Hills Stadium is changing the New York landscape of live music for the better.

“New Yorkers have for a long time looked west to the example of the Hollywood Bowl, where the LA Philharmonic performs blockbuster concerts in the summer,” Swanson said. “With our new incredible partnership with Forest Hills Stadium, we’ve finally gotten all the pieces of the puzzle in position to be an orchestra that performs regularly under the stars.”

While the gigs begin on May 29, tickets go on sale for the various concert between April 24 and 25. For more information, head to www.foresthillsstadium.com

Concert Dates

May 28 and 29 - Ed Sheeran - Sold Out

May 30 - The Who HITS 50! Tickets available now

June 19 - Van Morrison with Taj Mahal - Tickets available on April 25 at 10 a.m.

June 21 - D’Angelo with Gary Clark Jr. - Tickets available on April 24 at 10 a.m.

August 4 - James Taylor - Tickets available on April 24 at 10 a.m.

August 6 - The New York Pops with Sutton Foster - Availability of tickets TBA

August 14 - Santana - Tickets available now

August 19 - Alabama Shakes with Drive-By Truckers - Tickets available on April 25 at 12 p.m.

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