By Phineas Rueckert
¡Que comienza la fiesta en Queens!
This week, Queens residents can catch not one, but two SummerStage concerts at Queensbridge Park — and both shows will feature diverse Latin rhythms.
On Thursday, Colombian rockers Aterciopelados will hit the stage alongside Diamante Eléctrico, another Colombian rock group, and DJ Dayansita. The next evening, A Palo Seco, a New York-based flamenco group follow them up with another Queensbridge show.
SummerStage, hosted by the City Parks Foundation, takes place citywide in 17 different parks, including four in Queens: Queensbridge, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Socrates Sculpture Park and Springfield Park. Each year more than 200,000 people attend the summer-long concert series.
Friday’s group A Palo Seco has its roots in the Big Apple. Led by artistic director Rebeca Tomas, it debuted in New York in 2010 at Theatre 80 St. Marks. The idea is to mix traditional flamenco music with modern dance, according to its website.
For those who are brave enough to try it for themselves, Tomas will lead a 45-minute free flamenco dance lesson before the show.