Category Archives: Astoria Art Festival 2014

Event Spotlight : Friday October 17th


Astoria Beer & Brew Event: Friday, October 17th at 9:00 PM

Featuring artists Pablo Tauler, Veronica Soto, Allison Ruiz and Nicole Palapoli
Live Music by Owls for Olive
Astoria Beer and Brew is located at 21-76 21st St
Bowery Bay Event: Friday, October 17th from 10 PM – 1 AM
Featuring artists Joe Kavitski 
Music by C0UC0U
Bowery Bay is located at 19-33 Ditmars Blvd

Featured DJ’s: C0UC0U (Zach Shuster & Paul Brown)


Check them out October 17th, Friday night at Bowery Bay!

Our favorite musicians are: Falcons and Destiny’s Child.

Right now we work in: looking for fun songs to remix is a full-time job.

We love Queens because: HoneyBuns are still $1

When we were kids we: had trouble sleeping but now we stay up as late as we want.

We find inspiration in: puppet-based educational programming for French children and R&B with female vocals. We want to be big in Japan but we will settle for Southeast Asia.

Do: come out to our sets.

Don’t: leave early.

Dream Project: Ciara and Future get back together, have another baby, and we DJ the christening. Jesus smiles approvingly from the back row but leaves before we can tell him about our soundcloud.




Featured Musician : Dave Harrison of The Mess Around

935680_10151892787693102_887872578_nCheck out the Mess Around on Saturday night at Olde Prague!

My favorite musicians are:  My stock answers are usually theRamones, Replacements and Otis Redding, but it really depends on the situation. Sometimes I wake up in the morning with a Buddy Holly song stuck in my head that fits the mood perfectly, and other times I want to listen to nothing but Howlin’ Wolf all afternoon. Sometimes I need an amazing Alex Chilton turn-of-phrase and sometimes I need a Candy Snatchers song at 11.

Right now my work is: My work is equal parts totally stressful and incredibly fulfilling. I work at a marketing and branding agency that counts a lot of iconic brands as clients. Finding ways to be creative within corporate confines is difficult but also rewarding. You find ways to cut through the business bullshit and find ways to create something that resonates with people, just like a great song or story.

I love Queens because: I love Queens because of the energy of every single block. It is so palpable that you can almost hear it when you walk down the street. Living closer to the water in Astoria, I have a bit of a walk to the subway. The buzz of the cars going over the Triboro Bridge, the dogs barking and kids playing in the park, the ninety year-old woman sweeping the sidewalk for no apparent reason, it all combines to create an atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else.

When I was a kid: When I was a kid I had a lot of obsessions. My desire to know about everything and how it worked was so strong that sometimes I couldn’t decide what to focus on. I was in such awe of everything; one week it was baseball, then U.S. Presidents and then the history of my block. Not to be a wiseass about it, but just to KNOW. I guess I haven’t changed much.

I find inspiration in: I find inspiration in a good story. Whether that happens in a bar at 3am on a Tuesday or on the subway at rush hour, I always try to leave myself open to hearing one.

Do: Listen more than you speak, and visit places that terrify you.

Don’t: Worry about money. Either you have it or you don’t, and the worry does nothing to change that.

Dream Project:  I want to be the person that gets to select baseball players’ batting songs.

Website: N/A

Live Blogging from Queens Comfort

Owner Donnie D’Alessio is in the kitchen, and resident DJ Rob Select is spinning all-vinyl rock, early R & B and soul. “I wanted people to have the opportunity to come here and see the art without feeling like they had to order a full dinner,” says D’Alessio, who is serving free banana Nilla Wafer cake donuts made from scratch by his sister Montana.

Over 30 of artist Brendan Carroll’s illustrations have replaced some of the family photos that fill the restaurant’s walls. Carroll became involved with Queens Comfort when D’Alessio commissioned him to paint murals on the outside of the restaurant and its roll-down gates. Since then, Carroll has worked as a host, done hand-drawn illustrations of daily specials and now maintains social media for the restaurant.


“I’m also a curator and have been working in museums and galleries for about 10 years, so I can bang out an installation,” says Carroll, who spent over five hours hanging his work at Queens Comfort. The subject of Carroll’s pen and ink drawings include his wife Marie, his beagle Hammer, Queens Comfort staff and celebrities.

“I think as an artist it’s important to show your work in the community where you live,” Carroll says of the Astoria Art Festival. “This is the first time I’ve seen all of my drawings up on a wall.”

Event Spotlight : October 19th : Fattys



Last night of the Astoria Art Festival we’re having a blowout party at Fatty’s.

We’ve got the amazing art of Jonathan Lindsay on the walls. (It’s epic).

We’ve got Stearns & Flanagan at 7pm, Zig Payton by 7:45, and me playing some tunes around 8:30.

We’ve got rum punch for SIX BUCKS all night.

And we’ve got the itch to rage.

Let’s end this amazing week right.

Kickoff is 6pm.

Music ends at 9 so come early and stay late.

Here we go!

Fatty’s is located at 45-17 28th Ave, Astoria

Event Spotlight : October 15th at Queens Comfort

photo courtesy of Queens comfort facebook
photo courtesy of Queens Comfort Facebook

On Wednesday, October 15th Queens Comfort and the Astoria Art Festival will be partnering up for the second year to host an evening of donuts and a DJ.  This year, the art work of Brendan Carroll will be hung throughout the venue mixed in with all of the family photos and vintage decorations.

There will be donuts – Specifically Banana Nilla Wafer Cake Donuts ! Music by DJ Rob Select.

Evening starts at 7 pm… See you there!



Featured Artist: Lucy Butler

My favorite artists are: Ruben Toledo, Sandra Backlund 
Right now my work is: Only the beginning.  Just wait, you haven’t seen anything yet…
I love Queens because: There’s a realness to it that you can’t find in any other NY neighborhood.
When I was a kid:  I cried before school because I never wanted to go.  That hasn’t changed much.
I find inspiration in :  Anything and everything, but mostly, just people.  A look on the subway, a word someone said, an interestingly cuffed pant, can all affect my day and therefore, my work.
Do: What makes you happy.
Don’t:   Be afraid to take 3 steps back just to take one step forward.
Dream Project: I love illustrating, but I am also a designer so I would love to create an iconic knitwear label with a little help from my family.
Instagram: @luluclementine