With the New Year days past, the days are getting longer, injecting light and vitality in Rockaway’s always fun happenings around town. So, if you’re looking to line up plans for the weekend, no need to leave the peninsula as the Rock is always teeming with fabulous live music, theater and arts.




Friday, January 4

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The New Year’s festivities are officially over, but why not keep the celebrations and libations flowing this Friday at Jameson’s popular happy hour! Plus, with Rockaway’s popular Winston McBoogie on the entertainment lineup, get ready for a rockin’ night of your favorite Beatles, The Who, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motown classics and more!

421 Beach 129th Street


Friday, January 4

8 p.m.

Thai Rocks gets jazzy with the Ancient Jazz Quartet. With Kevin Batchelor on trumpet, Nick Balaban on piano, Simon Chardiet on a mean bass and Mike Severino on drums — this is one night when you can relax after a hectic week and wash away all your weekday anxieties with soothing soulful jazz and classic standards — straight, no chaser.

375 Beach 92nd Street


Friday, January 4

9 p.m. to Midnight

Man, Rockaway knows how to keep a party going. It’s still officially New Year’s week, so kick up the fun up a notch with 3 Sheets To The Wind at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. Be guaranteed that Tim, Andy, and Mark will have you on the dance floor jammin’ to all your favorite classic rock and blues!

533 Beach 126th Street


Saturday, January 5

9 p.m. to 1 a.m

What goes better with barbecue than Bair, as in Gerald Bair? Find out at RBQ as Bair fills the room with his powerful voice and magical storytelling. With original songs and beautiful renditions of classics ranging from Buddy Holly to Springsteen to U2 — by the end of the night, you’ll be on your feet encoring for more ‘Bair!’ and of course, beer!

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd


Saturday, January 5

8:30 p.m.

Looking for a local spot with great food, awesome bay views with the added bonus of straight up — no frills rock and roll? Well, head to Thai Rock as Legal Limit delivers bare bones rock, peppered with a little blues.

375 Beach 92nd Street


Saturday, January 5

9 p.m.

Local speakeasy, Rustwoods goes deep blue with a special blues/jazz lineup that will transport you to the days when music was just about the griots and their instruments — electrifying your soul with pure and unfiltered music. Plus with Whit’s End dishing up a special menu, this is one evening you would be remiss to miss!

97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd


Sunday, January 6

6:30 p.m.

Forget those Monday blues because this Sunday, Thai Rock is serving up a special treat. Samantha Carlson and her jazz combo will be gracing the bayside restaurant with her ethereal voice singing classic standards from the 1920s through today, as well as jazz, big band, show-tunes, country, oldies, classical, opera, and pop. What better way to bid adieu to the weekend and embrace the workweek?

375 Beach 92nd Street


Friday, January 11

6:30 p.m.

This one’s gonna be big, so we wanted to give you a heads up. The South Queens Ball is going to be a rockin’ evening of live music from Sasha Dobson, Wine With Sue, John Scarpulla, Hop City Hellcats, Indaculture and BMWA all under one roof at the Broad Channel American Legion Hall. This special event will be filmed for QPTV and broadcasted live on Rockaway Beach Broadcasting Company. Admission is $20.

209 Cross Bay Blvd.



It’s Ladies Night at Sayra’s, so gals come on out and toast to the wine bar’s always rockin’ happy hour!

91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd



8 p.m.

It’s Karaoke Wednesdays at the Rockaway Brewing Co.! All you need is some pluck to belt out your favorite tunes amongst good company.

415 Beach 72nd Street



8 p.m.

Calling all rhymers and lyricists. Let’s see if you got game at Rustwoods Hip Hop Karaoke night! The winner gets to don the majestic Biggie Smalls crown with the title of Rustwoods Hip Hop Karaoke Champion of the Week, plus the added bonus? A pot full of money! Registration is $20. To sign up, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: (347) 927-5890. And for folks who just want to spectate, entry fee is $5.

97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd





Saturday, January 5

7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Folks — mark your calendars! This Saturday, time to get Bugalou for the ultimate Winter Dance Party. Be warned, the inside of St. Camillus Academy Auditorium will feel nothing like winter because with opening act, 3 Sheets to the Wind, the temperature will be plenty hot and feel like summer with the band’s funky mix of classic rock and soul. And with headliner, Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers, as The Village Voice aptly stated, “Your a** will feel like it’s on the bar room floor.” A spirited performance is expected, and fun and energy will not be in short supply. Also, to make sure everyone is in the mood, there will be a Winter Party Beer Special with Bud, Bud Light, Lite, and Coors Light 2 for $5, and Rockapulco Gold $2. Urban Pioneers bassist and Rockaway resident Tim Farrell will do double-duty as he leads the night off with his other ensemble, 3 Sheets to the Wind, playing classic power trio rock to get everyone rolling. Tickets are $25, and along with the beer specials, makes for a night that meets any budget and zest for down home good music. So get your dancing shoes on and grab your best buds because a Rock-a-rific time is guaranteed for all!

185 Beach 99th Street



Sunday, January 6,
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 8,
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Calling all aspiring and professional actors! The Rockaway Theatre Company is holding auditions for Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, directed by Peggy Page and Michael Wotypka. Synopsis: One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? For more info about auditions, visit:

Post Theater, Building T4, Fort Tilden


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