October 6, By Tara Law
Funk musician Bootsy Collins will host a musical block party in Jackson Heights tomorrow.
The event, known as the John Lennon Educational Bus Tour Block Party, will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Travers Park. The event will feature live music, celebrity appearances, giveaways, free food and tours of the John Lennon bus.
The John Lennon Tour Bus is a mobile recording and production studio run by a nonprofit. The organization is dedicated to bringing music and technological education to schools, education, music and technology conferences across the country.
Collins is participating in a month-long residency with the John Lennon Bus, during which he is visiting schools, festivals and events throughout the city.
During the block party, Collins will be the judge for a “funk off,” during which amateur and professional musicians will face off on bass guitar. The winner will receive a bass signed by Collins. Collins is famous for performing on a custom star-shaped bass guitar known as a “space bass.”
The giveaways will include Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones, Yamaha Pacifica electric guitars, Yamaha PSRE253 keyboards and SKD2 survival kits, Line 6 AmpliFi75 amplifiers, OWC On-The-Go Pro 1 TB hard drives, Neutrik Custom cable and connectors, and copies of Propellerhead Reason.
The event is being sponsored by the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Council Member Daniel Dromm and Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland.