Oct. 6, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan
Jackson Heights residents will have the opportunity to “Come Together” to celebrate John Lennon this weekend.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is coming to the 78th Street Play Street Plaza on Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. to provide a block party full of music, participatory art exhibits and activities for all ages.
The event is free and open to the public, and will be hosted by 95.5 WPLJ’s Ralphie Aversa. It will also feature music from DJ Tommy Sunshine, as well as performances by Brooklyn-based musician Sophie Auster, Merasi: Master Musicians of Rajasthan, recording artists Majix (formerly Love Jones Girlz), and local band Wyland.
There will also be demonstrations and giveaways throughout the day.
The Lennon Bus is nearing the end of its month long tour through the City in honor of John Lennon’s birthday on October 9. The bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile recording facility, and during the tour New Yorkers are able to create music, videos, poetry and art based on the theme “Come Together.”
The art created throughout the tour will focus on the stories of New York immigrants as part of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative through the NYC Council and Department of Cultural Affairs.
It will then be featured in a compilation that will premiere at Astoria Kaufman Studios on October 19 as the culmination of the tour through the city.
The bus launched 19 years ago, and the concept for it grew out of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which works to provide opportunities for musicians all over the world. It tours the United States and Canada year-round to offer musical experiences to people throughout North America. As of 2013 there is also a Lennon Bus touring Europe.
Free tickets to the event in Jackson Heights can be booked http://tinyurl.com/LennonBlockParty.