Is Joe Thompson, WNYC's Queens Rep & Winner of the Battle of the Boroughs Right?
Hey, Congrats to Joe Thompson’s awesome endeavors in the Battle of the Boroughs competition. It’s great to have the chance to root for one of Queens' own in a city-wide competition. It’d be nice if he’d do the same for Queens.
This week Joe Thompson – who represented Queens in the WNYC competition between all five boroughs – gave an interview to LimeWire Music Blog. When asked about the Queens music scene, Joe said he “wouldn’t say there was much of a scene….” (read the full article here)
Not much, eh? Just off the top of our collective heads we can list a few summer events we’ve attended: Secret Theatre's LIC Jazz Festival; Live at the Gantries Concert series; Make Music New York in Athens Square; Astoria Music & Arts' Astoria Music Now! Festival at Astoria Park; live music every week at the beer gardens, and countless bars throughout the area.
We’re not pissed that Joe’s got a low opinion on the scene (okay, a bit pissed but he’s a good guy), we’re kind of unsettled that a guy who’s representing Queens, who WON the city-wide competition, is woefully ignorant of the vibrant scene already going down. Heck – even Time Out NY and the Daily News recognized the Queens scene last year when they covered AM&A’s Festival.
‘nuff said. We’re wishing him the best and hope the Queens music scene joins us in congratulating him. Perhaps he’ll be surprised how many people are happy for what he represents to the rest of us.
What are YOUR thoughts? SOUND OFF!
* Photo courtesy The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR