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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Imagine parkland in the Borough of Parks with live music and the vittles to match the mood. Staten Island’s voluntary community streaming radio station MakerPark will host live programming in hopes of giving back to the DJs, radio hosts, and listeners who helped them during the pandemic.

The Saturday sessions on Maker Park’s socially distant grounds take place every second weekend from May 29th to August 7th. The shows take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each event has a different musical theme, with a Maker Park Radio DJ and a live band. There is also a different grocer at each event with beverages available from the Flagship and Killsboro breweries. Ten local handicraft vendors will shop on site.

Kristin Wallace, co-founder and creative director of Maker Park Radio, said, “We’re excited to bring live music to Staten Island again. We were expecting to have a bigger festival but want to keep it small and relaxed as people are more comfortable with events. “

She added, “Our program celebrates the wonderful musical cultures we have here on Staten Island. I hope people look at music that they normally would not see and discover. “

Masks are required for all events and social distancing protocols are followed. The venue will provide hand sanitizer and masks if required. There is seating for dining, but the space is not reserved. Advance reservations are required due to the extremely limited capacity. Tickets are $ 5 for night owls over the age of 18. Advance reservations are required for people under the age of 18.

Check the Maker Park Radio Facebook page for the latest programming and availability information on the day of the show. Each event takes place from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The music starts every evening at 7.30 p.m.

Maker Park highlights the voices and sounds of the local Staten Island neighborhood, bringing together social, neighborly, ethnic, and musical communities through a passion for art-focused talk radio and music programming. Maker Park Radio broadcasts audio and video worldwide through its website, iOS and Google Playapps, Facebook Live, Vimeo,, Tune-in Radio and the Mixlr app.

Since the station started in mid-2017, Maker Park Radio’s audience has continued to reach around 500,000 listeners worldwide. With a family of over 125 dedicated volunteer DJs and radio hosts, Maker Park Radio offers talk shows that focus on the visual arts, literature, entrepreneurship, and comedy, as well as programming in Sri Lankan and Spanish. The station’s music programs range from rockabilly, hip hop, metal, house music, Latin jazz, classical and many more. Over 40 hours of original programming are produced every week.

Shawn-ae Dixon will be opening Shawn-ae’s home in Stapleton this spring. Their food will go on sale on May 29, 2021 in the Maker’s Park Radio parking lot. (Photos by Michael Newcomb)


All shows are shown at MakerPark NYC in Staten Island, located at 450 Front Street, Unit B, Stapleton.

May 29th: Saturday Soul Sessions

From 5 p.m. with the doors open until 9:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.

With Morrisania Band Project with Maker Park Radio DJ CeeMissAnnGee and DJ Mike Williams. Soul Food is available on-site at Shaw-Nae’s Place and will soon be available in Stapleton.

The Morrisania Band Project (also known as MBP) is an award-winning R&B soul collective founded in September 2016. Her mission is to bring life to NYC through music, community engagement, and social initiatives. The founder Elissa Carmona is a singer, Air Force veteran and winner of the Arts Fund 2019 and the Artist for Community Awards 2018. With creative energy and a lot of talent, MBP delivers the sounds of legendary soul, rock and funk artists while promoting awareness of topics like gun violence and sickle cell disease.

Burrito bar

The Burrito Bar in West Brighton is one of the vendors recruited for Makers Park Radio’s live music events this summer. (Courtesy Andrew Greenfield)

June 12: Latin sessions on Saturday

From 5 p.m. with the doors open until 9:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.

With Simpatico Sound with Maker Park Radio DJs DJ Millo and DJ Medina. Groceries can be purchased on site at the Burrito Bar in West Brighton.

Simpatico Sound is a septet of professional musicians with years of experience that includes different vibes. They have been playing together as a combo for three years and have a repertoire of classical salsa music that is enjoyed by everyone.


Bloom Cafe’s sweets and savory products will be showcased in Stapleton on June 26th. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Bloom Cafe

June 26th: Saturday funk sessions

From 5 p.m. with the doors open until 9:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.

With Demolition Brass Band and Maker Park Radio DJ Xcel. The food is sold by the Bloom Cafe of Rosebank.

The Demolition Brass Band brings the infectious energy of New Orleans to the Northeast and beyond. Demolition Brass was developed out of a love for the incredible sounds of American funk and soul and has performed in prestigious venues such as Radio City and Yankee Stadium. He also played numerous parades in the Tri-State and New Orleans with Grammy winners Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Rebirth Brass Band.

Eli Paperboy Ried

Eli Paperboy Ried (Courtesy Makers Park Radio)

July 10: Maker Park Radio’s 4th anniversary celebration with rockabilly sessions on Saturday

From 5 p.m. with the doors open until 9:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.

With Eli “Paperboy” Reed with Jittery Jack and Miss Amy with Maker Park Radio DJ Tom Ferrie and Kitty the Disc Jockey.

Pieces of pizza, whole cakes and other Italian specialties are available in Makers Park in the Seppe Pizza Bar in Stapleton, Urby.

Yep Roc recording artist Eli “Paperboy” Reed grew up in Massachusetts but conveys the heartbreaking emotion of southern predecessors like Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding.

Reed’s electrifying mix of energetic, dance-friendly music and tearful ballads has made him a favorite among fans of the blue-eyed soul in the north.

Jittery Jack is from Boston Mass. And play a wild brand of rock ‘n’ roll & rockabilly with an east coast bang! Quickly to a household name on the roots / rockabilly racetracks of global headlining festivals such as Viva Las Vegas and The Rockabilly Rave in Great Britain. He has shared the stage with Imelda May, JD McPherson, Big Sandy, The Bellfuries and Deke Dickerson.

Miss Amy Griffin is Rockabilly’s leading female lead guitarist. Miss Amy plays keyboard, guitar, and the theremin for Mary Lou Lord’s touring band (with whom she performed on the Late Night with Conan O’Brien show). She also plays sweet solos and breaks young men’s hearts for the Boston rockabilly band The Raging Teens.


303BAM (Courtesy Makers Park Radio)

July 24th: Saturday Hip Hop Sessions

From 5 p.m. with the doors open until 9:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.

With Justy, 303BAM and Local Fish with Maker Park Radio DJ Ty Storm and MC Jordan Kimborough.

Mofongo, tacos, and pernil are among the dishes served by Latin Bites of the Upper East Side.


Justy (Courtesy Makers Park Radio)

Brooklyn-born, Staten Island-raised artist Justy began writing music when he was 12. Fast forward a decade later and the singer / songwriter has become a unique and promising force in music. Heavily inspired by the work of J Dilla, Amy Winehouse, NoName, Anderson Paak and Lauryn Hill, Justy continues to evolve and incorporate traditional jazz elements into her music. Local Fish is a lyrically fun rap duo from New York.

They are leaving the block with their debut project Leave The Block. 303BAM is an artist who embodies the essence of modernity. A versatile singer and rapper from Staten Island who started writing and recording early at the age of 12, 303BAM has since developed a style that transcends genres with soft melodies and hard pounding beats.

The far east

Far East (Courtesy Makers Park Radio)

August 7th: Saturday reggae sessions

From 5 p.m. with the doors open until 9:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring the Far East with Maker Park Radio DJ Uncommon Nasa.

The food comes courtesy of The Richmond of Stapleton.

Brooklyn’s The Far East is inspired by the basic Jamaican rhythm. Bringing new, heavy magic into a classic sound. The Far East is completely immersed in the often forgotten beauty of rub a dub, loves rock and classical dancehall. In previous appearances, they have supported other famous groups such as The Wailers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, The Dap Kings, The Suffers, The Frightnrs and The Skints. Most recently, The Far East performed with famous producer Scientist, who dubbed the band live in Brooklyn.

Pamela Silvestri is Advance Food Editor. She can be reached at