QUEENS, NY - JULY 21: Action Bronson performs during the 2018 Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World Festival at Kupferberg Center for the Arts on July 21, 2018 in Queens, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World Festival)

Action Bronson, Brass Band Soul Rebels Perform at Ode to Satchmo

Jonathan Sperling and David Brand

Queens Daily Eagle

On Saturday, the fifth annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival attracted hundreds of music fans to Colden Auditorium at the Queens College Kupferberg Center for the Arts to celebrate the life of the longtime Corona resident known as Satchmo.

Despite a last-minute location change due to rain and high winds, Queens native and hip-hop star Action Bronson ascended the auditorium’s stage to perform his hits. Bronson also ventured into the crowd to rap alongside his fans.

Bronson, born Ariyan Arslani in Forest Hills, grew up working at his family’s restaurant, where he developed an appreciation for quality food reflected in his discography. Bronson spices his lyrics with food references on songs like “Roasted Bone Marrow,” “Pouches of Tuna” and “Jerk Chicken.” His latest album, Blue Chips 7000, received rave reviews.

The event reflected the unique diversity of Queens by uniting attendees of all ages and backgrounds and, as festival organizers said, “exemplifying the communal attitude of its namesake.”

Legendary New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels and local Afrobeat project Fu Arkist Ra also energized the crowd walking distance from Armstrong’s home in Corona. Armstrong called the neighborhood home for twenty years.

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