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Jazz Thursdays Returning to Forest Hills

 L.A. Blacksmith, Stacia Hobdy and Cheryl “Pepsii” Riley-Grace will perform in Forest Hills in August.
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QUEENS — The Queens Jazz trail will lead to Forest Hills next month with a two-part concert series known as Jazz Thursdays, organizers said.

The annual concerts, organized by the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, will return for its ninth season on Aug. 15 and 22. 

The stage will be set on 70th Road, between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard, which is also known as "restaurant row," where numerous eateries, including a Japanese diner Narita and Cabana Nuevo Latino restaurant are located.

“People can eat outside and enjoy the music,” said Leslie Brown, president of the Forest Hills Chamber.

There will also be a large seating area in front of the stage, Brown said.

This year’s concert on Aug. 15 will feature L.A. Blacksmith and Jazz Plus, as well as a vocalist Stacia Hobdy. The artists performed last year and are back "due to popular demand," Brown said.

On Aug. 22, a Brooklyn native, Cheryl “Pepsii” Riley, will sing. Pepsii recorded background vocals for artists, such as Jennifer Lopez and Celine Dion, according to her website.

“Jazz is very American and it appeals to audiences of all ages,” said Brown, adding that every year the concerts attract about 500 people.

The concerts will kick off at 7 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. The events are free and open to all ages. To get more information, go here.