Zac Brown to kick off summer in Forest Hills
by Michael Perlman
Mar 19, 2014 | 8117 views | 1 1 comments | 137 137 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stadium architect Kenneth Murchison's great-granddaughter Lynne de Wardener-Burris and great-great-granddaughter Skye Burris.
Stadium architect Kenneth Murchison's great-granddaughter Lynne de Wardener-Burris and great-great-granddaughter Skye Burris.
Act Two at the iconic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium is set to get underway. On June 21, summer will begin with three-time Grammy winner and multi-platinum seller Zac Brown Band taking the stadium stage to open the 2014 concert series.

Tickets will be available on March 22 at 10 a.m. through, and doors that night will open at 5 p.m.

“We are very excited to see the Zac Brown Band,” said Sandra Mandell, who owns Oliloli Studio on Metropolitan Avenue. “It is such a treat to attend a concert right in our neighborhood. I am looking forward to my first experience at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, and I hope this new era brings more art and culture to Forest Hills.”

In August 2013, Mumford & Sons marked a new chapter of Forest Hills history by entertaining 17,000 fans in a stadium that was nearly sold for a condo development just three summers earlier. Forty-nine years to the day The Beatles delivered a legendary performance, Mumford & Sons became the first major musical act at the stadium since the 1980s.

“My mother knew my sister and I were Beatles fans, so she bought us tickets in the summer of 1964,” said current Las Vegas resident Judith Becker. “I can vividly remember everyone’s excitement, as they looked up to see their helicopter arriving and landing on the grass courts. I spent my teenage years seeing concerts with friends, and I remember sneaking in through a hole in the fence.

“I haven't been back to Forest Hills for many years, but I would sure go back to see a concert at the Forest Hills Stadium,” added Becker.

Memorable summers also featured music from some of the greats, including Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, and the Rolling Stones.

“In the mid-1960s, the night that Sammy Davis, Jr. performed was magical,” said Jodi Kass-Tracten, who now lives in Redding, Connecticut. “The air was crisp and the place was packed. He sang for hours, and then of course no one wanted him to leave, so he sang some more.”

America’s first concrete tennis stadium, dating to 1923 and designed by Kenneth Murchison, has undergone restoration work in addition to some renovations, which are detailed at

“A resurgence of a concert scene at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium is a wonderful addition to the cultural fabric of the city,” said Lynne de Wardener-Burris, the great-granddaughter of Murchison, who first visited with her family last summer. “Many current music and sports venues are so removed from the people they are meant to attract, that it was refreshing to see this gem in midst of a thriving residential community. It felt like a people's place built on a human scale, and I know my great-grandfather would love that his work is being preserved and utilized.”

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March 20, 2014
Already have my ticket!! thanks to the presale