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NYC musician to perform, celebrate roots at Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of the Rectifist


For Rectifist vocalist Marcus Lui, performing at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is extra special.

Lui, a New York City resident but a Hong Kong native, is thrilled to be celebrating the Hong Kong tradition. His local band Rectifist, formed in June 2012, will take the stage Aug. 10 at 12:45 p.m.

“For me, I feel great because I was born in Hong Kong. I came from there,” Lui said. “Now, there is a chance for me to perform at a festival about Hong Kong.”

Lui, who used to work for the Cantonese radio station AM 1480, said he has been to the Dragon Boat Festival almost every year. This will be the first time he’s playing the music.

Usually a hard rock and metal band, Rectifist will be paying tribute to the disbanded Hong Kong rock band Beyond by playing cover songs in its upcoming performance.

“Beyond is one of the very important bands from Hong Kong,” Lui said. He said their songs talked about the world, race and other societal issues.

Rectifist currently has five band members: Steve Cheng and Sylivan Tam on the guitars, Chun Yeung Au with the bass, Jeff on the drums and Lui, also known as Spark, as the vocalist. All were involved in a prior band named X-Scale before forming Rectifist. The band is influenced by the underground rock and grunge music scene.

Rectifist, which Lui said usually plays in local city venues with two to three hundred people-audiences, will play in front of a much larger crowd in this year’s Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.



Dragon boats give back

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


As this year’s participants of The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York (HKDBF-NY) will receive thousands of dollars for the charities of their choice, the city begins to prepare for next year’s boat race.

On behalf of the HKDBF-NY 2013 Charity Boat Race, which took place on August 11,  participants’ $7,500 will be awarded to the charities of their choice. This year’s race included teams from HSBC Bank USA, DCH Auto Group and Shanghai Commercial Bank LTD. Each company contributed $2,500.

DCH Auto Group, this year’s Charity Boat Race winner, receives $3,500, half of the funds raised, and will donate the money to the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. Runner-up HSBC Bank receives $2,000 for the Chinatown YMCA, and second runner-up Shanghai Commercial Bank gets $2,000 for the Museum of Chinese in America.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York is an annual sporting event and largest multi-cultural celebration in New York which takes place over two days in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It is also the biggest festival of its kind in the country.

This year’s race attracted 188 teams to participate, the largest number of teams in the past 23 years, with 2,500 participants competing.

The tentative dates for the 2014 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be an opening day parade on Saturday, August 9 and the U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship Race on Sunday, August 10.