Persian pop star Sepideh returned to the Town of North Hempstead on Sunday, delivering a largely upbeat Farsi performance to hundreds gathered for the town’s annual Persian concert at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington.
Sepideh, in a previous interview, said that in Iran music had once been “actually forbidden” and that women are still restricted from performing or singing. Consequently, she said, she has aimed to showcase herself as a powerful woman defying stereotypes.
“My home and dream has been and will continue to be to have a voice for those people,” Sepideh said. “It’s pretty solidified in my head and in my heart.”
An event flier created by the Great Neck Park District and the Town of North Hempstead, which co-hosted the concert, described her as “fabulously talented” and said, “Her music reflects her belief in being a strong, proud, yet independent Persian woman.”
The Town of North Hempstead provided bus transportation from Mashadi Temple on Steamboat Road in Great Neck, while the Great Neck Park District picked up people from Lakeville Park and Parkwood Pool.
Sepideh’s performance followed an earlier performance at the park by Paradigm, a variety band, and closed the town’s 2018 Summer Concert Series at North Hempstead Beach Park.
Earlier performances in the series included Six Gun, a country music band; Motown Review; Endless Summer, a tribute band for the Beach Boys; and the Chiclettes, who performed songs from women R&B groups.
“This year’s slate of concerts at North Hempstead Beach Park will be incredibly diverse as each performer provides a unique experience for the audience,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in the initial announcement. “What a wonderful way to spend some enjoyable time at our local beach.”