Kids Music Listings this Weekend: August 6, 7, 8
Friday August 6th
11:00 am: Summer Dance at the NMAI
Come join Luana Haraguchi’ (Native Hawaiian) to learn about American Indian culture and heritage through this interactive dance program.
Details:National Museum of the American Indian Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green (between State and Whitehall Sts) Cost: Free Also at 1:00 pm
6:30 pm: Sunset Jam on the Hudson
I’ve been curious about how the kids would feel about a drum circle. A drum circle at sunset seems an ideal way to introduce them. There will be master drummers to teach basic patterns or just let the kids tire themselves out so they sleep late on Saturday.
Details: Robert F. Wagner Park Battery Pl (Battery Pl) Cost: Free
6:30 pm: Target Passport Friday 2010: Middle East – Unisphere
Part of Queens Museum of Art’s annual outdoor summer festival of international music, dance, and film.
Details: Flushing Meadows Corona Park Cost: Free
8:00 pm: Kidz Theater Presents Aida
Performers ages 8 to 19 show off their modern interpretation of this musical classic.
Details: Connelly Theater 220 E 4th St (between Aves A and B) Cost: $26 Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Saturday August 7th
12:00 pm: Vaudeville Family Day
Watch a magic show, get your face painted, take a horse back ride, play with toys, enter giveaways and groove to family-friendly tunes at this celebration in the spirit of 19th century summer jamborees and socials. All ages.
Details: Weeksville Heritage Center 1698 Bergen St (between Buffalo and Rochester Aves) Cost: Free
2:00 pm: 8th Annual NYC Musical Saw Festival – Hellenic Cultural Center
A concert and art exhibit revolving around the 300-year-old art of playing music on a carpenter’s handsaw. Solos and ensembles will be performed by musical saw players from all over the world.
Details: 27-09 Crescent Street, Astoria Queens Cost: $10
6:30 pm: West African Family Dance
Families can get their feet (and the rest of their bodies) moving to live music from Senegal, Guinea and the Ivory Coast thanks to the group Mane Kadang. Excuses are pointless, as Kotchengna Dance Company will lead the way with fun and easy-to-follow choreography.
Details: Esplanade Plaza Battery Park City (enter from West St at Liberty St) Cost: Free
Sunday August 8th
11:00 am: Max’s Family Band
Max’s Family Band plays fun kid’s music in many styles all inspired by who else, their son Max.
Details: Waltz-Astoria 23-14 Ditmars Blvd (at 23rd St) Cost: $10, $8 for kids
4:00 pm: Celebrate Brooklyn! Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert
You had circled so many events to go to at Celebrate Brooklyn but somehow it’s August and you’ve only been to a few. Well, this is the one you can’t miss! Enjoy Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could and Elizabeth Mitchell and a reading by Dominic Colon, aka “Manny Spamboni” on The Electric Company.
Details: Prospect Park Bandshell Prospect Park Cost: Free ($3 suggested donation) Gates at 3:00 pm
5:30 pm: Marty Raneiri and The Channel Surfers – Flushing Town Hall Garden
Return to the 60s (even if it’s your first time there) as the band plays “beach party” music by The Ventures, The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Dave Clark Five, and more.
Details: 137-35 Northern Boulevard Flushing , NY Cost: Free
7:00 pm: Acoustic Sunday with Slavic Soul Party – Riverside Park South
Enjoy the sunset over the Hudson with Slavic Soul Party who I have always heard nothing but incredible things about.
Details: Pier I at 70th Street and the Hudson River Cost: Free
Our music reviewer and listings editor, Charles Mister is part of the dynamic duo Fati & Charles, called Abbasubi. They perform songs for children in Spanish from their original CD, El Baile del Sombrero. Fati, originally from Argentina & Charles, a native of Brooklyn, live in Midwood, Brooklyn with their two children who they are raising bilingually and who were the inspiration for the CD.