Friday October 8th
11:00 am: Weekly Sing-along with Lloyd Miller
Lloyd is back from the summer break to entertain and educate children and adults at his weekly sing-along.
Details: Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave (at Havemeyer St) Cost: $3
4:00 pm: Miss Nina Sing-a-long
Sing classic children’s songs and books with the effervescent Miss Nina.
Details: Birch 7 E. 27th Street (Inside the Gershwin Hotel) Cost: $5/child
7:00 pm: The Alex Levin Trio’s Friday Night Jazz Shows
At this weekly jazz jam, children under 16 can bring their own instruments and let loose alongside the band for a few tunes.
Details: Downtown Community Center 120 Warren St (between Greenwich and West Sts) Cost: Free
Saturday October 9th
11:00 am: Randy Kaplan
Randy Kaplan songs have made me laugh out loud. He’s funny, smart, a great musician, and knows how to get right to the silly bone with kids and adults. Part of the Just Kidding series at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia.
Details: Symphony Space 2537 Broadway Cost: Adults $19/$20; Children $13/$14; Members: Adults $16; Children $11 Also at 2:00 pm
2:00 pm: Arturo O’Farrill and Company: Latin Jazz
A great chance to explore the Museum of the City of New York and jam with Grammy award-winning pianist, composer, educator, and leader of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill.
Details: Museum of the City of New York Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street Cost: Suggested museum
2:00 pm: Italian Music Concert with Gino Di Napoli
If his website is any indication, Gino Di Napoli is a showman. All you need to know is he performed a pre-game show of Italian music for the Mets at the former Shea Stadium. You and the bambinos will have a good time.
Details: Queens Library: Flushing branch 41-17 Main Street
Sunday October 10th
11:00 am: Max’s Family Band
Musician couple Gary and Yvette Negbaur take inspiration from their 4-year-old son Max to create upbeat songs songs for kids with a Broadway feel. They’re back at the Waltz-Astoria where they’ve developed a steady venue for kids music.
Details: Waltz-Astoria 23-14 Ditmars Blvd (at 23rd St) Astoria, Queens Cost: $10, $8 for kids
11:00 am: The Deedle Deedle Dees
Brooklyn’s own Deedle Deedle Dees are just plain excellent–excellent musicians, excellent songs, and an excellent and silly show. But there’s also the whole teaching about American history through music and working with kids to write their own songs that make them hands-down one of the best kids music groups in the country. Jump on the train and catch their show at the 92YTribeca’s BYOK (Bring Your Own Kids) series.
Details: 92YTribeca 200 Hudson Street Cost: $15; Children under 2, free
11:30 am: Funkey Monkeys
Joshua Sitron, the composer of the catchy tunes on Dora the Explorer, formed this swinging band in 2001 so he could connect with kids in person. The Monkeys concerts are a bit like Saturday Night Live for the younger set: hilarious songs interspersed with skits, plus plenty of antics from comedians and improvisers. Ages 2 to 6.
Details: The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave (at 92nd St) Cost: $16, children under 12 $11 Also 2:00 pm
12:00 pm: Bowery Kids: Alex and The Kaleidoscope Band
Award-winning children’s entertainers Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band bring their lively, interactive, world-music infused show to the Bowery Kids stage.
Details: Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery Cost: $10
2:00 pm: Jazz for Kids with Amy Cervini & Friends
Cultivate your youngster’s passion for music with this concert tailored for tykes. A short lesson on jazz basics, a play-a-long, and free snacks should keep even the tiniest jazz neophytes involved and entertained. Ages 2 to 7.
Details: 55 Bar 55 Christopher St (at Seventh Ave South) Cost: $5
2:00 pm: Oyama X Nitta in Concert
Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta perform music played on the Tsugaru shamisen, a banjo-like instrument from northern Japan.
Details: Museum of the City of New York Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street Cost: Suggested museum admission: $10; $6 seniors and students; free children 12 and under
2:00 pm: Aaron Joseph in Concert
Aaron Joseph performs soul-jumping, arm-swinging songs that will get you and your kids up and moving.
Details: Children’s Museum of Manhattan 212 West 83rd Street Cost: Museum admission: $10; $7 seniors; free children under 1 Also 3:00 pm
3:00 pm: Rolie Polie Guacamole Sing a Long!
What a perfect marriage! Rolie Polie Guacamole at a greenmarket. The perfect kid jam band starts a weekly stand at the Farmer’s Market.
Details: The 5th Avenue Park Slope Farmers Market 5th Avenue and 4th St. Cost: Free
Monday October 11th
11:00 am: The Really Big Show with The Bossy Frog Band
Award-winning music, juggling, jokes, hula hooping, and the silly antics of a big green frog come together in an hour-long interactive show sure to keep kids dancing in the aisles.
Details: Symphony Space2537 Broadway Cost: $15 in advance; $18 day of show
2:00 pm: Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights
The rocking Joanie Leeds brings her show to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
Details: Children’s Museum of Manhattan 212 W. 83rd Street Cost: Free with paid admission Also at 3pm
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.