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Kids Music Listings this Weekend: June 3,4,5

June 2, 2011

‘Tis summer now, which means a happy onslaught of summer fests, outdoor concerts and air-conditioned performances. Charles picked the best ones going on this weekend. Highlights include: on Saturday: The Red Hook Fest, Spring Kids Fest and the African Children’s Choir. On Sunday: that subculture yellow alien Gustafer Yellowgold and the Harlem School of Music Violin Concert. Have a happy weekend!

Friday June 3rd

11:00 am: Weekly Sing-along with Lloyd Miller
Lloyd’s energy, humor, and wonderful music always entertains and educates children and adults at his weekly sing-along.
For more info, go here.

6:00 pm: 18th Annual Red Hook Fest
Dance Theater Etcetera once again turns Valentino Park into an outdoor showcase for young spoke-word artists, performance troupes, dancers and hip-hop acts. This year’s lineup includes Inspirit, Paul Josephs & MetroSonics, Climbing PoeTree and Yerbabuena. Kids will also love the kayak rides, story-circles and artists drawing family portraits. Also Saturday at 12:00 pm.
For more info, go here.

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.
For more info, go here.

Saturday June 4th

12 pm: Samba with the Sea Lions
Prospect Park sea lion twosome Stella and Beebe are having a dance party—come watch them get down with Samba New York’s percussion band and dance troupe. For wiggleworms who can’t resist the beat, instructors will demonstrate their dance steps. All ages
For more info, go here.

10:30 am: Spring Kids Fest
Bring your little ones and enjoy live performances by raucous kids faves Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights and Songs for Seeds, story time yoga from Karma Kids Yoga, arts and crafts with Rubin Museum of Art, The Museum of Mathematics, and Appleseeds, plus tasty snacks from The Treats Truck, face painting, and much more!
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Meet the Cast of ImaginOcean
Kids can meet the cast of John Tartaglia’s new musical, ImaginOcean, a glow-in-the-dark romp through the deep seas. At the brunch, the cast will perform songs from the show and teach tots how to do the Jellyfish Jive. Parents can snag discounted show tickets during the event. RSVP required
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: The McGraw-Hill Companies Carnegie Kids: “Hot Peas ‘N Butter”
Hot Peas ‘N Butter is a unique children’s musical group that melds elements of traditional Latin and Afro-Caribbean music with jazz, folk, and rock styles.
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: The Hip Hop: A Hip Dance Party for Happenin’ Families
Shindig—a newcomer on the kids’ birthday party scene—demonstrates its fete-planning wizardry as families dance to parent-approved hip-hop, soul and funk beats. After showing off their popping and locking skills, little ones can take a break with crafts and juice, while grown-ups head for the full-service bar.
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: African Children’s Choir
Since 1984 the African Children’s Choir has performed throughout the world, bringing hope and joy to everyone they meet. Their lively program features world, spiritual, gospel, and pop music, with exuberant dances of East Africa.
For more info, go here.

4:45 pm: School of Rock NYC plays the music of Queen
Students from the School of Rock play the music of Queen at Arlene’s Grocery.
For more info, go here.

5:00 pm: Target First Saturdays: Afro-Latin Roots
Explore the vibrant and diverse world of Afro-Latin culture as you watch Adios Momo —about an Afro-Uruguayan boy’s self-discovery through music. Make your own Inca-inspired art piece and dance the night away to DJ Spinna and other world music.
For more info, go here.

Sunday June 5th

10:00 am: Little Maestros Concert
Little listeners can catch a choreographed performance by this kid-friendly group, perfectly timed at 45 minutes.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Gustafer Yellowgold
Gustafer Yellowgold creator Morgan Taylor narrates the story of the yellow creature from the sun through live, original songs, played to the accompaniment of Taylor’s hand-drawn videos. In the tale, Gustafer searches for the longest sock in the universe and encounters some quirky characters, like a band of buzzing bees and snakes dancing at the prom, along the way.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Percussion People
Fidgety hands are put to good use constructing instruments in a pre-show workshop (10:30am). Then, the Percussion People drum up rhythm using a wide range of instruments, from triangles and bongos to several not-so-standard melody makers. Be prepared to endure some serious noise.
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Compost for Brooklyn 2nd Annual Block Party
Unleash your green thumb at the 2nd Annual Block Party hosted by Brooklyn Compost, the composting project and native plant garden. Listen to live music and participate in green activities like herb planting and a make–your–own necklace booth by Rebutton Studios. Don’t forget to bring along your broken stuff to be fixed by the Fixer’s Collective.
For more info, go here.

12:30 pm: Very Young People’s Concerts: Forte and Piano
Mini maestros can join members of the New York Philharmonic for an interactive introuction to classical music.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: A Clearing In The Forest: Music
Celebrate World Environment Day at a family concert by Music with Patrick.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Opus 118 Harlem School of Music Violin Concert
Celebrate the start of Black Music Month with a one-hour violin concert by Opus 118. The performers are students at the Harlem School of Music and the program is just the right length for younger audience members. RSVP required online.
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Jazz & Popular Song Family Concert
Renowned singer Michael Feinstein hosts an evening of enlightened jazz that even young ears will appreciate. Vocalist Leslie Uggams and saxophonist Curtis Stigers join him to present the stylings of greats like Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and more.
For more info, go here.

(Many thanks to TONY KidsNY Metro Parents, and Mommy Poppins for listing info!)