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Kids Music Listings this Weekend: July 15,16,17

July 14, 2011

Everyone is excited about Dan Zanes playing  in Brooklyn this weekend- even Charles, our Music Listings Editor, who is making it a priority on his weekend listening list. Another giant of the children’s music world, Laurie Berkner, will be performing on Saturday too. If you are feeling very ambitious, why not try the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Family Day at noon on Saturday and finish off with a little Dan Zanes? Should be a great weekend for music! Happy listening. Thanks Charles for the great listings.

Friday July 15th

10:30 am: Free Taikoza Kid’s Concert in McCarren Park
There’s something soothing and hypnotic about listening to giant drums.  When I saw the Taikoza concert at the Brooklyn Center for the Arts, my son fell asleep despite the often thunderous synchronized pounding on the Taiko, the ancestral Japanese drums played by this renowned ensemble.
For more info, go here.

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.

6:30 pm: Free Friday Night Jam: Soul Understated
Expect this skillful ensemble to adeptly and seemingly effortlessly weave together soul, jazz, funk and gospel, like so many threads in a tapestry, and Ms. Poole does not miss a beat, adding scat and exotic vocals to the mix “like the final spices in an excellent gumbo.”
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 July 16th

11:00 am: Laurie Berkner Band
The queen of the kindie scene celebrates the release of her DVD Party Day, her first collection of original videos since 2006. Kids will hear some of the brand-new DVD’s songs, plus old favorites like “My Family” and “Buzz, Buzz.”
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Family Day
This hip-hop festival’s kid-centric day will have your little ones dancing up a storm. Activities include workshops where kids can learn to beatbox, breakdance and DJ. After working up a sweat, mini hip-hop stars can cool down with a free Slurpee and sign up for a library card from the Brooklyn Public Library.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Grand Street Community Band @ Prospect Park’s Oriental Pavilion
The GSCB is filled with more than 70 volunteer musicians who perform wind band music.  The group was honored this past April by performing in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: 9th Annual NYC Musical Saw Festival
ATALIA ‘SAW LADY’ PARUZ, founder & organizer of the Musical Saw Festival, will present the musical saw as an ensemble instrument in contemporary and classical music, with participation of a string quartet and a handbell choir.
For more info, go here.

4:00 pm: Dan Zanes with the Brooklyn Youth Orchestra & Bed Stuy Veterans
Dan Zanes is back for another exciting kids’ concert in Park Slope’s bandshell. Dubbed as “the Springsteen for those under 10s,” Zanes is teaming up with the Brooklyn Youth Orchestra and dancers from Bed Stuy Veterans for a fun and lively set. This concert, also celebrating Ezra Jack Keats, will also include some readings of the stories. The event is free but there is a $3 suggested donation.  Gates open at 3 pm
For more info, go here.

6:00 pm: Keziah Jones & Sophia Urista
According to Weeksville Heritage Center’s website, “Sophia Urista has been compared to the likes of Betty Davis for her raw power and vocal character, and Eartha Kitt for her sassy theatrics.  Keziah Jones is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He describes his musical style as “Blufunk”, which is a fusion between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms.”
For more info, go here.

6:30 pm: Irish Family Dance
Energetic, joyful community dancing. No partners or experience necessary. New and traditional Irish music by Morningstar. Dances lead by Emerald Fire Dance.
For more info, go here.

8:00 pm: Hot Summer Nights! Free Outdoor Concert Series with the Chestnut Brass Company
A series of free outdoor concerts during the month of July takes place at the oceanfront bandshell of Kingsborough Community College. This week, the Grammy Award-winning Chestnut Brass Company will be performing. The ensemble also will play some special selections on their collection of antique brass instruments where you can view them after the concert.
For more info, go here.

Sunday July 17th

4:00 pm: The Roe Family Singers
Join the Roe Family Singers for a fun family concert featuring bluegrass, roots and folk music. Performing at the Flatbush Farm, you and your family will enjoy a fun afternoon of lively folk music and delicious grub from the restaurant.
For more info, go here.

(Many thanks to TONY KidsProspect Heights Patch, NY Metro Parents, and Mommy Poppins for listing info!)