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Kids Music Listings this Weekend: December 16th, 17th, 18th

December 15, 2011

Our music listings editor, Charles Mister, wrote me today to say how excited he was about all the music events happening this weekend. He pulled them all together in this long list for you! Highlights this weekend for music events include celebrating Latino holiday traditions at El Museo, Dan Zanes holiday concert, lots of Hanukkah celebrations with everything from traditional music to rock and roll. If your family is into performance art- join in on an “unsilent night” where you can bring your boombox with music and experiment with others in the cacophony of a mob of music! Have a fabulous weekend.

Friday December 16th

4:00 pm: Funky Family Folk Fridays w/ Nikolai & NikosKids
Nikolai & NikosKids present the Funky Family Folk Fridays jam session/concert series.  They play NikosKids originals and true folk standards.
For more info, go here.

5:00 pm: Holiday Caroling and The Trinity Youth Chorus’ Rendition of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
The Trinity Youth Chorus performs their annual concert of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.
For more info, go here.

6:00 pm: Holiday Sing-Along with Miss Nina
Head to Greenlight books and enjoy holiday stories and music by the effervescent Miss Nina!
For more info, go here.

Saturday December 17th

11:00 am: Super Holidays at El Museo
Celebrate the season with a host of Latino holiday traditions. Children make maracas, join a musical story time, pose for a picture at the Three Kings photo booth and listen to the soothing sounds of harpist Celso Duarte.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Elizabeth Mitchell
Folksy kids’ crooner Elizabeth Mitchell makes a stop in NYC to present tunes like “Little bird, little bird.”
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Saturdays at the Dwyer: A Harlem Holiday Celebration
Lift your voices in the true Holiday spirit as Keith “the Captain” Gamble and his band bring in this special season with songs and carols. Enjoy the screening of “The Black Candle,” a film about Kwanzaa narrated by Maya Angelou.
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Harlem School of the Arts 2011 Holiday Shows
Celebrate music, dance, theatre and the visual arts in three exciting holiday shows at the Harlem School of the Arts. Among the performances will be the HSA Children’s Choir singing carols, a jazz performance, a slide presentation of the artwork featured in Project Runway and much more.
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Dan Zanes and Friends
Celebrate the season with the ubiquitous kindie vet, Dan Zanes! I got a sneak listen to Zanes’ new holiday EP, Christmas in Concord, which he’ll be presenting.  It’s a truly homey sounding traditional sing-a-long record without the usual Zanes twist.  There’s something very comforting in his voice that makes you feel like singing right along.
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Harlem Stage Family Series: ¡Parranda! by Zon del Barrio and Danza Fiesta
Celebrate the holiday season with some Puerto Rican culture. Performers Zon del Barrio and Danza Fiesta bring traditional PR- and Afro-Caribbean–inspired music and dance, as well as classic Christmas carols, to this Harlem show.
For more info, go here.

7:00 pm: Unsilent Night
This holiday-themed “sound sculpture” involves a roving mass of boom boxes whose joyful cacophony is perceived slightly differently by each person. Your kids can take part in the noise by bringing a boombox that plays cassettes or CDs, or by downloading the MP3s on the event’s website and bringing along an MP3 player and marching along with the procession, which begins at the Washington Square Arch and ends in Tompkins Square Park. Arrive by 6:45pm.
For more info, go here.

8:00 pm: The New York Pops
Let the musical duo of John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey surround the concert space with the sounds of the holidays, accompanied by The New York Pops. We are fans of John (and his jazz legend father)- this will be a great night.
For more info, go here.

6:30 pm: The Festival of Lessons & Carols
Gather at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Parish House to sing on the steps of the Main Altar of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
For more info, go here.

7:00 pm: 3rd Annual Jackson Heights Winter Holiday Sing-A-Long
Head to Queens and sing some holiday songs.  Santa hats are encouraged but not necessary.
For more info, go here.

Sunday December 18th

11:00 am: A Family Affair: Chip Taylor and the Grandkids
Part of the “bring your own kid” concert series, this singer-songwriter (known for songs performed by Willie Nelson, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and Janis Joplin) is joining forces with his three grandaughters to showcase songs from his debut children’s album, Golden Kids Rules.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Holidays Rock with Moey’s Music Party
Join Moey’s Music Party’s concert with Sunday, co-sponsored by the letter “H” (Happy Holidays, “Ho, ho, ho” and holding hands to dance a Hanukah hora)!
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Latkes & Applesauce with the Poppy Seed Players
The Poppy Seed Players present family-oriented musical playlets about the Festival of Lights, including a Hanukkah version of A Christmas Carol, a klezmer-inspired song and a parody of American Idol.
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Hanukkah Family Day
At the Jewish Museum’s celebration, join Ben Rudnick and Friends as you decorate dreidels, craft Hanukkah lamps and use the stories of Ezra Jack Keats for scene-inspired artwork.
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: My Yiddishe Chanukah: A Musical Feast for New York
The Festival of Lights inspires an afternoon of Yiddish music and theater courtesy of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene.
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: A Hanukkah Celebration with Louie Miranda
Menorahs and dreidels get a musical twist when this singer, songwriter and storyteller entertains families with an interactive Hanukkah story. Get the crew there early to craft a Star of David to take home.
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Chanukah Fever! With Mama Doni and the Mama Doni Band
Known for putting a Jewish twist on funky music, Mama Doni and the Mama Doni Band invites families to celebrate Hanukkah with an array of holiday-inspired hits.
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Chanukah Family Concert: The Ramath Orah All Star Band featuring Don Puglisi
Rock out with the Ramath Orah All Star Band (with special guest Don Publisi) to American and British classics. This family-friendly show will also feature festive Hanukkah tunes for the whole family to sing along to.
For more info, go here.

3:30 pm: Candlelight Carol Festival
The Festival features music from around the world for choir, carillon, harp, organ, handbells, flute, and viola; as well as carols sung by congregation and choir, culminating in the community singing of “Silent Night” in the glorious gothic Nave, illuminated by a sea of candle flames held by Riversiders.
For more info, go here.

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