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Kids Music Listings this Weekend: March 2,3,4

March 2, 2012

Music highlights of the weekend include two Purim celebrations: catch the Dirty Sock Funtime Band (one of Charles’ favorites) at their wacky Purim party or head to the Kaufman Center to see the Poppy Seed Players perform their Purim musical. Brooklyn Kids’ Rock is calling out all the stops for their second annual music fest with some great kids’ bands. Get your ears ready for some great music this weekend!

Friday March 2nd

4:45 pm: MoonSoup Block Party and Play Date
At this family-friendly party inside J&R Jr., tots get to build and play with foam blocks, make music and dance to some tunes.
For more info, go here.

7:00 pm: Heather Henson Sing-along with The Muppets Movie
Heather Henson, the daughter of the Muppets’ legendary creator, hosts this sing-along screening of the The Muppets Movie, including many interactive surprises and live, off-screen visits from the Muppets.
For more info, go here.

8:00 pm: Spirit of Uganda
Produced by Empower African Children and hosted by artistic director Peter Kasule, Spirit of Uganda presents a cast of Ugandan performers ages 8 to 18 in a performance of dance, drumming and call-and-response vocals. The program seeks to provide “a dual message of hope and awareness.”
For more info, go here.

Saturday March 3rd


10:00 am: Lolli-Pops Concerts: A Musical Toy Store
Parents and little ones experience music through the eyes of a child. Spinning tops, bouncing balls, rocking horses and talking animals are all part of this performance, featuring Bang the Lion, Buzz the Bea, Toot the Bird, Bow the Panda and guest conductor Daniel Meyer.
For more info, go here.

10:00 am: Caribbean-American Festival
On the heels of last year’s hugely successful Haitian-American festival, the folks at CMA decided to plan a day celebrating the entire region, complete with storytelling, mask-making and drumming workshops. Expect Haitian drummer Gaston Jean-Baptiste, once again the featured guest artist, to bring down the house.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Dulcimers, Penny Whistles and Other Delights with Linda Russell
Festival performer Linda Russell schools little music fans in the art of voice, mountain and hammered dulcimer, and in more standard instruments. The history-based session brings to life icons of American history through music and storytelling.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Brooklyn Kids Rock
Get ready to groove with your brood at this family music fest featuring performances by the Deedle Deedle Dees, Jeremy Plays Guitar and Rolie Polie Guacamole. When kids aren’t rocking out, they can partake in carnival games, face painting, food and drinks. Proceeds benefit the Maple Street School.
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Peach Blossom Festival
Drawing influence from the Japanese springtime tradition Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day), babyNOIR invites families to their own springtime celebration. At the Peach Blossom Festival, kids can bring in their favorite doll (or any stuffed friend or toy), take an origami class, listen to a storytime, listen to live music by Margo Grib, drink peach blossom-infused tea and munch on complimentary cupcakes from The Chocolate Swirl.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Greenland Children’s Day
Take a trip to Greenland without even leaving the city! The mysteries of the High Arctic will be revealed in this special day of music, activities and games, under the theme of Greenlandic culture. Greenland local artists will teach children all about their homeland, how to speak (and hopefully pronounce) Kalaallisut, the local language, and plenty more.
For more info, go here.

5:30 pm: Shababa at 92Y: Pajama Havdalah
During this special pajama party, kids nosh on healthy snacks, watch the candles shine and participate in special sing-alongs. Preregistration is required.
For more info, go here.

5:30 pm: Rasa Bali: Balinese Dance Showcase
The exotic and vibrant Balinese art of dance is a multisensory experience: gongs, scary masks, masterful dance moves and even clownlike behavior. This showcase provides a unique glimpse into Balinese culture. Refreshments and a Q&A session will follow.
For more info, go here.

Sunday March 4th


11:00 am: Poppy Seed Players: A Poppy Seed Purim
This colorful sing-along musical, performed by the Poppy Seed Players, brings the story of Purim to life, as Queen Esther saves the Jews of Shushan, who have been sentenced to death by the King.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Time Out Kids fave Bari Koral plays her charming tunes for toddlers. Expect to hear numbers from newest album, Anna and the Cupcakes, which came out on February 14. Expect sweet songs including “Gingerbread Man,” “Butterfly” and “Hearts.” Bonus: Complimentary cupcakes are offered to guests who buy a copy of the artist’s new CD.
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
The wacky local band plays a Purim concert that gets kids rocking in their costumes. We bet your little reveler will get a kick out of high-energy songs like “ClownaHagila” and “Music Everywhere.”
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Purim Family
Kids come dressed in their finest costumes to play a variety of carnival games, listen to live music, munch on yummy snacks and revel in the Jewish holiday.
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Meet the Music! Family Concert
In this zany production by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Inspector Pulse invents a music-composing machine known as the “contrapuntal contraption”—meanwhile, kids in the audience get to learn about canons, fugues and rounds. Prior to the show, professional musicians will be on hand for an “instrument petting zoo,” featuring violins, cellos, and electronic keyboard. Show starts at 2pm, but make sure to arrive at 1pm for the “Instrument Petting Zoo.”
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Jazz for Kids
Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard’s weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music, while your family chows down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm.
For more info, go here.

Sunday, March 4th: 3 pm (ages 6 + years)
The Prodigy with the Ponytail: The Life and Music of Mozart

He was a miracle—an astonishing child prodigy who toured Europe starting from the age of 5; but the greatest miracle may be that his music grew even more wonderful until his death at age 35. Now he is among the most-beloved composers of all time.
Details: Kaufmann Concert Hall at Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

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