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Kids Music Listings this Weekend: April 28,29

April 27, 2012

The big music news this weekend is Sunday’s all day musical line up at Kindiefest. This is a fabulous opportunity to see some of the best kids’ music bands in the nation and it’s right here in Brooklyn!  Also, locally, check out the Okee Dokee Brothers, Cherry Blossom Festival’s traditional Japanese music and Luba Poliak at the Central Library.

Saturday April 28st

11:00 am: Caspar Babypants
Music for the very young doesn’t always excite grown-ups, but parents do have a musical savior in Caspar Babypants, a.k.a. Chris Ballew: The former Presidents of the United States of America frontman’s stripped-down tunes are still palatable to adults even after two dozen listens (a good thing, considering kids’ listening habits). The former MTV video star often uses just voice, acoustic guitar and simple percussion on his quirky originals and fresh interpretations of childhood classics (“Ring Around the Rosie,” “Ba Ba Black Sheep”).
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th St)
For more info, go here.

Sunday April 29th


10:00 am: Family Arts Day
City College’s graduate program in educational theatre sponsors a family day jam-packed with artsy activities, from live performances and sing-alongs to mask-making and storytelling. Free. Ages newborn to 10.
Aaron Davis Hall (at City College), Tomorrow 10am–1pm. Convent Ave (between 133rd and 135th Sts)
For more info, go here.

10:00 am: Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair
The gargantuan street fair, hosted by the iconic film fest, offers tons of thrills for city kids. Among the tried-and-true fare are snacks and face painting, some ultra-cool activity stations, plus performances by the New York Philharmonic and Cirque-tacular. Kids can also learn how to recycle junk into art with ScrapKins, and test their wits on a life-size chessboard supplied by Chess NYC. Be sure to stick around for live performances from the casts of Memphis, Wicked and a handful of other Broadway and Off Broadway shows.
Greenwich Street, Tomorrow 10am–6pm. between Chambers and Hubert Sts
For more info, go here.

10:00 am: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
This 30-year tradition celebrates the height of the cherry blossom season the Japanese way: with a mega festival. Families can check out traditional foods, watch martial arts, dance and music performances, and take part in various workshops.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Ave (at Crown St)
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Okee Dokee Brothers
Help support Little Essentials with a fundraiser at MIMA featuring the Okee Dokee Brothers band.  There will also be a giving Wheel Raffle and bagel/juice breakfast and mimosas for Mom and Dad!
MIMA BROOKLYN – Music  Improvisation & Media Academy  124 Washington Avenue (between Park and Myrtle)
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Recess Monkey
Jam to a live performance by kids’ musical mainstay Recess Monkey, a sensational Seattle trio of musicians who also happen to be elementary-school teachers. They’ll perform songs from Flying!, their latest album about superheroes, along with brand new upbeat rock & roll tunes from their upcoming record In Tents.
92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St (at Vestry St)
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: KindieFest
If you love family music, you’ve got to get to KindieFest’s public concert this weekend.  You’ll see some of the most impressive names on the family music scene.  Check out our KindieFest preview where you can see the line up and go the sites of each of the performers.  There’s also a raffle and some goodies from J&R Jr..
Littlefield, 622 DeGraw St (between Third and Fourth Aves)
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Junior Jam Concert Series Kickoff
In conjunction with the Y’s Healthy Kids Day, and as an official kickoff to the larger concert series, Junior Jam hosts artists including the Rockdoves, the Up Past Bedtime Band, Patricia Shih and others.
West Side YMCA, Tomorrow noon. 5 W 63rd St (between Central Park West and Broadway)
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Shake Your Roots! with Alastair Moock
Boston Music Award nominee Alastair Moock is a singer-songwriter with a love of classic American tunes. At this museum-set concert, Moock leads kids through his own repertoire, as well as songs by Woody Guthrie, Mississippi John Hurt and Leadbelly. All age
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (between 76th and 77th Streets)
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Nikos Kids
Join Nikos Kids for the first official fundraiser for the Casey Young Foundation.  It will be an all-day family-friendly event with bands, food, and a silent auction!
Congregation Beth Elohim,  274 Garfield Place.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Artists and Performers Celebrate the Arts of Native California and the Great Basin
Stop by the august downtown museum for some seriously beautiful work by Native artists, singers and dancers representing Native California and the Great Basin. Kids can watch the Cahuilla Bird Singers perform the Southern California tradition of bird singing
National Museum of the American Indian, Tomorrow 1pm–5pm. Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green (between State and Whitehall Sts)
For more info, go here.

4:00 pm: Classical Interludes: Luba Poliak
Born in Siberia, Poliak was eleven years old when she first appeared with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. She will perform a piano recital featuring Prokofiev’s Sonata No.8 in B flat major, Op.84 and Schumann’s Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22.
Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plz
For more info, go here.

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