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Kids Music Listings this Weekend: June 1,2,3

June 1, 2012

Gambian cora player Malang Jobarteh will be at Brooklyn Botanic Garden's amble party.. Photo courtesy of Malang Jobarteh.

We are really excited about a lot of the music events this weekend! Celebrate the opening of the new Visitor’s Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with some ragtime and folk music plus tons of activities and get a good look at that cool green roof they have created! Do some good this Sunday and have some fun too: head to the Williamsburg Pier to hear some fab musicians like Tim Kubart, Suzi Shelton, AudraRox and Topsy Bansai and the Tangs while raising money to support Camp Brooklyn. City Stomp sold out last month to 400 people at Littlefield- don’t miss your chance to see this local band as they work their way to the top of the kids’ music ladder. We loved the Brooklyn Beat Music and Arts Festival last year- Sunday is being billed as the only day that the fest is appropriate for all ages- and our kids loved seeing and learning about beat music.

Friday June 1st

4:30 pm: Howl! Festival
Venture downtown to this year’s Howl! Festival, a three-day extravaganza of music, art, games and entertainment in the heart of the East Village. The Tompkins Square Park spectacle kicks off on Friday evening with a reading of Allen Ginsberg’s classic poem, but things really get started on Saturday with the Great Howl Out Loud Kids Carnival, where little ones can partake in carnival games and arts and crafts—plus take in a performance by teen rocker Jack Skuller on the kids’ stage—while parents enjoy sets by CBGB bands on the main stage. Also Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tompkins Square Park Ave A (between 7th and 10th Sts)
For more info, go here.

5:30 pm: First Friday Music & Bronx Seaside Trolley
First Fridays with the Bronx Seaside Trolley happen the first Friday of every month until August 3rd. Join us for self-guided tours of the mansion, a stroll in the garden, live music, and light refreshments.
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
For more info, go here.

6:00 pm: 19th Annual Red Hook Fest
Celebrating community and culture, The Red Hook Fest features live dance, music and spoken word performances. Kids can participate in hands-on activities like making art or even kayaking. This year, the festival’s theme is “Women’s Work: Healing our Communities.”
Louis J. Valentino Jr. Park and Pier, Jun 02 noon–7pm. P.S. 15, Jun 01 6pm–9pm. Coffey St (at Ferris St)
For more info, go here.

6:30 pm: Lisa And Friends: A Night Of Music And Fun
Open mic night – Adults, bring your favorite song or instrument and sit in with the band! Enjoy wine, beer, and snacks.  Kids enjoy pizza, art projects, and a movie in our gallery space downstairs.
Church Street School for Music and Art 74 Warren Street
For more info, go here.

7:00 pm: Sunset Singing Circle
Don’t be shy! Raise your voice and join singer/guitarist Terre Roche as the sun sets over the Hudson River for enchanting evenings of folk songs, rounds and chants. Novice and experienced singers of all ages are welcome.
Robert F. Wagner, Jr Park Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan (access: Battery Place)
For more info, go here.

Saturday June 2nd

10:30 am: Clubhouse Camp Band
Join the directors of the summer day camp program for an outdoor concert of folk and country music (weather permitting). The audience is encouraged to sing along to bluegrass classics played on the banjo, fiddle, and whimsical instruments like the musical saw, nose flute and washboard.
Waterside Plaza  East River (from 23rd St to 26th St)
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Dan Zanes at Fishs Eddy
To celebrate the launch of his new dishes line at Fishs Eddy, Dan Zane performs a free family concert at the Flatiron District store. Sonia De Los Santos of Dan Zanes and Friends will accompany the popular kindie musician. Stick around after the show for autographs.
Fishs Eddy 889 Broadway (at 19th St)
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Amble: BBG’s June Jubilee
Mark your calendar now for Amble: BBG’s June Jubilee, the big celebration of the new Visitor Center (and new exhibit, “Urban Garden”); it’s on June 2, and admission is free. On tap are a solar-powered sound installation, window-box gardening workshops, live ragtime and fiddle music, and even botanical aromatherapy workshops. Kids can pot their own lemon balm plants throughout the day as well.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden  900 Washington Ave (at Crown St)
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Bargemusic Presents: “Music in Motion”
Since 1977, Bargemusic has presented chamber music in an unlikely and startlingly beautiful venue—a floating barge at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Both established and emerging musicians perform at Bargemusic on a small stage with the dramatic backdrop of the East River and lower Manhattan skyline.
Barge Music Fulton Ferry Landing, New York NY
For more info, go here.

3:30 pm: The Good Ms. Padgett & The Ukuladies
In celebration of her second full-length album, kids-folk musician The Good Ms. Padgett will bring her interpretations of classic stories to Brooklyn for what is destined to be an entertaining afternoon of music and whimsy. The Good Ms. Padgett will be joined by the kooky family band the Ukuladies.
Jalopy Theatre  315 Columbia St (between Hamilton Ave and Woodhull St)
For more info, go here.

5:00 pm: Target First Saturday: Best of Brooklyn Block Party
The Brooklyn Museum pulls out all the stops for June’s installment of its free monthly party. Tonight’s event features numerous music and dance performances, a hands-on workshop where families can make fashionable wraps, an “action station” where visitors reflect on their lives through food-related memories, a film screening of a dance documentary and lots more. Food is available for purchase throughout the events, and all galleries are open for the duration as well, with gallery tours offered at 6 and 7pm.
Brooklyn Museum   200 Eastern Pkwy (at Washington Ave)
For more info, go here.

Sunday June 3rd

12:00 pm: Family Fun on the Williamsburg Pier
Spend an early-summer afternoon by the Manhattan skyline listening to live music, going on amusement park rides and enjoying each other’s company for a good cause. The main attraction by the water will be the Frolic! Rock Fest, a free concert by some of the best names in kids’ music such as Tim Kubart, Suzi Shelton, AudraRox and Topsy Bansai and the Tangs. Beer for grown ups and food for everybody will be available, as well as plenty of activities for younger attendees such as rides, face painting, a temporary tattoo station and drum circles. This event will benefit Camp Brooklyn, a kids’ program that helps underprivileged children attend summer camps in the city.
CitiStorage  5 N 11th St (Kent Ave)
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Children’s Spring Songwriting Showcase
Support pint-sized singer-songwriters at the third annual showcase for Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People, a unique music school run by Brooklyn-based musician Rachel Lipson. Kids aged 3 to 10 will perform original songs they’ve penned themselves at Blue Balloon, followed by a performance by Lipson and her own group, the Tip Top Band.
Knitting Factory  361 Metropolitan Ave (at Havemeyer St)
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Brooklyn Beat Music and Arts Festival: All Ages Day
The nonprofit arts organization Arts for Progress is hosting a weekend-long festival of music and arts with a special all-ages day on Sunday. Attend the indoor music performance space or stargaze in the art garden outdoors. Compelling installations and video art, short films, food for sale and live music— including kid-centric musical concert by Jon Samson of CoCreative Music (2pm)— will make the experience appropriate for the whole family. All ages.
The Paper Box  17 Meadow St (between Waterbury and Bogart Sts)
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: The McGraw-Hill Companies CarnegieKids: Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower
Bring your little ones to this free, interactive, 45-minute concert that’s designed for children ages three to six, and fun for the whole family!  With her honeyed voice, quiet spirit, and indie-folk style, Elizabeth Mitchell is not your typical kiddie-music singer. Mitchell sings traditional American folk tunes, original songs, and even Velvet Underground cover.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center 1000 Richmond Terrace
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.
Jazz Standard  116 E 27th St (between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave)
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Face the Music
Praised for “stunning performances” by The New York Times, Face the Music is an alternative-classical ensemble of more than sixty talented teenagers from over twenty New York area middle and high schools. The Neighborhood Classics Series was founded by Simone Dinnerstein; proceeds of the Neighborhood Classics performances are donated to the hosting schools.
PS 321 180 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn NY
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Skippyjon Jones
Follow along with the enchanting musical adaptation of the successful children’s book Skippyjon Jones about a Siamese cat who pretends he’s a bird, a llama, a whale and more. BMCC Tribeca PAC  199 Chambers St (between Greenwich and West Sts)
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: City Stomp Live!
Rock out to urban-inspired tunes about the subway, garbage trucks and Coney Island, as well as songs that pay tribute to the cultures of the Caribbean, Africa and Ireland. If all that grooving makes you hungry, you’re in luck: Drinks and snacks will be available. Ages 1 to 10.
Littlefield  622 DeGraw St (between Third and Fourth Aves)
For more info, go here.

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