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

June 15, 2012

 In June of 2011 Nathalie Pires sang the USA and Portugal national anthems, and fado in Central Park at Portugal Day. She returns once again this year.

Do you know what Step Dancing is? Check out the national competition on Friday and Saturday- high energy and a fun event for kids to see.  We recommend celebrating Portugal Day- especially to hear Nathalie Pires, she is fabulous! There are some fun Father’s Day events from a barbeque with the Dad Beats, to singing with the birds in Prospect Park.

Friday June 15th

11:00 am: Children’s Concert in Cooper Park
Town Square and the Greenpoint YMCA have joined forces to organize a free concert in one of Brooklyn’s local parks. Block the city sounds and streets with some good music and greenery!
Cooper Park, Maspeth Ave (at Morgan Ave)
For more info, go here.

6:00 pm: Harlem Dances: Groove with Me
Local girls who are part of the Harlem community dance center Groove with Me show off their rhythm and moves in this dance showcase. Enter the park from 125th Street. All ages.
West Harlem Piers Park, 125th St (at the Hudson River)
For more info, go here.

6:30 pm: Step to the High Line Festival
Young dancers (or kids just looking to watch a foot-stomping spectacle) will get carried away by the beat at this energetic fest.  Also on Saturday.
The High Line, Washington St (at Gansevoort St)
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 16th

1:30 pm: Brandee Younger at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Musical dads can take their little ones to enjoy a special Father’s Day weekend performance by harpist Brandee Younger. Once they’ve had their musical fill, kids and dads can take a break to properly explore the museum.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave (at St. Marks Ave)
For more info, go here.

Sunday June 17th

7:30 am: Portugal Day
Families are invited to celebrate Portugal on Father’s Day with ethnic dishes like pastéis de nata (Portugese custard cakes) and by listening to Portuguese music. Fado, the most recognized Portuguese music genre, is going to be sung by renowned fadista Nathalie Pires. The Tuna Universitária do Instituto Superior Técnico will bring the irreverence of typical Tuna music from the Portuguese Universities.  The event is part of a run for kids!
Central Park, 59th St to 110th St (from Fifth Ave to Eighth Ave)
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: A Clearing in the Forest: Dance
Kids don’t just listen at this event but also join in. Percussion instruments are provided so that little ones can accompany Joe Torado’s Afro-Caribbean guitar music with rhythms of their own.
Peter J. Sharp Children’s Glade, Central Park, W 103rd St (Central Park West)
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: River to River Festival
Check out music from around the globe at the Bang on a Can Marathon, opening the River to River Festival at the World Financial Center Winter Garden.
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: NYC KidsFest
The annual kid-focused performing arts festival presents a lineup of multicultural theater, music, and dance performances, including a sketch comedy show from the Story Pirates, traditional African storytelling and jump-rope magic from the National Double Dutch League.
Morningside Park, Morningside Drive (from 110th to 123rd Sts)
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Fifth Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival
Take your little ones to enjoy the great outdoors combined with some jazz from a collection of up-and-coming Brooklyn musicians. Located in Red Hook’s Urban Meadow and taking place over two consecutive Sundays, this annual festival features local ensembles like the Max Johnson Trio, Hot Cup Chili Pepper 7 and the Rick Parker Collective.
The Urban Meadow, President St (at Van Brunt St)
For more info, go here.

1:30 pm: 2nd Annual Brooklyn’s Best Jumpin’ Jazz Fest
The second iteration of the Brooklyn jazz fest offers families a wealth of musical fun, from live jazz performances (harpist Brandee Younger at 1:30pm and a musical tribute to Louis Armstrong by musician Joey Morant at 4pm; all ages) to a screening of jazz doc We Will See Tomorrow (3pm; ages 7 and up) and a special W.O.R.D. UP! session with Morant reading from Muriel Weinstein’s book When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat (ages 5 and up).
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave (at St. Marks Ave)
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Harlem Meer Performance Festival
Bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy jazz, Latin and blues music and dance played on an outdoor stage. Little ones will be boogieing to the music of mambo master Orlando Marin.
Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, enter at E 110th St and Fifth Ave
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Father’s Day Sunday BBQ
Join the effervescent Amelia Robinson as she joins forces with the real-live dad trio, The DAD BEATS.  Bring instruments/shakers and make music and for Daddys everywhere.
Mable’s Smokehouse  44 Berry Street (entrance on N 11th)
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Father’s Day Sing-Along
Warm up those vocal chords for this songfest dedicated to papas and their offspring, led by musician Rory Dineen, who will sing everything from the traditional folk tune “This Land is Your Land” to Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Even those without a silver throat can sweeten their singing with an afternoon snack of locally grown strawberries topped with fresh whipped cream. Free. All ages
Lefferts Historic House, Flatbush Ave (at Empire Blvd)
For more info, go here.

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