I’m a firm believer that seeing kids perform live is an empowering experience for children. That’s one reason I like TADA’s plays in the city- it’s kids aged 8-18 years performing for other kids. It’s also why I like this event: your family can listen to Alice Ivy-Pemberton, a pint-sized violinist (she’s only 10!) perform with the Greenwich Village Orchestra on Sunday.
Charles, our Listings Editor, says he can’t “stop listening to Moona Luna since we saw them at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens a couple weeks ago. Sandra Velasquez leads a kiddie version of her politically oriented cumbia group Pistolera with songs that impel you to dance and sing on the way home.” Sounds like a sure thing too.
Lastly, as a bluegrass lover myself, we’re considering going to the Astrograss show at Joe’s Pub on Sunday. It’s a great venue for you and your kids (comfy lounge seats), good bar and plenty of dancing room for tikes.
Enjoy the music!
Friday November 12th
7:00 pm: The Alex Levin Trio’s Friday Night Jazz Shows
At this weekly jazz jam, children under 16 can bring their own instruments and let loose alongside the band for a few tunes.
Details: Downtown Community Center 120 Warren St (between Greenwich and West Sts) Cost: Free
8:00 pm: The 17-piece Jeff Fairbanks Jazz Orchestra
Who said you can’t put together a big band anymore? Jeff Fairbanks has and will perform original compositions based on Asian folk music mixed with modern jazz.
Details: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center 31-10 Thomson Avenue Long Island City , NY Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door, $10 Students
Saturday November 13th
10:30 am: Things that Go Bang
Little Orchestra Society encourages little ones to bang along and learn all about rhythm and beat.
Details: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 695 Park Avenue Cost: $40 Time: Sat 10:30am & 12n; Sun 1pm & 2:30pm Order tickets in advance.
11:00 am: The Deedle Deedle Dees Family Variety Show
Come one! Come all to the Dee’s monthly family variety show! This month is all about bikes! Musical guest Rachel Lipson and author Robert Sullivan (Rats, The Thoreau You Don’t Know) help fill the bill at this vaudevillian production.
Details: Knitting Factory Brooklyn 361 Metropolitan Avenue Cost: $10; $20/Family Pass
2:00 pm: Living Things Concert
This Brooklyn-based band incorporates puppetry, costumes, theatricality and utter silliness into their experimental music performances.
Details: Roulette 20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand Sts) Cost: $5
2:00 pm: Tsidii: To the Rising Sun
You’ll immediately recognize the voice of Tsidii as the voice of “Circle of Life.” She brings her wonderful talents to Queens singing the music of three incredible artists–Odetta, Nina Simone, and Miriam Makeba.
Details: Queens Theatre in the Park Flushing Meadows-Corona Park – 718-760-0064 Flushing , NY
Sunday November 14th
11:00 am: Moona Luna
We have been unable to stop listening to Moona Luna since we saw them at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens a couple weeks ago. Sandra Velasquez leads a kiddie version of her politically oriented cumbia group Pistolera with songs that impel you to dance and sing on the way home.
Details: 92YTribeca 200 Hudson Street Cost: $15; Children under 2, free
11:00 am: The Fuzzy Lemons
Family-friendly rock band The Fuzzy Lemons bring their trademark combination of toe-tapping tunes, whimsical lyrics, and zany audience participation to Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory.
Details: Knitting Factory Brooklyn 361 Metropolitan Avenue Cost: $10/Child (parents/caregivers free w/child)
11:00 am: Max’s Family Band
Musician couple Gary and Yvette Negbaur take inspiration from their 4-year-old son Max to create upbeat songs songs for kids.
Details: Waltz-Astoria 23-14 Ditmars Blvd (at 23rd St) Astoria, Queens Cost: $10, $8 for kids
12:00 pm: Astrograss for Kids Family Matinee
Brooklyn’s own Astrograss entertains kids of all ages with its high energy take on bluegrass, old-time folk, and Celtic music.
Details: Public Theater/Joe’s Pub 425 Lafayette Street Cost: Adults $15; Children (under 12) $12
2:30 pm: Princess Katie & Racer Steve’s Costume Rock Concert
Princess Katie & Racer Steve always put on an amazing show. This time they’ll be in Long Island playing songs from their new CD. Costumes are highly encouraged.
Details: Great Neck South Middle School 349 Lakeville Road Great Neck, NY Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for kids
3:00 pm: Greenwich Village Orchestra presents Alice Ivy-Pemberton
Listen to the sweet sounds of of pint-sized violinist Alice Ivy-Pemberton (she’s only 10!).
Details: Washington Irving High School 40 Irving Pl (at 16th St) Cost: $10 suggested donation
Our music reviewer and listings editor, Charles Mister is part of the dynamic duo Fati & Charles, called Abbasubi. They perform songs for children in Spanish from their original CD, El Baile del Sombrero. Fati, originally from Argentina & Charles, a native of Brooklyn, live in Midwood, Brooklyn with their two children who they are raising bilingually and who were the inspiration for the CD.