Kids Music Listings this Weekend: May 20,21,22

May 19, 2011

Drums Along the Hudson Photo by @Trish Mayo

Charles has selected some great music events for the weekend. Locally, you might not want to miss the Cobble Hill Playschool Spring Fair that will host live music and also family activities.  Also on your list should  be Mamapalooza, where “Mamas are honored with music and burlesque performances, live stand-up routines and lots of activities for little ones.” Charles recommends Billy Kelly & the Blahblahblahs show- they are “a lot of fun.”  My pick is the Drums Along the Hudson that “is the only open-air pow wow in Manhattan”. Happy Music Weekend!

Friday May 20th

11:00 am: Weekly Sing-along with Lloyd Miller
Lloyd’s energy, humor, and wonderful music always entertains and educates children and adults at his weekly sing-along.
For more info, go here.

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.
For more info, go here.

7:00 pm: Sunset Singing Circle
Singer and guitarist Terre Roche leads singers of all skill levels in folk songs, rounds and chants as the sun sets over the Hudson River.
For more info, go here.

Saturday May 21st

11:00 am: A Playdate with Ivan
Ivan Ulz – children’s singer/songwriter and author of the Fire Truck! song – and his friend Leah Wells deliver Ivan’s blend of original and classic songs and stories in a series of shows for tiny tots and their families. Every seat is front and center, and there’s plenty of room for dancing and moving.  Also Sunday.
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Children’s Festival 2011: Celebrating the Northwest Coast
The museum’s annual pow-wow for kids celebrates Native peoples from the Northwest Coast with singing, dancing and transformative costumes from the Git Hoan Dance Troupe.  Also Sunday at 12:00 pm.
For more info, go here.

12:30 pm: Family Concert for Japan
The NPO, Brooklyn Japanese American Family Association, is bringing together Japanese and American NY musicians for an afternoon of music, fun and frolic for the entire family.  100% of proceeds from the event will benefit ASHINAGA, an NGO dedicated to supporting the orphaned children of the 3.11 disaster.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Second Annual Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People Spring Showcase
Students from the Blue Balloon Songwriting for Small People school present original compositions they’ve been preparing all year.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Dance Parade
At this annual procession, which features more than 70 styles of dance, thousands of moving and grooving marchers make their way through lower Manhattan to Tompkins Square Park, where a post-parade festival will include performances, lessons and a dance party.
For more info, go here.

1:00 am: Cobble Hill Playschool Spring Fair
Lot of fun family activities and local band the Rockdoves (1:20–2pm) will live music. Rain date: May 22.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: The McGraw-Hill Companies Carnegie Kids: “Hot Peas ‘N Butter”
Hot Peas ‘N Butter is a unique children’s musical group that melds elements of traditional Latin and Afro-Caribbean music with jazz, folk, and rock styles.
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: The Morgan’s Spring Family Fair
In conjunction with its new “Illuminating Fashion” exhibit, the Morgan Library toasts the culture of medieval Europe with local musician Henry Chapin, who leads families in French and English song and dance.
For more info, go here.

3:15 pm: Dog on Fleas
The decade-old trio (and Time Out Kids fave) Dog on Fleas presents its smart and catchy hits for kids.
For more info, go here.

3:30 pm: Target Super Sabado: Mad about Libros
Sing and dance to the magical musical storytelling of legendary bilingual educator José-Luis Orozco, and the Colombian traditional dance of Estampas Negras.
For more info, go here.

Sunday May 22nd

11:00 am: Drums Along the Hudson
This multicultural, family-oriented festival, is the only open-air pow wow in Manhattan and includes exhibitions of world dance and drumming traditions.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Billy Kelly & the Blahblahblahs
I just caught a short set by Billy at Kindiefest and he and the Blahblahblahs were a lot of fun.  He’s sort of the straight man in the middle of a lot silliness.  Great musicians and fun songs.
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Mamapalooza
This celebration on the Hudson is all about motherhood: Mamas are honored with music and burlesque performances, live stand-up routines and lots of activities for little ones.
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.

(Many thanks to TONY KidsNY Metro Parents, and Mommy Poppins for listing info!)

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