Kids Music Listings this Weekend: February 10,11,12

February 10, 2012

Who wouldn’t want to hang out with some wild animals and musicians this weekend? Between Rolie Polie Guacamole, Gustafer Yellowgold and even Little Red Riding Hood who gets mixed up with a pig, you can rock out all weekend! The big musical events will be at J & R’s Grand Opening on Saturday and Sunday where Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes and Dirty Sock Funtime Band will all be making appearances! Have a fabulous weekend.

Friday February 10th

5:00 pm: Rolie Polie Guacamole
Join kindie trio Rolie Polie Guacamole for their first happy hour show at Two Moon Art House & Café in Park Slope with wine, beer and coffee available for concert-goers over 21.
For more info, go here.

6:00 pm: Venice’s Children’s Carnevale Dance and Celebration
Celebrate Mardi Gras Italian style at the Little Language Playhouse! Attendees can dress up in their favorite prince, princess, king or queen costume and spend the evening dancing, winning prizes and chowing down on pizza!
For more info, go here.

Saturday February 11th

11:00 am: ¡Acopladitos! Valentine’s Party
Join El Taller Latino Americano, ¡Acopladitos! and Little Masters for a Valentine’s Party, complete with awesome art activities and live music (all in Spanish, of course). Over the course of the morning, kids will create and decorate heart-shaped maracas, which they’ll later use during a live musical performance by Brooklyn’s own ¡Acopladitos!.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: The Bandana Splits
Sporting a style reminiscent of classic girl groups from the 1960s, this Brooklyn trio presents a concert especially for children. The Splits’ nostalgic style will not only appeal to the parents, but kids will find it hard not to sing, dance and clap along to the groovy rhythms.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Gustafer Yellowgold’s Golden Heart Symphony
Gustafer Yellowgold creator Morgan Taylor narrates the story of the yellow creature from the sun through live, original songs played to the accompaniment of Taylor’s hand-drawn videos. This year, the show is even bigger, with the Chelsea Symphony playing alongside Taylor’s own full band.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: What Is Improvisation?
Join drummer Matt Wilson as he leads budding jazz fans in an improv workshop that gives young musicians insight into how to invent sounds on the fly.
For more info, go here.

1:30 pm: Rolie Polie Guacamole
Join kindie trio Rolie Polie Guacamole at the Red Hook Bait & Tackle and get geared up for their CD release party on February 26th!
For more info, go here.

1:30 pm: J&R Jr. Grand Opening
J&R is throwing a grand musical party in celebration! For two straight days, kids will enjoy live music (Laurie Berkner, Kidz Bop, the Amazing Max, Dan Zanes and the Dirty Sock Funtime Band are all making appearances!), a book reading and even a very special princess visit. Here’s a link for the full schedule.
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Johann Sebastian Bach, Live!
The American Classical Orchestra’s children’s series is giving the recorder the respect it deserves, and showing kids that the strange instrument most of them encounter in elementary school is capable of marvelous things. The international virtuoso Horacio Franco, along with other great musicians, will perform and engage children in activities to demonstrate the magic of classical music.
For more info, go here.

2:30 pm: Celebrating FEELINGS
Join Ruby, the hostess of the award winning DVD Ruby’s Studio, and special guest musician Elizabeth Mitchell at this interactive celebration.
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Youth Step USA Black History Month Step Show Classic
For some high-energy entertainment, bring the kids to cheer on the 10- to 18-year-olds stepping and clapping to the beat in this show, where 18 step teams compete for a spot in April’s 2012 NYC Regional Championship.
For more info, go here.

Sunday February 12th

11:00 am: Jumpin’ Juniper Festival
Every Sunday during February, join the energetic, exhilarating Jumpin’ Juniper as she hosts an interactive hour of story, song, film or dance.   This week Juniper invites in the Jamal Jackson Dance Company.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Bari Koral Family Rock Band
The Bari Koral Family Rock Band brings its infectious, kid-friendly pop tunes to New York’s tots in celebration of their upcoming release, Anna and the Cupcakes. Kids can jam to interactive tunes about disappearing cupcakes, a runaway gingerbread man and a soaring rocket ship.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Debbie and Friends
With her Guy Smiley persona and happy-go-lucky tunes, Debbie Cavalier’s Boston-based outfit reissues childhood standards like “Cinderella,” and “Simon Says” for young audiences to enjoy. Mixed in with the classics are some good-natured originals (“So, So Happy”) bound to make preschoolers dance in the aisles.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: J&R Jr. Grand Opening
J&R is throwing a grand musical party in celebration! For two straight days, kids will enjoy live music (Laurie Berkner, Kidz Bop, the Amazing Max, Dan Zanes and the Dirty Sock Funtime Band are all making appearances!), a book reading and even a very special princess visit.
Here’s a link for the full schedule.
For more info, go here.

11:30 am: David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band
New Yorker David Weinstone, who founded the wildly popular Music for Aardvarks kids’ classes, performs catchy songs about the lives of urban tots, including “Taxi” and “Modern Art.” Also 2:00 pm.
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Little Club Heads Dance Party
Your tykes can shake what their mommas gave them with their mommas (and papas too) at this kiddie dance party. Once you’re all boogied out check out face painting, games and snacks.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Beat the Blahs Winter Concert Series: Little Red Riding Hood and Hoots n Hollers
Join the Studio School for Arts and Culture and Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater for two stories with a unique twist. First up, Little Red Riding Hood takes a turn for the different when a pig ends up in the wrong story. Then, Hoots n Hollers pays tribute to New York City with tunes including “Coney Island” and “4th Floor Walkup Mountaintop”.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Disco Love
LGBT families are invited to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center to shake-shake-shake their booties to disco tunes all day long. In addition to showing the dance floor what they’re made of, participants can also learn a few new moves from a dance instructor.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Hip-Hop With Illstyle
Flushing Town Hall is hosting an all-ages hip-hop dance class teaching popular dance styles like B-Boying/B-Girling. Learn the basics today and you’ll really be on your way to busting a move!
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Brooklyn Bandanza!
Looking for a cool, fun and unique family activity this weekend? For the second year, PS 261 is throwing the coolest family music party of the season. Brooklyn Bandanza! will take the stage at Littlefield this Sunday and will feature the best kid and teen bands Brooklyn has to offer. Come check out the talent from local music schools, including the Brooklyn Music Factory, Gowanus Music Club and Willie Mae Rock Camp.  All proceeds from Brooklyn Bandanza! will benefit PS 261 in Boerum Hill.
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.

3:00 pm: Laura Veirs and the Tumble Bees
Featuring critically acclaimed work from her inaugural kids’ album, Tumble Bee, acclaimed Portland folk-pop artist Laura Veirs will strum traditional folk ballads by Woody Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Harry Belafonte and others at Joe’s Pub in a show that’s sure to delight kids and their parents.
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Barnes & Noble Bookfairs
Visit the Upper East Side B&N for a very special book fair, complete with appearances by the Speaking in Rhythms Percussion Ensemble performing “Miss Mary Mack,” “Juba,” “Che-Che Cole” and others.
For more info, go here.

4:30 pm: Jam on Dumbo Winter Concert Series: Still Saffire
These two sets of New Jersey sisters bring their indie-rock sound to Brooklyn for Dumbo’s annual celebration of kids and music. Superfine will have special kids’ menus on hand, and concertgoers can keep the fun going with complimentary face painting, balloons and giveaways.
For more info, go here.

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

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