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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Van Egmond, Timothy The Jolly Farmer History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Perfect for agricultural fairs and the like. Songs and tunes from 18th and 19th century America, when 'the farmer was the man who feeds us all.' Yankee Notions is Jim Douglas and Tim Van Egmond. Both are accomplished singers, storytellers, and musicians (guitar, hammered dulcimer, English concertina, pennywhistle, Appalachian dulcimer). Performing for close to 25 years, Yankee Notions has been featured in hundreds of community concerts and festivals, schools, libraries senior centers, and heritage museums including Old Sturbridge Village (MA), Historic Deerfield (MA), Mystic Seaport (CT), and Old Bethpage Village Restoration (NY). 'Yankee Notions likes to promise that they will ‘please the ear, enrich the mind, and enchant the heart.’ They’ve been making good on that promise for the last 20 years, all around New England and beyond it as well.' Nicholas Thaw, Director, 1794 Meetinghouse, New Salem, MA
$501- $1000
Encore Performing Arts, Inc. SOUND CHOICES by Rick Adam Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Music
With a unique combination of original songs, hand shadows, circus arts, and audience participation, Rick Adam's spellbinding performance takes a caring look at growing up and believing in one's self. Rick is a master showman who thoroughly involves the audience while delivering important messages about smoking, drinking, drug use, as well as peacefully resolving conflicts. This uplifting and thoroughly entertaining program boosts self-esteem, and empowers children to build a positive self image, develop confidence, creatively solve problems and make positive choices.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John 'One World, Many Instruments' Concert Show & Tell for Children, Families Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Science
Created of wood, bone, skin, metals, and earth, it is an amazing thing to behold the many ways people around this globe have used nature’s materials to bring forth music! The Bromkas have a long history of first-hand explorations and experimentations with world music in its many forms. Their extensive travels have lead them to play a variety of truly exotic instruments, from a great many different countries and cultures. Audiences love their hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, the wide variety of bagpipes, mandolins, cittern, and Celtic harps. This musical journey travels to the far reaches of Asia, to include the magical Chinese Harp called “guzheng” and “erhu” fiddle, Turkish oud & baglama, Mideastern zither “kanun,”and a raft of percussion and other rare instruments! Hear stories for each of their instruments and musical selections, be it travels in Europe and Asia, gifts from mysterious strangers, or the instruments built in the Bromkas' own studios. This multicultural musical journey is a fascinating, fun learning experience for folks of all ages.
$351- $500
Montgomery, Luke Kids Rock U's Music for Aardvarks class Music
My name is Luke Montgomery, and I am the director of Kids Rock U! I play Music for Aardvarks, a fun, funny, and funky kids music class for ages 0-5. Come sing, dance, laugh, jam on a multitude of instruments, and basically have a BLAST for 45 minutes. The music is hip and modern and has been featured on Nick Jr and other children's channels. Come join in on the fun! Let's rock!
$201- $350
!, Spook Handy The Power of Song in the Civil Rights Movement History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This “Stand Up and Sing Out” program (see above) focuses on the songs of the Civil Rights Movement. It traces the sound track of the movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 and beyond. Learn about the songs’ roots in era of slavery, the black churches of the south and the labor movement of the early 20th century and discover how the lessons of the civil rights movement have influenced and are reflected in “movement songs” of today. Be prepared to sing along and feel the power of the music that breathed the soul of the civil rights movement. This engaging, educational, entertaining and empowering program is particularly excellent for college audiences and can be supplemented with in-class lectures/concerts, Q&A and workshops to address the specific questions and interests of students today. It is also excellent for schools, arts centers, festivals, conferences, libraries, churches and anywhere else people want to experience the power of song.
$501- $1000
Keeffe Schwartzman, Gigi ROCKIN' IN THE OCEAN (full band) Music,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Marine Life
Rockin’ in the Ocean” is a rollicking collection of Rock, Swing and Doo-Wop songs about Sea Mammals and other ocean inhabitants from a highly interactive show written for Elementary School children and their parents and teachers at the request and under the guidance of the New York Aquarium. Gigi, a multi-award winning singer, was asked by the Aquarium to write and produce a show celebrating Sea Mammals in a fun and stylized form reminiscent of blasts from the past, and “Rockin’ in the Ocean” is the result Gigi® and the Lend Me a Hand Band® is a multi-generational musical troupe dedicated to bringing joy to young audiences through musical merriment, theatre and literature. Whether it’s purely for entertainment or used as a means to educate children, music is a powerful force that gets kids of all ages involved and creates a memorable experience for them. Making it interactive, through songs and games set to music, has been integral to the success of the band and one of the keys to unleashing the imagination of their rapt listeners!FULL BAND - FOUR (USUALLY DURING WEEK) TO SIX PLAYERS (EVENINGS & WEEKENDS) DEPENDENT UPON AVAILABILITY.
$501- $1000
Keeffe Schwartzman, Gigi MUSIC & MERRIMENT!! (TODDLER PROGRAMS) A.K.A. GIGI'S MUSICAL ADVENTURES Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
SPECIAL MUSIC, PUPPET & MUSICAL STORY TIME FOR TODDLERS AND CAREGIVERS. MULTI-AWARD WINNING SINGER, GIGI, LEADS THE MUSIC AND MERRIMENT. DIFFERENT MUSICAL ADVENTURES ARE INCLUDED WITH EACH VISIT:DOWN ON THE FARM, OUT OF AFRICA, SPRING HAS SPRUNG, HOLIDAY THEMES, ETC. OFTEN INCLUDED IS AN INTRODUCTION TO A CHILD FRIENDLY CLASSICAL SELECTION TO PLAY ALONG WITH ON INSTRUMENTS (LEND ME A HAND BAND WOODEN SPOONS) AND/OR MARCH ALONG TO DEPENDENT ON NUMBERS AND SPACE. A WONDERFUL MONTHLY OR SEASONAL OFFERING FOR EVERY LIBRARY OR CHILDHOOD INSTITUTION. GIGI'S CD MOVEMENT & MERRIMENT WAS A 2008 FINALIST IN THE CHILDREN'S MUSIC WEB AWARDS FOR BEST ALBUM FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS AND BEST SONG FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS.
$351- $500
Bertles, John Sustainable Storytelling Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Increase your students' environmental awareness using literacy! Master storyteller Robin Bady will weave an eco-web of words accompanied by the bewitching music of Skip LaPlante on instruments built from trash. Stories are age-appropriate and science-based, and address the concepts of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as well as Conservation. Whether in auditorium or workshop format, students are encouraged to create and perform their own stories - in which the Big Bad Wolf may be a vital part of our ecosystem!
$501- $1000
Pollack, Elyse Stroller Strides Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Other
Stroller Strides is a total fitness program for new moms that they can do with their babies. Each class includes cardio & body toning intervals, incorporating tubing, the stroller and the environment, all while the little ones are entertained. We welcome babies from six weeks to any age as long as they enjoy sitting in their strollers. The class is set up for all different fitness levels and taught by a CPR certified and insured instructor. I presently teach this program at the Island Park and Long Beach Libraries.
$101- $200
Hoffman, Nan Sing A Story - Read A Song! Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
With programs specially designed for libraries, Nan incorporates songs that have been made into books (books that sing), songs made from books, songs based on folk tales and stories, and songs that celebrate reading. Within that framework she offers presentations that focus on several different themes such as reading (SING A STORY-READ A SONG!), folk music (MORE THAN A SONG!), history (SINGING OUR HISTORY), and nature and the environment (SONGS FOR A LIVABLE LAND). Using folk and acoustic music and a variety of songs and instruments, Nan offers presentations that are fun and informative, and encourages audience participation.
$201- $350
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