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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Mischief, Merry Did You Know? Show History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
hat did Queen Anne Boelyn have to hide? Who were the Loomis Gang and The Montezuma Marshmen? This program features music and poetry that tells of the mysteries and stories of the past! Topics may include (among others): Perhaps a silly song about Vikings and a tale of stolen pirate treasure! WSilly humor and puns included free of charge. So now you know! Interesting fact-oids to annoy your friends with!
$201- $350
Cavanaugh, Deb Exploring American Folk History,
Music,
Other
Traditional American Folk songs and tunes tracing sections of American history with the use of a U.S. map. I will show the Old Chisolm Trail (The Lonesome Cowboy) and Oregon Trail (Sweet Betsy From Pike), the path of the Underground Railroad (Follow the Drinking Gourd), the Erie Canal and others. There will be opportunites for singing along and creative movement. Instruments will include mandolin, guitar, vocals and traditional American instruments mountain dulcimer, limberjack, and banjo. There will also be a crankie - a traditional American folk art form from the Appalachian Mountains. I will also explain the importance of folk music throughout history. This can be presented with a power point presentaion.
$201- $350
McGrath, Cathy “POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON” INTERACTIVE RHYMES, SONGS, GAMES Health & Fitness- Other,
Literature- Other,
Music
This is a delightful collection of the most treasured nursery rhymes, imitation songs, finger plays, action songs and musical games for the younger visitors to the library and their families. Cathy rekindles the joy of traditional musical activities that enhance learning: singing, dancing, reciting, moving in circles, playing active games, smiling, and cooperating with each other. The dancing limberjack toys are always featured for simple and captivating fun. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjacks, flute, and penny whistle in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. “This program is perfect for preschoolers!” said Robin Benoit of Fairport Public Library. (An additional version has been created as a family concert for audiences of all ages).
$201- $350
Handy, Spook America's Story through Folk Songs History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Traces American Folk Music from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger through today. Honoring the great traditions of American roots music, songs inspired by the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement, 60's and 70's Peace Movement and more recent issues are presented with a completely contemporary sound and unabashedly positive sensibility. The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music is alive and well. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Stuart, Rose Heroic Hijinks Music
Heroic Hijinks is a music & movement program that will have your 3-7 year old patrons (and their siblings) vanquishing villains, flying around a super-sized parachute, and leaping over buildings in a single bound. For extra fun and lasting memories, tell your patrons to dress in costume and bring their camera (or camera-like device) so they can get pictures of their kids with our props.
$101- $200
Handy, Spook 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
Endres, Eric Eric Herman's Cool Tunes for Kids Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Eric Herman is a multiple award-winning children's music performer. Eric's concerts and assemblies for kids' and families are bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation and outrageously fun songs. Eric's music videos, including the viral hit, The Elephant Song, have become extremely popular online, with over 50 million views on YouTube, and his songs and videos have been heard and seen nationally on PBS Kids, The Today Show, Fox & Friends, XM Radio and in the Warner Bros. film, Life as We Know It. Eric is a native of Western New York (Buffalo) currently living in the Pacific Northwest. He regularly travels around the country, performing concerts and elementary assembly programs for kids and families, receiving rave responses from kids, parents, teachers and event coordinators wherever he performs. Eric usually visits NY State 2 or 3 times a year.
$201- $350
Christian, Mike Spirit of the Sixties Music
Musical quartet Grand Folk Railroad brings on the fun with an eclectic/eccentric mix of folk-rock-flavored, flower-powered forgotten favorites, 60’s pop gems, one hit wonders and more. You’ve heard the saying, “If you remember the 60’s, you weren’t there.” Well, we might not remember everything, but we remember the music! Some of the greatest pop songs of all time were written and recorded in the sixties. Artists ranging from the Beatles to the Spiral Staircase flooded the airwaves and record stores with fabulous new sounds, some reaching the heights of fame and others ending up as a footnote on the one-hit-wonder list. Grand Folk Railroad brings back those musical gems and the stories behind them. Your audience will learn about the songs and the artists who made them famous, and will even be invited to sing along on a few of the songs, while we work our way through the decade that changed the world.
$351- $500
Feingold, Rick The Glenn Miller Band – Music that Inspired the Troops History,
Media- Video,
Music
Glenn Miller was America’s best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands. Residing with his family at the Cotswold Mansion in Tenafly, NJ his band played many dates in New York. Once World War II began he gave up a lucrative stateside career and toured Europe with his band entertaining the troops. The program combines a lecture with movie clips of Jimmy Stewart in The Glenn Miller Story. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Air Force in World War II” at Bergen Community College. His father, Lt. Louis Feingold was a US Army Air Force navigator on a B-17 who survived being shot down over enemy occupied territory and escaped to England in 1944.
$101- $200
TheatreworksUSA, - MISS NELSON IS MISSING Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
The students in Room 207 were the worst-behaved class in the whole school: spitballs stuck to the ceiling; paper airplanes whizzing through the air – even though they had the sweetest teacher of all, Miss Nelson. But when Miss Nelson unexpectedly does not come to school one day, the class gets the strictest substitute they have ever met: Miss Viola Swamp! The search is on for Miss Nelson, who seems to have vanished. Hopefully the students of Room 207 will find her before it's too late – for them! This lighthearted musical from Two Beans Productions reminds us all to show appreciation to those that we value!
$1001- $3000
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