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McGrath, Cathy “ROLLICKING TEAKETTLE” ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, READ! 2016 SUMMER READING Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Join Cathy McGrath in this highly ACTIVE program of favorite singing games and songs that relate to story books. This program creates exuberant, wholesome fun! The audience members act out the games, sing & play instruments to a funny song called Keep On Reading Boom Boom, and GIGGLE at the dancing limberjack puppets. Everyone will dance, clap,and sing in a celebration of creative movement, self expression, and friendly cooperation. This program was created especially for 2016 SUMMER READING PROGRAM ON YOUR MARK, GET SET...READ! An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjack puppets, flute, and penny whistle in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. She has performed for over 25 years for museums, schools, libraries and festivals. One parent’s response: You can’t help but dance! Another response: As we sang, danced, and clapped our way through a variety of folk music, Cathy's energy and enthusiasm were contagious. What a wonderful way to introduce singing games and our cultural heritage to children. We can't wait to have her back again! (October 2010 Sarah Matthews Children's Librarian Wadsworth Library, Geneseo, NY).
$201- $350
Dotterweich,Stein,Pearles,Strom, Bernie,Dug,Gail,Don and Steve Bluegrass Music Music,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Environment
For the Blue Mule Band the message is clear; to bring the unique sound of mulegrass to audiences everywhere. While Webster might not be able to define MuleGrass, The Blue Mule Band knows exactly what it is: an eclectic mix of traditional bluegrass and upbeat folk music played amid moments of humor and a lot of fun. Awash in harmonies and unique style, the sound of The Blue Mule Band sets the group apart from other bluegrass bands. Born out of jam sessions at Fosters Irish Pub in Ellicottville New York, the Cattaraugus County based band was officially formed in December 2003. In 2004, The Blue Mule Band and 36 fans, took their music for a weeklong pub tour of Ireland. Highlights of the trip was a spot on the Cormac McConnell Show. Members were interviewed and played three songs live on National Radio. The genuine interaction between the members and the audience has become a trademark and keeps folks coming back. Comittment to continuing The Blue Mule Band's unique sound and ex-panding original music continually drive the group in new directions.Contact at:@thebluemuleband@gmail.com or visit their web site @www.thebluemuleband.com
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John 'Who Has Heard the Wind?' - Interactive Family Concert of Historic Wind Instruments History,
Music,
Science
This performance is the perfect complement to our storytelling performance 'THE BOY WHO WENT TO VISIT the NORTH WIND.' Our extensive early instrument collection features a joyous diversity of historic MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE, and TRADITIONAL FOLK INSTRUMENTS. Playing upon the wind as our theme and setting, we often usher in our performance journey with an early music mini-concert , specially highlighting our collection of early wind instruments of all shapes, sizes, and sounds. The audience is treated to consorts of recorders, of curious crumhorns, historical bagpipes both loud and soft, and a mysteriously ancient gemshorn. As you enjoy this exploration of historic instruments, marvel at the wonderful ways human kind has used wood, animal horn, reed, leather, and ingenuity to invent instruments that create a rainbow of musical sounds. These two complementary programs unite to appeal to all the senses, a memorable and meaningful feast for the eyes, ears, and imagination! For EARTHDAY and ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS EVENTS, the artists can also explore mankind’s long partnership with the wind as energy, and how cultures around the world have shaped, utilized, and interacted with wind’s many powers and wonders. Windmills, kites, sailboats, seeds… wind contributes significantly to our lives, pleasures, & history.
$351- $500
Epstein Kravis, Anna Dia De Los Ninos dia De Los Libros BILINGUAL Song & Puppetry Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
This lively, highly interactive children/family show, celebrates children and books, with wonderfully engaging songs, puppetry, stories, indigenous latino rhythm instruments, and movement! The program is presented in English, interwoven with Spanish words, phrases and bilingual songs the entire family will love. VISIT www.annaekravis.com and go to the English-Spanish page to hear song clips from Anna's BILINGUAL Concerts. The show is appropriate for English or Spanish speaking, as well as bilingual audiences of all ages.
$351- $500
Wilkins, Kathy Genesee River, Kodak, Rochester, UofR, Native American Songs History,
Multicultural- Native American,
Music
Historical songs about the region of the Genesse River-- the River itself, Rochester, U of R, Kodak, and Native Americans. Also available: information about the composers of the songs.
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Felix Pitre's STORIES AND SONGS OF LATIN AMERICA Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Felix Pitre shares many of the Hispanic traditions that were passed down to him from his own family, bringing to life the culture of Latin America with puppetry, stories, songs, instruments and dance, performed in English interwoven with Spanish words and phrases.
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “SINGING TEAKETTLE” HOLIDAY CONCERTS: Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween . . . Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Other
Cathy McGrath presents intergenerational folk music programs with seasonal themes, such as Christmas, Irish Christmas Traditions, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, July Fourth, Halloween and Thanksgiving that put a little spice in your cup of sing-along tea. She calls her music “Teakettle Music” because it is steeped in tradition and shared with friends. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games and Irish music, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjacks, flute, and penny whistle, and bodhran drum in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. She is happy to design a program for your specific needs.
$201- $350
Hickernell, Lynn Miss Lynn Sings! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
"IN CONCERT" means "together"--and a concert with Miss Lynn isn't something she can do by herself. It takes all of the kids and grown-ups singing, dancing, thinking and laughing together with her to make it a special concert event! Mixing many of her originals with a few traditional songs, making a concert with Miss Lynn is all about moving your body, voice, mind and heart. Ideal for kids ages 2-9 and their adults, suitable for indoor or outdoor settings, concerts generally last about 45 minutes.
$201- $350
Kahn, Mitch Mitch Kahn Celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Singer-Pianist-Entertainer and society orchestra leader Mitch Kahn offers a series of programs exploring the vast wealth of the 20th century's Great American Popular Songbook. Whether rollicking through a Cole Porter patter song, poignantly crooning a Henry Mancini ballad or picking up the pace with Sadaka, Manilow or Billy Joel, Mitch's exquisite musical arrangements and superb vocal delivery are guaranteed to keep audiences entranced. Interspersed with history and anecdotes about the songs and their composers, these shows are appropriate for audiences aged young adult through senior (and sing-a-long is part of the fun). PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED: Introduction to the Great Songwriters, The Songs that won the Academy Award, Aspects of Love, Sail Away.
$351- $500
Productions, Dream Jam Dream Jam Band Concert Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Known for their musicality, theatricality and multi-instrumental talents, the Dream Jam Band premiered their new stage show at Cleveland’s International Children’s Festival to sold out crowds. The music of the Dream Jam Band is inspired by a spirit of wonder and curiosity. With exciting kid and family-friendly songs, their unique style reflects the belief that young children are endowed with an inherent capacity to understand musical ideas. The band uses this as a gateway to enhance learning in all areas. Their eponymous first album, Dream Jam Band featured eleven original songs, two of which, “Nicky Nicky Knock Knock” and “Look Around” reached Number One at SiriusXM satellite radio. The album was named to the Top Ten List of National Public Radio’s best Children’s and Family Albums, and won four Children’s Web Awards. Their new album, Leave it in the Soup is receiving high acclaim. The band has toured extensively. They were a headline attraction at Kidzapalooza, Taste of Chicago, and the Cleveland International Children’s Festival. The Dream Jam Band has been featured on PBS Sprout and was the sole musical entertainment for their three-hour live television special, Chica’s Big Birthday Surprise. This concert will have families singing and dancing together!
$1001- $3000
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