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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Maurer, Jim Beat Box Workshop Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Ever wish you could play the drums, with your mouth???? Well Jester Jim is teaching the art of beatboxing to all young and old. A great introduction for kids to learn about tempo, and the sounds of music. Check out video clips of Jim doing his beatbox show on the website www.jesterjim.com.
$101- $200
Ruch, Dave The Erie Canal History,
Music
A treasure trove of songs and stories that washed ashore with the workers, captains, passengers and crews of Clinton’s Ditch, all presented with lots of audience participation. This engaging program will entertain and enlighten, and features a variety of stringed and other musical instruments from canal days. Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
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
Maurer, Jim Jester Jim Show Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling
With nothing more than a truck full of props and his orange t-shirt, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show. Young and old are glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox intro. Kids and parents alike will talk about the show for weeks after and Libraries can’t seem to get enough of Jim and his fast wit. Jim performs over 250 shows a year and was voted best family entertainment by the Boy Scouts of America. Everyone will love ‘The Jester Jim Show’.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John The Tale of Tristan & Iseult: An Arthurian Legend Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This most famous of all classic love stories was originally set in Celtic antiquity, and an important component of the Arthurian legends. In the 12th century, the tale was already 600 years old when it captured the imagination of Medieval France’s famous storyteller-poet-musicians, the troubadours. The powerful story continued its long journey through the ages... inspiring many works in turn, including Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet). Bells & Motley present a telling that is authentic, yet lively, accessible, highly charged, and mysterious - full of all of the original symbolism, intrigue, and purpose. In ancient bardic style, it features a simple setting, rich language, and complex emotions evoked through the power of music. Rare historic instruments include the Medieval keyed fiddle, low-voiced recorders, ancient gut-strung bray harp, and Celtic harp. Musical selections include the same historic pieces that were part of Medieval tellings, as inspired by this enduring tale.
$351- $500
Mischief, Merry A Victorian Christmas Holiday! History,
Literature- Poetry,
Music
Merry Merry! Celebrate the holidays with music and poetry from Merry Olde England to get your community into the Holiday Spirit! A 45-minute Christmas season show with sing a longs of holiday music from Victorian Christmas to the favorites of the present, wrapped up with some fun poetry and silly holiday puns! Sing alongs and humor will be a great addition to your community event! Musicians come dressed in Victorian Christmas costuming or in festive holiday apparel to set the mood for your event!
$201- $350
Bala, Rich Alexander Hamilton: His Life in Story & Song History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
NEW for 2016-17! The award-winning team of folk singer Rich Bala and storyteller Jonathan Kruk (aka The Hudson River Ramblers)present a NEW program using actual stories and authentic songs to chronicle Hamilton's life and accomplishments. This highly interactive, participatory program uses primary sources to tell the story of "the founding father without a father", from his childhood in Nevis to the infamous duel with Aaron Burr. This program was premiered earlier this year at the NY Historical Society in NYC with great success and to much acclaim.
$501- $1000
Tobias, Toby Journey From Johannesburg Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
South African-born songwriter and musician, Toby Tobias, is excited to be performing an original show in various venues on the East Coast and in the Midwest called 'Journey from Johannesburg'. It is a performance which tells the story of his journey through 3 continents and takes the form of his original songs interspersed with small narrated vignettes about his life growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa and Jerusalem, Israel and finally New York, USA. The show's message is one of racial equality, understanding of each other's cultures and religions and a strong desire for togetherness in a world which seeks to divide rather than bring together.
$501- $1000
Ruch, Dave Songs from New York State! History,
Music
Take a musical trip across New York State with songs and stories from various characters and places around the Empire State. You'll learn to sing a song in the Iroquois language, make animal sounds on an old song your grandparents’ grandparents probably sang (not Old McDonald!), laugh at the lyrics of authentic NY State children’s songs and rhymes, hoist the sails together with Dave while singing a Great Lakes chantey, learn of a circus owner who was the first to stick his head in a lion’s mouth, and much more...smiling, laughing, participating and learning as you go! Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
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
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