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Description
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Maichack, Mary Jo The People Could Fly Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Stories of the African American Experience Book early for January’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and February’s Black History. This show is very popular. The message? Share, be fair, and enjoy this wonderful culture’s songs and stories. Features “The People Could Fly,” an empowering tale of slaves who find wings; “Little Daughter,” who sings her way out of the wolf’s woods; “The Talkin’ Cooter,” riddle tale of freedom told with fiddling turtle; “Mm, Mm, Mm, Martin Luther King”, storypoem of the man’s life by C. Blake-Alston. Children act out “Rabbit & Elephant” in mask and with African rhythm instruments. Also, spirituals and a dance from the Gullah-speaking Sea Islands. Takes listeners from the struggle to the soaring spirit. Even wise old 6th graders have risen, cheering, in response. “Students K-8 loved it.” - Sr. Corinne, Principal, Mater Dolorosa, Holyoke, MA “Highly recommended” - Leon McKinley, Principal, Mayberry E.S., East Hartford, CT.
$351- $500
Roethel, Glen Concert: One Hour of Posi (Positive) Music Music
There is a growing international movement to *heal the world one song at a time* fueled by the promise *Change Your Music, Change Your Life.* [Sounds great. What's the movement called?] *Posi Music.* [How do I find it?] You just did! Glen Roethel is a Posi favorite, and in this one-hour concert program you will hear a great sampling of songs that will make you feel inspired, encouraged and peaceful. [Songs for performance may be drawn from the following, and more: Something Good, Family, Beautiful Now, Stand Together, What A Wonderful World, Here Comes The Sun, Feeling Groovy, Together, Get Together...]
$201- $350
Meissner, Lisa New Music with Traditional Roots Music
Based in the Adirondacks, The Rustic Riders play new music with traditional roots. Lisa Meissner’s songs explore our journeys with others, our world and creation. They are filled with her experience of music from many peoples, times and places and they move the spirit to new understanding.The Rustic Riders’ have recorded two CD’s with Dan Duggan at Esperance Productions in Red Creek. “Hearing Hearts” and “Among These Hills”. Topics covered include stories of people overcoming obstacles, sustainable living and personal relationships.
$351- $500
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. I will also explain the importance of folk music throughout history.
$201- $350
Craig, Shayna Shayna Craig's Follow Your Dreams Assembly Program Music,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Shayna Craig is partnering with Steve Woyce of Full Effect Productions and will take your students on a musical and magical journey through song and dance covering many important topics including: Teamwork Perseverance Determination Believing in yourself Respecting others differences Shayna will lead by example and dazzle the audience by singing, dancing and acting. She will show how fun and easy it is to follow your dreams and the importance of never giving up. An inspiring experience your students will remember forever!
$501- $1000
SanAngelo, Ryan Ryan SanAngelo Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Music
Get ready to smile, laugh, dance, and wonder! Dynamic musician-storyteller Ryan San Angelo brings fun and energetic characters to life with his music and enchanting tales. Author of Spaghetti Eddie, Bye Bye Balloon, and Wake up, Tommy! You're in a Book! Ryan creates a warm and cozy circle of entertainment with his witty stories, catchy tunes, and talks to kids about being an author and creating stories.
$201- $350
Epstein Kravis, Anna The Piggy Bank Show-- Saving Spending & Sharing (ENGLISH-SPANISH VERSION AVAILABLE) Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The Money Show is a Song & Puppetry program that teaches young children about the value of money in a fun, age-appropriate way. Saving, spending smart and sharing are concepts presented using interactive songs, puppetry, stories and colorful , interactive props. Meet Anna's puppet friends, LuLu the Singing Llama, learn from Macdonald about how he got his farm, meet Bernardo the Banker as he explains what it means to save. This show was created for the Newark Library, presented in several branches, and is under written by the PNC Bank. Anna created a popular BILINGUAL English-Spanish version for this library.
$351- $500
Grudko, Marian Lucinda Snowdrop Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Lucinda Snowdrop a musical tale for families and adults
 by composer and storyteller Marian Grudko Lucinda is only a toy bunny,
 yet it’s up to her to save Emmie’s grandma. Will Lucinda make the right choice? Will she do the right thing? Marian will perform this poignant story, accompanied 
by her enchanting music.
$201- $350
Vinyard, Roland The Magic of Handmade Guitars Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Musical demonstrations with discussion about handmade steel string guitars: effect of wood choice upon tonal response, the difference a body size can make, why one finish is different than another, building ideas, sound ports...
$201- $350
Speed, Sonny Tornado Alley Music
Tornado Alley is a five piece acoustic band that features four singer/songwriters on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and bass and a percussionist. The songs are all original and the sound is pure Americana with a generous helping of three & four-part harmonies that is focused on the vocals and songwriting. Following that tradition, Tornado Alley offers an array of styles from the American back roads that will have you feeling like you’re on a cross-country road trip with your radio on. Tornado Alley captures the feeling in song, of traveling from New England’s folk scene to the Bluegrass Region, across the Texas prairies, up through the Rockies and out to California. Audiences at Tornado Alley’s shows have truly been caught up in the band’s sound and have helped to make a good fan base. The band has opened up for Ricky Skaggs and others and headlined at many theaters, festivals and parks
$351- $500
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