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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Epstein Kravis, Anna Springtime Song and Puppetry Celebration & Springtime Holiday Concerts Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Songs of baby animals, how things grow, changing weather and the joys of spring come alive! Adorable hand puppets, LuLu the Singing Lama, lots of participation, basic sign language and more offer children many opportunities to be in the show! Versions for Easter and Passover available. For ages 2-8 (+ -), and family audiences. Anna has performed over 500 library concerts for chidlren and family audiences, and over 3500 children and family programs to date internationally, in varied venues.
$351- $500
Ackerbauer, Bill Old-timey ballads and blues History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Doghouse Carpenters are the Americana trio of Bill Ackerbauer, Bill Healy and Bob Zink. The group plays traditional American folk, vintage country, bluegrass and old-timey music on a mix of acoustic instruments, including upright bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica. The trio peppers its performances with good humor, stories about the origins of the songs and throws the occasional curveball by putting an old-timey spin on modern material. Specialized thematic programs with topics such as Trains, Planes and Automobiles and Old-Time Gospel are available. We are willing to tailor our performances to your needs and interests.
$201- $350
Rucker, Sparky and Rhonda Heroes & Hard Times History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker take the audience on a journey spanning over three centuries of American and African-American history, including slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, the westward migration, the birth of blues music, and the Civil Rights Movement. Each era is interspersed with stories and popular songs from the period. They accompany themselves with fingerpicking and bottleneck blues guitar, blues harmonica, old-time banjo, spoons, and bones. Their music includes old-time blues, Appalachian music, Civil War music, spirituals, and slave songs as well as originals. Sparky and Rhonda also tell traditional tales, for example Brer Rabbit, High John the Conqueror, or Appalachian tales,and they have been featured at the International Storytelling Center and festival.
$351- $500
Baron, Jim Singer-Songwriter Music
"Within the wiry voice of Jim Baron exists the wit, wonder and melodic prowess of Robyn Hitchcock, Billy Bragg and Lloyd Cole. Baron has the goods to compete with any star on the contemporary singer-songwriter scene and then some. Jim's music offers a smorgasbord of sub-genres strung together by his love-struck melodies and wry wordplay."
$501- $1000
Hill Brothers, The The Reading Show Music
As seen at the New York State PTA PARP Conference & the Niagara Frontier Reading Council Fall Conference Get kids really excited about reading with this high-energy program! Perfect to kickoff or conclude Parents as Reading Partners(PARP), Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), Accelerated Reader, OhioReads! or other reading incentive programs, or simply as a fun concert with an all-important message, this show uses singable, original upbeat songs and even a disco tune to get students really fired up to read! The messages in this program are very clear: reading is fun, it's something we can all learn to do, it enables us to follow our dreams and become anything we want to be, and it can take us on some fascinating new adventures. As with all Hill Brothers performances, you can expect lots of laughs and surprises along with tons of audience participation!
$501- $1000
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
Boertzel, Brooke Literature, Arts, Family! Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Make illustrations leap off the page! Write original songs based on a favorite book! Imagine and explore the world of your favorite literary characters! These fun-filled, 90-minute workshops bring families together to make drama, music and art all based on books. After a group Read Aloud of a selected book, participants will work with highly trained teaching artists to explore the themes in that book through theater, music and creative movement activities.
$201- $350
Cavanaugh, Deb Where in the World Are We? Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of songs and dances from around the world, often sung in those languages. This program includes a PowerPoint presentation showing children from each country, or can be done with each country being marked on a world map with that country's flag as each song is introduced. Countries may include Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, European countries, Russia, and more. Instruments may include fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals.
$201- $350
Richter, Chip Chip Richter - The Young Songwriter's Workshop Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Music
Chip Richter’s Young Songwriters Workshop is an exciting and fun journey through the craft of writing songs. Students will explore the four elements of song writing, the form and foundation of a song, and discover what makes a lyric work. Learning how to use hooks, rhymes, and words that sing, students will have the opportunity to begin writing their own songs right away. The students will listen to songs, sing songs, analyze and diagram songs, all in a very fun, interactive way. The Young Songwriters Workshop works well as a plug-in to your local school’s English and or Language Arts course study. Many teachers will use the Young Songwriters Workshop to culminate a section on journaling, poetry, or creative writing. In the end students will have lots of fun, discover the magic of words, and learn something about what's in a song and perhaps, what's in their heart.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing: 'THE ANT & THE GRASSHOPPER, AESOP'S FABLED FIDDLER' Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's musical storytelling performance is a Greek classic concerning the value of Dreaming, Digging In, and Doing! We all understand how our lives' pressing labors hang in a balance with the wonders of artistry and expression, through colors and sounds and dances. In our telling, we are confident that all will appreciate the carefully drawn moral concerning the value of both work & play. As we weave the tale through Ant and Grasshopper’s year in four episodes, each scene begins with the appropriate movement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' evocatively performed by the artists on harp, nyckelharpa, tromba marina, and winds. The action and mystique of the tale are further highlighted by the audiences’ contributions on medieval fiddles (researched and built by the artists themselves), percussion, and dancing. At the end of our maiden performance of this show, a young fellow excitedly asked: 'Where will we all be performing this next?' Exploratory Expressions by audience+artists, before the performance: -The Grasshopper's Fiddling Troupe - The Ant's Percussion Troupe - The Butterfly Dancers And now, Dear Audience, Places!! Let the story begin as together we play and sing the 15th c. song of 'El Grillo' the Cricket!
$351- $500
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