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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Cavanaugh, Deb Toe Tappin' Tunes Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of exciting folk music to get you up and moving. Upbeat toe tapping tunes and songs on mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals. Originally designed for the 2005 Summer Reading Program, this program will fit into any theme.
$201- $350
Tranchina, Gabriele Jazz Influences felt around the globe Music
The international flavor of jazz takes center stage. Highlighting its influences on music around the globe, from American Blues to Brazilian Jazz to Latin Jazz and more. Enjoy favorites like “Muddy Water”, “Besame Mucho”, “Samba do Aviao”, the French version of “The Autumn Leaves”- we’ve got it all.
$201- $350
Meissner, Lisa Adirondack Cares History,
Music,
Nature- Other
Interactive program of celebrating Adirondack people and environment with new and traditional folk music.
$201- $350
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
Knight, Leonora Mini Math Music Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Children come up to perform original songs with full orchestra sound as they learn to count by 10s, 5's, have a pizza party and divide by 8, brush the little paws of their doggie and add to 4. They will count by 3's dressed as chefs from all over the world. Concert will feature Danny Kaye's "INCHWORM" and "LADYBUG PICNIC" from Sesame Street. Costumes and props and a variety of musical styles make the concert a great way to reinforce the connection of math and music.
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith The Golden Age of Rock & Roll - When Music Married Television Media- Video,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This is a program that I can guarantee will have your patrons dancing in the aisles. The program director has their pick of programs as I explore the golden age of Rock & Roll through clips from one of the following programs, The Ed Sullivan Show (aired 1948 through 1971), Hullabaloo (aired 1965 through 1966), Shindig (aired 1964 through 1966) or Shivaree (aired 1965 through 1966) . I will give a concise history on any program of your choosing, and I will show musical clips from my vast library of rare and unreleased performances. Your patrons will delight to hear live performances from the beginning of Rock & Roll (Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis) to the British Invasion (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, The Hollies) and so much more. This is the definitive program on this subject, and you can book more than one presentation or even book all four in consecutive order. This is a great program for baby boomers to introduce their young ones to the music they had grown up with.
$101- $200
String Band, Homegrown An Unbroken Circle: Traditional Music in Popular Culture Music
The Homegrown String Band performs original acoustic arrangements of the traditional music that has become part of the popular roots and folk rock canon. All the songs the band presents have stood the test of time by not only surviving, but thriving and flourishing for hundreds of years via the folk process and oral tradition. Many popular rock bands were founded by avid listeners and students of traditional music. People like Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan were very well versed in American blues and bluegrass as well as the folk traditions of the British Isles. Likewise The Homegrown String Band has drunk deeply from the well of blues, ballads, and breakdowns that have helped to shape the sounds of American popular music. In this program the band will be sharing their original interpretations of some of the traditional and early commercial recordings that have been covered by popular roots rockers from the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan to Nirvana and Led Zeppelin.
$501- $1000
Killion, Paul Classic Country Music Music
You don't have to live in the country to enjoy this program! Paul dons his boots & Stetson hat and straps on his guitar to play and sing favorite Country (and Western) songs from the past as well as a few selections from today! The program features great classic tunes by the likes of Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb. Hits by contemporary artists like George Straight and Garth Brooks are also included. From 'Hey Good Lookin' to 'Friends in Low Places' this program is sure to please audiences of all persuasions.
Up to $100
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
Rosenberg, Paul Cabin Fever Community Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
With a combined half-century of experience, the dance/music educators of Homespun Community Dancing create enjoyable, wholesome participatory dance and music events. As residents of the Northeast, we all know how the long winter months can make you feel cooped up and bummed out. Our Cabin Fever Dance is a popular monotony-breaker for your audience of all ages. Your library supplies the atmosphere— snowflakes, brownies, twinkle lights and books -- for the event. Homespun supplies the dance caller and musicians on fiddle, guitar, banjo and tin whistle and leads participants in square, contra and circle dances brought to America from Europe and Africa. Connect with centuries-old traditions and dance the cold winter away as generations of Americans have done. Homespun’s dances and workshops are community-building activities that get everyone up and moving. Easy dances that everyone can learn in one session means fun for children and adults. We teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, flute, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, piano, recorder, percussion, and more. The “Cabin Fever Community Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures.
$501- $1000
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