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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Handy, Spook The Power of Song in the Civil Rights Movement History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This “Stand Up and Sing Out” program (see above) focuses on the songs of the Civil Rights Movement. It traces the sound track of the movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 and beyond. Learn about the songs’ roots in era of slavery, the black churches of the south and the labor movement of the early 20th century and discover how the lessons of the civil rights movement have influenced and are reflected in “movement songs” of today. Be prepared to sing along and feel the power of the music that breathed the soul of the civil rights movement. This engaging, educational, entertaining and empowering program is particularly excellent for college audiences and can be supplemented with in-class lectures/concerts, Q&A and workshops to address the specific questions and interests of students today. It is also excellent for schools, arts centers, festivals, conferences, libraries, churches and anywhere else people want to experience the power of song.
$501- $1000
Christian, Mike Spirit of the Sixties Music
Musical quartet Grand Folk Railroad brings on the fun with an eclectic/eccentric mix of folk-rock-flavored, flower-powered forgotten favorites, 60’s pop gems, one hit wonders and more. You’ve heard the saying, “If you remember the 60’s, you weren’t there.” Well, we might not remember everything, but we remember the music! Some of the greatest pop songs of all time were written and recorded in the sixties. Artists ranging from the Beatles to the Spiral Staircase flooded the airwaves and record stores with fabulous new sounds, some reaching the heights of fame and others ending up as a footnote on the one-hit-wonder list. Grand Folk Railroad brings back those musical gems and the stories behind them. Your audience will learn about the songs and the artists who made them famous, and will even be invited to sing along on a few of the songs, while we work our way through the decade that changed the world.
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora Earth Day Show Music,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Pollution, Recycling, Global Warming, Rainforests set to music! Watch your patrons perform on stage with Lee as they sing, dance and act in this Interactive Earth Day show. Shows are age appropriate from "Little Red Hen" "Legend of the Indian Paintbrush" "Diary of a Worm", "The Rainforest Grew All Around", "The Lorax" and "Why Are The Ice Caps Melting"! Students will increase confidence levels and self-esteem by performing on stage and stimulate imaginative play using costumes, props and puppets. Some of these exciting and culturally diverse original songs include character building. CD's are sent in advance or mp3 files can be sent through e-mail.
$351- $500
Kelly, Rorie Songs to Start a Fire Magic Circle Workshop Life Skills- Other,
Music
The Songs to Start a Fire “Magic Circle” Workshop brings the participants together in a circle to co-create an atmosphere of safety, healing, and possibility. Today we are faced with constant messages about how to act, feel, and look. The songs and exercises in this workshop put the power back where it belongs: in our own hearts and minds. Inside the circle, participants find the safety and support they need to give voice to their fears and struggles. As we share and sing with the group, we begin to break down the walls of isolation and self-doubt. Through positivity, honesty and raised voices, participants find the compassion to befriend themselves, and the courage to become their own hero.
$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
Russell, Linda The Good Old Colony Days History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Balladeer Linda Russell brings the 18th century vividly to life through music. Broadsides, ballads, love songs and humorous ditties are accompanied by guitar, penny whistle and hammered and mountain dulcimers as she tells the stories of everyday life in early America. Included are such songs as Johnnie's Gone for a Soldier, Soldier, Soldier, Will You Marry Me and George Washington's favorite dance tune! In children's program - there is hands-on interaction. They get to try instruments and join in the harvest rhythm band.
$351- $500
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
Cadley, John and Catherine The Cadleys: New Acoustic, Traditional Roots Music
John and Cathy Cadley are one of the area’s most entertaining and popular duos. Following in the tradition of great male-female duets like Ian & Sylvia and Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, they show how the simplicity of two voices and two acoustic instruments can produce powerful music. Their repertoire draws on the traditional bluegrass of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers, the tight harmonies of the Louvin Brothers, the “new acoustic” sounds of Alison Krauss and Claire Lynch, and John’s own originals, which have been recorded by national bluegrass artists such as Tony Trischka, Jim Hurst, Missy Raines, and Lou Reid, who, with Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs singing harmony, took John’s song, “Time,” to the #1 spot on the national bluegrass charts for three consecutive months. Their live concerts feature everything from traditional mountain ballads and bluegrass classics like “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” and “Blue and Lonesome,” to Alison Krauss’ “The Lucky One,” to the Louvin Brother’s “Cash on the Barrelhead.” For an evening of soulful duet singing and tasty picking on guitar and mandolin, the Cadleys are not to me missed.
$501- $1000
Tranchina, Gabriele A Celebration of seasons in song Music
This program will show how the moods of the different seasons, the circle of the year in connection to life and love, effect the lyric writing and composing of standards. You will hear Johnny Mercer’s “Autumn Leaves” and “The Summer Wind”, the Bernstein/Comden/Green composition “Some Other Spring”, Rogers and Hart’s “Spring is here, Gershwin’s “Summer time” and many more.
$201- $350
Tranchina, Gabriele Tribute to Nat King Cole Music
Come and hear some of the exciting songs that Nat King Cole made famous, like “Naure Boy”. “It’s only a paper moon”, “I got it bad” and many more. We also talk Mr. Cole’s life.
$201- $350
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