Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Welcome Back to Fall!

We had such a wet summer, with an earthquake and hurricane Irene thrown in for good measure, that if anything the Urban Meadow's garden flourished a little too much - with vines growing like crazy in the garden.  But the good news is that many of the new plants/shrubs and trees that were planted this spring and last year did very well over the summer - one of the butterfly bushes in particular is in beautiful bloom right now.

We have two more busy months left to the official community garden season - the Urban Meadow will be open every day through September and October and then closed beginning in November, just after the annual Columbia Street Halloween party and parade.

The Meadow will be host to two upcoming concerts - the first presented by the Red Hook Star Revue - an all day musical extravaganza on Sunday, September 18 from 12 noon - 6 PM featuring bands playing rock, blues, country and more - $10 admission includes all the music plus all the hotdogs, soda and pizza you can hold.

And on Saturday, September 24 from Noon to 4:30 PM Tonic Kids presents The Super Sonic Kindie Music Fest featuring Elizabeth Mitchell, Jon Samson, Karen K & the Jitterbugs and The New Raspberry Bandits.  This kid's concert should be a great time, with the music plus food, drum lessons, arts-and-crafts, and facepainting! Tickets available in advance at at the door: $12 adults, $8 kids, $27 family of 3 - in advance/ $15 adults, $10 kids - at the door. Go to http://www.tonickids.com/ for more information and to buy advance tickets and see below for info. on the great performers:

Elizabeth Mitchell
Elizabeth is a Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist who has been recording and performing music for children and families since1998. She has won the Amazon Critic's Award for Best Children's Album of the Year and won the Parents Choice Gold Award. She was recently on The Tonight Show singing duet with Ziggy Marley. An Elizabeth Mitchell performance is a warm, family style hootenanny that engages everyone, parent and kids alike, in a fun, all ages interactive event that is part celebration, part learning adventure.

The New Raspberry Bandits
Virtuoso pianist/guitarist/recording engineer/composer Jamie Saft has been a crucial member of the downtown scene since the early 1990s, both as sideman and as leader of his own ensembles. This children's music debut with luscious vocals performed and written by Vanessa Saft boasts folk roots but covers a lot of ground. Rockin' whippersnappers will love "Big Trucks" and seemingly angelic types will
soon be belting out "Lula".

Karen K & the Jitterbugs
Walk anywhere in stroller-ridden Carroll Gardens area of Brooklyn and you're bound to hear a parent or kid humming one of the catchy tunes from Karen K's debut album, Pancakes for Dinner. A musical theater veteran with gorgeous vocals, Karen began teaching her Brooklyn-based Jitterbugs kids classes in 2008, but recently expanded her classroom to the stage with her funny, relatable and totally singable original songs. Parents and wee ones find themselves bopping along to the rockin’ beat of the album’s title track, “Pancakes for Dinner,” laughing out loud to the theatrical “That’s What I’m Wearing Today” and humming - and sniffling - along to the memorable and moving “Sing Me the Moon (Daddy's Song).” Called “one of the starts of the local kindie scene” by the Brooklyn paper, Karen K & her Jitterbugs have been featured in New York Magazine's Best Of 2011 issue and Time Out NY Kids.

Jon Samson
South African native and local favorite, Jon Samson produces and performs "alternative family music" for kids of all ages and has been featured in Time Out NY Kids and Parenting Magazine. His sold out concert at BAM cafe for the annual BAMkids films festival had both kids and parents singing along to his witty and well composed tunes . His songwriting can be poetic ("Everything is Music to Me") and funny ("Nothing Rhymes with Orange"). As a teaching artist, he collaborated with the founders of the Blue Man Group at the Blue School and as a music therapist, he works with kids on the autism spectrum and kids in general on self esteem and expression.

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