Thursday, July 7, 2011

Musical Notes: Music industry news and releases for children and teens

‘PlayingGuitar’ by Petr Kratochvil

In this issue of “Musical Notes”, we feature the sixteenth and newest release from Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals, and a full compliment of upcoming live music performances that begin this evening and nicely fill up the week in locations that span coast-to-coast.


Debbie and Friends in a FREE Full Band Concert

Thursday, July 7, 2011 ·
6:30 p.m. to - 9:30 p.m.
Saltonstall Park
149 Main Street
Watertown, Massachusetts


“Last year, the event brought rain, downed power lines, and even a blackout... but still the show went on! What a fun experience that was! This year, I’m counting on good weather and a fun outdoor show. However, if the rain comes, we’ll be at the Watertown Library, 123 Main Street. And if the power happens to go out again, we’ll find a way to make the show will still go on!

Pack a picnic dinner and come out to join us!!!

Sponsored by the
Watertown Family Network”

Friday, July 8, 2011
10:30 a.m.
Brower Park
St. Mark’s Avenue, Park Place, Between Brooklyn Avenue and Kensington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York - Directions to this location

FREE event organized by the City Parks Foundation


Piñata Party, Moona Luna’s 2011 release of bouncy, Latin-inspired, bilingual music offers chunks of delicious ear candy to engage and satisfy all ages.”

Mister G in Concert Celebrating the Release of His New CD “Bugs”

Sunday July 10, 2011
4:00 p.m.
Regent Theatre
7 Medford Street
Arlington, Massachusetts
Tickets: General Admission
$10-Adults/ $8- Kids and seniors

A Mister G concert is an unforgettable experience. His energetic, highly interactive live stage show features his catchy, original songs like “Sneaky Chihuahua,” “Lost Your Teeth,” “Don’t Waste Stuff,” and “Pizza for Breakfast.” The brand new CD BUGS showcases Mister G’s command of a dizzying array of musical styles, including rock, ska, bossa nova, zydeco and bluegrass. A favorite with parents as well as kids, Mister G encourages the whole family to sing and dance along with his witty lyrics and infectious melodies.

Mister G is Ben Gundersheimer, a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/producer who spent 20 years as a rock frontman and solo artist before transitioning to making family music. The first student to garner a songwriting scholarship to Berklee College of Music, he won 10 ASCAP awards and toured internationally before going back to school to earn a Masters degree in elementary education.

As a teaching artist, Mister G brings his innovative educational programs to schools, museums and performing arts centers. As a performing artist, Mister G has appeared with Dan Zanes and other kindie stars including Lunch Money, Brady Rymer and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. Since his 2009 release Pizza for Breakfast, Mister G has written dozens of new songs, 13 of which make their debut on BUGS.”

To purchase tickets or for further information follow this link to the Regent Theatre website.

Madison Square Kids Concerts Presents

Courtesy of Madison Square Park Conservancy

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Madison Square Park on the Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park), Manhattan
(Directions to this location)


“Madison Square Park Conservancy is thrilled to present its 9th season of Mad. Sq. Kids, a series of free outdoor performances for children and their families, which takes place rain or shine in the Park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. June 14 to August 11.” Organized by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.”
For further information contact: (212) 538-1629 or email:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
5:30 p.m.
Descanso Gardens
Pasadena, California

Aaron Nigel Smith will bring an evening of reggae-inspired tunes to Descanso on Tuesday, July 12.

Smith is an award-winning recording artist and contributor to the Emmy-winning PBS children’s show “Between the Lions.” He collaborated with Ziggy Marley on “B Is For Bob,” a children’s album of Bob Marley tunes. His most recent release, “Everyone Loves to Dance,” received Parent's Choice and NAPPA Awards.”

Free with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $3 children 5-12, free for children 4 and younger. No reciprocal gardens admissions.

For further information, please follow this link to the Descanso Gardens website.



You and the child in your life probably know him from his entertaining music videos that are a regular staple on the Nick Jr. channel, or from his highly acclaimed Music for Aardvarks classes that are offered throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, and now Brooklyn-based indie music artist, David Weinstone has released his sixteenth Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals CD, All I Want!  

An exhilarating mix of musical song styles and songs, All I want! has something for everyone. This 41 minute album, perfect for kids 0-8 (and their parents and caregivers will like it too) features excellent performance values, lyrics that reach straight to children, rich instrumentation and music that spans the genres of blues/rock/pop and folk.

You can sound sample all 19 tracks of All I Want!, through CD Baby, where the full album is available in CD format, or through for MP3 downloads. 

Be sure to check out Weinstone’s entertaining website, where you can keep up with this multi-faceted artist and if you’re not familiar with his entertaining videos, take a look below.

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