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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
M, Ongisa The Gigi Gumspoon Ubuntu Show! Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Gigi Gumspoon is a performance artist for young children. Her songs are catchy, upbeat, and progressive enough to appeal to grownups! Gigi promotes the African philosophy of “Ubuntu”, a sense of community and humanity. Her songs focus on social/emotional skills, such as sharing, listening to elders, and coping with disappointment. But she also sings about the alphabet, colors, and eating healthy foods. In her shows, Gigi fosters a love of literacy with the help of her puppet Dionte, Baba Anansi the spider, and her grumpy friend, King Meanie. She reads didactic tales from the magic griot book, and encourages the audience to have more “Ubuntu.” Fans of Gigi Gumspoon, called “Gumbabies”, will learn to not only love themselves, but each other. Once they hear and see The Gigi Gumspoon Show, kids of all ages are sure to become Gumbabies, too
$351- $500
Guerrero, Richie World Beat Groove Project Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
The World Beat Groove Project performs original music that blends African, Cuban, Caribbean and Brazilian folkloric rhythms and melodies with flute, saxophone, keyboard and marimba creating a contemporary fusion of styles driven by conga, timbales, djembe and other various ethnic percussion.
$501- $1000
Bram, Lance BAND CAMP / School of ROCK for teens Music
Get ready to Rock! Teens (13-18) will learn how to work together to play music. They will learn about song structure and create an original song together! Students who are unfamiliar with a particular instrument will be encouraged to write lyrics, sing, or play a percussion instrument. However, they are free to experiment with simple chords on acoustic guitar or play simple 4-note song structure on the bass guitar. Instruments will be provided, however, teens can bring their own instruments from home! All are welcome. Maximum of 10 students. May be booked as a one-time program or as a recurring weekly program/ series.
Up to $100
Killion, Paul Senior Moments Music
One singer and his guitar, bringing countless Musical Memories, one song at a time! 'Senior Moments' is a performance of favorite standards from the 20s through the 40s. These classics are sung by Paul (the Acoustic Warrior) and accompanied by his acoustic guitar. From 'Bye Bye Blackbird' to 'Sunny Side of the Street', the program is as up-beat as it is memorable. It's a rare audience that does not sing or hum along with Paul during his performance. For over a decade, Paul has brought this program to hundreds of very appreciative audiences with the most common responses being 'Wonderful job!' and 'When are you coming back?'
Up to $100
Wilson, Judy Domroo Drum Music,
Visual Arts- Crafts
This drum originates in China and is played by rolling the handle between the palms of your hands. Your design, feathers, and beads make it one of a kind. We'll try a drum line!
$201- $350
Linthwaite, Dara Rock the Library with a Teddy Bear's Picnic! Life Skills- Food,
Literature- Other,
Music
Invite the preschoolers of your library to bring their favorite Teddy Bear or other 'lovey' to this musical teddy Bear's Picnic! We'll be learning finger plays about hungry bears, participate with packing healthy pretend foods for a picnic, and rocking the library with songs about this "picnic time for Teddy Bears" as the song lyrics go! All music is live, performed by Miss Dara and the children, never pre-recorded.
$101- $200
String Band, Homegrown Roots of the Dead Music
Jerry Garcia, founder and “spiritual advisor” of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead, was an avid listener and student of American traditional music. He and his bandmates were well versed in 20th century American blues and bluegrass, as well as the folk traditions of the British Isles. Like the Grateful Dead, 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 we will be sharing our original interpretations of some of the traditional and early commercial recordings that were featured in the repertoire of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.
$501- $1000
King, Adam Guitar & Ukulele Workshop Music,
Performing Arts- Other
4 week program for kids, teens or adults to learn the basics of guitar or ukulele. Week 1 is an introduction that covers tuning, holding the instrument and exercises. Week 2, learn progressions and melodies. Week 3, putting it all together to play songs. Week 4, perform with the group or solo.
$101- $200
Messano, Bob Songs for the People: A Red, White, and Blues Tribute Music
America's musical traditions are rooted deep in the lives of its people. Songs give voice to their struggles and power to their stories. Master guitarist and songwriter, Bob Messano, reveals his influences through renditions of classic American tunes and presentation of original compositions. Hear history come alive through the works of Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, and Johnny Cash. Enjoy Bob Messano’s insightful words and music as he links past to present in a concert blending vintage guitars, wailing harmonicas, and lyrics that address contemporary issues. Take part in a community event where music "for the people" is made "by the people".
$501- $1000
Ruch, Dave Songs of New York State History,
Music
Take a musical trip across New York State with songs and stories from various characters and places around the Empire State. You'll learn to sing a song in the Iroquois language, make animal sounds on an old song your grandparents’ grandparents probably sang (not Old McDonald!), laugh at the lyrics of authentic NY State children’s songs and rhymes, hoist the sails together with Dave while singing a Great Lakes chantey, learn of a circus owner who was the first to stick his head in a lion’s mouth, and much more...smiling, laughing, participating and learning as you go! "A great hit with the children and adults" Ruth Cook, Children’s Services, New Hartford Public Library, New Hartford NY
$351- $500
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