Childrens Summer Concert Series
In partnership with the Nor-Ton Red Jacket Club, Inc. Camp Spirit will provide a rich musical experience for children at Donald F. Miller Park. Six artists are set to perform during the upcoming summer.
Monday, July 6: Diaspora Drumming
They will teach the children how African and Latin American cultures are indelibly linked through drumming, song, and dance. Their performance follows musical paths from Western Africa to Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Mexico. The performance features a large variety of rhythms played on authentic percussion instruments. Audience members participate in creating rhythms, singing, and dancing.
Monday, July 13: Ismail & Company
Through the use of song and interactive audience games, will teach children about the commonalities between the English, Arabic, and Spanish languages. Designed to foster international brotherhood, students will gain knowledge about English words that have Arabic and Spanish origins and have a better understanding of the cultural fusion that created so many of the words we use today.
Monday, July 20: Ladies First
In a highly interactive performance, will explore not only the history of jazz, but also various forms of this uniquely American musical genre. Children will learn "jazz etiquette," the nature of sets, scat singing, doing fours, and warm-up vocal exercises. In addition, the origins and history of jazz instruments, the variety of sounds produced, and a short discussion of musical careers will round out this exciting show.
Monday, July 27: Doug Yeomans
Doug presents his solo show on both the electric and acoustic guitar, sharing his infectious enthusiasm for the world's most popular instrument. As he points out, the guitar is prominent in a wide range of musical styles, from Rock to Classical, Flamenco to Celtic.
Monday, August 3: Hill Brothers
They will provide a fun filled morning of sing-alongs, humor, and participatory songs. The show invites laughter, clapping and singing along to great old America folk songs.
Monday, August 10: Cindy Hanna
Will hold a fun-filled, interactive dance-along which includes movin' and groovin' to upbeat tempos along with contemporary styles reflective to the audience. Hanna introduces steps anyone can do, and the children participate in every dance during the entire performance.
The cost for the performances has been provided by:
Buffalo Pumps Employee Fund
Tom Latona, President of Buffalo Structural Steel
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.
Members of the Nor-Ton Red Jacket Club, Inc. and their families, as well as Buffalo Pumps Employees and their families, Campers and Staff of Camp Spirit, and members of the public, are invited to attend the performances. There is no cost to the performances, but in order to attend you must register for each concert. Call the Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns the week before each concert, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, at 743-8033.