Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bilingual Rock, Podcasters, a Drumcussionist & More at Strathmore’s Backyard Theater for Children

Moona Luna performs at Strathmore, July 7th

From our friends at Strathmore...

Strathmore's Backyard Theater for Children

Strathmore answers "What to do with the kids this summer?" with fun, interactive concerts

Parents scrambling to keep their little ones engaged, amused, and occupied this summer, fear not - Strathmore has the answer with its local family-favorite Backyard Theater for Children concert series. Beginning on Thursday, July 7, 2016 with bilingual rock band Moona Luna, Backyard Theater provides quality, educational, and, most importantly, fun entertainment for parents and kids alike under its tented Backyard Theater Stage every Thursday in July. Nationally-acclaimed trio of teachers Recess Monkey brings its blend of beloved “kindie rock” to Strathmore all the way from Seattle, where the band has been praised by TIME, USA Today, People and more for its irresistibly appealing ’60s aesthetic. With crashes, bangs, and booms, affable “drumcussionist” Uncle Devin shows kids the world of percussion instruments in an interactive concert that inspires young minds with the wonders of music. Families have been eating up the catchy songs and anecdotes of quirky podcasters Andrew & Polly, so they’ve taken their show on the road with Ear Snacks Live, sunny tunes and witty lyrics with feel-good vibes, as well as covers of pop classics. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit ww.strathmore.org.

Tickets are $8 for parents and children, and free for kids 2 years and under. Performances are at Strathmore’s Backyard Theater Stage, adjacent to the historic Mansion at Strathmore. Picnic blankets and low beach chairs are welcome. Parking is provided in the Mansion lot on a space-available basis. Enter at 10701 Rockville Pike.

Events in the Strathmore Backyard Theater series are:

Thursday, July 7, 2016 
9:30 AM & 11:30 AM

Led by Sandra Velasquez, this bilingual band features Spanish and English lyrics over irresistible pop melodies. Moona Luna made its debut in 2011 with a Latin-inspired, accordion-driven record called Piñata Party. The group’s new album, P A N O R A M A, chronicles a family bus trip through South America, incorporating Latin rhythms with music of the African Diaspora. The band is sharing its latest auditory adventure with families across the country, with the New York Daily News praising Moona Luna for providing, “the missing soundtrack for bilingual/bicultural kids.”

Thursday, July 14, 2016
9:30 AM & 11:30 AM

Recess Monkey is the acclaimed “kindie” trio from Seattle composed of three elementary school teachers who love to entertain. The band is known for its high energy, cross-generational concerts and prolific album output, having released 12 full-length albums. Time Out New York recently named them the #3 Kindie band in America. Recess Monkey bassist/vocalist Jack Forman can be heard on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live where his daily kid call-in show, Live From the Monkey House, blends kid-centric ideas, hysterical daily themes, and catchy music for the whole family.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
9:30 AM & 11:30 AM

“Drumcussionist” Uncle Devin creates a highly interactive musical experience that inspires young minds with a world of percussion instruments. Uncle Devin teaches his young audience about the history of percussion, explaining why it is the easiest, oldest, and most diverse form of musical creativity. The resulting performance is like a cross between Fat Albert and Schoolhouse Rock! filled with positive and inspiring messages. In addition to being a Parents’ Choice Presentation Award-winning musician, Devin is also the author of children's book The ABC's of Percussion, which was a 2015 National Parenting Publication Awards bronze winner.

Thursday, July 28, 2016
9:30 AM & 11:30 AM

This award-winning Los Angeles duo makes delightful, clever music for kids with an easy indie-folk vibe complete with witty lyrics and super catchy melodies. With a mix of originals and classic covers like The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” the concert is a guaranteed sing-along. Parts of this show will be recorded live for a future episode of Andrew & Polly’s popular podcast, Ear Snacks. The duo’s album Odds & Ends received a Parents’ Choice Award, and performers Andrew & Polly are recipients of the ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award.

Backyard Theater for Children
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2016
9:30 AM & 11:30 AM

Tickets $8 for kids and parents, FREE for ages 2 and under

Mansion at Strathmore (Backyard Theater Stage) 
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Additional information is available at www.strathmore.org or (301) 581-5100.

About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The organization’s hallmark is the Music Center at Strathmore, with a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. Its core campus also includes the historic Mansion at Strathmore, which features an intimate Music Room and art galleries. Most recently, Strathmore opened AMP, a 250-seat cabaret-style venue located just up Rockville Pike from the core campus in the burgeoning Pike District of Montgomery County. Strathmore’s signature education, mission-driven programs include the Strathmore Student Concerts, the Artist in Residence and Strathmore Summer Intensive programs, and its Spring Break @ Strathmore camp.