Join in as the Central Garden becomes a stage for three weekends of musical fun this August
Trout Fishing in America, August 12–13
Back by popular demand! In their nearly three decades of performing together, witty guitar-and-bass duo Trout Fishing in America have garnered multiple Parents Choice Gold Awards and American Library Awards. Perfectly paired musicians Keith Grimwood (standing 5'1") and Ezra Idlet (standing 6'9"), blend folk and pop with reggae, Latin, blues, jazz, and classical to tell imaginative and heartfelt stories about the delights and dilemmas of growing up. This charismatic Grammy-nominated duo will engage you and your kids from the first note to the final encore. It's "music for people who take their fun seriously."
Hear an excerpt from "La La Land" from Trout Fishing in America's CD It's a Puzzle (2004, Trout Records).
Go fish! Trout Fishing in America return to the Getty Center on August 12 and 13
Ralph's World, August 19–20
Once you've set foot on Ralph's World, you may never want to leave. Chicago indie rocker Ralph Covert, who's been writing songs since the age of eight, entrances kids and adults alike with his effortless charm and impeccable musicianship on the guitar and mandolin. Covert's high energy and super-melodic approach to children's music have earned him raves from around the country, landed him at Disney Sound, and drawn comparisons to the stylings and charm of Paul McCartney. Sing and dance along with Covert and his band, Ralph's World, as they unleash upbeat but sucrose-free tales of a kid's life starring animals and astronauts, parents and pie slices.
Hear an excerpt from "Me & My Invisible Friend" from Ralph's World's CD Green Gorilla, Monster & Me (2006, Walt Disney Records).
Ralph Covert of Ralph's World combines classic musicianship (here on cereal-box guitar) with kid-friendly storytelling on August 19 and 20 Photo: Peter Thompson
Charity and the JAMband, August 26–27
Boogie to the beat of San Francisco-based Charity and the JAMband, whose mission is to help parents and kids share the joy of being alive through song and dance. Winners of the 2006 Parent's Choice Gold Award, Charity and the JAMband create catchy melodies that blend funk, bluegrass, reggae, hip hop, and surf into rockin' music that melts inhibitions away. Playing everything from flute to piano to electric bass, Charity Kahn and her fellow JAM ("Joy And Music") musicians will wow you with their impressive range, from the funkadelic inventiveness of "Happy Birthday Baby" to the playful rebellion of "We Need Mud."
Hear an excerpt from "Jam Is" from Charity and the JAMband's CD Rock Your Socks Off (2006, MusicMatics).
Frolic in the musical surf with the effervescent Charity Kahn and the JAMband on August 26 and 27
Photo: Erica Jordan