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Garden Concerts for Kids 2007

Dates: August 11–12, 18–19, and 25–26, 2007
Time: 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Central Garden
Admission: Free; no reservations required.

Things get a little wild this summer as Garden Concerts for Kids returns for three weekends of rockin' tunes for fidgety feet.

To help celebrate the amazingly life-like animal portraits currently on view in the exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie, the Getty is bringing some of the nation's best children's music artists to the Getty's Central Garden to perform songs about their favorite animals.

Come early to browse the galleries, wander the gardens, and enjoy a picnic on the grass.

It's all FREE—just bring sunscreen and lots of imagination. And please, don't feed the rhino.

Farmer Jason and the Barnstormers, August 11–12

Justin Roberts, August 18–19

Tom Chapin and Friends, August 25–26

Tom Chapin and Friends

Farmer Jason and the Barnstormers,
August 11–12

Singer-songwriter Jason Ringenberg is proof you can take the boy out of the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the boy. Ringenberg pioneered the fusion of punk and country with his band Jason and the Scorchers in the mid-80s, but he recently earned a whole new generation of fans with his alter ego Farmer Jason. With a musical style that ranges from high energy punk to rock-a-billy country, Farmer Jason and his band, the Barnstormers, draw sell-out crowds from Osh Kosh to Oslo with infectious tunes like "He's a Moose on the Loose," "Ode to a Toad," and "Punk Rock Skunk." Don't miss their music that has been called "catchy, clever, funny, musically interesting, and definitely danceworthy."

Music Sample
Hear an excerpt from "Ode to a Toad" from Farmer Jason's CD Rockin' in the Forest (2006, Courageous Chicken Music).

Farmer Jason

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Justin Roberts, August 18–19

Back by popular demand! He may be a favorite of the sippy-cup set, but look behind the kiddie mosh pit at any Justin Roberts concert and you'll find plenty of adults singing right along. With songs about bullies, dinosaurs, and losing teeth, Justin's music naturally connects with kids. But it's his indelible pop hooks that keeps kids and their parents coming back for more. Justin's catchy and sophisticated songs and his ability to play in a wide variety of styles has earned him comparisons to artists like Paul Simon and Elvis Costello. Listen to "Our Imaginary Rhino," "Koala Bear Diner," or "Hey Hippopotomus" and you'll see why this four-time Parent's Choice Gold Award-winner has been called "a rising star in the world of children's music."

Music Sample
Hear an excerpt from from "Our Imaginary Rhino" from Justin Robert's CD Meltdown! (2006, Carpet Square Records).

Justin Roberts

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Tom Chapin and Friends, August 25–26

Tom Chapin has entertained, amused, and enlightened audiences of all ages for more than 30 years. His recordings aimed at 4- to 11-year-olds and their families have garnered awards from the American Library Association, Parent's Choice, and the New York Music Awards. His latest family recording, Some Assembly Required (2005), was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Musical Album for Children category. His accomplished musicianship, skillful songwriting, and personal warmth shine through whether he's performing in a concert hall or a coffeehouse. With songs like "Billy the Squid," "Sing a Whale Song," and "Puppy at the Pound" in his oeuvre, you'll quickly discover why he's been dubbed "the Pied Piper of children's music."

Music Sample
Hear an excerpt from "Billy the Squid" from Tom Chapin's CD Billy the Squid (1992, Gadfly Records).

Tom Chapin and Friends

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Picnics are welcome at Garden Concerts for Kids. Please make sure that your coolers or containers are no larger than 11 x 17 x 8 inches.

Blankets are permitted only on the lawns of the Central Garden. Please do not bring your own chairs.

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