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Garden Concerts for Kids 2009
A FREE outdoor music series for families

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, August 15 & 16, 22 & 23, and 29 & 30, 2009
Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Central Garden
Admission: Free; no reservations required.

Enjoy the best of children's music in the great outdoors at Garden Concerts for Kids, offering three weekends of kid-tastic, sing-along fun in the Central Garden. Make it an afternoon—come early to browse the galleries, wander the gardens, and enjoy a picnic on the grass.

Recess Monkey, August 15–16

Trout Fishing in America, August 22–23

Justin Roberts, August 29–30

Recess Monkey on a bicycle

Recess Monkey
August 15 & 16

Find out why this tree-swinging trio of teachers-turned-rockers has the world going ape for their music!

Vocalist/guitarist Andrew "Drew" Holloway, drummer/percussionist Daron "The Dancing Bear" Henry, and bassist/pianist Jack "No Nickname" Forman honed their craft playing for the toughest critics in the biz—kindergartners. Their smooth, upbeat rock-pop sound, evoking the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Byrds, appeals to kids without driving parents nuts.

The teacherly trio strikes a balance between goofy and cerebral, offering tunes about topics both light (putting on socks) and heavy (dealing with frustration). Expect more fun than a barrel of monkeys at their interactive, sing-along performances.

Music Sample
Hear an excerpt from "SL-Double E-P-Over" from Recess Monkey's CD Tabby Road (2008, Monkey Mama).

Recess Monkey with delicious pink cupcakes

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Trout Fishing in America
August 22 & 23

The acoustic duo Trout Fishing in America possesses the uncanny ability to create a full-bodied ensemble sound using only guitar and bass. 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.

Back by popular demand at Garden Concerts for Kids, the charismatic duo engage all ages with their wit and musicianship, creating "music for people who take their fun seriously."

Music Sample
Hear an excerpt from "La La Land" from Trout Fishing in America's CD It's a Puzzle (2004, Trout Records).

Trout Fishing in America with their instruments

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Justin Roberts
August 29 & 30

One of the all-stars of the indie family music scene, Justin Roberts and his bandmates—the Not Ready for Naptime Trio—dish out intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. He's so good, he's back at the Getty Center for his second encore!

Roberts'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. So get ready to sing along to catchy tunes about bullies, butterflies, brontosauruses, and more!

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

Justin Roberts in a baseball uniform

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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.

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See
Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.

More Family Fun!
There's more free fun in store for families at the Getty Center. See Tips for Families for all kid-friendly programs.

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