TROY, NEW YORK The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corporation, in cooperation the City of Troy and The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, announces free summer fun for children with the Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series! Last summer we handed out pirate hats and had many buccaneers join us. This year, we’re handing out bunny ears and asking everyone to hop on over to Barker Park to join the fun! Every Thursday at 11 AM, starting July 6 through August 24, a new performer or activity will be presented in the park, located on the corner of 3rd and State Streets in downtown Troy.
The complete schedule:
July 6 – Ramblin Jug Stompers
Ramblin Jug Stompers have been kickin’ up a vintage American roots-rockin’ ruckus for more than a decade and they’re still stompin’ strong. Conjuring up the ghosts of early legends like Gus Cannon and Charlie Poole, mixing in the best of the 60’s folk revival with some seasoning from the current Americana movement, Ramblin Jug Stompers have melded these influences with their own contemporary spin and wry sense of humor. The quartet – Cousin Clyde, Bowtie, Mister Eck and Wild Bill – traces their roots directly to membership in the legendary Star Spangled Washboard Band and early MTV pioneers Blotto, echoing those bands’ unique combination of hot-wired musicianship and quick wit.
July 13 – Andy The Music Man
Andy “The Music Man” Morse is a popular children’s musician renowned for the special way he connects with his audiences. A talented guitarist, mandolin player and songwriter, Andy mingles traditional and original songs and novelty, delighting and involving kids through sing-a-longs, dancing, play-acting and storytelling.
July 20 – Movement Story Hour with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
Appropriate for children, toddler to age eight, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company’s workshops are designed to nurture the creative potential of each child. The stories are drawn from the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company’s extensive collection of children’s books and are led by its Artistic Director, Ellen Sinopoli. An array of fun filled visual and verbal tools are given to assist children in finding innovative shapes and imaginative ways to move.
July 27 – Seth & The Moody Melix
Borrowing from a wonderfully diverse mix of musical styles, this toe-tapping trio plays lyrically rich music for kids that parents can appreciate, too. With guitar (Seth Warden), fiddle (Doug Moody) and percussion (Brian Melick), along with sweet harmony vocals, their songs impart good values and educational tidbits in a fresh upbeat organic style.
August 3 – Heard
Heard is Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, composer/pianist, Jonathan Greene, woodwinds, Bobby Kendall, bass, Brian Melick, drums/percussion, and Zorkie Nelson on drums/percussion/vocal. Heard’s energizing world music will put a smile on your face and get you up and dancing! The group will present an all-ages interactive show with percussion instruments for kids to check out and learn some rhythms!
August 10 – Troy Public Library
The Troy Public Library will host a Story Hour with a visit from a very special reader, a Fairy Queen! Join us when Queen Mab from the Enchanted City comes to Barker Park to reads us stories. Appropriate for children ages 4 to 10 years of age, and the wearing of fairy wings are encouraged!
August 17 – The Arts Center of the Capital Region: Twirling Sculpture Installation
Join The Arts Center of the Capital Region for a fun-filled interactive art making workshop. Participants will work collaboratively to create and hang unique twirling sculptures in the park for all your friends and families to enjoy!
August 24 – Amazing Kids’ Circus
Come one, come all to the Amazing Kids’ Circus, an interactive performance that engages the imagination! The Ringmaster provides the setting and costumes that transform children and adults into circus stars. Join us and you might transform into an elephant, a tightrope walker, a human cannonball and more, delighting and entertaining people of all ages!
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has hosted performances by legions of world-renowned artists, from legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Stern, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Vladimir Horowitz, to the best on today’s contemporary music scene, including Joshua Bell, Andrew Bird, Steve Martin, Lyle Lovett, and John Prine and many others.