The Kids are alright
Summer concerts announced
This summer is going to be rocking! The Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) is excited to announce that its popular The Kids Are Alright (TKAA) family friendly, local music series will take place every Friday in July, 10:30 - 11:30 am at the Deering Oaks Park bandstand. The events are FREE and open to the public!
The series is presented by MAMM in partnership with Friends of Deering Oaks and the Portland Public Library with sponsorship from Aura, Maine Life Real Estate Co, and Maine Red Claws.
TKAA aims to present a wide variety of genres and styles of local music with accessible programming to the community. For the past year, the series has been running for free at the Portland Public Library with big turnouts and has hosted some of Portland’s favorite local acts, like Samuel James and Maine Marimba Ensemble. The Friends of Deering Oaks provided the opportunity to move the series outside for the summer.
In addition to live performances by some of the area’s top talent, each event will feature an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and learn what it’s like to be a musician in Maine.
- July 7 – Jason Spooner Band
- July 14 – Forget, Forget
- July 21 – The Gina Alibrio Band
- July 27 – Micromasse
Each featured act will be followed by Maine Academy of Modern Music student ensembles.
“We’ve seen that The Kids Are Alright really serves a need for quality, diverse music programming for families and young children in the area by the response to these concerts” says Emilia Dahlin, host and coordinator of the series (and mother of a toddler).
ABOUT LAST SEASON:
MAMM's The Kids Are Alright is a family friendly local music series aimed at encouraging children's involvement in the musical arts. For the 2016/2017 season, MAMM partnered with the Portland Public Library to present the series in the beautiful Rines Auditorium at the main branch at Monument Square.
Thanks to a generous grant from the b.good Family Foundation MAMM was able to present this entire concert series for FREE!
In addition to live performances by some of the area's top talent, each event featured a “Get-To-Know-Your-Local-Musician” component that allowed parents and children a chance to ask the performer(s) questions about what it is like to be a musician in Maine. Likewise, MAMM hosted an “Instrument Petting Zoo” so that everyone had a chance to try out some of the instruments that they saw being used on stage during the performance that day.