NOTICE: DUE TO THE WEATHER, OUR JULY 6TH PERFORMANCE AT DEERING OAKS PARK
HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE CHILDREN'S ROOM AT THE PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY.
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 Machias Savings Bank and the 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.
7/6 - Jake Hoffman's Folk Trio - Banjo, fiddle, percussion and voice come together for an upbeat sound with old American roots...MOVED TO THE PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, CHILDREN'S ROOM
7/13 - Viva and the Reinforcements - Jazz with an afro-cuban influence, fronted by powerhouse Viva.
7/20 - Sorcha & Jo with Kafari - Prolific songwriter, Sorcha Cribben-Merril and cellist, Jo Sorrell will be joined with bones player, Karafi.
7/27 - Rob Duquette - Rob incorporates world music genres and infuses important lessons about kindness, empathy, and environmental responsibility. He's got a few songs that are just plain silly too...
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 2016/2018 season, MAMM partnered with the Portland Public Library to present the FREE series in the beautiful Rines Auditorium at the main branch at Monument Square.
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.