Hot Music Blossoms In The Getty Garden

By Michael Berick

Kids will be energized by Mister G’s music. PHOTO BY KATHERINE JAMIESON

Kids will be energized by Mister G’s music. PHOTO BY KATHERINE JAMIESON

Family music fans will flock to The Getty Center this month for the museum’s free Garden Concerts for Kids. In its sixth year, the summer music series presents another stellar lineup, with each of this year’s trio of acts offering something uniquely educational along with their entertaining music.

Kicking off the series of 4 p.m. shows in The Getty’s Central Garden (1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A.; www.getty.edu) will be Mister G (aka Ben Gundersheimer) Aug. 2 and 3. Mister G opens his dandy new disc, The Bossy E, with the tune “Love To Read” – a hint at the album’s literary theme. This CD follows his popular ABC Fiesta, a bilingual record that nabbed a Latin Grammy nomination. Whatever the language, this former rocker captures kids’ imaginations with catchy songs in a wonderful range of musical styles.

The NYC-based Shine and the Moonbeams will light up the Getty stage Aug. 8 and 9. Singer/songwriter Shawana Kemp and guitarist John Heagle form the foundation of this band, and their illuminating music draws on soul, funk, jazz and blues traditions. Kemp is a powerful singer and has also worked in the New York City school system doing conflict resolution. Her experiences inform tunes such as “Bully Bully” and “High Five.”

Wrapping up the schedule is Alastair Moock, who will perform Aug. 16 and 17. Moock has enjoyed a successful dual career. He’s one of New England’s top folk musicians and an acclaimed family musician. His most recent album, Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids, stands out as a superb CD that contains marvelous music and tackles the serious topic of pediatric cancer in a poignant yet uplifting way. It is no wonder the record garnered a Grammy nomination and was honored as a National Parenting Publications Awards Gold winner.

Michael Berick is Calendar Editor of L.A. Parent.

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