Barker Park: Andy the Music Man
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corporation announces free summer fun for children with the Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series! Last summer we celebrated our Super Heroes theme with events featuring the Troy Fire Department and Troy Police Department. This year we are launching into space to explore everything from music to crafts! Every Thursday at 11 AM, starting July 11 through August 29, a new performer or activity will be presented in Barker Park, located on the corner of 3rd and State Streets in downtown Troy.
“Our Barker Park Kids’ Series is a favorite among our youngest patrons,” said Jon Elbaum, Executive Director of the Music Hall. “This year our theme is Space!, so we hope to see lots of kids who are ready for an out of this world adventure.”
The Hall is also partnering with a local charity group, Troy Street Soldiers. Every Thursday night in Barker Park, they share a free meal for anyone in need, and distribute food, household goods, and clothing. The Hall will be requesting and collecting donations of children’s books, clothing, and food to help assist their program.
The complete schedule:
July 11 – Space Carnival!
Join us for an out-of-this world Space Carnival! Make a UFO at our craft station, dance to our space themed playlist, and snap a picture in our photo booth, complete with planet and star props. Face painting, games, books, and so much more - join us for this exciting kick-off to the series!
July 18 – 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 25 – Watch Reggie Run
Formed in 2017 by Dave Graham and his son Luke who has autism, WATCH REGGIE RUN, is named after how they spend most of their time when not making music (watching Luke’s sister Rory, whose nickname is Reggie, run in Track and XC meets). The father/son duo shares a love of music and has found it to be a great way of connecting despite Luke’s limited communication skills. Music can be a very powerful way of breaking down any barriers. They released their 2nd album ‘To The Bakery’ in April 2019 which is chock-full of anthemic, kids themed earworms and put on an energetic, interactive show that will leave you with a smile on your face!
August 1 – Heard
Heard is Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, keys/vocals, Jonathan Green, woodwinds, Bobby Kendall, bass, Brian Melick, drums, and Zorkie Nelson on drums/vocal. Featuring influences from West Africa, Brazil and beyond, Heard’s energizing world music will put a smile on your face and get you up and dancing! For this special family show, Heard presents an all-ages interactive performance with percussion instruments for kids to check out and learn some rhythms!
August 8 – Troy Public Library
The Troy Public Library will host a Story Hour with a space theme! Appropriate for children ages 4 to 10 years of age, and the wearing of all space gear is encouraged!
August 15 – 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.
August 22 – Seth & the Moodmelix
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 29 – Jordan Taylor Hill
Jordan Taylor Hill is an Afrobeat percussionist. Dance along to his unique beats as another Barker Park Series comes to a close!
All performances are rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved across the street into Saint Paul’s Guild House. This family friendly series is sponsored by Albany Medical Center. For more information about this series, please contact the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 518-273-0038 or visit us online at www.troymusichall.org.