Justin Roberts Makes Us Jump For Joy – Children’s Grammy Nominee Concert

February 12, 2011

Mishy, me, and Justin Roberts.

Mishy, Babba and I had the absolute pleasure of being part of the audience at the Children’s Grammy Nominee Concert at The Mint in Los Angeles. We had never been to The  Mint before and we didn’t know what to expect. We parked on a side street and arrived early only to have our dear daughter terribly thirsty so we went into the local CVS drugstore where we found her favorite protein shake. They had no straws so Babba went to the local 7-11 and asked for a straw while Mishy asked for her protein shake with a straw and all I could tell her was that she really wanted a straw and was thirsty and it was on the way while I said hello to some friends.

At the door, Grammy nominee, Judy Pancoast greeted everyone as they entered by asking the children their names and wondering if they were ready to dance. Mishy was ready to dance and so was I. I love to dance, to move my head, and feel the music. Dancing to me is re-living my late teens and early 20’s when I was so carefree. Life right now isn’t so bad either though sometimes I do miss those carefree days when I could go in a car, or bus, or train, or plane and visit friends on a moments notice.

Mishy jumping on the dance area.

The Mint was smaller than what I had expected and I was a bit worried there wouldn’t be enough room to dance – even though there was a small section of the front taped off for children to dance. But what about having room for the parents? I love to dance with Mishy and have her lead. I love watching her shake her head and jump up and down and sway and twist her body. I love being her support as she balances on one leg as she moves to the beat. All of my worries and concerns melted away once the music began and how great the music was!

Enjoying listening to the Battersby Duo

To start the show were The Battersby Duo. The Battersby Duo are considered a “National Treasure,” by Senator Bob Graham of Florida. They bring an incredibly relaxed, silly, and fun presence to the stage which made me feel yes, it was worth rushing my daughter out the door this morning to drive 20 minutes to a concert that lasts for an hour. This feeling continued as Bill Harley came on stage and told us a hilarious story about a boy waiting for his father to go fishing. The children and adults were in stitches. This man has a way with words and no wonder, he’s been called, “The Mark Twain of contemporary children’s music, by Entertainment Weekly. Continuing the show was Oran Etkin performing on his clarinet  his song, Unique Monique, with performers from the Grammy Nominated CD – Health Food For Thought. Oran Etkin is an incredibly charismatic performer whom I will be posting more about. (Mishy and I have had the pleasure of taking group classes with him while he’s in Los Angeles.)

Rounding off the performances was Judy Pancoast whose saucy blend of Mother Goose Nursery rhymes had the audience screaming in delight. And finally, there was Justin Roberts and his band, Not Ready For the Nap Time Players – who simply rock! I played Justin Roberts to Mishy when she was 4 months old. She wasn’t ready for his comical and kid perspective rock and roll. Now, she loves them and so do I. Since we go on a lot of car trips, I am incredibly thankful for this because though she doesn’t let me sing, “Momma, don’t sing!” I can sing inside my head while we drive to all our adventures. Thank you, Justin Roberts for existing and devoting your career to letting parents still enjoy rock and roll while their children do too! (Justin Roberts told me he will be headed back to Los Angeles in April for the Los Angeles Times Book Fair. Yeah!)

All net proceeds from the concert benefited  Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation(http://www.mhopus.org).

The family with Oran Etkin - after the concert

(Full disclosure: we were given one complimentary ticket for the concert. We paid for two others.)

Details:

Judy Pancoast

http://www.judypancoast.com/

The Battersby Duo

http://www.battersbyduo.com/

Bill Harley

http://www.billharley.com/

Oran Etkin

http://www.oranetkin.com/

Justin Roberts

http://www.justinroberts.org/

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5 Responses to “Justin Roberts Makes Us Jump For Joy – Children’s Grammy Nominee Concert”

  1. Beth BC Says:

    What a great roundup of a super -fun day, MJ. Thanks so much for coming out, and I’m glad you and the family had a good time. Thanks for MAKING the time!

  2. Cathy Fink Says:

    Thanks for the lovely coverage and so glad you enjoyed the concert! I was happy to support this year’s children’s music/spoken word nominees.
    Cathy Fink (and Marcy Marxer)
    Children’s Music GRAMMY winner


  3. So glad you made it the The Mint last saturday.We all had a fun and fab time.. Thanks for your blog and helping to draw attention to Children’s music. Your review was wonderful.Please e mail us and we’d be delighted to send you a signed copy of our Sunny Days CD.
    It’d be our pleasure.
    Best
    Tim and Laura
    The BatDuo
    batduo@bellsouth.net


  4. A grand time was had by all! I’m so glad you both came ready to dance!! And thank you so much for the wonderful coverage of the event.
    Hope to see you again sometime….and keep dancing!
    Judy


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