Madison Square Park Kicks Off Free Kids Concert Series

By Heather Holland on June 5, 2013 2:03pm 

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 Madison Square Park Conservancy released this year's line-up for its annual Kids Concert series.
Madison Square Park's Free Kids Concert Series
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FLATIRON — Madison Square Park’s annual, two-month-long kids concert series will take off next week, beginning with a performance by PBS Kids’ popular co-host Steve Songs.

Starting June 11, the park’s oval will host free concerts on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for families, with a variety of energetic performances that encourage children to learn, dance and have fun.

“We…try to present an eclectic mix of artists so one morning, the kids are listening to a kindie band, while the next morning they’re hearing soul or jazz,” said Ashley Vitha, Madison Square Park Conservancy’s director of programs.

This year’s lineup includes returning favorites like the children’s rock musician Audra Rox on June 13, and new artists including Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.

The season begins with a performance by Songs, offering music that focuses on educational topics, including friendship, diversity and the environment.

On June 27, KBC Kids will bring family-friendly hip-hop music to the oval, and on Aug. 8, the series will feature its first soul band, called the Shine and the Moonbeams.

After each concert, kids can participate in free afternoon art projects that will be held in the park’s Moira Ann Smith Playground.

Performances will be held, rain or shine, inside the park’s oval every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. through Aug. 8, and each concert runs an hour long.

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