Monday, March 1, 2010

Music To Their Energetic Ears

by Epiphany

This was a snowy week, second for the month. The kids, restless  and bored with the snow already, were on top of one another. With all this pent up energy abound, my friend (Leeli) and I desparately sought out an indoor activity outside our home.

We had missed most of the Purim parties in the neighborhood and all the other play spaces required a reservation. But low and behold Leeli remembered a children's concert to benefit Haitian Relief at the South Oxford Space.

Delighted to get out and about, the kids were dressed faster than we could buy tickets. We ventured by train instead of bus since those antsy pantsies could not wait another minute to get grooving. When we arrived the place was just filling up and the band was doing a sound check. Slated for this gig was Tres Leche and Audra Rox. While waiting for the concert to start East Indian sounds permeated the room, setting a calming tone, so much so that I thought Claude Challe had retired and gone off to be a yogi. By the time the first band came up the kids were ready. They went from coloring pictures or chasing each other around the free space to dancing and jumping and yelling. Absolute madness to a degree, especially having to watch out for the little little ones but fun none the less.

Tres Leches - The sirens or songbirds as their cd art aptly implies, were simply divine. Their secret - harmonizing and recreating old favorites as well as introducing songs you couldn't help humming and singing along to. Their smooth style sounded like an infusion of world beats and exotic chants. The drums got into your blood. My son was mesmerized and my daugther was so impressed with them that during the break she offered up her wheat thins as a snack. An absolute delight to watch.

Audra Rox - Unless you have children you may not have heard of this band, but if you do have kids then you have probably seen them on Noggin in a music video called "I hope my Momma says Yes!" They rocked the house, inviting the kids and parents to be a part of the show. Encouraging their love of music, of singing and of all the instruments they could dream up in their minds. The music flowed through us at ligthening speed and moved us from our seats. The band were so easy going (like big kids) to the point that the children felt like it was their show and they sang and danced and ran and jumped. My daugther hugged Audra and ran away so happy she cried. The meltdown began.

Rocking the afternoon away in Brooklyn; the energy of the bands, the families and all those kids was definitely a Sunday ride to remember.

A happy parent,

Check out the links and pick up a CD or two - you will be as impressed as we were.