This month, the Getty Center’s Central Garden will fill with music on the weekends for Garden Concerts for Kids, a free outdoor music series for kids and their families featuring some of the best children’s musical artists from across the nation.
The series kicks off this weekend, August 4 and 5, with Jazzy Ash and her band the Leaping Lizards. Her songs celebrate the magic of movement, with a lot of sugar and sass thrown in, New Orleans-style. Her latest album, Swing Set features gypsy jazz, zydeco, swing, blues, and Dixieland to encourage kids and families to celebrate the music of New Orleans as part of the American folk music heritage.
Moona Luna arrives to the Getty on August 11 and 12 with its accordion-driven, Latin inspired sound. Songwriter and bandleader Sandra Velasquez found inspiration in American pop hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s and crafted Spanish and English lyrics for each song, staying true to her bilingual mission. Moona Luna has performed all over the country – from the National Mall in Washington D.C. to Madison Square Park in New York City. Its third album, Panorama, celebrates its Latin roots and branches out to broader musical influences from the African diaspora. Consisting of ten upbeat songs that chronicle a family’s bus adventure through South America, the album won a Parent’s Choice Award.
Three-time Grammy nominee Justin Roberts and his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players will close this summer’s series on August 18 and 19. For nearly 20 years, Justin has been creating the soundtrack to families’ lives, crafting songs that navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up. With his band, he dishes out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.
All concerts will start at 4:00 pm. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a delightful afternoon at the Getty.
Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, reduced to $10 after 3 p.m. The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California. Additional information is available at http://www.getty.edu.