The Getty Center
Garden Concerts for Kids


Garden Concerts for Kids is a free outdoor music series for kids and their families in the Getty Center's Central Garden featuring some of the best children's musical artists from across the nation.

Please feel free to bring a picnic blanket, but lawn chairs are not allowed.

Next in the series

 

Mister G

Date: Saturday, August 2 and
Sunday, August 3
Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m.

Called a "kid-friendly, bilingual rock star" by The Washington Post, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a leading figure in the children's music world. His fifth album, a literacy-themed CD entitled The Bossy E, was released in June. ABC Fiesta, his 2013 CD, was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Children's Album, and his 2012 bilingual release, Chocolalala, won a Parents' Choice Gold Award. Mister G performs at theaters, festivals and museums around the U.S. and Latin America, and he was recently named one of the "Best Live Acts for Kids and Families." A former indie rocker, he toured internationally performing for grown-ups before earning a Master's of Education and becoming a full-time family musician. Mister G's albums have been included in best-of-the-year lists by People, Parents, Education.com, and The Washington Post.

"With captivating Latin rhythms and melodies, the songs appeal to parents as much as their children." — Los Angeles Times

Watch the video of "Cocodrilo" from ABC Fiesta (2013, CD Baby):




 

Shine and the Moonbeams

Date: Saturday, August 9 and
Sunday, August 10
Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m.

Shine and the Moonbeams exploded on to the family music scene in 2011, bringing a brand new R&B sound to the genre and introducing the sounds of classic funk, soul, blues, and jazz music to enthusiastic children. They are singer-songwriter Shawana Kemp and guitarist John Heagle, two New York musicians who have performed in varied genres from Musical Theatre to the circus. They combine their unique perspectives to create a soulful musical extravaganza that captures the sweetness, uncertainty, and simplicity of youth. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2013 to much acclaim and excitement. With infectious rhythms, catchy melodies, and positively empowering lyrical themes stemming from Kemp's experiences as a schoolteacher and mother, their songs encourage kids to celebrate life and get up and dance!

Music Sample
Hear an excerpt of "High Five" from Shine and the Moonbeams' self-titled album (2013, CD Baby).


 

Alastair Moock

Date: Saturday, August 16 and
Sunday, August 17
Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m.

Long one of Boston's premier folk artists, Alastair Moock turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin daughters in 2006. The Boston Globe calls him "a Tom Waits for your tots" and Time Out New York calls him "a musical descendant of Woody Guthrie who refreshes the classic brand of acoustic folk with a zany sense of humor." Moock's newest album, Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids, is nearest and dearest to his heart. The project began when one of Alastair's daughter's was diagnosed with leukemia and they started writing songs together in the hospital that reflected their family's experiences. Moock decided he wanted to record an album for other families traveling similar paths and released Singing Our Way Through in July, 2013. Since then, more than 2,000 albums have been distributed to hospitals, cancer organizations and patient's families around the country. Moock is a Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner, three-time NAPPA Gold Award Winner, and a 2014 Grammy Nominee for Best Children's Album. Alastair Moock and Friends' live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin' and dancin' fun for the whole family!

Watch the video of "When I Get Bald" from Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids (2013, CD Baby):




Most recently in the series

Elizabeth Mitchell
August 17 and 18, 2013
Elizabeth Mitchell is firmly in the vanguard of modern American folk artists with her gorgeous vocals and spare arrangements. Joined by her extended family onstage, Mitchell brings new energy to a surprising range of songs from familiar favorites like Woody Guthrie, Van Morrison, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, among others, to obscure gems in Old English and Japanese.

Recess Monkey
August 10 and 11, 2013
Recess Monkey, the unstoppable trio of elementary-school teachers from Seattle, are one of the most prolific and eclectic kindie-bands out there. With apt comparisons to the Beatles, their infectious hooks and catchy melodies make for irresistible sing-alongs. They returned to Garden Concerts for Kids with brand new songs from their latest circus-inspired release, In Tents, a fantastical celebration of popcorn, Tilt-a-Whirls, human cannonballs, dancing bears, and more.

Okee Dokee Brothers
August 3 and 4, 2013
A 30-day canoe trip down the Mississippi inspired the Okee Dokee Brothers to write their Grammy-winning album, Can You Canoe? Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing put their passion for the great outdoors into every note of their signature blend of bluegrass and rock. Backed by a rollicking band on fiddle, cajon and upright bass, their Getty debut marked the beginning of an all-star season of Garden Concerts for Kids.

Bill Harley
August 18 and 19, 2012
Two-time Grammy Award–winner and "troubadour extraordinaire" (according to Parents' Choice) Bill Harley is a prolific author and recording artist. Using song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, school, and family life, Bill's work spans the generation gap with collections such as Monsters in the Bathroom, 50 Ways to Fool Your Mother, and Dad Threw the TV Out the Window, to name a few.

Randy Kaplan with David Tobocman and Friends
August 11 and 12, 2012
Randy Kaplan fingerpicked and strummed his way through American roots and delta blues with the ease of an inner tube floating down a lazy river. Parenting magazine says, "One of the most exciting newcomers to kids' music since Dan Zanes." Talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Tobocman and his band joined Randy onstage to share some "Very Helpful Songs" to make a feel-good family music jam.

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
August 4 and 5, 2012
The Getty Center was the only place to see kindie rock star Justin Roberts in Los Angeles this year! Roberts, who has climbed all the way to the top of the kids' music scene, returned to the Getty with tunes from his latest Grammy Award-nominated album, Jungle Gym.

Frances England
August 20 and 21, 2011
Singer-guitarist Frances England sings about bicycles, ladybugs, and Jacques Cousteau on her Parent's Choice Gold Award-winning album, Mind Of My Own. With warm, indie-folk melodies and alt-rock rhythms, England's incredibly creative and slightly off-beat take on family life has inspired a world of fans since her 2007 breakout album, Fascinating Creatures.

Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
August 13 and 14, 2011
Grammy nominated, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could is a rollicking back-porch rock 'n' roll band with a feel-good R & B foundation. This music had families up and dancing and smiling from ear to ear! They "might just be the best-sounding band in children's music," according to National Public Radio.

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
August 6 and 7, 2011
One of the brightest new artists on the kids' music scene is local gem Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. This Silver Lake trio was named the best new kids' artist of 2010 by USA Today. Their fresh rockabilly, retro tunes, and indie goodness opened the 2011 Garden Concerts for Kids series, with songs from their album, Oh Lucky Day!

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family
August 21 and 22, 2010
Sarah Lee Guthrie brought charm and heart to her alt-country music for children and families. Accompanied by her husband Johnny Irion and kids, Guthrie continued the song-making tradition forged by her grandfather Woody and father Arlo, presenting thoughtful, playful music inspired by folk traditions, as well as bright new compositions.

Elizabeth Mitchell and Family
August 14 and 15, 2010
Sharing "handmade" songs from their upcoming album, Sunny Day, Elizabeth Mitchell, her husband Daniel Littleton and their nine-year-old daughter Storey reminded us of the joy to be found in the simplest moments of everyday life. Breathtaking vocals, fresh new arrangements and harmonica solos by Storey made for a magical weekend. Plus, the audience picked up a copy of Sunny Day before its October release!

Milkshake
August 7 and 8, 2010
Milkshake is a band on a mission: to create great rock music for kids. Led by alt-pop and rock veterans Lisa Mathews and Mikel Gehl, Milkshake's lively attitude and lyrically lighthearted songs have won fans of all ages and got audiences dancing with their authentic rock-and-roll spirit.

Recess Monkey
August 15 and 16, 2009
Striking a balance between goofy and cerebral, Recess Monkey performed fun tunes about the many topics of a child's day, from putting on your socks to the troubles with homework.

Trout Fishing in America
August 22 and 23, 2009
The four-time Grammy nominated duo Trout Fishing in America harbors the uncanny ability to create a full-bodied ensemble sound, using only guitar and bass. The long-standing musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet brought their infectious mix of folk/pop and family music to the Garden Concerts for Kids series.

Justin Roberts
August 29 and 30, 2009
As one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene, Justin Roberts and his bandmates—The Not Ready for Naptime Trio—dished out intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.


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