FREE: Kids’ Summer Series @ Barker Park Kicks Off on Thursday

July 6th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s annual Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series kicks off on Thursday morning (July 7) with the roots music ruckus of Ramblin Jug Stompers, who will deliver a fun-for-the-whole-family show sure to keep everyone engaged and entertained.

The free concert series takes place at 11am on Thursdays through the end of August at Barker Park, located at the corner of 3rd and State streets in Troy.

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Here’s the complete schedule for the 2016 Kids’ Summer Series:

THURSDAY (JULY 7)
RAMBLIN JUG STOMPERS
Ramblin Jug Stompers play 78RPM Music for the 21st century. With banjo, mandolin, kazoos, guitar, washboard and – of course – a jug, NYS’s premier jug band fuses the ragtime sounds of the 1920s with the bluegrass edge of the ’40s; mines the manic energy of ’60s folk revival acts; and adds a contemporary comic sensibility all its own. It’s funky American string band music!

JULY 14
ANDY THE MUSIC MAN
Andy “The Music Man” Morse is a popular children’s musician renowned for the special way he connects with his audiences. A talented guitarist, mandolin player and songwriter, Andy mingles traditional and original songs and novelty, delighting and involving kids through sing-a-longs, dancing, play-acting and storytelling.

JULY 21
THE PUPPET PEOPLE
Join the Puppet People and “Dig into Reading” to solve the mystery of Book Island and help the hero save the day! Go on a quest, dig for buried treasure – this “Shovel Full of Fun” has loads of audience participation!

JULY 28
DOG ON FLEAS
Led by Grammy Award-winner Dean Jones, Dog on Fleas have a simple mission: to expose kids to a wide variety of musical styles, and real, inspired group playing, with songs that promote empathy, understanding and creativity.

AUGUST 4
SETH & THE MOODY MELIX
Borrowing from a wonderfully diverse mix of musical styles, this toe-tapping trio – featuring guitarist Seth Warden, fiddler Doug Moody and percussion Brian Melick – plays lyrically rich music for kids that parents can appreciate, too.

AUGUST 11
HEARD
Heard – featuring pianist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, clarinetist Jonathan Greene, bassist Bobby Kendall and percussionists Brian Melick and Zorkie Nelson – plays captivating world music that will put a smile on your face and get you up and dancing!

AUGUST 18
THE ARTS CENTER OF THE CAPITAL REGION
Fruity Art – Come join The Arts Center and fruit up the trees in Barker Park! You’ll have hands-on fun making creative fruit sculptures, and then hanging them in the trees for all to wonder at.

AUGUST 25
MOVEMENT STORY HOUR WITH THE ELLEN SINOPOLI DANCE COMPANY
Appropriate for children, toddler to age eight, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company’s workshops are designed to nurture the creative potential of each child. An array of fun-filled visual and verbal tools are given to assist children in finding innovative shapes and imaginative ways to move.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FREE EVENTS FOR 2016
*VARIOUS DATES
NEW YORK STATE SUMMER WRITERS INSTITUTE READINGS @ Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 8pm various days from July 4-29
RIVERLINK CONCERTS @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam, various days from June 18-August 27
FREEDOM PARK CONCERT SERIES @ Freedom Park, Scotia, various days from June 22-August 27
KIDS DAY @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 9
SCHENECTADY COUNTY SUMMERNIGHT @ State & Jay streets, Schenectady, Friday, July 15
ART ON LARK @ Lark Street, Albany, July 16 UPDATE: postponed from June 5, this is the new date…
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @
Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 6
NYS FOOD FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 10
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18
*MONDAYS
TOWN OF ROTTERDAM SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ the Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center lawn, Rotterdam, 7pm Mondays from June 6-August 29
*TUESDAYS
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack, 6pm Tuesdays from June 7-July 5
CLARK ART SUMMER CONCERTS @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, 6pm Tuesdays from July 5-26
COOK PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Frank A. Leak Amphitheater for the Arts in Cook Park, Colonie, 6:30pm Tuesdays from June 14-August 30
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK @ Brunswick Community Center lawn, Troy, 6:30pm Tuesdays from June 28-August 30
SARATOGA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Tuesdays from August 9-30
ALTAMONT FREE LIBRARY’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Orsini Park, Altamont, 7pm Tuesdays from July 5-August 9
STONY CREEK MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Stony Creek Town Park, Stony Creek, 7pm Tuesdays from July 5-August 30
*WEDNESDAYS
MADE IN THE SHADE OF THE EGG @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 12noon Wednesdays from June 1-August 31
CAPITAL CONCERT SERIES @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 5pm Wednesdays from June 15-July 20
ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER @ Riverfront Park, Troy, 5pm Wednesdays from June 15-August 3
RENSSELAER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer, 6pm Wednesdays from June 22-August 10
SUMMER MUSIC SERIES @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush, 7pm Wednesdays from June 20-July 20
LAKE GEORGE ARTS PROJECT’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 7:30pm Wednesdays from July 6-August 31
*THURSDAYS
JAZZ ON JAY @ Jay Street, Schenectady, 12noon Thursdays from June 2-September 1
ALIVE AT FIVE @ Tricentennial Park, Albany, 5pm Thursdays from June 9-August 4
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa, 6pm Thursdays from June 23-August 25
SUMMER’S EVE CONCERT SERIES @ the Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, Melrose, 6:30pm Thursdays from June 30-August 25
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill, 7pm Thursdays from June 23-September 1
NISKAYUNA TOWN HALL CONCERTS @ Niskyauna Town Hall Gazebo, Niskayuna, 7pm Thursdays from June 2-July 28
JAMMIN’ AT GPAC @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland, 7:30pm Thursdays from June 23-August 11
*FRIDAYS
FRIDAYS AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 4pm Fridays from June 24-September 2
ROCK THE BLOCK @ Canal Square, Cohoes, 6pm Thursdays from July 8-August 26
UPBEAT ON THE ROOF @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Fridays from July 1-August 26
ATHENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Riverfront Park, Athens, 7pm Fridays from June 17-August 26
MUSIC AT SUNSET CONCERT SERIES @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson, 7pm Fridays from May 27-August 26
*SUNDAYS
MUSIC HAVEN @ Central Park, Schenectady, 7pm Sundays from July 10-August 14
SARATOGA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Sundays from July 3-24