June 19--ArtsQuest's celebration of Latino culture, ¡Sabor! offers music for kids when bilingual singer/songwriter Mister G presents a free concert at 11 a.m. Saturday at Town Square at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.
Mister G is Ben Gundersheimer, a former indie rocker who was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music, and become a family musician and teaching artist.
The son of children's book author and illustrator Karen Gundersheimer, Mister G developed a love of reading early and traces his origins as a bilingual songwriter to middle-school Spanish class.
"ABC Fiesta," his third bilingual CD, was released in 2013 and is world beat-inspired. The CD celebrates reading in both Spanish and English. His other bilingual CDs are "Chocolalala" and "Bugs." His newest CD "The Bossy E" focuses on literacy and is in English.
The concert is part of the Peas & Q's free weekly series of family entertainment at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.
Upcoming shows includes Ernie and Neal, rockers who encourage kids to dance, sing and act out songs in genres ranging from reggae to bluegrass, June 28; Ed McDade, who performs works that tell the stories of America combining pieces from American songwriters with a slide presentation, July 5, and Rolie Polie Guacamole, Brooklyn-based band created by Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin, who perform folk-rock songs, July 12. Info: artsquest.org/family, 610-332-1300
'Gruff!' at Muhlenberg
Loosely based on the fable "Three Billy Goats Gruff," the world premiere of "Gruff!" combines Muppet-like puppets, wacky improvisation, original music and a little bit of magic.
The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre children's show running through July 26 was created by Doppelskope, a New York City theater group made up of Christopher Sheer, a 2007 graduate of Muhlenberg College, and Brooklyn artist Ora Fruchter.
In "Gruff!" a young goat named Gruff lives in a garbage-filled junkyard with the other goats until she ventures off one day and discovers a bridge guarded by a troll that leads to a beautiful, unspoiled natural world.
The show features original folk-pop musical written by Toby Singer, a New York City songwriter. The songs include "What's Ours is Yours," "Game of the World," "Nothing Can Stop Us," "Trip, Trop, Trio" and more. The performers recently recorded an original cast recording that will be available for sale at the shows.
At the show, kids also are invited to dance, help make sound effects and give advice to the characters when they have to make decisions. After the show, the cast will meet children to sign autographs and pose for photos.
It is appropriate for ages 4 and up.
Shows are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays, and 10 a.m. Saturdays at Muhlenberg College'sStudio Theatre. Tickets are $10, June shows, and $12, July shows. Info: 484-664-3693, http://www.muhlenberg.edu/SMT.
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