HIP HOP, WORLD MUSIC AND JAZZ AT JUICEBOX THIS WINTER AND SPRING
Performers at the FREE series include The Q Brothers, Alma Afrobeat Ensemble and Trio Mokili
The popular Juicebox family music and performance series hosted by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will once again entertain and eduate young children and their families this Winter and Spring at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) beginning Friday, January 15, 2016, at 11 a.m.
With its engaging music, dance and theater performances in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the “stroller set” and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and otherwise interact with performers.
Except where otherwise noted, the series is scheduled for 11–11:45 a.m. on the first and third Friday and Saturday of each month with Friday at the Chicago Cultural Center and Saturday at the Garfield Park Conservatory through May. Below is the complete list of dates, times, locations and performing talent for the 2016 Winter/Spring Juicebox series.
Juicebox Winter/Spring 2016 Schedule
Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies
Friday, January 15, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Saturday, January 16, Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall
Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies have a talent for getting kids and parents to sing, dance and jam together for the ultimate in quality time. Performances include sing-along original songs and interactive instrument playing with kids taking part as full-fledged musicians.
Sénéké West African Percussion Ensemble
Friday, February 5, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Saturday, February 6, Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall
The Sénéké West African Percussion Ensemble is a group of committed artists who skillfully teach and perform traditional forms of West African music, song and dance. Sénéké is a Malinke word meaning "Cultivation." Their mission is to educate as well as entertain audiences about the rare beauty and soulful artistry of traditional West African cultures.
Friday, February 19, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Saturday, February 20, Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall
Trio Mokili performs jazz interpretations of classic African dance music including Ethiojazz, Nigerian Afrobeat, desert blues, rock and more. Guitarist and band leader Nathaniel Braddock will be joined by his bandmate in the Occidental Brothers, Makaya McCraven, on drums and Jeremiah Hunt on bass.
Barrel of Monkeys
Friday, March 4, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Saturday, March 5, Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall
Barrel of Monkeys (BoM) is an arts-education and theater ensemble based in Chicago
that works in under-served Chicago Public Schools. BoM consists of actors, musicians and teaching-artists that run in-school residency writing workshops, an after-school program and original public performances based on stories written by their students.
The Q Brothers
Friday, March 18, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Saturday, March 19, Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall
GQ and JQ, also known as the Q Brothers, are musicians, actors, writers, educators and DJs who rap with kids and rewrite Shakespeare plays into hip hop musicals. They also conduct hip hop workshops for children of all ages and have worked at Connecticut College, Lehigh University, Lollapalooza Music Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, the Latin School of Chicago and in London and throughout Australia.
Friday, April 1, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Saturday, April 2, Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall
The Dreamtree Shakers live show offers a journey that engages kids with music and creative movement. Their original songs will introduce characters in ways that tell a story and welcomes the audience to join in the show in various ways, by singing along, moving their bodies and using their imaginations.
Jugo de Mango
Friday, April 15, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Saturday, April 16, Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall
Jugo De Mango’s dynamic performances offers audiences a world music blend of traditional and modern cumbia, reggae and rock rhythms to bring an energetic dance set to Juicebox. With influences ranging from Americana and Latin to Caribbean and Afro Cuban, the band takes pride in defying genre and creating memories with good music. Tatsu Aoki's Tsukasa Taiko Ensemble
Friday, May 6, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Saturday, May 7, Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall
Tatsu Aoki’s Tuskas Taiko Ensemble will present a family-friendly performance that features various combinations of Taiko drummers delivering rhythms and beats to a dance led by the spectacular sound and artistry of their Japanese folkloric percussion instruments. Tsukasa Taiko is the largest multigenerational ensemble in the U.S. performing in traditional and contemporary Taiko drumming.
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble
Friday, May 20, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Saturday, May 21, Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble (AAbE) performances are an interactive Afrobeat experience for children of all ages. Taking advantage of the international components of Alma Afrobeat Ensemble that included Nigeria, Italy, Canary Islands and Madrid, the group from Barcelona will present a show with multilingual chants, interactive percussion for the audience, dancing and more! Juicebox bonus, kids will learn short phrases in Yoruba, Spanish, Italian and English, as well as receive shakers to play and take home with them!
Juicebox is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Admission is FREE. For more information on FREE arts programming presented year-round at the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org and cityofchicago.org/dcase, call 312.744.3316 or join the conversation on Facebook (Chicago Cultural Center, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) and on Twitter and Instagram, @ChiCulturCenter @ChicagoDCASE (#Juicebox).
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural asses to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.