Friday, August 28, 2009

Underhill Playground

We had a really wonderful show at the Underhill Playground on Sunday that was set up by a member of the Friends of Underhill Playground who have a monthly get-together for families in the neighborhood.

Maybe because we were actually just invited and because there was a great turn out, it felt more like an actual show and that we were an actual real group performing. Seeing a few people who already had our CD or had been at other shows and liked our music also gave us a little boost.


Yeah! Lots of families out on Sunday morning!

I began the show by saying "I'm Fati and this is Charles." Oops. I was kind of tired. But I think the kid who really got into wearing a hat and ran around showing everyone snapped me out of it and we had a great show afterwards.

Entralled with Teo

Why doesn't that rabbit eat carrots?!!?


We are REALLY trying to sell that it'll just be a little while until Mama will come pick you up at school.

Just kind of like this picture...

We had a great time hanging out for awhile after the show talking to parents and kids. I think the playground show is probably the best for us. The kids play and watch us, there's always lots of families around, and afterwards you can just continue doing what you usually do as a parent. Nice.

We then headed to New Jersey to spend the entire day at the most incredible public pool I've ever been to. It was a full but very nice day.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bushwick!

We had our first show in Bushwick at the Maria Hernandez Park at the Greenmarket that's there on Saturdays. I totally outsmarted myself by trying to avoid some construction that my GPS was heading me towards. We were low on gas, we had to let Kylen out to pee, and took forever thanks to my great navigating but we made it!

When we arrived we found that there was already a gathering of families with kids right in the spot where I thought we could do our show. Between their storytelling and songs, we managed to ask if we could be the follow-up act to all the activities they were doing. They thought that was okay so we sat down and enjoyed La Oruga Muy Hambrienta, Tu mama es una llama, and The Wheels on the Bus. Chloe was happy because she got a couple stickers.

When it was our turn to go on, it seemed like everyone joined in for the hat dance, A Guardar, and all the other songs. It's so nice getting feedback from kids and parents. A simple smile always gives me a boost when I'm looking around at the faces of people watching us (or not). And there were a lot of smiles and support from just about everyone there.

What a nice group!

El Baile del Sombrero!

Kids are trying to all fit in our suitcase

I look very serious about doing it SOLO SOLO SOLO

I got Chloe to give out our new El Baile del Sombrero cards to people. She did an amazing job and came back for more and gave all those out. She did a much better job than I would do! She has no fear about going up to people and handing them a card!

I also gave our Soy Muy Independiente stickers but of course didn't really expect there to be so many kids there. I felt pretty bad when we didn't have enough for everybody and it got a little hectic when kids started grabbing for them. Lesson learned.

Although we were a little stressed and tired getting to the show, but both Fati and I get a real charge when we're dancing around and acting silly. When there's kids there, it's always worth it!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Surprise Show in the Park!

Another Saturday at Coco Roco and another beautiful day. Where were the kids? Apparently they were outside. So we took our show on the road.

After being sufficiently prodded by Fati, we decided that instead of just letting the kids run around at the playground, that we'd actually do our show. We ended up with a very nice audience with many passers-by, young and old, stopping by for at least a few minutes to smile and enjoy the scene.

Stella getting down


SOLO SOLO SOLO!

Everyone sleeping with the fleas.

I guess Kylen is proving he can pull up his pants SOLO SOLO SOLO!

Once again, Kylen proved to be our most stalwart fan. He came up close, did the dances and even went to sleep with me after La Pulga.

video

We had a great time and then returned to Coco Roco with friends to have a delicious dinner.

Friday, August 7, 2009

New Song in the Show on Saturday!

We're looking forward to another show at Coco Roco and we're particularly excited because we've added Mama Me Lleva a la Escuela to the show. We worked out some dance steps with Kylen last night. He seemed to approve, especially the big finale where I pick up Fati!

We'll see how it goes over on Saturday.