The Legacy Women will bring to the stage the traditional drum songs of Puerto Rican Bomba and Dominican Palos, with a twist. Dedicating their songs to revolutionary heroes like Mama Tingo, and to the feminine deities of popular folklore like Anaisa, the goddess of Love, or to Catalina, a maroon woman who broke away from slavery in Puerto Rico, their songs and chants will celebrate the energy of courage, power, and transformation that women so often lead in their respective communities. Founded by Manuela Arciniegas.
Three Seattle teachers who rock, Recess Monkey is a pioneer of the kindie movement blending indie-pop with childhood themes. Recess Monkey’s yearly albums are routinely in the top-ten lists of the year’s best. Their latest album “Hot Air” and other recent albums “Wired,”“Deep Sea Diver” and “Desert Island Disc” earned raves from hundreds of journalists. They’re played in high-rotation on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live where bassist Jack Forman also hosts a daily live call-in show, Live From the Monkey House.
Renaissance Youth Center is proud to present the dynamic and talented, Bronx-based Music With A Message (MWAM) Band! MWAM captivates audiences of all ages delivering powerful messages through soulful renditions of classic songs and innovative original compositions that emphasize issues such as gun violence, asthma (“Asthma Can’t Win”), homelessness (“We Need You”), and more lighthearted songs like “Pull Your Pants Up”. Ranging in ages from 6-21, this twenty-five member group is currently hard at work, preparing for their annual Summer Tour, where they are scheduled to perform 50-60 shows between June and early September. Directed by Mr. Bervin Harris, they have performed in over 700 shows and counting. With performances at local parks and community centers as well as larger events at Yankee Stadium, Six Flags, Hershey Park, and Madison Square Garden under their belt, the MWAM Band are conscious-minded youth, with raw talent, which they use to inspire positive changes within their communities.
Double Dutch Dreamz
The Double Dutch Dreamz present Get Your Jump On!, an exciting and fun-filled participatory activity for children and adults of all ages. No experience is necessary. The arc of the rope opens wide to welcome everyone. The highly energetic rope jumping session using single and double ropes also teaches participants the rhythmic chants that accompany jumpers and dance moves to popular music that will definitely move the crowd.