Free outdoor music series for families at the Getty Center

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Enjoy the best of children’s music in the great outdoors at the Getty Center’s Garden Concerts for Kids series.  It’s three weekends of kid-tastic, sing-along fun. Make it an afternoon— come early to browse the galleries, wander the gardens, and enjoy a picnic on the grass.  All concert times are 4-5:30 p.m. in the Central Garden. Also, don’t miss the Family Festival on September 12.

Recess Monkeys Photo: Kevin Fry

Recess Monkeys Photo: Kevin Fry

Recess Monkey, August 15 & 16 Find out why this tree-swinging trio of teachers-turned-rockers has kids going ape for their music! Vocalist/guitarist Andrew “Drew” Holloway, drummer/percussionist Daron ”The Dancing Bear” Henry, and bassist/pianist Jack “No Nickname” Forman honed their craft playing for the toughest critics in the biz —kindergartners. Their smooth, upbeat rock-pop sound, evoking The Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Byrds, appeals to kids without driving parents nuts.

The teacherly trio strikes a balance between goofy and cerebral, offering tunes about topics both light (putting on socks) and heavy (dealing with frustration). Expect more fun than a barrel of monkeys at their interactive, sing-along performances.

Trout Fishing in America, August 22 & 23 The acoustic duo Trout Fishing in America possesses the uncanny ability to create a full-bodied ensemble sound using only guitar and bass. Perfectly paired musicians Keith Grimwood (standing 5’1″) and Ezra Idlet (standing 6’9″) blend folk and pop with reggae, Latin, blues, jazz, and classical to tell imaginative and heartfelt stories about the delights and dilemmas of growing up.

Justin Roberts
August 29 & 30 One of the all-stars of the indie family music scene, Justin Roberts and his bandmates — the Not Ready for Naptime Trio-dish out intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. He’s so good, he’s back at the Getty Center for his second encore!

Roberts’ catchy and sophisticated songs, and his ability to play in a wide variety of styles, has earned him comparisons to artists like Paul Simon and Elvis Costello. So get ready to sing along to catchy tunes about bullies, butterflies, brontosauruses, and more!

Getty’s Family Festival Saturday, September 12

Wind up the summer with a Family Festival, complementing the acclaimed exhibition of French bronzes traveling to the Getty from stops at the Louvre and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Enjoy entertainment featuring the chanteuse Jessica Fichot as well as the cosmopolitan sounds of Jean-Paul Monsché. Dive into picturesque folktales and prepare to be awed by the imagination of giant fantastic creatures by Dragon Knight.

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