19 March 2007

Live, In Concert, It's...

That's him on the right.

(The other dude there is the multi-talented, multi-tasking Liam Davis, who slips a tamborine around one ankle, hums a kazoo, taps a shaker on a djembe drum with one hand, and tinkers the keyboard with the other... and TOTALLY jams while doing it!)

We have been big fans of Justin Roberts for about 7 years now. Imagine music for kids that is also music for parents. Huh?
It's for those who raid the cookie jar, wait for the school bus, spot monsters under the bed, refuse to nap, have an imaginary friend, use a nightlite, build sandcastles, move away from beloved homes and swingsets, and try to get out of doing homework any-which-way-they-can. If you've done it, are doing it, or just got a brilliant idea to try it (Thanks, Justin!), get yourself one of these CDs.

"I just try to write songs for kids that I would want to listen to as an
adult. Something with a good hook and some meaningful, if sometimes
slightly absurd, lyrics," says Roberts. "A good song is a good song."

And when we heard that in 2005 he'd released 2 CDs based on the Bible ("Why Not Sea Monsters?"), we said, "WHAT?!" We had no idea. This was getting better and better.

So naturally, when we found out he was playing in our area, we rounded up our cousins and caught the show. My my, did we have fun! My kids were a little star struck once they actually had a chance to meet Justin and talk with him. But I coaxed them into asking for an autograph, and Justin even kindly signed Anna's cast. (*Family Update* She fell down the stairs last weekend and broke her left arm. Her thumb-sucking hand. But it's getting much better now that Uncle Jason and Justin Roberts have both signed it.)

The mosh pit for pint-sized rockers.
"One little cookie wouldn't spoil my dinner, now would it?"
With Liam Davis

Justin Roberts with kids and cousins

NY, FL, CA, IL, PA... He's making the rounds. Those of you that I've left behind in the Dallas area... he's playing at the Dallas Arboretum (which is awesome in its own right) on July 15th. Plenty of time to tell the grandparents.


Blogger Heather said...

what a fun idea! i'll spread the arboretum news to my friends with kids.

10:42 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Dallas is a little out of driving range for me. Yeah, just a little. But thanks for the heads up!

12:58 PM  
Blogger Kelley said...

Hey, fun stuff. We just went to the Arboretum today--cloudy and cool and just perfect. July 15...not so cool, but just as pretty I'm sure. Thanks for the heads up. So sorry to hear about Anna's boo-boo. No wonder you couldn't send that package sooner...too busy driving to ERs and doctor offices, nursing a 30yr-old one-armed-wonder, and explaining anatomy to the older girls. Or something like that!

4:11 PM  
Blogger Christianne said...

Sounds cool! I have to admit I'm surprised at two young guys like these ones doing the kind of thing they do for kids. Kind of like Blues Clues, but way cooler.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Heather and Kelley, I do not know WHO booked him for July in Dallas at an outdoor venue, but that was a little wack-o. Trust me though, his concert is worth a little sweat and mugginess. :)

L.L., he is coming to NY, ya know.

Christianne, WAAAAAY cooler than Blue's Clues. And I like Blue's Clues.

6:11 PM  

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