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Last Year's Mainstage Performers

Little Groove 11am: Little Groove — Music Education for Children

Children will play real instruments such as drums, shakers, and tambourines while they dance, sing, and groove to songs about playtime, sleeptime, trains and planes, rainbows, pigs, monkeys, butterflies, ducks, and dogs. Little Groove performs fun and educational music for children that adults will also enjoy. Children will enjoy being a part of the musical experience, using their bodies and voices to sing along to catchy songs that help them build important motor and social skills. It is going to be a really great show and we hope to see you there! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in the musical experience with their children.
Ben Rudnick 12pm: Ben Rudnick & Friends
benrudnick.com

Enjoy the hippest family music around. With countless awards to their credit, including 7 Parent’s Choice awards and Independent Music Awards Peoples Choice for Best Children’s Music Album, their adventurous, high-energy blend of happy, upbeat acoustic music is guaranteed to entertain the entire family. Bending musical styles from country to bluegrass, rock to second-line New Orleans, their original songs and fun takes on familiar tunes make you sing, make you dance and make you happy. Join the fun!
Karen K. 1pm: BUG OUT!
jitterbugsnyc.com

With Karen K & the Jitterbugs, playing retro-rock for the whole family! Karen K has built a steady following up and down the east coast with her high-energy shows and clever, genre-swirling, and totally catchy tunes. Their inaugural album Pancakes for Dinner, and brand new Big Ol’ Truck have made Karen K & her Jitterbugs favorites among kids and adults. (You didn’t hear it from us, but plenty of moms and dads admit to listening to Karen K even when the kids aren’t around…)
 
Called "the Kiddie Queen" by the Brooklyn Paper, Karen K & her Jitterbugs have been a top pick in New York Magazine, Time Out Kids, Mommy Poppins, and Boston.com. Karen was recently featured on CBS This Morning with her Jitterbugs music classes, offered throughout NYC and in Greater-Boston.

Karen, her daughter Becca and husband John live in Arlington, MA.
ITM 2pm: ITM: In the Mak'n Step Squad and Dance Troop

Lynn based team’s consisting of 40 plus youth and young adolescence that engage in showcasing and competitive hip hop dance competitions. ITM is known for tight transitions, street hip-hop and high impact performances.  

This year ITM performed for the Celtics Halftime, Showcased at the Wang Center for Express Yourself and performed at Harvard Univ. Convention.  ITM is a positive place for youth working strongly with the Lynn YMCA and collaborating with local organizations to better local youth.
Middlesex County 4H Fife and Drum Corps 2:30pm: Middlesex County 4H Fife and Drum Corps
4hfifeanddrum.org

The MC4HF&D) was founded in 1972 in order to pass on New England’s fife and drum tradition to young musicians. The group’s repertoire consists of fife and drum music dating from the American colonial period through the 19th century, as well as more modern tunes written in the ancient music style. The youth-led Corps, made up of 31 musicians ages 8 to 18, performs in parades and at historical commemorations throughout New England and the east coast. They have performed at Boston’s First Night festivities, in Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, and are the honor corps at the annual Patriot’s Day ceremonies in Concord. In July, 2004, MC4HF&D was featured at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. In January 2007, the Corps performed at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. Proud to carry a part of America’s early musical heritage into the 21st century, the Corps embodies Youthful Patriotism, as reflected in its motto: Remembering Our History, and Playing It Loud.
 
Alastair Moock 3pm: Alastair Moock
moockmusic.com

"A Cow Says Moock" is Alastair Moock’s sixth album and first specifically for kids and families. The album, inspired by the birth of his twin daughters, is clearly a departure for Moock, but longtime fans will not be surprised by this new direction. Alastair has been working with and performing for kids for manyyears between stints on the road. The songs on "A Cow" blend tradition, tenderness, and inspired silliness. There is a distinct arc to the album — building up and releasing steam as it moves along, and finally giving way to a sweet slumber at the end.

Last Year's Roving Performers

Magician Matias Magician Matias

Magician Matias is the Top MA Magician, elected the Best 2012 Magician. With more than 15 years of experience and more than 200 shows per year, he knows how to leave his audience amazed.
Shawn Mullins Shawn Mullins
Magician


Fun and casual close-up entertainment. This is the amazing magic of Shawn Mullins. From all over the East Coast, Shawn has been charming thousands with his magic that is not only creative but breathtaking.
Darren Yong Darren Yong
Master Magician


Darren Yong started magic at the age of 13 after being inspired by a few magic specials on television. His love of magic really expanded after his first trip to Las Vegas where he saw a handful of inspiring magic shows. Back home, when he should have been studying for exams and doing homework — he was at the library learning and practicing his newly discovered craft.

Darren focuses his talents in close up magic, a form of performance that is done right before your eyes. No smoke, no special effects, glitter, mirrors, lengthy story lines, or boxes. 
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