December 3, 2019

Juicebox Offers Free Family Performance Series at the Chicago Cultural Center and Garfield Park Conservatory through May 2020

Mary May    mary.may@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0576

Amanda Guse    amanda.guse@cityofchicago.org, 312.742.8931

 

The popular free Juicebox will entertain and educate young children and their families with a schedule of music, dance and performances at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Garfield Park Conservatory. The series continues this winter and spring through May 2020.

With its engaging performances in a kid-friendly setting, the free-admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the “stroller set” and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and otherwise interact with performers.

The winter program will continue on the first and third Friday of each month at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and following Saturday of each month at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) through May. All performances take place from 11 to 11:45am. For more information, visit chicago.gov/juicebox.

 

Juicebox Winter and Spring 2019 Schedule

Schedule Subject to Change

Wendy & DB

Friday, December 6, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, December 7, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Wendy & DB are a dynamic duo from Chicago who encourage the curiosity and imagination that flourish naturally in children. With positive lyrics honoring inclusion and compassion, the award-winning duo’s melodic, interactive and contagious songs delight all, from newborn to one hundred and two!

 

Future Hits

Friday, December 20, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, December 21, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Future Hits is an “educational rock powerhouse” whose songs build important language skills while cultivating children’s love for learning. Each song is tailored to develop literacy, increase English language fluency and highlight social emotional learning concepts in a fun, engaging way.

 

Duke Otherwise

Friday, January 3, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, January 4, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

With his guitar, tap shoes and distinct baritone, Duke Otherwise performs a hilarious, charming and interactive musical program for all ages.  From Madison, Wisconsin, he sings hilarious and imaginative songs that bust with clever wordplay and fun ideas relatable to both kids and adults.

 

Suzi Shelton

Friday, January 17, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, January 18, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Award-winning New York City singer/songwriter Suzi Shelton is no stranger to the independent family music scene, having performed for over 15 years at venues including Madison Square Kids, Symphony Space and the Lincoln Square Tree Lighting Ceremony. She will sing selections from her newest release Hand in Hand which features socially-conscious songs about spreading hope and love mixed with whimsical ladybugs, raindrops and colorful fish.

 

Funkadesi

Friday, February 7, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, February 8, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Chicago-based Funkadesi blends Indian music (bhangra, Bollywood, folk) with reggae, funk and Afro-Caribbean sounds for a “one-family” vibe. The festive, virtuoso experience brings communities together while wowing crowds with danceable grooves.

 

Deep Fried Pickle Project

Friday, February 21, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, February 22, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Deep Fried Pickle Project is an award-winning jug band that plays unique homemade instruments, crafted from found objects, junk, misfit toys…in other words – everything AND the kitchen sink. The rafter-shaking ruckus hauls a knapsack of stories and songs that echo back and forth from the 1920s to the 2090s.

 

Porchlight Music Theatre

Friday, March 6, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, March 7, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Chicago’s musical theatre center for almost 25 years, Porchlight Music Theatre will guide kids through a famous musical told storybook style. Participants will learn music, sing, dance and even help the performers bring the story to life.

 

Atomic Sharks

Friday, March 20, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, March 21, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Atomic Sharks bring a sublime slice of island life for the whole family. The Indiana-based duo of Kris Hensler and Kenny Taylor currently play their laid back fusion of reggae, surf and Hawaiian ukulele on The Music Minute airing on PBS stations nationwide.

 

Kolaam Dance Company

Friday, April 3, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, April 4, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

From the heart of West Africa comes live a drumming, call and response singing, heart lifting, beat making and earth-moving learning experience like no other. Kolaam, meaning “heritage” in the Serer language, is a group of teaching artists led by Senegalese artist Idy Ciss.

 

Lindsay & Alisa

Friday, April 17, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, April 18, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Alisa Rosenthal and Lindsay Weinberg bring high energy and pretty harmonies to a zippy mix of original songs and familiar favorites. The fast friends, who met each other at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, now share their dynamic and theatrical celebration of music making and friendship with families across Chicago.

 

Golden Horse Ranch Band

Friday, May 1, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, May 2, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Swing your partner with the Golden Horse Ranch Band as they play a raucous set of square dances, polkas, waltzes, contra and swing in the tradition of an old time barn dance. Third generation caller Annie Coleman will teach you and your kids in no time how to swing like thunder and dip the oyster.

 

Cielito Lindo

Friday, May 15, 11–11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, May 16, 11–11:45am

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

The nine-member Lucero family makes up Cielito Lindo, performing traditional music of Mexico with a fresh look and youthful energy. Currently featured on Nickelodeon’s America’s Most Musical Family, the fourth generation musicians are passionate about inspiring families to enjoy music, culture and creativity together.

 

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About Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events:

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

 

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