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Tuesday, May 1

Justin Roberts & The Secret World of Arrietty

The Music Hall Presents
KidsRULE! Live:

Justin Roberts

and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
Sunday, May 20, 2012 3pm

More info/Buy Tickets
Fun for Kids All Weekend Long
KidsRULE! Movie:

The Secret World of Arrietty

Saturday, May 19, 2012 4pm

More Info/Buy Tickets
Justin Roberts, “one of the crown jewels of modern children’s songwriting,” according to Time Out NY Kids, comes to The Music Hall on Sunday, May 20th during a fun-filled kids’ weekend at the Historic Theater. With numerous national awards and recognition and a devoted fan base, Justin Roberts and his band dish out intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.

According to Chris Curtis, Programming Coordinator at The Music Hall, “My three-year-old daughter and I may argue about who is the bigger Justin Roberts fan, but when his music begins to play in our house, the arguments cease and the whole family starts dancing and singing.”

Justin Roberts is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. His latest Grammy nominated CD Jungle Gym ascends through the collective memories of childhood: from the joys of trick or treating and gym class parachutes and sleepovers to the magic stillness of snow days. The recording takes listeners on a journey through iconic experiences that kids will relate to and parents will remember. It’s an often funny and rocking ride: from magic moments sailing on a moonlit cardboard box, through the temporary trauma of getting lost, to the anticipation and wonder of a school fire drill. Giant pounding drums, vintage electric guitars, strange and fanciful time changes, soaring vocals and elegant French horns conquer the heights of the jungle gym.

Once again, Justin Roberts raises the bar for family music with a playground full of bright new songs for parents and kids to enjoy together. Whether you’re playing the familiar game Duck Duck Goose (“We Go Duck”) in a new way or saying a wistful goodbye to your trusty bed as you leave for “Sleepoverland,” Jungle Gym provides a memorable soundtrack for the way families live today.

Praise for Justin Roberts

“One of the crown jewels of modern children’s songwriting, Roberts constructs perfect pop songs wrapped in the nuance of childhood experience. Whether he’s singing about Grandma’s cookies (“From Scratch”), welcoming a new baby into the family (“Cartwheels and Somersaults”) or anxiously waiting by the radio to hear your school-district number called (“Snow Day”), the Chicago native stands out with expert musicianship, lush melodies, and lyrics inspired by real-life experiences.” – Time Out NY Kids

“He gets into the entire spectrum of the kids’ experience” – Bill Childs, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child

“At first I was embarrassed to realize that I was listening to this stuff even when I was alone in the car. But then I noticed all the other adults at a concert sing-shouting every word.” – The New York Times

“Hands down the best songwriter in the genre.” — USA Today

Also Playing for Kids Weekend

The Music Hall’s KidsRULE! Movies brings The Secret World of Arrietty to the Historic Theater on Saturday, May 19th 4pm. Arrietty, a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old human boy Shawn (David Henrie) discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms.

“This gorgeous little movie is sure to be beloved by your little people, who may discover what it means to find a magical beauty in the things we can’t altogether see.” – Washington Post

G, 94 mins, Jap, 2012

Series Sponsors

Seacoast Media Group
107.1 WERZ

Evening Sponsors

Comfort Inn
Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

Season Sponsor 

River House Restaurant

To purchase tickets

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will appear at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 3pm. Tickets are $19 and $14 and can be purchased at The Music Hall box office at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by phone at 603-436-2400, or online at www.themusichall.org.

About The Music Hall

The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus—one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner. Acclaimed signature series bring top authors and artists to both stages, while HD broadcasts and independent film fill both screens. This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $6.3 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending. The Music Hall is 501c3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board.  Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 business supporters and 40 community partners. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.
“the beating cultural heart of New Hampshire’s seacoast” – Boston Globe

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