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Grammy Nominated recording artist Justin Roberts to give free community concert

September 15, 2018 3:00 pm @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Maple Grove Children’s Ministry is proud to present nationally known children’s singer, Justin Roberts, in concert on September 15 at 4 p.m. The concert will be held at Maple Grove Church, 7 W. Henderson Road. The concert is free and will go on rain or shine. Doors open and family activities begin at 3 p.m.
Two-time GRAMMY Nominated Justin Roberts is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. For nearly 20 years, Roberts has been creating the soundtrack to families’ lives, helping kids navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up and parents remember their own childhoods. Along with his band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players, they have travelled the globe, from Hong Kong to New York, and Miami to Seattle.
Lemonade is Justin’s 13th album for families and it contains 12 new original songs. It’s the musical equivalent of an impromptu Lemonade stand popping up in the summer heat. Featuring dynamic performances by Chicago superstars Robbie Fulks on lead acoustic guitar and banjo, Gerald Dowd on cardboard boxes, paint cans, salt shakers, and other homemade percussion, and John Abbey on upright bass, Lemonade is like no other Justin Roberts recording. The sparse sounds are dotted with ukulele, piano, cello, fiddle, marimba, harpsichord, and lovely harmonies by Nora O’Connor (Neko Case, Decemberists), Anna Jacobson, Robbie Fulks, Liam Davis, and Gerald Dowd.
Roberts began his music career in the 90s, performing in the Minneapolis-based indie-rock band Pimentos for Gus. He decided to “moonlight” as a Montessori preschool teacher. It wasn’t long before Justin began writing and singing songs for a new generation of fans: his students. The kids immediately responded and inspired Justin to record some of his new songs and send them out to a few friends for Christmas. One of the gift recipients was Liam Davis, a college pal and music producer, who suggested that they record the songs professionally.
In 1997, Justin released his first CD, Great Big Sun, and the critics took note. Justin’s music was soon being compared to everyone from Elvis Costello and Fountains of Wayne to Paul Simon, ELO and Nick Lowe. So Justin hit the road full time doing what he loves most: playing music for appreciative crowds. Kiddie mosh pits broke out, word spread and shows started selling out.
Justin has performed in front of millions of people on The Today Show, he’s been featured on Nick Jr. TV, and his song “Get Me Some Glasses” was on a World Series broadcast. He’s received two GRAMMY nominations, for Jungle Gym in 2011 and Recess in 2013.
A detailed press kit is available at http://justinroberts.org/press_kit.php.

Maple Grove is situated on the southwest corner of Henderson Road and High Street in Clintonville. http://www.maplegroveumc.org/about-maple-grove/inclusion.html

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September 15, 2018 3:00 pm
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Maple Grove United Methodist Church
7 W Henderson Rd.
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