MUSIC MATTERS NYC BLOG #1 June 2017

Hi everyone, we are the Feed Your Mind Music Family and this is our first ever official blog post and we are so excited!! Our monthly “Music Matters” blog will concentrate on three main goals.

  1. Create a further interest in Music Education
  2. Bring awareness and supporters to our Music Matters workshop for at risk children and Seniors.
  3. Share fun, interesting and valuable music related information for all.

We intend to express our belief that music listening, learning and performing is essential to a happy and fulfilling life. Since our inception in 2009 Feed Your Mind Music and the Music Matters workshops has given over 1450 school aged children and Seniors in NYC over 10,000 instructional hours of Music Theory and Performance classes at no cost to them. Additionally, the Music Matters workshops is available to Public, Private and Charter Schools as a sustainable enhancement to current programming. We hope our monthly blog will encourage readers to actively get involved with volunteering and becoming a financial sponsor of our workshops. 

Each month our team will share the latest local and national music events, professional advice on music instruction and music equipment and many more topics. We hope to give readers a sense of being a part of the Music Matters family by submitting their own success stories on how music has affected their life in one form or another. Your stories could possibly inspire someone going through a tough time in life. Please submit your story at info@feedyourmindmusic.org

As Summer 2017 is quickly approaching us we would like to share a list of musical events in the NYC area. We hope you find this list useful. Please feel free to interact with us and share positive or negative feedback via email at info@feedyourmindmusic.org. Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you soon! Oh and don’t forget to give a small financial gift or ask a friend to sponsor a Music Matters Workshop at our website link http://feedyourmindmusic.org/support-us/


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Free Summer 2017 Concerts for Children in New York City


Hudson RiverKids – Tribeca
Mondays, June 1-August 17 at 6:30pm
This evening family entertainment series features bands, puppet shows and sketch comedy just for kids. Come early to enjoy all that Pier 25 has to offer, including a state-of-the-art playground and a mini-golf course.


 Upper East Side
Tuesdays July 7-28 at 4pm
The lovely Upper East Side green space hosts four alfresco concerts for tots.


Music In the Grove: Kids – Fort Greene Park
Wednesdays, June 24-August 5 at 10am
Head to this lovely Brooklyn green space for gigs by beloved local bands. See the complete lineup. Afterward, discover all Fort Greene Park has to offer.

Hippo Playground Concert Series – Upper West Side
Wednesdays, July 8-29 at 4pm
Grab your tot and head to Riverside Park’s beloved Hippo Playground for interactive bands perfect for the preschool set.


Albee Square Summer Concerts for Kids – Downtown Brooklyn
Thursdays, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3 at 10am
The Fulton Mall’s public plaza hosts family-friendly performances throughout the summer, including kids’ concerts on the first Thursday of every month. See the complete lineup.

Mad. Sq. Kids’ Concert Series – Madison Square Park
Thursdays, May 28-July 30 at 10:30am
One of NYC’s best known kids’ concert series celebrates its 13th anniversary this year, and as usual the lineup is packed with some of the best family rock bands around. See the complete lineup. After the show, hit the park’s popular playground for active fun and art projects, and then eat at one of the area’s delicious kid-friendly restaurants—there are a lot of other choices besides Shake Shack.

Washington Market Park Summer Concert Series – Tribeca 
Thursdays, June 18 and 25 at 5:30pm
The Tribeca tot spot hosts a pair of local family bands: country-bluegrass outfit Astrograss on June 18 and DJ Kai Song on June 25.

Summer in the Square – Kids in the Square – Union Square Park
Thursdays, June 18-August 13; yoga at 10am, performances at 11am
Warm up with a yoga storytime session courtesy of Karma Kids Yoga. Afterward, enjoy a variety of live family entertainment, including bands, puppet shows and theater. In the afternoon, there’s often storytime and fitness fun, too. Peruse our listing for the complete lineup. In between activities, kids can romp in the awesome Union Square Playground.

Summer on the Hudson: Children’s Performance Series – Riverside Park South
Thursdays, July 2-30 at 10:30am
While the Summer on the Hudson arts and culture festival is filled with offerings for all ages, its Thursday morning Children’s Performance Series at Pier I at 70th Street is aimed specifically at young kids. See the complete lineup.


Word for Word Kids – Midtown West
Saturdays, June 6-August 22 at noon except July 4
While this series in Bryant Park leans more toward lit (the kickoff event stars Ms. Frizzle & The Magic School Bus), it features magic, theater and music, too. See the complete lineup. Afterward, go for a spin on the carousel.


Hip Tot Family Days – Prospect Park
Sundays, June 14, July 12, August 9 and September 13 at 11am
The NYC parents behind the Hip Tot Music Fest mount a series of no-cost concerts at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park. See the complete lineup. After the concert, enjoy storytime, and arts and crafts.

Pier Kids – Brooklyn Heights
Sundays, June 21-August 9 at 11am
Brooklyn Bridge Park‘s Pier 1 performance series is a mash-up of theater, kid lit, science and music. See the complete lineup. In addition to the main event, every session includes crafts, an outdoor pop-up reading room and art activities run by Private Picassos.

Central Park Family Performance Festival – Upper West Side
Sundays, June 21-September 6 at noon
Head to the Great Hill for an eclectic lineup of dance, theater, storytelling and, occasionally, music. Shows are usually interactive and include nature-themed crafts. See the complete lineup.

SummerStage Family Days – Citywide
Sundays, June 21 and 28, July 5, 12 and 19, August 2 and 9
Various locations and times
While much of SummerStage is technically for adults, the citywide fest sponsors Family Days in every borough. All of these events feature roaming performers, face painting and giveaways in addition to the main entertainment. See the complete lineup.

More Cool Family Concerts

SummerStage Kids – Citywide
Various dates and locations
In addition to three-hour Family Days, SummerStage presents shorter kids’ concerts and circus shows all over the city throughout the season. Check the lineup for the complete schedule