LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2009) – Four-time GRAMMY-winning reggae singer, songwriter, and producer Ziggy Marley will perform his first-ever exclusive children’s concert at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 11 a.m., it was announced. Celebrating the release of his first children’s music album, Family Time, Marley appears as part of The GRAMMY Museum’s monthly “Musical Explorations” family program. June’s program, “What Is Reggae?,” marks the first time Club Nokia and The GRAMMY Museum, two of L.A. LIVE’s newest celebrated venues, have collaborated on a public event.
Before Marley’s live performance, local performers Rhythm Child will engage the audience in free-form drumming, while performing a few of their own award-winning children’s songs. Immediately following the live performance, children and parents will participate in educational activities and crafts intended to deepen their understanding of reggae music in the Club’s exclusive VIP Lounge.
In the wake of his 2006 album Love Is My Religion, which earned his fourth GRAMMY Award,
Ziggy Marley shares his musical love to families with his third solo release, Family Time. Produced with old friend Don Was and set to be released May 5 on Marley’s independent Tuff Gong Worldwide label, the album offers a full collection of family-oriented songs
for those already familiar with Marley’s work while also seeking to introduce
today’s youngest generation to reggae. Featuring collaborations with Marley
family members Rita Marley, Cedella Marley, his three-year-old daughter Judah
Marley, Paul Simon, Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more, the
project touches on themes of love, responsibility, unity, freedom and fun (not
to mention generosity – proceeds from the sale of Family Time will benefit
Chepstowe Basic School in Port Antonio, Jamaica).
“Growing up music was an important part of my childhood,” Marley said. “I see
it being just as important in my children and all children’s growth and
development, and in a parent’s connection with their children. Music helps
children to grow with open minds and open hearts and this is my message.”
Offered monthly, the Museum’s “Musical Explorations” series gives
families the opportunity to enjoy and learn about music together through
performances from award-winning artists and educational crafts and
activities. Inspired by the Museum’s Crossroads exhibit, where visitors
can explore close to 200 genres of music, the programs seek to teach
parents and children ages 5 and up about the history of various
musical traditions. Held in the Museum’s 200-seat GRAMMY Sound Stage, past programs have featured such celebrated acts
as Jambo, Buck Howdy, Hayes Greenfield’s Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz,
Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could. Taking place
on Saturday, May 16, “Musical Explorations: What Is Folk?”
will feature GRAMMY-winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer.
“Musical Explorations: What Is Reggae?” will take place at 11 a.m. at Club Nokia. (Doors open at 10 a.m.) Admission is $15 per person, $50 for a family four-pack, and can be
purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1.800.745.3000, or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Club Nokia Box Office, or the STAPLES Center Box Office. GRAMMY Museum Members receive free admission with reservations (please RSVP to email@example.com ). For more information on the event or how to become a GRAMMY Museum member, visit www.clubnokia.com or www.grammymuseum.org.
Club NOKIA is located within the L.A. LIVE campus, across from STAPLES Center, at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.
About The GRAMMY Museum
Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver.
About Club Nokia
Club Nokia, a multi-use music, entertainment and concert venue, located in the heart of the acclaimed L.A. LIVE sports, residential and entertainment district, accommodates over 2,300 guests. Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics designed for live entertainment, Club Nokia is the perfect venue for emerging music acts and cultural shows while also providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties. The theatre brings the latest technology to music enthusiasts including an innovative interactive experience embedded in foot-controlled floor interfaces, touchscreens, and a large LED installation within the lobby of the Club Nokia space. This interactive experience allows users to scroll through the history and the future of Club Nokia events and interact with pictures, video, and text messages submitted by fellow concert fans. Club Nokia was awarded the “Best New Major Concert Venue” at the 2009 annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. For more information on other upcoming Club Nokia shows, check out http://www.clubnokia.com/.
About Ziggy Marley
Born in Trench Town, Jamaica, Ziggy Marley’s early immersion in music came at a very tender age when he sat in on recording sessions with his father. He later joined his siblings (Sharon, Cedella and Stephen) to front The Melody Makers, whose eight best-selling albums garnered three GRAMMY awards and generated such chart-topping hits as “Tomorrow People” and “Tumbling Down.” Dragonfly, his solo debut was released in 2003. His sophomore solo album, Love Is My Religion, was released in 2006 and won the GRAMMY for Best Reggae Album at the 2007 ceremony. For more information, visit www.ziggymarley.com.
About Family Time
Tuff Gong Worldwide will release Ziggy Marley’s third solo album, Family Time, on May 5, 2009. The reggae legend’s first children’s album, Marley produced the album with legendary producer Don Was. The album will feature a variety of family and friends including Rita Marley (Ziggy’s mother), Cedella Marley (sister), Judah Marley (daughter), Paul Simon, Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Toots Hibberts, Elizabeth Mitchell, Laurie Berkner, Paula Fuga and two stories narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis.
About The Rhythm Child Network
Formed in 2003, The Rhythm Child Network uses music, drums and percussion to stimulate and foster the creative flow within young children. Award-Winning children's music artist and REMOT-endorsed drum circle facilitator Norman Jones encourages creative expression and cultural exploration through drum circle workshops, interactive music education classes and family concerts. By creating an environment that uses the drum as a vehicle for building confidence, communicating positive messages and encouraging group dynamics, Rhythm Child helps children connect with their own inner rhythms. For more information, visit www.rhythmchild.net.
The GRAMMY Museum
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