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Astrograss to Play Jewish Museum, 10/12

The kids bluegrass band Astrograss will perform a concert for families on Sunday, October 12 at 11:30 am at The Jewish Museum. Presenting a rich blend of bluegrass, old-time, and folk music, Astrograss will lead the audience in sing-alongs to traditional classics and high-energy fiddle hoedowns. The band will also perform tunes from their 2012 album, Colored Pencil Factory, as well as songs celebrating the natural world in honor of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Tickets are $18 per adult; $13 per child; $15 adult Jewish Museum family level member; and $11 child Jewish Museum family level member. This lively concert is for children age 3 and up. Adults are asked to accompany their children. For further information regarding family programs, the public may call 212.423.3337. Concert tickets can be purchased online at The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan.

In response to a local Brooklyn parents' search of live musical entertainment for the whole family, Astrograss began playing its family shows in 2004. The band consists of Jordan Shapiro on guitar, Sarah Alden on fiddle, Dennis Lichtman on mandolin, Jonah Bruno on banjo, and Tim Kiah on bass. Astrograss family shows are for parents who want to be as enlivened as they want their children to be. In 2006 they won the Time Out New York Kids' Battle of the Bands contest at the Knitting Factory, and later recorded with Dan Zanes as his backup band for the benefit album, Bright Spaces 2. Zanes produced their first album, Astrograss for Kids, a collection of Shel Silverstein poems set to music. Performance highlights include sold-out shows at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theatre and Symphony Space, as well as shows at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Riverbank State Park, The Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.

The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Education's school and family programs are supported by endowed funds established by the Bronfman Family, the Muriel and William Rand Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Rosalie Klein Adolf, the Kekst Family, and Mrs. Ida C. Schwartz in memory of Mr. Bernard S. Schwartz. Family programming is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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