PORT CHESTER, N. Y. — It was a fun-filled afternoon of making harmonicas, guitars and learning about blues music for children at The Capitol Theatre on Friday afternoon.
Children 10 and younger had a great time learning about the blues with the North Mississippi Allstars. About 150 children and parents attended the Blues for Little Rockers event at Garcia's (part of The Capitol Theatre) and was sponsored by The Rock and Roll Playhouse. The playhouse's mission is to support child development, to encourage creative interaction and to provide families with opportunities to appreciate and participate in the magic of music. RRPH aims to inspire and instill a lifelong love of the arts.
Parents and children were encouraged to participate by singing and dancing to the blend of blues and Southern swamp rock.
Karen Rubenstein of Riverside, Conn., came with both of her children, Anna, 4, and Jack, 5. "My friend told me about this great event, and I love this kind of music, and I wanted my children to have this great experience," said Rubenstein.
This program started with one of the educators asking the children, "What do you sing the blues about?" The children shouted out their answers, such as something sad, something happy and silent blues. The children then had an opportunity to take some of the props provided by RRPH such as bells, sunglasses and shakers to use during the program. Then the children sang a blues version of the ABC song.
Gwen Briggs, of Greenwich, Conn., brought her son, Nickey, 6. "He loved it. He enjoyed playing with the bells. He was pretty excited because he loves music," said Briggs.
Jennifer Forman came from Stamford, Conn., to bring her children, Rose, 6 months, and Adele, 4. "I brought my children because I felt this is a good opportunity to expose my children at an early age to music. Both my husband and I love music; this is the type of music that I really enjoy," said Forman. "Adele enjoyed jingling the bells, and Rose was also enjoying the live music. I like bringing the children to see live music," said Forman.