Songbird Sessions: The Bright Siders
Saturday, July 20, 2PM
The Bright Siders
Acoustic music for families
The Bright Siders is the musical collaboration of songwriters Kristin Andreassen and Dr. Kari Groff. They’ve joined forces to create and perform top-notch, energetic music that explores youngsters’ emotions through fun-loving family and audience involvement. Ideal for ages four and up, but all are welcome. The performance is followed by an optional parenting workshop and kids’ songwriting workshop.
This event is part of A Day of Family Fun in East Meredith, as our neighbors at Hanford Mills Museum are offering free admission to all families on the same date! Visit hanfordmills.org for more information.
By donation. No registration required.
Nashville-based Kristin Andreassen combines award-winning songwriting and percussive dance in performances that have been heralded “inventive” by the New Yorker and “haunting” by NPR’s Folk Alley. She came of age with two of America’s most beloved traditional music ensembles—Uncle Earl and the clogging company Footworks—as well as the “folk noir” songwriting trio Sometymes Why (with Aoife O’Donovan and Ruth Ungar). She has been a featured performer on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion; her dancing feet have been heard in the film Cedar Rapids; and NPR’s Mountain Stage chose her 2015 performance as one of year's ten best. Her own tunes have been heard on Showtime’s The Affair and ABC’s Nashville, and her songs co-written and/or covered by such artists as Elephant Revival, Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge, and Caitlyn Canty. Her song “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes” (Kiss Me Hello, 2007) hit #1 on the kids’ music radio charts
Kari Groff, M.D. is a popular New York City child psychiatrist who enjoys a parallel career as an old-time fiddler and songwriter. She is well known for her warm and genuine approach to young patients and the joyful music she creates. Groff completed her psychiatry training at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she served as chief resident. She completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU’s Child Study Center, where she truly began to merge her interests of psychiatry and music. Supported by her mentors and professors at NYU and Penn and encouraged by the vibrant NYC Americana music community, she set out on a song-writing project that would become an album of psychological guidance through songs for children. Each song is deeply influenced by the courage and strength of young patients.
Andreassen and Groff are working with Smithsonian Folkways to release a debut Bright Siders album this year.
This event is part of our new Songbird Sessions series of programs, and made possible by funding from an Upstate Coalition for a Fairgame Arts Grant.