Thursday, November 12, 2015

ArtsCenter presents Vamos a la Playa with Mister G!

Brighten up this Saturday the 14th with a fiesta in Carrboro, courtesy of Latin Grammy Nominated Mister G! (And check out the giveaway, our discount code, and show details below too - read on!)

A fluent Spanish speaker, Latin GRAMMY nominated musician Mister G has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Spain gathering inspiration for his original bilingual children’s songs. In this multicultural program, he seamlessly weaves together Spanish and English lyrics to create irresistible tunes that are both catchy and educational. Using call and response techniques, Mister G enables children to sing along and interact with him throughout the program in both Spanish and English. For English-speaking children, the concert offers a fun introduction to Spanish vocabulary and Latin-influenced music. For native Spanish-speaking children, the songs reinforce the value of their culture and language. Learn more at

“Original tunes full of kid-friendly lyrics, singable melodies, tight harmonies, and just-right arrangements.”-– School Library Journal

“I really can’t say enough about Mister G! In his work with children, he effortlessly combines a worldly musician’s ear, an educator’s eye and a storyteller’s heart.” –
Tim Lightman, Principal, Smith College Campus School

Mister G is a leading figure in the children’s music world. A former indie rocker who was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music, Mister G (aka Ben Gundersheimer) tours internationally headlining major venues such as the Hard Rock Cafe, the National Zoo, Strathmore Music Center, the Getty Museum, Chicago Botanic Garden and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

His 2015 release, Los Animales, is an international collaboration featuring some of the greatest musicians in the jazz, salsa and tropical worlds, including GRAMMY winners Arturo O’Farrill, Marlow Rosado, Robby Ameen and Oscar Stagnaro. The album was recorded on tour in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, San Antonio, and San Francisco, with additional studio sessions done in Buenos Aires and Amsterdam. In addition to receiving a Latin GRAMMY nomination, Los Animales won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Los Animales is Mister G’s third album of original bilingual songs, following ABC Fiesta (2014 Latin GRAMMY nominee) and Chocolalala (Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner).

Since his 2010 break-out debut children’s release Pizza for Breakfast, Mister G has produced a new, original CD every year. His 2011 album BUGS, was selected as one of the top CDs for children by both Parents magazine and People magazine. Inspired by his background as a classroom teacher, Mister G’s literacy-themed album The Bossy E is a collaboration with GRAMMY winner Charles Neville. Mister G’s story begins when he was just about the same age as his devoted fans. Growing up as the son of noted children’s book author and illustrator Karen Gundersheimer, Mister G learned to value great writing for kids at a young age. After begging his parents to let him switch from recorder to guitar lessons, he started writing his first songs at the age of nine.

Ben’s origins as a bilingual songwriter trace back to his decision to study Spanish in middle school. At the time, he was convinced that he would grow up to be a baseball player and he wanted to be able to speak Spanish to his future teammates. While he never made it to the Major Leagues, his knowledge and love of Spanish have allowed him to carve out a unique path in the children’s music world.

Ben first became interested in writing music for children when he was still performing for adults. In the late 90s, he created an educational side project, “The Roots Music Collective,” with his bandmates. The experience hooked him on the energy, curiosity and creativity of young audiences, and ultimately he decided to combine his background as a musician and songwriter with his passion for teaching children. Inspired by his students (who originally dubbed him ‘Mister G’), he began writing the songs that would comprise his debut family album Pizza for Breakfast.

Details about Mister G's show:

Adults & Children $10, Family Packs $40 (limit 6 tickets per pack), Lap-sitters under age 2 FREE

11:00 am this Saturday!

About the Super Fun Series

The SuperFun Series is designed to get the whole family rockin’ and rollin’ with concerts, plays and performance art that kids and their adults will love. These shows are perfect for young children and those a little older, but can be equally enjoyed by Grandma, Grandpa, Mom & Dad.

AGES: This show is best for young children through elementary school.

TIMING: The concert will last approximately 45-60 mins. Doors open 15-20 minutes prior to the performance.
SEATING: All SuperFun Shows are General Admission. We will have carpets in front of the stage for flexible seating and dancing. Lap-sitters (under age 2) receive free admission, but must be seated on a lap for the entire performance. Please stay with your child at all times.
SNACKS + STROLLERS: You are more than welcome to bring your own snacks into the theater. Our concession area will not be open, but we do have a vending machine on-site, if you need dancing fuel. Additionally, we are located right next door to Amante Pizza and within walking distance to Weaver St Market, Elmo’s, Carrburritos and other local eateries. As for strollers, there are areas in our main lobby (outside of the theater doors) where you can park these during the concert. It’s okay if you need to take yours into the theatre, but please, don’t block the walkways!

Mister G has coloring books on his site you can download: Oh boy! 

Doesn't it sound like a fun morning? 

Best of all, we're offering 4 free tickets to our loyal readers, just comment below! Winner will be drawn tonight, Thursday. If you don't win, you can still get a great deal of 10% off by using code SODUMRG, thanks to our sister site SoDu Parents Posse!

Hope to see you there!


Joumana Alamreeky said...

This would be great for my kids. They need to know that someone besides Mommy speaks Spanish :)

LMyles said...

What a great way to spend a Saturday with family. My kids will be happy to hear pizza is for breakfast!

Rachel said...

Pick me please! I'd love to win these :)

Mommy said...

Would like to win!

Sherose Hernandez said...

Mi odds esta bueno!

Sherose Hernandez said...

Mi odds esta bueno!

Kimberly said...

This sounds fantastic, thanks for the giveaway!!

Unknown said...

Sounds awesome! Hoping to see lots of new and old friends there.

Unknown said...

Sounds fantastic!

Sarah Nogueda said...

Ahh- so fun!! My daughter would love this!! Me too :)

Unknown said...

Oooo, me! Thanks!

Mary Elizabeth Maynard said...

Sounds like something my 4 year old would love! Would be thrilled to win 2 tickets. Great review

John said...

This looks great!

Penny's Mom said...

I'd love to win these for myself & my family.

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