“Because We Have Music” Concert Series Knows No Borders

September 2, 2020
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Kid Pan Alley’s livestream concert series - ­ Because We Have Music – continues on Sunday September 13th at 7pm, featuring Howard Levy, Mai Bloomfield, and Kid Pan Alley hosts Paul Reisler and Cheryl Toth. The list of credits from these performers would fill a book—from Dolly Parton, The Flecktones, and Jason Mraz to Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, and John Prine. Don't miss this very special concert to celebrate the power of music and community.

Howard Levy is a musician without limits. His musical adventures include journeys into jazz, pop, rock, world music, Latin, classical, folk, blues, country, theater, and film. He has appeared on hundreds of CD’s, won two Grammys, and a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Original Music for a Play.

Universally acknowledged as the world’s most advanced diatonic harmonica player, Howard developed a fully chromatic style on the standard diatonic harmonica, revolutionizing harmonica playing and taking the instrument into totally new territory. He is also an accomplished pianist and composer, and plays many other instruments as well, including flute, ocarina, mandolin, saxophone, and percussion.

On Sunday, December 13th at 7pm, Kid Pan Alley’s Because We Have Music free livestream concert series features three songwriters who are master storytellers…in song--Si Kahn, Anne E. DeChant, and hosts Paul Reisler with Cheryl Toth.

Anne E. DeChant is first and last a story-teller, an artist who writes with a urgency and sweet understanding of the people who stumble and keep keeping on. Her masterfully crafted, poignant songs create worlds where her characters and their stories spring to life. She’s recorded 10 studio albums, has performed with artists including Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Don Henry, and a host of others.   No Depression Magazine said, “She is what the future of Americana music needs to be in order to endure – a passionate prophetess who has come in from the wild, rough edges intact, and ready to rock.”  

There are a whole lot of songs and stories out there in the world because of Si Kahn. He has spent 55 years as a composer, lyricist and book writer for musical theater in addition to releasing 20 albums of original songs.  He has had full productions at the Goodspeed Opera House, the Berkeley, Milwaukee and Tennessee Repertory Theatres among others. Si’s songs of family, community, love, work and freedom have been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists around the world, including: Kathy Mattea, Peggy Seeger, Hazel Dickens, John McCutcheon, Red Clay Ramblers, Trapezoid, Robin and Linda Williams, Planxty, and many, many more.

Truth be told, Si is also responsible for Paul Reisler’s songs because he was the one who got Paul writing again after a decade long hiatus. Thirty-five years ago at the Augusta Arts Workshop where the two of them were teaching, Si offered to buy Paul a drink each night if he wrote a song that day. Paul took up the challenge and never stopped writing again.  That passion for songwriting that Si ignited led to Kid Pan Alley, several thousand songs, a couple of musicals, a whole lot of music for theatre, and…this concert series.
 

What better place to tell a bunch of good stories than in the intimate atmosphere of a house concert? You can join the Zoom living room by registering at www.KidPanAlley.eventbrite.com. You can also watch on the Kid Pan Alley channel on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter but it’s way better to be part of the show not just a voyeur.  

Levy was a founding member of the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones as well as Trio Globo. Howard has also performed and recorded with Dolly Parton, Kenny Loggins, Styx, Bobby McFerrin, Paul Simon, John Prine, Paquito D’Rivera, Ken Nordine, Trapezoid and many others.

 

Mai Bloomfield is a singer-songwriter-cellist-guitarist and composer. As a solo artist, she has received songwriting awards from the Kerrville, Telluride, and Rocky Mountain Folks Festivals. As a collaborator, she’s worked with various artists including Jason Mraz, Raining Jane, Adam Cohen, Sara Bareilles, Willy Porter and Leonard Cohen. She co-wrote Mraz’s chart-topping album “Yes!” (2014) as well as his 2018 hit single “Have It All.” Most recently, she’s been touring the world with Mraz in venues ranging from coffee shops to Royal Albert Hall.

 

She is driven by a love of songwriting, and a dedication to support others in the creative process. She helped start the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles, a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls through music, where she teaches songwriting and serves as Art Director.

 

Paul Reisler is the founder of Kid Pan Alley as well as Trapezoid, Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy, and Three Good Reasons. His discovery that kids make the best song co-writers led to the founding of the Kid Pan Alley. To date, he’s helped 65,000 children write more than 2,700 songs. Thanks in part to that army of short collaborators, he has written more songs than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Foster combined—somewhere north of 3,000 compositions. His songs have been recorded by artists including Raul Malo, Lisa Loeb, Darrell Scott, Sissy Spacek, John McCutcheon, Corey Harris, and Jesse Winchester. He’ll be joined by vocalist Cheryl Toth.

 

RSVP to join these remarkable artists in the intimate Zoom living room for the concert at 7pm on Sunday, September 13th where you can ask questions and interact with the artists -- or just watch on Facebook Live. See www.KidPanAlley.org/hconcert for details. The concerts are free with a tip jar to help support the artists through this time of disappearing tour dates and social distancing.

 

This fall, Kid Pan Alley is writing songs with schools virtually, inspiring the children in the creative process and giving them the opportunity to work together with their friends to create original songs.

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Join Howard Levy of the Flecktones, Mai Bloomfield of the Jason Mraz Band, and Kid Pan Alley’s Paul Reisler for a livestream evening of acoustic music that knows no boundaries on Sunday, September 13th at 7pm. RSVP to join these remarkable artists in the intimate Zoom living room for the concert at 7pm on Sunday, September 13th where you can ask questions and interact with the artists or just watch on Facebook Live at www.KidPanAlley.org/hconcert. The concerts are free with a tip jar to help support the artists through this time of disappearing tour dates and social distancing.

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