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Live Music Week happens bi-annually at WERS to raise money to keep our station running. We ask if you can pledge your support in order to keep us live on air, bringing you live performances from your favorite musicians. Pledges can be made here.
WERS was happy to have Mister G come through the studio for Live Music Week. There are a number of children’s musicians out there who aim to make songs focusing on educational lyrics while still being fun for kids to listen to. Mister G, however, does all of this — but with a Latin kick.
Each song Mister G played was a joy for us to listen to in studio. You could imagine the smiles on kids’ faces when we sang, his fedora perched onto of his head and a smile permenently resting on his face. He didn’t rely on anything fancy to make his music spark; armed with just an acoustic guitar, Mister G brought the live of the playground right to the room.
If all of this wasn’t evident by his bright and spunky performance, then maybe his Grammy nomination will prove it. Chocolalala, his third and most recent album, is on the Grammy ballot for Best Children’s Album of 2012. Time Out Kids New York says delightfully praises the album, focusing on how Mister G’s music “blends bluegrass, Latin rhythms and folk with a storyteller’s flair.”
Maybe the reason Mister G understands how to blend language, learning, and song so well is due to his master’s degree in Elementary Education from Smith College. With a degree like that under his belt, it’s no wonder the musician’s songs spark with a flavor kids can’t help but love. He brings his educational experience beyond the album by holding workshops with children at shows sometimes. The workshops allow Mister G and kids to interact to learn more about music, Spanish, and the topics presented in his songs. Few things empower children like letting them learn how to write a song from a musician they themselves love.
If you love Mister G and The Playground as much as we do, let us know in the comment section below or pledge your support right here on WERS.org!