Live music for children and those who refuse to grow up
Gold record recording artist and award-winning children’s musician Nancy Cassidy will play two concerts Saturday, Oct. 2, at Centre Stage, 703 Chetco Ave., Brookings.
She will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Dayan Kai at both shows. This will be Cassidy’s second appearance in Brookings. She also played two shows at the Chetco Community Public Library in 2008.
The first performance at 2 p.m. will feature her original and classic children’s music The 7 p.m. show will showcase her Americana music for grown-ups.
Listen to Cassidy’s music:
In addition to singing favorite classics and playing the guitar, Cassidy writes many of her own songs.
Her first album, “Kids Songs,” released in 1986, received a gold record award from the Recording Association of America for having sold 500,000 copies. One song, “Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips,” written by Cassidy and her husband John Cassidy, was recorded by Bruce Springsteen on a benefit tape for the Pediatric Aids Foundation.
Another song on her “Jubilee” album, “I Wanna Be A Dog,” was beamed up to the astronauts on the space shuttle, making Cassidy one of the first children’s artists with an orbital audience.
In addition to her accomplishments as a children’s musician, Cassidy has also recorded five compact discs of original Americana folk music for grown-ups.
“Runaway Train,” released in 2009, is all original material that showcases Cassidy’s songwriting skills. It includes a blend of blues, folk, swing, gospel and country.
Cassidy’s back-up band features Ronnie Crawford on the drums, John R. Burr on piano and multi-insrumentalist Dayan Kai on keyboards, fiddle, clarinet and harmonies.
Keith Greeninger produced the album and played lead guitar. Greeninger and Kai have also played in the Brookings area several times.
Both shows will be fundraisers for the Stagelights Musical Arts Community. The children’s show is free with donations accepted and the evening show has an $8 suggested donation. “
“We don’t want anyone to not attend because of cost,” said organizer Perry Devine, “We would rather have a full house than a full donation jar, but we hope that the community will come out and make these fantastic artists feel welcome, while supporting our nonprofit organization.”
The primary mission of the Stagelights organization is to provide music education, enjoyment and enrichment to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. These goals have also been a life-long passion for Cassidy.
More information about Cassidy and samples of her music