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Dancin' Sprouts Schedule

Dancin' Sprouts will be held in the Rose Garden this year! Dancin' Sprouts provides free musical entertainment for kids. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music in this idyllic summer setting. Concerts are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening.

Wed 15 Aug

Zak Morgan

Zak Morgan

Grammy nominee Zak Morgan's unique brand of children's music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike. When he is not writing and recording, Zak performs family concerts throughout the country. His live performances are always filled with laughter and warmth as he encourages children to read, imagine, and believe in themselves. Morgan has released five critically acclaimed records and one DVD for children and was nominated for a Grammy in 2003—a rare feat for an independent artist.

“Morgan sounds a bit like singer Cat Stevens, and his storytelling is an inspired cross between Dr. Seuss-style word games and the sly, edginess of Shel Silverstein. In short, it's children's music that adults can love.” –Rick Bird, Cincinnati Post

Wed 22 Aug

Duke Otherwise

Duke Otherwis

With his guitar, tap shoes, and distinct baritone, Duke Otherwise performs a hilarious, charming, and interactive musical program for all ages. He writes original songs bursting with clever wordplay and fun ideas relatable to both kids and adults. Duke is highly sought out by many libraries, schools, and festivals throughout the Midwest and was recently invited to be a featured performer at KindieComm in Philadelphia opening for this year's Grammy winner, Tim Kubart.  Stefan Shepherd, NPR's children's music reviewer, says of Duke, "Nifty, brainy lyrics...Highly recommended."

Wed 29 Aug

Istvan & His Imaginary Band

Istvan & His Imaginary Band

Istvan never does anything halfway. A longtime member of Chicago’s alternative music scene, Istvan went all-out in the children’s arena after being inspired by the birth of his daughter, Evie, who often joins him onstage to play his Parent’s Choice-award-winning songs. He’s committed to rocking the kids and families of Chicago with his energetic brand of pop, country, punk, and rock. When he’s not on stage with huge inflatable toys, bouncing beach balls, and bubbles galore, he’s helping craft his blast-off brand of toys, clothing, and music videos. Catch him on the radio, catch him at a concert, just catch Istvan, if you can find his Imaginary Band.

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