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Toddler Tunes on Thursdays at Cardi's
Cardi’s Furniture and Cat Country 98.1 are delighted to host a FREE Children’s Concert Series this Fall!
Please join us for weekly concerts at Cardis every Thursday from 11am-Noon (starting Thursday,  September 18th). 
The concerts will be held in the Community Media Room, located on the 2nd floor of Cardi’s in South Attleboro, MA.

The shows will be FREE to the public, and will be geared to toddlers and preschoolers (all ages are welcomed, though).

Please see below for a list of artists and dates.  We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 18th - Wayne Potash, with special guest, Jeff Keithline

About Wayne Potash:  “An amazing musician for little kids,” writes Zooglobble about singer/songwriter Wayne Potash. “Wayne is one of the hardest working guys in the business—he’s got shows all over town! And all that hard work really shines through in his polished and refined concerts,” says Booklist writes that “Potash knows his young audience, and his music mirrors their likes and stirs their enthusiasms.” Wayne and his band put on high energy shows that engage young audiences with sing-a-longs, dancing, jumping, and lots of good-natured fun, with songs like “Lobster Dance,” “Shy Shark,” and “B-I-G, I’m Big.” Rambles  notes that Wayne sings "the most memorable melodies in American music with a friendly vocal delivery that positively begs the audience to sing along." Performances include Boston Harborfest, Boston Children's Hospital, Club Passim, Cambridge River Festival, Museum of Science, Boston and Rhode Island Children's Museums, and hundreds of shows for festivals, schools, libraries, and park and recreation departments all over New England. Wayne provides ongoing music and music programs to youngsters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He’s a winner of the Parents' Choice Award.

About Jeff:  Jeff Keithline sings and plays upright and electric bass with Wayne and his band. Jeff has played with Tom Waits, Canned Heat, Tower of Power Horns, Dave Mason, James Cotton, James Montgomery, Bruce Millard, Larry Young, Men In Volts, and many others. He had a single in Billboard's Hot 100 and has released three solo albums. He's a fantastic player and he has a great sense of humor. You can hear him making everyone laugh on the live recording of Penguins Attention on Wayne's latest album "Yes!"

Thursday, September 25th - Ryan SanAngelo

About Ryan:  I grew up in both Beacon Falls and Southbury, CT. I had a life-changing experience during my sophomore year at Western CT State University in Danbury, CT. I wrote a story called, A Boy Named Eddie, Who Shared His Spaghetti, for the final project in the children’s literature class I took. The class wasn’t even part of my major. I took it as an elective.

After my story was rejected by several publishers, I was able to get it published by Boyds Mills Press. The connection came about after meeting the company’s president, Clay Winters, at a one-night class called How To Get Published. The book was published in 2002, as Spaghetti Eddie.

In preparation for my first school author visit, I wrote a few songs to play after I read my book. I even had a Spaghetti Eddie song. I was absolutely floored by the response the students gave me and knew right then and there, this is what I had to do. It was so deeply meaningful to finally find an audience for my ideas. I had wanted to be a rock star; now I got to be an author and a rock star for children, who are the greatest audience of all. 

Since then, I’ve conducted author visits at venues throughout New England and beyond. I’ve charismatically showcased my books, discussions, and lively and colorful music to the delight of audiences big and small. In 2011, I published my second book, Bye Bye Balloon, as well as the Smile Every Day Activity Book and CD, through my own company Little King Press. (Look for my next book, Wake Up, Tommy! You’re in a Book! coming in 2014.)

It should be noted that from visiting schools as an author, I was inspired to become a teacher. In 2009, I received my Masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport. I taught first grade and worked as a media specialist. I have since moved on to social work when I knew I was going to become a father and needed to secure a steady job with health insurance. The job has worked out extremely well in giving me the flexibility I need to continue to doing school visits, which is my favorite part of being an author. I absolutely love getting students excited about using their imaginations and encouraging them to believe in themselves!

Thursday, October 2nd - Jackson Gillman

About Jackson Gillman:  "Stand-Up Chameleon" Jackson Gillman magically transforms himself into a wide array of eccentric characters through his many talents as mime, actor, songsmith and storyteller. As adept with children as he is with adults, his interactive performances are seasoned with skillful dialect, song, dance, mime and sign language. Shining through Jackson's wit and extraordinary versatility is his bemused, warm-hearted honesty. Jackson's humor evolves from finding that which is funny in human beings trying to be human and often tripping over their own being in the attempt.

In 2013, Jackson was featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee for the fourth time. He has thrice been Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center and has performed at festivals and schools throughout the country. For twenty years Jackson hosted a summer concert series of comedy, music and New Vaudeville on Mount Desert Island. Presenting a new thematic program each year, he set up comedy/music shop every summer and toured the rest of the year. Year-round he now brings his unique brand of one-man theater to diverse audiences across the nation. Whether performing on concert stages, at colleges, business functions, festivals, school assemblies or libraries, Jackson Gillman delights his audiences with his inventions while touching them with his personal warmth.

With performances for groups large or small, of all age ranges, Jackson incorporates comedy, drama, music, dance, mime, and sign language into his own intimate style of theatre. Being in the business of speaking and performing since 1978 has given Jackson an enormous amount of material from which to draw as he customizes an engaging program for any event. Jackson believes that humor can enliven and enlighten any group, meeting, or gathering, and his is based on a foundation of beneficence, hope, and a belief in the enduring power of the human spirit.

Whether for a professional group meeting or school assembly, nightclub audience or small group, Jackson's performances are always delightful, magical, inspiring, spellbinding, and thoroughly enjoyable.


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