The Dolores Public Library hosts national family music performer Steve Weeks for an “interactive romp filled with music, humor and games” during a free children’s concert on Monday, July 17 from 3-4 p.m., according to a news release from Shaine Gans, youth services coordinator at the library.
“Come prepared to laugh. Come prepared to sing. And bring those dancing shoes,” Gans said.
The performance is part of the “Build A Better World” Summer Library Programs at the Dolores library.
“We’re supposed to be entertaining and educating kids,” the Colorado-based singer-songwriter said. “If it’s not coming from the heart or isn’t fun, I won’t write it.”
His productions include themed projects known as The Alphabet Songs Series and the album “Dandelion.” His recent “Once I Lived Upon the Sea,” a collection of softer pieces, continues his musical exploration.
Weeks is known for layering acoustic songs with percussion including cans, pots and pans. His range of styles includes reggae, bluegrass and folk-hop.
“Once I Lived Upon the Sea” includes the bluegrass of “Yellow Jacket,” the water-themed instrumentals “Rain,” “Creek” and “Ocean” and the melodious “Dog Beach,” a song about one dog’s pure joy at being let off leash by the sea.
“This is simple, elegant songwriting,” said Kenny Curtis, program director at Sirius XM satellite radio, “with a heavy dose of whimsy.”
Weeks, who placed first in the children’s music category of the 2007 U.S. Songwriting Competition, boasts four tracks that have reached No. 1 on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live.
Woven throughout his songs are heartfelt messages and stories that young and old alike can appreciate, the news release said. “Turn Out the Lights” is considered both a lullaby and a parent’s promise. “Once I Lived Upon the Sea” warmly reminds that being a parent is just another new and beautiful adventure.
The South Carolina native says his kids music evolved from a series of well-liked songs he composed for his children’s preschool.
For more information about library programs for kids, visit http://doloreslibrary.org/kids or call 970-882-4127.
For more information about performer Steve Weeks, visit from www.steveweeks.com