Every week we post a new video! Our videos, like our concerts, are educational and silly! We bring science and nature to life for you and your kids to take home with you. Best of all these videos are free.
The School Library Journal rates "Get Outdoors!" as a "Top Pick" in media for teachers and librarians! And calls it "a must have for every collection." Check out the full review below. We are thrilled with this fantastic review of our award-winning album (Get Outdoors! won a 2013 Parent's Choice Award too.)
Get Outdoors! Performed by Jeff Kagan and Paige Doughty.
PreS-Gr 2 – Veteran children’s performers Kagan and Doughty really hit all the right notes with Get Outdoors! The majority of the album focuses on nature and ecology, with an emphasis on bats, mosquitos, meadowlarks, trees, and plate tectonics. Other songs highlight the need for bicyclists and cars to share the road and the proper technique for crossing the street. Employing a variety of musical genres, each song features beautiful lyrics and music that ranges from upbeat dance and sing-along tunes to songs as gentle as a lullaby. Two particularly clever numbers are “Scoopa-Doop-Poop,” about the importance of picking up after your dog, and “Rosa & Douglas,” regarding the relationship between a pine and a fir tree in the forest. Get Outdoors! is fun and educational, but never didactic. Teachers will like using this album in class while families will enjoy listening to it over and over again. A must-have for every collection.–Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library District, IL
Every year the community of Carbondale and Mountain Fair welcome us with open arms, happy greetings, and the rainbow of the Oasis Stage. This three-day fair features live music, dancing, wood-splitting, hula hoop and limbo competitions, amazing artisans, and so much more. They have a main stage for adult entertainment and a stage devoted just to kid's entertainment. All of the entertainment at the fair is free!
2014 marks our 6th year of performing at Mountain Fair! In that time we've gotten to know a lot of the community, like these two little poncho-ed girls who beg us to take them back stage so they can poke around and see what's happening. Every year we stay with friends who generously host us in their home. Backstage is lavishly decorated with couches, lights, and art pieces created by local artists. The whole fair is mostly volunteer-powered and is a zero-waste event (no plastic water bottles allowed here, there are water filling stations for your reusable water bottles instead). The blend of community oriented events like wood-splitting competitions, kid-friendly entertainment, commitment to sustainability, and incredible support of artists and musicians make this event a favorite of our summer.
This year our Carbondale friends were excited to learn that we're having our first baby in November. We already have several volunteers to babysit during our show next summer!
Here's some shots from our Sunday show. Thanks Carbondale Mountain Fair, we'll see you in 2015.
We pack the car with speakers, microphone stands, two giant bags of props and costumes, our brand new bear head, not to mention tons of snacks for a hungry pregnant lady! As we head out of town I realize I forgot the cash box that we need to sell CDs. "Oh crap! The cash box Jeff!?" Jeff takes a deep breath and tries not to get upset as we circle back through construction and hot summer traffic. Since I've been pregnant he's taken on a lot more of the packing and prep duties for our job... the only thing I had to remember was the cash box... oops. These are sometimes the most trying moments of our career and relationship together, but they also lead to some of our most joyful experiences.
As with most family road trips, getting ready to go is the hardest part. Once we're on the move we both relax and talk about some of the highlights of our upcoming week. "Oh, I can't wait to see Gail and Mark again!" I exclaim.
"I know it's been 3 years since we stayed with them last, remember last time we were there they had that great big dog, Hank?"
Gail Yerbic is the Head of Youth Services in the Mesa County Library System and she and her husband, Mark, have generously opened their home to us during our tour. Getting to stay with kind people like the Yerbics makes it possible for us to do this work. Without them we'd have to pay for a hotel for 4 nights, making the trip unaffordable for us and the library system.
Five hours later Gail and Mark greet us enthusiastically at their Grand Junction home, introduce us to their new dog, "Charlie" (Hank has move in with another family who have more space) and we get to sleep.
In the morning as we get ready to leave for our first concert Mark takes a look at our ridiculously packed car and wonders, "What are you going to do with the baby once it arrives?" He means it jokingly, but I answer seriously.
"I don't know..." I ponder aloud, "maybe we'll have to get a different car..." Jeff gives me a look, NO WAY. And Mark suggests a car topper. "Yeah that'll work," I respond with relief. We're both excited about our new baby and also wondering how on earth we'll be able to continue this joint career with a child in the mix. Deep down we know it will work and it's taking a lot of trust in ourselves and our community to get there. We'll keep you posted on this journey as it unfolds...
At our first show of the tour in Palisade, CO we have a small and lovely audience. It's our only show for the day. Afterwards we go tubing in the Colorado River. (Six month pregnant lady on a tube... yeah, I don't have a picture of that for you!) It's the only way we can imagine "getting outdoors" in this 100 degree heat, and Jeff has somehow managed to pack tubes in the car along with all that other stuff...
In the evening we make quinoa pasta and homemade pasta sauce at the Yerbic household and talk shop with Gail and Mark. Gail has been an incredible supporter of our career and she's got lots of ideas for everything from fundraising to a return trip to Mesa County next year. "If you come back with the baby, my niece can babysit for you!"
The next morning it's off for two shows--Orchard Mesa and the Main library branch. Afterwards we get a smoothie and take Cornelius our stuffed bobcat along for the journey. Here I am taking a snooze with him at the juice bar...
Later, Jeff and I fall asleep for real watching a movie with the Yerbics, two concerts in this heat is exhausting!!!
Our final day in Mesa County is filled with two delightful concerts in De Beque and Clifton. The shows are small and we get to connect with the kids and parents in a way that is harder to do with large audiences. De Beque has a population of between 400 and 500, depending on who you ask. Our performance is in a hot gym and by the end we're both sweating buckets. I find myself looking forward to the moment when Rigatoni Spumante, the Opera Singer, will spit water all over me. Afterwards we share ice-cream with the kids and parents in the library.
Once we're done with our shows we drive to Aspen to stay with our friends, Tom and Grace and their son Jack. After dinner, Grace and I talk babies while Jeff and Tom (friends since high school) catch up. It's a beautiful life and tomorrow we get a day off before we head to Mountain Fair in Carbondale! Stay tuned for more...
Boulder’s Popular Music and Nature Education Program for Children Kicks Off Monday June 2nd on the Chautauqua Green
(May 29, 2014, Boulder, CO) – Jeff & Paige (http://jeffandpaige.org) the Boulder-based musical duo who bring science and nature to life through original, kid-delighting songs and stories, are proud to be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the award-winning Meadow Music program – free, interactive summer evenings of children’s music, nature education and kid-friendly hikes – sponsored by Boulder’s Open Space & Mountain Parks.
Kicking off Monday June 2, 2014, children and parents can join Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty and their friend, Mark Wesson - an original co-creator of Meadow Music - for evenings of children’s music and nature education. A favorite among local residents for a decade, the evening consists of a short, kid-friendly hike on the McClintock Trail, followed by 45 minutes of nature music for kids on the Chautauqua Green. Meadow Music is free and open to the public. It is best for kids ages 2-8 and runs from 5:30pm - 7pm, rain or shine.
“We believe in taking a light-hearted approach to teaching kids, teenagers, and even adults about environmental issues,” says Paige Doughty, co-founder of Jeff & Paige. “Meadow Music gives us the chance to be silly, to be outdoors, to educate through song and skits and most importantly, to build community.”
Jeff Kagan, co-founder of Jeff & Paige continues, “Seeing these families week after week is the best part of our summer season. Most parents bring a blanket and picnic dinner- it’s a very relaxing and fun evening for everyone.”
With their diverse experience as classroom and outdoor educators combined with engaging storytelling, interactive play, and fun-filled concerts & CDs, Jeff & Paige offer highly educational content that both parents and kids love. More information about Jeff & Paige, including a complete line-up of events and programs, can be found on their website http://jeffandpaige.org.
For more information on Meadow Music, including a map to the meeting place on Monday June 2nd, please visit https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/meadow-music.
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