By Lookout Staff
September 6, 2012 -- Kids will have their own free concerts on the Santa Monica Pier when Wake Up with the Waves Kicks off its sixth year Saturday.
The concert series -- held every Saturday morning through November 3 -- gives children between the ages and 1 and 8 and their parents a chance to enjoy free interactive concerts and activities that include singing, dancing and movement, puppets, talent shows, dress-up, face-painting, prizes and bubbles.
The series will once again be produced by Michael Cladis, who is partnering with local co-producer Green Brooms Music Academy this year.
“Either kids can hang out in front of the TV on Saturday morning, or they can kids get active, involved, and maybe even inspired,” says S. Jay Farrand, the Pier's administrator.
“It’s a great way to start the day with some fresh-air, and then you’ve got all the family fun of the Pier’s amusements, rides and restaurants afterwards.”
The series was rebranded this year after organizers were inspired by the blocky children's work of Ray and Charles Eames.
"This concept uses poppy sea-themed graphics in a duo-tone treatment that's easy for children to identify, coupled with action verbs that reinforce the interactive nature of the concert series," concert organizers said.
All concerts are held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information on these shows and all activities at the Santa Monica Pier, please call (310) 458-8900 or visit http://www.WakeUpWithTheWaves.com
The schedule for Wake Up with the Waves is as follows:
Sept. 8, 2012 Willie Aaron / “The Bubble Factory”
Kick off the new season with Willie’s wonderful interactive journey filled with music, harmony and imagination. And bubbles!
Sept. 15, 2012 DidiPop
DidiPop is “a sound, a feeling and a way of looking at life.”
Everything she does is fun and new – even the ABC’s!
Sept. 22, 2012 Music is Fun Electric Band / Karlie Kemper
Everybody plays! It’s share and share alike with the Music is Fun Electric Band,
and Karlie Kemper’s wild piano is the perfect morning treat.
Sept. 29, 2012 “Ride the Surf with Gidget and Friends”
Girl Power! The real Gidget shares stories about making dreams come true.
Ariel joins for a glorious treasure hunt!
Oct. 6, 2012 String Project L.A. / Tara the Music Fairy
Every student is an artist with String Project L.A. Tara the Music Fairy shares enchanting songs about the wonders of nature and mythical creatures.
Oct. 13, 2012 World Beat Rhythms (WBR) Interactive Performance
Feel the beat as dynamic drummers on a rhythmic journey jam through World Beat styles. Presented by the Drum Workshop (DW).
Oct. 20, 2012 Fancy Feet
Such an exciting young group of dancers! This dazzling show will make everyone want to jump up and dance along!
Oct. 27, 2012 The Sixth Annual Halloween Beach Bash featuring The Santa Monika Goodtime String Band
Our annual howling, happy Halloween costume party with music, dancing, prizes and fun. Keep an eye out for Captain Jack bringing fun & games!
The Santa Monica Pier is located at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. Limited parking is available on the Pier Deck, with additional parking available in the beach parking lots located at 2030 Barnard Way and 1550 PCH, both accessible off Ocean Avenue south of the Pier. The 2030 lot is a short walk up the beach path from the Pier. For bus information, please visit http://www.bigbluebus.com or call 310-451-5444.
Wake Up with the Waves is co-produced by the Santa Monica Pier Corporation, Michael Cladis and Green Brooms Music Academy.