Justin time for Greenberg celebration

September 12, 2012

Justin Roberts, one of the all-stars of the indie family music scene, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Greenberg Childcare Center at Skidmore College with a concert on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Justin Roberts

The family-friendly event is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. in the Arthur Zankel Music Center’s Ladd Concert Hall. Tickets are $5 per adult, with free admission for children. Roberts and his “Not Ready for Naptime Group” will perform selections from their seven previously released CDs, including the Grammy-nominated Jungle Gym, as well as the forthcoming Lullaby, due this fall.

USA Today has hailed Roberts as “the Paul McCartney of kids’ music” and he has won six Parent’s Choice Gold Awards as well as a number of other accolades. His clever, funny songs deal with important issues that young children face, using lyrics that are rich with sharp comedic insight.

Roberts launched his music career in Minneapolis and moonlighted as a Montessori preschool teacher. After writing and performing songs to the delight of his students, Roberts realized that he had nailed a musical niche.

His first CD, Great Big Sun, was released in 1998 to favorable reviews, which boosted attendance at tours. He has played at such venues as the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Moore Theater in Seattle, Chicago’s Ravinia, and Symphony Space in New York City. Roberts also has performed on The Today Show and the Nick Jr. network and his song “Get Me Some Glasses” was featured on a World Series broadcast.

Jungle Gym, his most recent recording, covers iconic childhood experiences: the joys of trick or treating and gym class parachutes, sleepovers and snowdays. Giant pounding drums, vintage electric guitars, strange and fanciful time changes, soaring vocals, and elegant French horns conquer the heights of the Jungle Gym.

Music-lovers of all ages are welcome at the Sept. 15 event, which will mark the 25th anniversary of Skidmore’s campus-based Greenberg Childcare Center. Opened in 1987 through the efforts of then-trustee and Skidmore parent Toni Greenberg and others at the College, the childcare center was named in her memory a few years later. Enrollment capacity is 43 children (eight infants, 15 toddlers and 20 preschoolers) with priority for admission to Skidmore faculty, staff, alumni, and students.

Longtime director Nancy Wheeler leads a staff of 10, which is supplemented by Skidmore students and volunteers. Wheeler says that Greenberg’s teachers work “to provide quality care in a safe and loving environment to nurture children’s early development and to serve as a support system for families.”


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