Date & Price
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Open Air Theatre
Free with Gardens Admission
Timed Admission Tickets or Timed Member Reservations Required
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
One of the all stars of the indie family music scene, Justin Roberts has been creating the soundtrack to families’ lives for nearly 20 years. Roberts’ music helps kids navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up and helps parents remember their own childhoods. Get ready for an engaging, entertaining time with Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players.
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More about Justin Roberts
Three-time Grammy Award-nominated Justin Roberts, along with his band, the Not Ready for Naptime Players, has travelled the globe from Hong Kong to New York, and from Miami to Seattle.
The musical equivalent of an impromptu lemonade stand popping up in the summer heat, Lemonade is Roberts’ 13th album for families and contains 12 new original songs. Featuring dynamic performances by Chicago superstars Robbie Fulks on lead acoustic guitar and banjo; Gerald Dowd on cardboard boxes, paint cans, salt shakers, and other homemade percussion; and John Abbey on upright bass, Lemonade is like no other Roberts recording. The sparse sounds are dotted with ukulele, piano, cello, fiddle, marimba, harpsichord, and lovely harmonies by Nora O’Connor (Neko Case, Decemberists), Anna Jacobson, Robbie Fulks, Liam Davis, and Gerald Dowd.
Roberts began his music career in the 90s, performing in the Minneapolis-based indie-rock band Pimentos for Gus. He decided to moonlight as a Montessori preschool teacher, and it wasn't long before Justin began writing and singing songs for a new generation of fans—his students. The kids immediately responded and inspired Roberts to record some of his new songs and send them out to a few friends for Christmas. One of the gift recipients was Liam Davis, a college pal and music producer, who suggested that they record the songs professionally.
In 1997, Justin released his first CD, Great Big Sun, and the critics took note. Roberts has performed throughout the country and on The Today Show, and has been featured on Nick Jr. His song Get Me Some Glasses was on a World Series broadcast. He’s received three Grammy Award nominations for Jungle Gym in 2011, Recess in 2013, and Lemonade in 2018.
In 2014, Roberts wrote his first musical based on Hansel & Gretel, produced a cast recording, and published his first picture book, The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade (illustrated by Christian Robinson) with Putnam. In 2015, Roberts created a concert/theatrical experience entitled The Mysterious Hat, which debuted off-Broadway at the New Victory Theater in New York City. In 2017, Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, California will be remounting Hansel & Gretel for a national tour and his second book, The Great Henry Hopendower, will be released by Putnam.