Mr. Gabe Children's Concert at the Takoma Park Community Center
To celebrate the release of his first CD, Play Date, Mr. Gabe will be presenting a concert in the auditorium of the Takoma Park Community Center, on Saturday, June 23, at 4:00 pm. The concert is part of the “We Are Takoma” performance series. Admission is free, but donations of $6 per audience member are requested. The community center is located at 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912.
The focus of the concert will be to showcase songs from the CD. Several of these, such as “Sambalele,” “Five Little Monkeys,” and “I Won’t Eat That” will be familiar to those who have attended Mr. Gabe shows in the past. The set will also include other familiar kids’ favorites, such as “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” and “Down by the Bay.”
Joining Mr. Gabe for this special performance will be two talented local musicians, Jay Gordon (on bass) and Christopher Ousley (performing on a variety of acoustic string instruments as well as on percussion). Jay studied music at the University of Oregon and went on to play professionally in settings ranging from blues to jazz to punk rock. She makes her home in Takoma Park, where she spends her spare time working as a pediatrician and chasing her two boys around. Chris, a former Takoma Park resident, is a professional musician who plays a variety of stringed instruments, including the banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and guitar. He is currently a member of two ensembles specializing in old-time music and traditional jazz, the Bumper Jacksons and the Sligo Creek Stompers, with whom he performs throughout the DC area and points further south. His deep jazz pocket (whatever that means) and graceful Kentucky-style banjo are nearly as striking as his beard, which tends to give him a backwoodsman look. (Don’t worry, children. Mr. Gabe’ll protect you.)
Mr. Gabe would like to thank the City of Takoma Park, and Sara Daines, Director of Housing and Community Development, in particular, for making this concert possible.