Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Fun Freetime: Ralph's World Concerts

Kids and parents alike will be making a joyful noise this summer with Ralph’s World, a Grammy nominated band known for interactive, literacy-enhancing performances. Along with dozens of free shows are scheduled at public libraries around the Midwest, Ralph’s World will also perform at the Brookfield Zoo (July 15), the FoxTales Storytelling Festival (July 31) and Music Matters  Summer Fest (August 11) near Chicago, along with two shows in Wisconsin: Bayshore Town Center near Milwaukee (July 14) and Music by the Lake at George Williams College of Aurora University near Lake Geneva, (July 29).

The prolific artist will release an album for grownups in August entitledTalking to the Time, and his summer touring will include both solo acoustic shows and concerts with his pop rock band The Bad Examples, including a show with Adam Levy (Honeydogs) in Minneapolis, and opening for Matthew Sweet, and headlining at festivals and clubs.

This fall, Ralph’s World will once again curate and Ralph’s World will headline the family stage at Pilgrimage Music and Culture Fest in Franklin, TN (September 22 and 23) and he will perform family-friendly sets on at Austin City Limits in Texas (October 12 to 14).

Ralph’s World, a Chicago based musical act led by songwriter/author Ralph Covert, is one of the top names in family entertainment. His most recent award-winning albums are Time Machine Guitar (which takes listeners on an imaginative musical and narrative adventure through history) and Ralph’s World Rocks and Reads (a collection of pop songs based on Covert’s children’s books).

Ralph also hosts the “Time Machine Guitar Adventures” variety show on his YouTube channel, with music, puppetry and special guests. The Ralph’s World Minnesota summer library tour includes more than 40 dates round the state of Minnesota.

More about Ralph Covert and Ralph’s World

Grammy-nominated artist Ralph Covert is a University of Iowa education and writing school graduate whose musical career took off in the 1990s with his grown-up rock band The Bad Examples. He has long connected his music to reading and language. While still rocking with the Bad Examples, Ralph got his start playing for children at The Old Town School of Folk Music’s Wiggle Worms series. His first family music recordings debuted in the early 2000s. Since then, Ralph’s World has won numerous awards and critical acclaim for his 12 children’s albums and many music videos (released on Mini Fresh,Waterdog Records and Disney Sound). He has toured the nation performing for thousands of fans at venues ranging from Lollapalooza to Austin City Limits, as well as sold-out crowds at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Symphony Space in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. While the big ticket shows are fun, Ralph finds that the smaller shows help him develop as an artist. “When I’m in a room with 10 parents and 10 kids, I can really interact and discover what works and what doesn’t. It’s instant feed-back, and it is so much fun.”  

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