"Hilariously entertaining for both children and adults."
- Rock 'N' Rattle

 

"Hilarious and talented."

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"The talented and very funny pied piper of kidsville"
- The Liberation Artist 



Music With Patrick: seriously silly musical fun for children and the grown-ups who love them.

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Music Together of Staten Island 

Last week the legendary Miss Janet of Music Together of Staten Island reached out and asked if I wouldn't mind filling in for a couple of upcoming classes; it had been a while - almost six years - but I agreed.  Well let's just say that a wonderfully fun time was had by all, and although my resting tones were a bit off - whose aren't - and my rhythm patterns sounded like buffalos on parade, the laughter and pure anything-can-happen spirit of making music - and using humor - with families abounded.   A big thank you to Miss Janet for having me back.   (musictogetherofstatenisland.com is the place to register for their wonderful classes, btw.)

"Be Amazing!" 

This past Wednesday as I walked through a parking lot on my way to play for children at an after-school program for kids both on and off the spectrum, a woman stopped her car next to me, rolled down her window and said, "Whatever you're gonna do with those instruments, be amazing!" and drove off just as quickly as she'd arrived.   It was a the sort of random act of kindness that keeps me going and makes me realize in my bones that musical instruments are magical objects: they have the ability to summon a power that is at once joyful and mysterious.  (Even when the music is as simple as "The Itsy Bitsy Spider")  That chance encounter spurred me to do exactly what she'd said: be amazing.  Based on the children's reactions, I'm pretty sure it worked....for all of us.   Thank you, kind lady, for taking the time to spread some happy in this world: we sure need it!

Bat Man in Plaid 

We 70s children well-recall the straight-from-the-box, plastic-smelling, rubber band-sporting Halloween costumes of yore, don't we? Here's yours truly circa 1975, looking every bit the superhero. (Bat Man wore plaid long sleeves under his costume, too, right?) What was your favorite costume back in the day?

 

Rock-N-Roll Lives! 

Another Staten island Zoo Spooktacular has come and gone, and this year may very well have been the best ever: great families and staff, fun activities, and the costumes.....well, let's just say we hit a new level of silliness with those this year.   Don't believe us?  See for yourself!

The RASB Brings the Fun....Again! 

Once again the Rock-A-Silly Band brought loads of musical fun and silliness to a wonderful group of families: this time at Congregation B'Nai Jeshurun on Staten Island.   Although we managed to play two traditional Jewish songs, our crew was also asked to perform other traditional music....you know, like "We Will Rock You" by Queen, "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath and that pilar of the religious canon, "Rock and Roll All Night and Party Every Day" by Kiss.  We somehow managed to pull off the feat, despite never having played said songs before, but, as they say, all is fair in love and silliness.  Mazel Tov!

Kitty Selfie 

Unlike many other felines, my cat's not big on social media: or the internet, for that matter.   No, she prefers cat naps, morning treats and basking lazily in rays of sunshine.   But today - finally - she decided to have a "coming out" of sorts, so here she is, folks.  To everyone out there she sends her deepest, most heartfelt meow.   

"There's a Frog on My Head!" 

Yesterday I had the privilege of playing my "Many Voices: Songs from Around the World" program at the Aguilar branch of the New York Public Library and it was a really special event.   It heartens me that ins site of the divisive and negative stuff many of us are inundated with every day, there is space in this life for songs and silliness and people of all backgrounds to come together to sing, dance and laugh.  We ended with a big sing-along to Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" that was just delicious.  Wish you coulda been there!

Pure Bliss 

So this is what happens when you loan your puppet buddies to a friend who's covering a gig for you: pure happiness on the part of her little guy.   Selfies don't get any better than this, folks.

New Logo 

Just received new logos and want to share them with you.   What do you think?

The RASB Loves Staten Island Chuck 

He's got the swagger like Jagger and the soul of James Brown: yes, we are talking about the fella in brown - Mr. SI Chuck.  Except for one winter storm toward the end of March, Mr. Chuck's prediction of an early Spring was pretty accurate.   (Can Nate Silver say the same thing about his utter failure to predict the outcome of the last election?   Don't think so.)   

Groundhog Day Show 

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 will mark the Rock-A-Silly Band's fifth time playing at the Staten Island Zoo's Groundhog Day celebration.   The one and only Staten Island Chuck has an 80% accuracy rate, which means either he's a genius or big data is all just a bunch a bunk and we might as well let animals decide public policy and settle important issues.   Gates open at 6:30 AM and admission is free.  Please check out StatenIslandZoo.org for more information.

New Year's Eve Concert 

So the Rock-A-Silly show at the Children's Museum New Year's Party brought home yet again how music and laughter and families illuminate us all. We sang Happy Birthday to a 2-year-old and to an 82-year-old, danced and clapped and sang, and when the balloons dropped, amid the noise and craziness, I saw tears in some adult eyes as "Auld Lang Syne" because music touches us in ways that amaze. Happy New Year, everyone.

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Many Voices: Songs From Around the World

New York Public Library Children's Center, 476 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Join Mr. Patrick and his silly puppet friends for a musical celebration of songs from around the world. Irish jigs? Got 'em. African songs? Done! This show also takes place in THE NY Public Library building (Think lion statues) in the same room as the original Winnie the Pooh dolls. Can't beat that! Free.

Lunch With The Easter Bunny

Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY

Not a breakfast person? Come grab a bite with the Easter Bunny and his pals at the Staten Island Zoo. Mr. Patrick provides the tunes and afterward you get to hunt for Easter eggs. What's better than that? Please visit StatenIslandZoo.org for more information.

Super-Silly Sing-Along and Sprinkler Splashfest

Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314

It's pretty simple, really: a guitar, some puppets, a bunch of singing, dancing and clapping, followed by a bunch of kids running through awn sprinklers and getting so wet and exhausted that their parents can put them to bed early so they can binge-watch Game of Thrones. Pretty sneaky, eh? Fun is Coming! And it's Free!