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GRAMMY Week Museum Lineup Includes a Show for the Kids

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, February 05, 2009, at 05:21PM
GRAMMY Museum Ribbon Cutting Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Students wait to enter the GRAMMY Museum on ribbon-cutting day, December 5.

In the days leading up to Sunday's GRAMMY Awards, to be held at Staples Center, the show's namesake museum has an appropriately full slate of events. Over the next three days, Downtowners can head over to the GRAMMY Museum to meet a New Orleans musician legend, forget the rain by listening to live Hawaiian music and bring along the kids to hear tunes targeted at a younger demographic.

Legends: Allen Toussaint Tonight, February 5, GRAMMY Trustees Award recipient and New Orleans native Allen Toussaint is featured in the eclectic Legends series. Besides his new album, The Bright Mississippi, topics in the Q and A will about his long career and having to escape Hurricane Katrina. Then the audience will be invited to ask questions before an intimate musical performance by the guest of honor. Toussaint influence on American music reaches rhythm and blues, pop, country, musical theater, blues and jazz.

Legends: Allen Toussaint / 8pm / GRAMMY Sound Stage / Doors open at 7:30pm / Tickets are $14.95; $12 for members

Hawai'i Goes GRAMMY: A Tribute to Hawaiian Music This Friday, February 6, a free program featuring 2008's GRAMMY nominees in the Hawaiian category will have performances by Amy Hanaialii, Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho, Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa, Milton Lau. You will also hear an onstage interview and musical history lesson with Chief Curator Ken Luftig Viste.

Hawaii Goes GRAMMY: A Tribute to Hawaiian Music / 8pm / GRAMMY Sound Stage / Doors open at 7:30pm / Admission is free to the public. Museum members receive priority admission

First Annual GRAMMY Children's Music Showcase On Saturday, February 7, monthly family programs begin with the first annual Children's Music Showcase. The show will feature the 2009 GRAMMY nominees in the Musical Album and Spoken Word Album for Children categories with performances by Buck Howdy, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could; plus 2009 GRAMMY nominee in the Traditional Folk category and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, folk singer Tom Paxton.

"Our GRAMMY Children's Music Showcase is an opportunity for us to engage a younger audience and introduce them to diverse musical experiences," said Museum Education Manager Melissa Runcie in a release.

It's a great addition to Friday's special museum educational program for Los Angeles-area elementary school students, where GRAMMY nominees Trout Fishing in America will take the Sound Stage and perform highlights from 2009's nominated release Big Round World.

The GRAMMY Children's Music Showcase / 10am / GRAMMY Sound Stage, followed by educational activities on the Target Terrace / Doors open at 9:30am / Tickets are free for GRAMMY Museum members (Opening Act or higher) or with museum admission / Tickets to attend the family program only may be purchased for $8 at the Museum Box Office / Reservations required / RSVP to For more information, call 213.765.6800 (ext. 6)


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