Museum of Glass welcomes children’s singer/songwriter Caspar Babypants to perform at Family Day on April 14, 2012. The performances are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are included with regular Museum admission.
Caspar Babypants is also known as Chris Ballew, lead singer and songwriter of the Grammy-nominated The Presidents of the United States of America. As Caspar Babypants, Ballew writes and records simple, acoustic sing-along songs for parents and kids to enjoy together. Since 2008, he has released four albums that have received wide acclaim from parents and critics alike. His newest compilation, Hot Dog, is scheduled for release on April 17, 2012. Copies of the CD will be available for purchase at the Museum during his visit.
Unlike most children’s music which often focuses on teaching and activity, Ballew’s songs are simple and restful, drawing from old folk songs and blues music. “Having young children is a joyous and unforgettable experience,” says Ballew. “However, the home of new parents can also be a stressful, sleepless, nervous environment, so I make music that’s a positive, helping component in the home and car.”
“I want to help new parents sing to and with their child. I specifically want to make music for the very young because I admire their associative, inventive imaginations, and as an adult, I nurture that same creativity in myself.”
In addition to the Caspar Babypants performances, Family Day offers visitors the opportunity to participate in hands-on art activities and a gallery scavenger hunt along with watching artists at work in the Hot Shop. Family Days at the Museum of Glass are held the second Saturday of each month.
About the Artist:
Caspar Babypants is better known as Chris Ballew, a twice Grammy-nominated songwriter and lead singer for the four-time platinum rock and roll band The Presidents of the United States of America. He began writing children’s songs in 2008. He has also written two books, My Woodland Wish and Bunny Rabbit in the Sky, with is wife, Kate Endle. Their third book, Augie to Zebra, will be released in April 2012. Besides recording songs and writing books, Ballew volunteers his time helping non-profit organizations that focus on parent education and outreach to abused, homeless and neglected kids. He lives with his wife and two kids in Seattle “by the beach and the woods and the big wide Pacific Northwest sky.”
Information provided by Media Contact: Susan Newsom, Museum of Glass
The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions. In addition to the Hot Shop Amphitheater where visitors can watch artists work, the facilities include galleries, outdoor exhibition areas, a theater, hands-on art studio, grand hall, café and store.
Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by Ben B. Cheney Foundation, The Boeing Company Charitable Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, Arts Fund, Forest Foundation, and Sequoia Foundation.
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