SummerStage: Global Family Day: Ralph’s World, Bethany and Rufus and Cirque-tacular Entertainment

Sunday July 18 3:00 PM

Central Park, New York, NY

An afternoon of family fun with songs that kids and grown-ups will treasure equally.

This annual family affair will spark imagination, nurture creativity and celebrate the kid in us all through puppetry, music, mime, acrobats and magical mayhem. Featuring catchy kid-friendly rockers, captivating American roots musicians, interactive story-tellers, face-painters, puppet shows, jugglers, and an instrument-making workshop, this afternoon is sure to be enjoyable for both kids and adults!

Amongst the many rockers now making kid-friendly records, there’s the original genre-breaker Ralph Covert, an irrepressibly enthusiastic performer who rocks just as hard for kids as he does for grown-ups. A genuine smile on his face and too-cool shoes on his feet, his traveling circus of catchiness known as Ralph’s World is equally loved by hip-seeking parents as it is by children, fortunate to be living in an era where their music both rocks and respects their intelligence and curiosity. The New York Times says “It is possible that Mr. Covert will turn out to be [the] genre’s Elvis Presley or, at the very least, its Elvis Costello.” He’ll be with his rock’n’roll band playing songs from his new album on BarNone Records, All Around Ralph’s World, plus classics from his eight Disney releases, all suitable for dancing and singing along– regardless of one’s height or age. “The traveling circus of catchiness known as Ralph’s World is equally loved by cool-seeking parents as it is by children.”

When Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia join forces on stage they spark a fire-in-the-belly, soul-stirring experience of American roots music that lingers long after the concert ends. Sliding between groove, world, and blues they push the boundaries of American Roots music far into unexpected territories. As the daughter of Peter Yarrow (of the famous folk band, Peter, Paul and Mary), Bethany absorbed much of this music through osmosis in her early childhood, but it’s her tour-de-force stage presence, mesmerizing voice and deep knowledge of the material that allows her to turn these songs inside out and make them her own. Rufus Cappadocia is a multi instrumentalist, composer, and instrument designer. He is known both for his solo cello recordings as well as his collaborations with artists from around the world including Urban Tap, The Paradox Trio, and the Vodou Drums of Haiti. Drawing from the modalities of Middle Eastern, West African, European and American folk forms, Cappadocia’s effortless and natural embrace of music is awe-inspiring.

Cirque-tacular Entertainment is a premiere creator of new American circus and variety productions. They have performed throughout the world, before both live audiences and through appearances on major television networks. Their art has reached millions of viewers. Under the leadership of Tad Emptage, and supported by the work core members Melissa Marie Wilhelm and Aaron Bonventre, the group is now complemented by twenty resident performer-creators. Watch as the skilled acrobats of Cirque-Tacular perform one dazzling, death-defying feat of athletic prowess after another. Spectacular aerial numbers, gorgeously choreographed ground acrobatics, energetic music and bright, and beautiful costumes bring the most thrilling and irresistible aspects of the circus arts into one electrifying show.

*Presented in association with Parents House of Kids