Hawaii Preparatory Academy presents the world-renowned and award-winning children’s eco-music group, the Banana Slug String Band in concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, is the second in a series of Ohana Sustainability events being presented by HPA.
The Banana Slug String Band is a group of lovable musicians and educators from the coastal redwoods of Northern California who helped pioneer the art of children’s edu-tainment. The Slugs are “Airy” Larry Graff, Doug “Dirt” Greenfield, “Solar” Steve Van Zandt, and “Marine” Mark Nolan.
Perhaps best known for the organic food anthem, “Dirt Made My Lunch,” the Banana Slugs have long been favorites of kids of all ages.
The band’s music, which ranges from rockin’ boogies to sensitive ballads; folk songs to reggae and rap, features vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, harmonica, and percussion. Shows include wild-and-wacky costumes, audience participation, and puppets that entertain and educate audiences about caring for the Earth.
The band has performed at hundreds of venues across the U.S., including the Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Montalvo Arts Center, and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Their many awards include AFIM’s (Association for Independent Music) Indie Award for Best Children’s Recording and a NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards) Gold Award.
“Music resonates,” Van Zandt said. “Whether it is a song that is stuck in your head for a day, or a tune that lives within us for a lifetime, music holds the power to transcend time and place and to touch our deepest emotions.
“Now, after almost 30 years together as a band, we Banana Slugs can proudly say we have spread our music to schools, households, and nature centers throughout the country. Our songs appear in local, national, and international education curricula, and we continue to find new ways to collaborate with others to use music as a way to educate and promote social and environmental well-being.”
HPA’s Ohana Sustainability events are funded by the Will J. Reid Foundation and the Richard Smart Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.
The next Ohana Sustainability event at HPA is the Second Annual Earth Day Celebration and Environmental Science Symposium, which is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 20.
For more information, contact Koh Ming Wei at 808-443-9231 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org