Summertime Delights: Mr. Harley 7/25/18

Kids and their families are welcome to join us for our third Summertime Delight event!

The story of the Pied Piper entrancing the children of Hamelin has lasted for centuries. Now, in the 21st century, a new Pied Piper is making his way across America, only he’s using his powers for good. His name is Mr. Harley, and for the past nine years his music and his concerts have made children of all ages very happy.Mr. Harley leads a secret life as Harley Smith, mild-mannered jazz/rock drummer of the Maine music scene. But as Mr. Harley, he brings a lively guitar, a pile of songs, and a fender-wide grin to the stage, where his sheer exuberance has energized and delighted crowds of all shapes and sizes, from birthday parties to the Common Ground Fair.A Mr. Harley audience is not a timid one. Any inhibitions are magically wiped away, and it isn’t long before kids (and even a few grownups) are hopping like frogs, wriggling like snakes, and roaring like tigers. Some even join Mr. Harley onstage to sing, dance, and play. By the end of his shows, any barriers between old and young, big and small, have vanished completely.Mr. Harley knows all the classic children’s songs, as well as children’s songs disguised as grownup songs (think “All Together Now” by the Beatles), but it’s his original compositions that get the biggest responses. Songs like “Blue Shirt,” “the Sneeze Song,” and the say-that-five-times-fast “Stegameganoodlefudanappysaurus” are met with squeals of delight and enthusiastic singalongs, even from those who are hearing them for the first time.

Funding for this program was provided by the Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library.

Wednesday, July 25th at 6:00 p.m.
For more information, call the library at 667-6363.

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