"The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection" to be released this month
Children's music superstar and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner is having a busy fall, with both solo and Laurie Berkner Band holiday shows scheduled for November and December, preceded by the October release of her ninth album, a compilation of greatest hits titled "The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection" (Two Tomatoes Records, distributed by Razor & Tie).
Berkner will perform solo at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Historic Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets are $25. A limited number of $50 VIP tickets are available and include preferred seating and an after-show photo opportunity. For more information, call 716-692-2413, ext. 401, or visit www.rivieratheatre.org.
"One of my fondest memories of the winter holidays is singing together with my family every Christmas Eve," Berkner said. "It's one of my favorite ways to celebrate this time of year, and I feel really lucky to sing some of those same songs now at my holiday concerts with families who enjoy my music!"
This year's holiday concerts will celebrate the season with traditional songs such as "Jingle Bells" and "Frosty the Snowman," plus originals from Berkner's "A Laurie Berkner Christmas," including "Santa's Coming to My House Tonight" and "Candle Chase." Berkner's festive holiday performances also will showcase many fan favorites from "The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection."
Dubbed "one of the hippest children's artists" by FamilyFun Magazine, Berkner was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr. and was featured in nearly all of the episodes of the channel's "Jack's Big Music Show." She currently stars in the animated musical short-form series "Sing It, Laurie!" on the Sprout preschool channel (owned by NBC) and makes regular appearances on Sprout's "Sunny Side Up Show."
A former preschool music teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Berkner started selling her music more than ten10 years ago out of her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records.
The Laurie Berkner Band has received critical acclaim. Time Magazine lauded her as "a kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow. ... Berkner inhabits a kid's curious perspective in her lyrics and pens folk-pop melodies that bear repeated - very repeated - listenings." The Wall Street Journal called Berkner "one of the most popular children's performers in America. ... Her music is distinctive, because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups."
Watch Berkner in action on her YouTube channel HERE.
The Laurie Berkner Band features Berkner, vocals/guitar; Susie Lampert, keyboards; Brady Rymer, bass; and Bobby Golden, drums/percussion.