Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 29, 2011
Indie rock band Rabbit! today announced partnerships with Barefoot Books Studio in Concord, B. toys, and youth arts organization ZUMIX of East Boston as part of its U.S. summer tour. From July 6 to August 20, “Rabbit!'s Music Stand” will promote their latest album "Go For It” releasing August 2. The tour also aims to raise awareness about the continuing arts and music funds-cutting in schools, by promoting community programs that are finding alternative solutions from Florida to California.
On Friday, July 15, Rabbit! will visit Barefoot Books Studio (89 Thoreau Street, Concord) for a free all-ages concert at 10:30 a.m. Then at 6:30 p.m. Rabbit! will perform a free concert at ZUMIX (260 Sumner Street, East Boston). B. toys is generously supporting Rabbit!’s Music Stand throughout the tour with a donation of 2,000 bee-shaped maracas for young and old to shaka-shake along with.
“We want to use this summer tour as a vehicle to shine a little light on those individuals that, despite the economic circumstances, are still finding a way to provide a creative education and outlet for our nation's youth," said band co-founder Ashton Allen.
“We’re delighted to team up with Rabbit! and B. toys to host this wonderful family concert in our Concord Studio this summer. Every day we aim to bring our books to life and foster children’s imaginations with all types of creative activities – from storytelling and crafts to music and dance. A concert which celebrates the creative vibrancy that is essential to childhood – music, art, songs and stories, all combined with a whole lot of fun – will definitely be a real treat for our community!” said Nancy Traversy, co-founder and CEO of Barefoot Books.
“We're thrilled our little bee maracas will be buzzing right along with Rabbit! on their summer tour. This is a show you won't want to miss—both for the delightful music and important message," said B. chief toymaker Gisela Voss. "B. YOU is the core of our mission, so we will always support efforts that enable kids to express their hearts and selves through art and music.”
“We are so excited to have this opportunity to connect our youth with professional musicians who are creating positive music and spreading awareness around youth arts funding. We believe that music is a powerful tool for engaging youth and building community, and we hope that this collaboration will spread joy to our neighborhood,” said Nikki Stewart, development manager for ZUMIX.
About Rabbit!’s Music Stand
Rabbit!s Music Stand is a 45-city, 48-day interactive experience from July 6 to August 20 by indie rock band Rabbit! (http://www.saverabbit.com). The tour will reach music lovers, educators, artists, parents and children of all ages from Jacksonville, FL to San Francisco, CA through live music performances, documentary-style video, interviews and visits to community-driven music/arts programs. Rabbit! hopes to build a global online community sharing their stories and support, creating a 360-degree awareness effort that reaches far beyond the summer tour.
About Barefoot Books
Barefoot Books is an award-winning independent publisher, with offices in Cambridge, USA and Oxford, UK, that specializes in carefully crafted books, gifts and digital content to help children on their journey to become happy, engaged members of a global society. Since 1992, Barefoot Books has created more than 500 books and complementary gifts for children that use timeless stories and captivating illustrations to encourage exploration, global awareness and creativity. Barefoot Books are available online, through a network of booksellers and gift shops, in schools and libraries, in its stores in Concord, MA and FAO Schwarz in NYC, and through its fast-growing, grassroots community of independent Ambassadors. Fun, free content including a podcast, animated videos, and children’s games and activities are available online. http://www.barefootbooks.com
The first few years of life are a magical time when the world speaks to us and delivers all the truly necessary information we’ll ever need. Like life is beautiful. Imagination is powerful. And there is magic inside us all—a magic that propels us to be whoever we are meant to be. An undying belief in that magic guides everything B. does. Funky and fashion-forward with a simple one-letter name, B. wants to be a voice to children that says it’s okay to be curious, to be pensive, to be loud, to be happy and sad all at the same time. To be musical, to be artistic, to be scientific, to be smart, to be free, to be you. Just B. Just you. B. you. Explore the worlds of B. at http://justb-byou.com and join in the virtual play date at http://www.facebook.com/B.toys.
ZUMIX is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) cultural organization dedicated to building community through music and the arts. Located in East Boston, MA, ZUMIX provides top-quality cultural programming as an alternative way for young people to deal with frustration, anger and fear, and as a method of building cultural understanding and acceptance in one of Boston's most diverse neighborhoods. For more information, visit http://www.zumix.org.
# # #