MY Summer Kids Concert: Joanie Leeds
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Rock on all summer long at MY Museum! On Wednesday, June 21 at 10:30am, Monterey County Youth Museum presents a family concert by Los Angeles kindie musician Joanie Leeds. Concert is free with museum admission.
Joanie Leeds's destiny became obvious to her parents when, at the tender age of two, she grabbed a band mic at a party and belted out the entire song “Tomorrow” from Annie. As a musical theatre major at Syracuse University, Joanie began composing her own songs. After graduation, she did the New York City thing, and while making the rounds as a singer/songwriter in New York clubs, Joanie tried her hand at about ten different day gigs until a friend suggested that she get a job where she could sing with kids during the day and perhaps sleep at night. Joanie ended up managing one of the Manhattan Gymboree locations and singing with and for kids all day long. The nocturnal club scene was fun, but making music with children was real fun.
Life clicked into place when Joanie realized that when she was with children, they transformed themselves into amazing creatures of joy, forgetting how to hold back. Seeing the kids get in touch with their true selves gave Joanie a sense of fulfillment that far surpassed playing for adults on the club circuit. The songs that Joanie Leeds began turning out reflected this sense that life is a joyful adventure. Entertaining at birthday parties and pre- schools soon progressed into concert performances nationwide and generated material for seven full length CDs. Joanie is currently touring the country, performing at concerts and leading songwriter workshops while maintaining a busy teaching schedule.