Lake Oswego is adding a new festival to the growing list of Northwest music events this Saturday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the grassy front lawn of the West End Building at 4101 Kruse Way. Rox in Sox is geared towards the family-friendly crowd by filling the stage with children’s musicians and authors. Organizers hope to entertain, engage and educate kids and their families through music, performances and interactive activities.
Here are five reasons why you should grab your family and go.
1. Music and movement. The two seem to go together where kids are concerned, especially when the likes of The Alphabeticians, Recess Monkey, One World Chorus, puppets from PBS-TV’s “Between the Lions” and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo are concerned.
2. Aaron Nigel Smith. Singer, songwriter, PBS Kids’ TV personality, educator, music evangelist and festival organizer, Smith is also a Lake Oswego resident who thought of Rox in Sox as a way to give back to his newfound community. Not only can the guy sing and engage his young audiences (which he’ll be doing as he leads the One World Chorus), but he’s got an infectious energy that can only mean good things for this event. He’s happy to call Lake Oswego home after moving from Los Angeles two years ago where he has found welcome support for the arts, family and building community.
3. Children’s authors. Literary stars take the stage as well including children’s favorites like Deborah Hopkinson, Greta Pederson and Noel MacNeal.
4. It’s for a good cause. While admission is free, participants are asked to donate new socks, shoes and books for kids in need from Portland, Kenya and Jamaica.
5. Good beginnings and happy endings. This is an event you want to come early and stay late for. The day kicks off with a Pre-Show Family Yoga put on by the Imagine Yoga Studio at 9:00 a.m. and ends with family drum time to end the day (drums are available but you are encouraged to bring your own).
For a complete schedule check out the event website.