Aye Aye What’s Coming to the Y and PBS?!?

It’s less than a week away from our LABA Kids concert, Songs for Unusual Creatures and we checked with Michael Hearst again to get you some more exciting info and updates for this amazing show for the whole family!Aye aye FINAL

In last week’s post, we showed you a video that features the Aye Aye, or Daubentonia madagascariensis, a lemur native to Madagascar. The furry and unusual nocturnal creature uses echolocation to find its food and get around the forest. It also has extra special long middle fingers that it uses to tap on trees to see if they are hollow.

Songs for Unusual Creatures does a great job of uniting music, science, and learning. So much so that the show has been picked up by PBS Kids! The pilot episode will be premiering online on October 14th, and those of you who are joining us this Sunday will get to see the live version of the show. “Being able to make a show that ties in music with science is awesome!” says Hearst, who admires the work of Leonard Bernstein in his young people’s concerts, as it is “a great idea to be able to provide education through music. It is unusual that TV is willing to take a chance on something that is so art-y and yet educational at the same time.”

After the show, kids will be able to try out some of the unusual instruments that accompany these creatures, including the theremin (a crowd favorite!) and the stylofone.  Then, families can watch the series on PBS Kids and remember the great time they had with the instruments, animals, and band live!

The show is almost sold out! So get your tickets here, with a special discount for Y members.

Songs for Unusual Creatures

Sunday, September 29th

11:00am in the Theater at the 14th Street Y

Meet the Blobfish and More!

The blobfish is making its way to 14th Street!

Songs for Unusual Creatures

Sunday, September 29th at 11am

The Theater at the 14th Street Y


We asked Michael Hearst, creator of this interactive concert for kids and their families, exactly what drew him to the blobfish: “It’s adorable and it’s ugly. It’s sad and loveable… It’s so amazing looking!”

The show features not just the blobfish, but many strange and wacky animals from all over the world. Many of these creatures are endangered or on their way to becoming endangered because of human actions, and unfortunately some species receive more of our attention than others.  The show is a great way to “educate and teach people about some of the lesser known animals.  And I enjoy a fun, entertaining project that also has value and meaning beyond the entertainment.”

We are so excited to have Michael back at the Y, after his successful performance here with his band One Ring Zero for our LABAkids performance last spring.

“The theater is the perfect space for kids events; kids can run and dance and participate in our performances,”  LABA Kids does a “great job in creating a special space with their theme, original crafts and snacks and so many other things that make it a fun and special program.”

We hope to see you and your whole family sing, dance, and be astounded by Unusual Creatures  with us on Sunday, September 29th at 11am in The Theater at the 14th Street Y. Tickets are available HERE, with a special discount just for Y members!

Get a preview of one of the songs from the show: