2009-12-04 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Kids Concert Highlights West End Temple Fundraiser

KeyWilde and Mr. Clarke KeyWilde and Mr. Clarke Children's recording artists Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke are staples of the kids' music circuit and will be performing their repertoire on Sunday, December 13 at West End Temple. The doors are set to open at 2:00 p.m. They will be showcasing songs from their CD/Illustrated book entitled "Rise and Shine," which is set to be released by Little Monster Records in January of 2010.

The duo will be joined by bass player Alan Byers and drummer Zack Bruce. The kids concert will also feature Key Wilde's signature animated artwork projected on a big screen as a visual backdrop for the music.

Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke combine unique visuals with funny, upbeat original songs that appeal to people of all ages.

Grown-ups and children enjoy their combination of songs, illustrations, humor and memorable characters.

Their hit song "Favorite Names" was featured on the Greasy Kid Stuff radio program and was voted #1 on XM radio's Absolutely Mindy. During their northeast tour they performed at Kidstock 2009.

They are currently booked to play at Symphony Space in Manhattan in February of 2010 to celebrate the release of their upcoming CD.

They were voted #1 at Stinkfest 2009, which is a children's music festival in the Redhook section of Brooklyn, New York.

Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke began writing, performing and recording in 1990. They are influenced by, Bluegrass, Old Time String Bands, Punk, the Mills Brothers, obscure folk tunes, Hank Williams, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan. Key Wilde discovered the band's true calling when performing for his daughter's preschool class.

"I found that, rather than traditional kids songs, they responded most to my own quirky original tunes, so I began adapting my material for a kid audience, " says Wilde.

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