‘Carbon neutral kids music tour’ coming to Grand County
Jeff Kagan and Paige Doughty, local children’s musicians, are biking through six Colorado towns this summer on what they call “a carbon neutral kids’ music tour.”
Each stop along the way includes a free children’s concert complete with interactive, educational, and entertaining music about the Rocky Mountains.
Their Grand County concerts take place this week at the Grand Lake Lodge and at the Granby Public Library.
This is the third consecutive summer that Kagan has put his legs, arms and back where his music (and mouth) is. In 2008, he hiked the 483-mile length of the Colorado Trail performing his “original environmental music for kids” at nine stops along the way.
In 2009, he canoed a 200-mile stretch of the Colorado River giving concerts in six towns.
This summer Jeff’s performance partner Doughty joins him on the adventure.
“A bike journey seemed to be the next logical step in our carbon-neutral tours of Colorado’s scenic byways. Paige and I are excited to make music with new kids in the mountain towns near our home in Boulder,” said Kagan.
Kagan is a noted educator, musician and environmentalist; Doughty is a freelance writer and high-school environmental education teacher. They met in graduate school for Environmental Education and have been performing together since 2008.
Kagan and Doughty’s summertime Meadow Music concerts have become a Boulder institution, regularly attracting crowds of 400-plus. For the past four summers, Kagan has opened the city’s July 4 ceremonies to crowds of 30,000-plus.
Doughty co-writes the shows, choreographs dance moves and adds female vocals to the music. Prepare to see her dressed as a honeybee, a flower, a rattlesnake, a bobcat or even poison ivy.
Kagan’s music explores the realm of ecological cycles, life in the alpine ecosystem, pollination, bear and mountain lion safety, symbiosis, water purification, water and electricity conservation, alternative transportation and so much more.
“If this sounds a little lofty for the kiddie set, then think again,” Kagan said. “Each song is instructive, but never preachy. And the messages are delivered in a playful manner with memorable musical hooks that captivate children and adults alike.”
The duo’s concert of original environmental music for kids is age-appropriate for 3-8 year olds as well as adults of all ages who love the great outdoors.
Naturally, all attendees are encouraged to make their way to the concert via trike, bike or good old-fashioned shoe leather.
“It is the most genuine means we have found to express our appreciation for the life-changing landscapes of the mountains,” Kagan said. “And, most importantly, it’s fun.”
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