Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts: Hot Peas 'N Butter

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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts: Hot Peas 'N Butter

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2pm

"The sizzling percussive beats [of Hot Peas 'N Butter] will put even the gloomiest kid in a party mood!" -- Parenting Magazine

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with a family concert by Hot Peas 'N Butter on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2pm.

Incorporating five languages and lots of fun audience interaction, this multicultural children's band uses elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk, and rock to create engaging music that'll have kids dancing in the aisles. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

Hot Peas 'N Butter was founded in New York City in 2000 by Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto, professional musicians who have been best friends since childhood. The group is a mainstay on Sirius Radio's "Kids Stuff" and XMKids, and is the proud recipient of four Parents' Choice Awards (2006, 2008, 2009, and 2012). Praised by the Los Angeles Times for their "hot and mellow multicultural groove," their hit videos "Number 1" and "Deep Down" have been featured on Nickelodeon and Noggin. They combine an interactive, invigorating approach to performance with mature, multicultural music, Hot Peas 'N Butter has developed a distinct way of inspiring care and creativity in kids and adults alike.

Danny Lapidus As a professional musician, Danny has performed with such acts as Dominico, Wendy Starland, Zoot, The Skadanks, and Oliver Lake, and has been featured as a vocalist on various commercial recordings.  As owner of POD NOISE, a recording studio in New York City, Danny has mixed and produced records for artists such as Yerbabuena, Oz Noy, Tabitha Fair, and Marion Loguidice.  He has scored music for the films AKA Tommy Chong and A Tale of Two Wives, as well as various television and radio commercials, including Verizon Wireless.  He has been producing and writing tracks alongside people like Avery Chambliss (Kanye West, Jay Z) for Imagem-Music.  His own rock band - Daruma Shakes - has performed alongside many national acts.

Francisco J. Cotto was born in Cidra, Puerto Rico and came to New York at the age of seven, settling with his family in the Bronx.  After graduating from high school, Frank cultivated his musical education at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and later at Lehman College.  As a professional musician, Frank has recorded and performed with Lew Soloff, Bernard Purdie, Jimmy Cobb, The Authority, Sonido Isleno, Johnny Colon, Jerry Gonzalez, C&C Music Factory, Brian McNight, The Hansoms (dance remix), Pacquito D'Rivera, and others.  Frank's own band, Vaya - an eclectic mix of Latin rhythms with contemporary blues & rock - performs regularly throughout New York.

Lisette Santiago is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in Afro-Cuban percussion such as batá and congas.  She studied and performed with great masters in Cuba and NYC such as Orlano Fiol, Pancho Quinto, Jose Luis "Changuito" Quintana, and Amelia Pedroso.  Lisette has recorded and performed with artists such as Cyro Baptista, Q-tip, The Jungle Brothers, Stereo MCs, Itaal Shur (Grammy Award-winning songwriter), Richard Bona and Matthew Garrison.  Along with her experience as a performer, Lisette has been teaching music, chorus and percussion for the past 10 years.  Along with instructing in schools throughout New York City, she has participated in educational workshops and residencies throughout the country.

As part of its 60th Anniversary Season, Brooklyn Center will once again present its popular Target Storybook Series of performances based on classic and contemporary children's literature, with titles including The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon; The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites; Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy's Big Adventure; and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.

Other family-friendly titles in Brooklyn Center's 60th Anniversary Season include a concert  by Black Violin, the holiday favorite The Colonial Nutcracker, a Lunar New Year Celebration by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, a performance by The Golden Dragon Acrobats, and a free presentation of The Beauty of Ballet (in partnership with the School of American Ballet). The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites will be the centerpiece of Brooklyn Center's eighth annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration. All seats for Brooklyn Center's 2014-15 Target Storybook Series are $9-$15. Ticket prices to other family programs vary, with discounts available to children ages 12 and under for select performances.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts: Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College

2/5 trains to Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue

Online orders:

Box Office: 718-951-4500, Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-6pm

Groups of 15 or more: 718-951-4600 x3331           

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