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Confetti Park

Confetti Park is a playground of magical music and stories spun in Louisiana. Showcasing songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful musical medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show! Created by Katy Hobgood Ray of New Orleans.
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Now displaying: April, 2015
Apr 30, 2015

In this episode of Confetti Park, Katy Ray interviews Johnette Downing, award-winning children's music and author. Through her books and songs, Johnettte shares Louisiana culture with kids around the world.

Johnette will be appearing at Jazz Fest this year; it is her 23rd year at the fest!


In this interview Johnette discusses how she came to play children’s music, and how the jazz sounds of New Orleans inspired her as a child. As an adult, she got to record a CD of children’s songs with Jimmy LaRocca's Original Dixieland Jazz Band, which she considers one of her crowing achievements.

She also discusses the importance of parents enjoying music and dancing with their children. Jazz Fest is great for that!!!

Visit http://johnettedowning.com/ for more info.

Learn about all the Louisiana musicians and authors featured on Confetti Park, at http://confettipark.com

Apr 26, 2015

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana.

This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order: 

  • Okra Man - Mr. Okra & Confetti Park Players
  • Playing Possum - Johnette Downing 
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider - Jeremy Lyons
  • Days of the Week - Jason & Layla
  • Ol’ Blue - Jimmy Cousins 
  • Aveine, Aveine - Renaissance Cadienne
  • Buttermilk Drop - Confetti Park Players
  • Zydeco Gris Gris Rap - Michael Doucet
  • Evangeline - Feufollet 
  • When I See an Elephant Fly - Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. 
  • How is the Housecat - Schazty

 

For more information about these artists, and kids music in Louisiana, visit http://confettipark.com

Apr 24, 2015

The little mouse Santi may be small, but he has a big dream. This beautifully illustrated story explores one of the most important aspects of a child’s life, the search for identity. Santi wants to be a cat, and even though all the other mice laugh at him, he follows his dream. This timeless story ends with a whimsical twist: Santi learns a valuable lesson about self-determination and also learns he is not the only dreamer!

New Orleans author David Eugene Ray narrates this adorable story, which received a Kirkus star. The gentle and lovely illustrations in The Little Mouse Santi, by Santiago Germano, are not to be missed! Order the book at http://confettipark.com/santi/

BONUS: This podcast concludes with a song called "Dream Big, Little Santi" composed by David Ray and Katy Hobgood Ray. 

 

 

Apr 18, 2015

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana.

This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order: 

This Little Light of Mine - Ingrid Lucia
Wake-Y-Up-O - Kevin Griffin
“A Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track” - Confetti Park Players
Spoonbread - Lil Band of Gold
Noce A Josephine - Renaissance Cadienne
Puddin Man - Ph Fred
She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain - Jeremy Lyons
ABC et 123 - Michael Doucet and Family
Musique a Bouce - Renaissance Cadienne ftg. Beth Patterson
“Apple on a Stick” - Confetti Park Players
Zipa Dee Do Da - Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk

For more information about these artists, and kids music in Louisiana, visit http://confettipark.com

 

 

Apr 15, 2015

In a beautiful park in Louisiana, a wonderful old oak tree grows sideways. While the other magnificent oak trees rise out of the earth straight, tall, and proud, this one very special oak tree twists and turns out of the earth, parallel to the ground. 

What happens? The little children flock to her.... she provides them with a magical haven in the sky.

In this episode of Confetti Park, New Orleans children's author Tiger R.R. Chaplain tells us the story of how The Sideways Oak came to be. 

Tiger Chaplain is the author of several children's books, including Tristan and the Wise Little Dragon. Connect with Tiger on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tristanandthedragons

Apr 11, 2015

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana.

This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order:

“Confetti Park”

 - Confetti Park Players
“Hokey Pokey” – Big Sam’s Funky Nation
“Miss Mary Mack” - Confetti Park Players
“Rock Paper Scissors” – Ph Fred
“If a Dinosaur Was My Friend” – Philip Melancon
“Your Mama” - Schatzy
“An Extra Smile” – Vanessa Kaster and Beth Patterson
“Garden Song” – Amanda Shaw
“It’s Watermelon Time” – Confetti Park Players
Field recording of New Orleans street performers (recorded by Jason Rhein)


For more information about these artists, and kids music in Louisiana, visit http://confettipark.com

 

Apr 10, 2015

This episode of Confetti Park features the children's story Thorn in My Horn, by Alex McConduit of New Orleans, La.

Thorn in My Horn is a book about a young musician in New Orleans who LOVES to play his horn. His mother, on the other hand, cannot stand to hear the noise! She's a thorn in his horn! This fun rhyming book includes illustrations by Darrell Rollo that showcase the French Quarter, Jackson Square and other iconic places in The Big Easy. 

Thorn in My Horn was written by Alex McConduit and published by Big Boot Books. Learn morn about Alex and his books at http://bigbootbooks.com/about/

 

Apr 3, 2015

Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana.

A great children’s song doesn’t have to be classified in the kids genre. A lot of the music in Louisiana is naturally kids music… Full of whimsy, silliness, and fun. And danceable, too!

This medley of local kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana sounds. Songs featured in this episode in order:

“This Little Light of Mine” - Kermit Ruffins
“Today is Monday in Louisiana” - Johnette Downing
“Lemonade” - Confetti Park Players
“Swahili Baby” - Los Poboycitos
“We are the Lightning Bugs” - The Lightning Bugs
“Little Sally Walker” -  Leadbelly
“Itty Bitty” - Susan Cowsill and Paul Sanchez
“Dansez, Codine ” - Renaissance Cadienne 
 
For more information about these artists, and kids music in Louisiana, visit http://confettipark.com

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