Roots Music Collective
This trio of master jazz and roots musicians, much sought after as sidemen as well as for school music assemblies, features multi-instrumentalist Dan Fox and Guitar and banjoist Crick Diefendorf of Made In The Shade along with drummer Steve Langone.
The Roots of American Music
This rollicking concert program explores the global influences and social forces that have shaped American popular music. Audiences learn how the music of early African-Americans evolved from work songs and spirituals into blues, jazz, country, and then rock’n’roll and hip hop. Students learn how band members draw upon distinct musical backgrounds to compose and play music together. The program culminates in a group songwriting exercise in which the musicians take suggestions from the student audience to create an original work.
Target Grades: K-12
Performance Length: 45-60 minutes
Audience Limit: up to 300
Students explore the origins of American music in more depth and delve into the creative and collaborative processes musicians use to compose songs and play music.
Workshop Length: 45-60 minutes
Participants: 30 students
“Roots Music Collective did an awesome job yesterday. They are fantastic musicians and really entertained and got the kids energy up while teaching them about all the different types of music. I really enjoyed their show and from the reactions of the teachers and the kids, the school did as well.” – Michelle Lucas, Thomas Hamilton Elementary School, South Weymouth, MA
“The North Andover Schools Enrichment Council was able to have Roots of American Music program perform at our five elementary schools as an all school show in the Fall. This was a fantastic show that all students at our elementary schools experienced – a wonderful exploration of American music from early jazz to modern day rock and hip hop. Our 6th graders at the Middle school will also see this performance in June. We have been booking quality YAMA shows for all our schools for many years and Roots of American Music was much appreciated by students and teachers.” – Diane Nikolopoulos, North Andover Schools Enrichment Council
Audience up to 300:
Single: $721 Double: $1,154 Triple: $1,514 Quad: $1,803
Audience of 301–600:
Single: $1,133 Double: $1,813 Triple: $2,380 Quad: $2,834
1 artists: $125/workshop 2 artists $300/workshop
Travel Fee: $100 per day
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS FOR TEACHERS
Roots of American Music Educational Materials
Crick travels from New York, so this ensemble generally needs at least 2 weeks notice for scheduling and may ask for dates adjacent to others on which he is due to be in town.
For scheduling inquiries, Roots Music Collective is coded as MIS/RMC.