Catch the Ukulele Wave with Mil’s Trills & BML!
If you haven’t already caught the ukulele wave in Brooklyn, then you don’t know what you’re missing! Luckily, though, it’s not too late to find out. Mil’s Trills weekly shows, which run throughout the year, are at the forefront of Brooklyn’s ukulele movement, and events like the exciting upcoming Summer bash offer a chance to share in the fun with the entire family!
Every week, hundreds of babies & children (ages 0-4) meet up in edgy Brooklyn pubs and cafes to bop, rock, rattle ‘n roll as part of Mil’s Trills Music & Storytelling series. Trill-ers, as show-goers are often called, listen to quirky original tunes by Amelia Robinson on the electric ukulele and are introduced to a rotating cast of musical guests – many of whom are BML teachers! Each show features a new, often rare, instrument and a hand-selected book that is brought to life through an improvised soundtrack. So far this year, Mil's Trills has had amazing BML guests like Pinky Weitzman on the Stroh Violin, Derek VanScoten on the Mandolin, Caitlin Gray on the Double Bass and Chris Conly on the Electric Guitar!
Amelia Robinson, Mil’s Trills founder & ukulele-ist, talks about this week's event:
Every season we throw a big blow-out party to celebrate the music community that we have created. This year, our Summer Bash will be hosted by Littlefield (one of the coolest music venues in Brooklyn) on July 30th at 3pm. The show kicks off with a recital by graduates of the Ukulele for New Parents workshops, who have written their own lullabies for and about their babies. Then, a slew of past musical guests will join me on stage to perform charismatic, whimsical songs & bring a storybook to life! So if you’ve got babies, kids or if you just love ukuleles, this is one summer party NOT to miss! (Plus, how can you say no to $5 Mojitos!?).
Mil's Trills Summer Bash Details
Date: Saturday, July 30th
Time: Doors open 3pm, Show runs from 3:30-4:30pm.
Place: Littlefield NYC Performance + Art Space //// 622 DeGraw St. (b/w 3rd & 4th Aves), Brooklyn NY 11217 (R to Union Street or 2/3/4/5/Q/N/D to Atlantic/Pacific)
Tickets: KIDS FREE! (all ages welcome) $10/adult in advance ($15 at the door). Tickets available online or at Mil's Trills show near you!
Extras: Stroller parking available. Bring shakers, blankets & your ukulele. $5 Drink Specials.
Check out a video clip from Mil's Trills Winter Bash
Amelia talks about the importance of childhood education
Mil’s Trills stems from a very special music experience I had growing up in Brooklyn with my teacher and mentor, Judy Bain. She led a tight-knit group of us in a choir, The Brooklyn Children’s Ensemble and Suzuki piano lessons from the time when we started talking until we finished high school. From the pivotal years of our early music education, Judy created a safe haven for creativity, a sense of self and belonging, and nourished friendships that would last a lifetime. My approach to Mil’s Trills is to preserve these values and nurture a community where music is accessible to all.
The Brooklyn Children's Ensemble in 1993 singing at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
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