Crosshatch acts as the fiscal sponsor for On Stage 4 Kids
On Stage for Kids (OS4K) is a music education and live performance project that brings some of the top Michigan musicians and songwriters to elementary schools, middle schools and high schools in Michigan. The program also creates another, much needed, source of income for these full-time working Michigan musicians during the fall and winter months when there are not as many booking opportunities.
The goal of the On Stage 4 Kids project is to educate K-12 students about the history, songwriting and culture of American music. During the one hour presentations the OS4K trios and quartets perform a selection of traditional folk, blues, rock, gospel, country, Cajun and Americana music. Theyalso talk about their lives as working musicians and the joy of music. The musical journey combines humor, storytelling, live music and audience participation. The performances are tailored to the age of the students, with one for the elementary kids and another presentation for middle school and high school students. Students are encouraged to get involved by singing along with the band, asking and answering questions, and even performing on stage with the band.
The performers for On Stage 4 Kids include Michigan songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Joshua Davis; songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Samuel Seth Bernard; blues and roots keyboard master Mike Lynch; songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist May Erlewine; world renowned percussionist Michael Shimmin; songwriter and percussionist Dan Rickabus; Michigan fiddle champion Brad Phillips; multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist Rachael Davis and one of the top bass players in the world, Dominic John Davis. These amazing musicians rotate into the mix to form trios and quartets of music mentors, presenters and educators. The artists in this project have appeared together, with a host of other artists, on over 100 albums over the last 10-15 years, and played at some of the top festivals, universities and concert halls in Michigan and around the United States and Canada.
To learn more or request a performance, visit www.onstage4kids.org.