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Return Of The Banana Slug String Band

January 6, 2014, 3:13 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:54 PM
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The Banana Slug String Band returns to Hawaii Preparatory Academy Jan. 17 and promises to rock the house again like they did last February.

The award-winning children’s eco-music group will perform starting at 6:30 p.m. at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center.

The concert, free and open to the public, kicks off the school’s 2014 ‘Ohana Sustainability Event series.

The Slugs are “Airy” Larry Graff, Doug “Dirt” Greenfield, “Solar” Steve Van Zandt and “Marine” Mark Nolan, who come from the coastal redwoods of Northern California where they helped pioneer the art of children’s “edu-tainment,” said a concert release.

The band’s music ranges from boogies to ballads to folk songs, reggae and rap, featuring vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, harmonica and percussion. Shows include costumes, audience participation and puppets that entertain and educate audiences about caring for the Earth.

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“Music resonates,” Van Zandt said in a statement. “Whether it is a song that is stuck in your head for a day, or a tune that lives within us for a lifetime, music holds the power to transcend time and place and to touch our deepest emotions.

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“Now, after almost 30 years together as a band, … we continue to find new ways to collaborate with others to use music as a way to educate and promote social and environmental well-being.”

Contact Dr. Koh Ming Wei, 443-9231 for more information.

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