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Ya know, I get a ton of news and invites to events in New York City – specifically Brooklyn – but hardly see anything come through for homebase (between Chicago and Milwaukee). I’m not sure why, but it would seem that Brooklyn is just as much a mecca for family music events as it is for indie rock. That said, here’s another cool event for families, set to take place this Sunday, July 22nd. It’s the MIL’S TRILLS 2nd ANNUAL SUMMER BASH: UKE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. Check out the full details below.

Official Press Release: This summer, bring your family to a rare opportunity to meet, touch and hear a collection of exquisitely hand-made, exotic instruments from around the globe at the Mil’s Trills 2nd Annual Summer Bash: Uke Can Change The World. From Australia to Europe, Africa to the Middle East, the popular children’s music series is back with a newly assembled band of world instruments on Sunday, July 22nd at 3pm at Littlefield in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

design-milstrillsflyer3Upon arrival, families with young children (ages 0-4) should expect to partake in an impromptu drum circle led by musicians on the Indian Tabla, Middle Eastern Darbuka & West African Ghatam pot drum. Then continue on to a feast of senses, encountering instruments such as an Australian Didgeridoo, Middle Eastern Oud, West African Gyil, & Caribbean Steel Pans. Performing original, playful and highly interactive songs by ring leader, Amelia Robinson, the band will also be joined by accomplished dancers from the Jamal Jackson African Dance Company as well as a member of the Mil’s Trills community (and brand new mom!) who will teach everyone how to Bellydance.

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With inventive themes such as the sold-out Mil’s Trills Philharmonic ‘Meet the Orchestra’ Winter Bash in January and the recent N’Awlins-inspired celebration at Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist Saturdays series, this event is yet another giant step in Amelia’s grassroots mission to promote unity within diverse communities around the globe through varying styles of music. This summer’s theme, “Uke Can Change the World” is inspired by the slogan imprinted on her customized “world” flea ukulele, illustrating a map of the earth.

“The ukulele can so easily break cultural barriers and open up doors for discussion, friendship, and acceptance,” says Robinson, of her eye-opening travels through five continents, “Given the nature of its petite size and warm sound, it is the only instrument than can instantaneously make anyone smile. Just say the word ‘ukulele’ to someone and watch them grin!”

The Mil’s Trills 2nd Annual Summer Bash will be held on Sunday, July 22nd at Littlefield Performance & Art Space on 622 Degraw Street (between 3rd & 4th Avenues) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, 11217. Doors open at 3pm for instrument meet & greet & an impromptu drum circle. Show will officially start at 3:30-4:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance / $15 day of show per adult. Kids are free (under 4 years). It is recommended that guests book early to avoid disappointment, as Mil’s Trills last Bash was completely sold out. “We sadly had to turn away babies at the door!” Robinson says. “Who wants to do that?!”

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