LIVE IN CONCERT
January 21, 2017
1615 Vine St. Los Angeles 90028
Raffi is set to perform on January 21, 2017 at Montalban Theater in Hollywood. Everyone -- from grandmothers to toddlers -- try singing along to Raffi's hits like "Down by the Bay and Baby Beluga." Indeed, his "Beluga Grads" (GenXers and milllennials who grew up on his music) are now bringing their children and grandchildren to these shows.
Rounder Records is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of Best Of Raffi, a career-spanning collection, celebrating 40 years of hits from the legendary children’s entertainer. Due out February 10, 2017, Best Of Raffi will mark the first, curated collection of Raffi’s music to be released outside of his native Canada. Best Of Raffi will include such classics as “Down By The Bay” (1976), “Bananaphone” (1994), and, perhaps his most iconic hit, “Baby Beluga” (1980).
Having released nearly 30 children’s albums, beginning with 1976’s Singable Songs For The Very Young, pioneering troubadour Raffi Cavoukian (better known simply as “Raffi”) is one of the world's best-selling and most influential children's entertainers, having brought joy to successive generations of kids—and their parents—with his playful, exuberant personality and his irresistibly infectious songs. Along the way, he has performed countless sold-out shows at concert halls across North America and beyond, and has received a string of Platinum and Gold certifications by the RIAA.
Raffi is the author of several books, including Lightweb Darkweb, which delves into the issues of childhood in this digital-saturated time. Over the course of his career, Raffi has received recognition for both his musical achievements and his tireless advocacy work, including the prestigious Order of Canada in 1983, numerous Parents’ Choice awards and Grammy nominations, a Juno Award for Best Children’s Album (Bananaphone, 1994) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
'Best of Raffi' Track listing
1. Baby Beluga
2. Down By the Bay
3. Apples and Bananas
4. Shake My Sillies Out
5. Wheels On the Bus
6. Day O
8. Let's Play
9. Everything Grows
10. Mr. Sun
11. Love Bug
12. Owl Singalong
13. One Light One Sun
14. Rise and Shine
15. If You're Happy and You Know It
16. Thanks a Lot
Established in 1926, this theater features varied performances with an emphasis on Hispanic artists.
The Ricardo Montalban Theatre is the embodiment of Ricardo Montalban’s dream to provide young people, most particularly in the Hispanic community, with a place to learn and practice the skills necessary for a successful career in the performing arts.
He believed that the live stage provided the optimal platform for educational and employment opportunities for aspiring artists, and in 1999, the Ricardo Montalban Foundation was formed to advance his vision by purchasing the theatre property, thus providing a home to stage productions with Latino themes, performers, writers and directors.
The Theatre is one of the few remaining mid-sized and fully-equipped proscenium theatres in Los Angeles and is known for its excellent sightlines and acoustics. The Theatre and the Foundation are partnered with community performing arts groups such as the Harmony Project, the Lula Washington Dance Company, the Tierra Blanca Arts Center and the UDLA We are proud that we have been able to give them main stage space on a gratis basis and to present their performances free of charge to the public. Continuing and expanding our leadership role in community outreach efforts is key to our viability and growth.