Musical Performances

“You blend gentleness and liveliness, humor and caring in such a way to make the children feel comfortable and creative. Your presentation was just right.”

Gale Criswell, State Library of Louisiana

Musical Performance       Jazz Fest Photo

Internationally known for her Louisiana roots musical style, Johnette’s movin’ and groovin’ musical performances are entertaining, educational and filled with audience participation

Time: 45 minutes
Audience age: Pre-K through 3rd Grades
Audience size: Varies depending upon type of venue

Songs from the Gumbo Pot                From the Gumbo Pot Stirring Up Tasty Tunes - Cover

Lassiez les bon temps rouler with this Louisiana musical gumbo of songs about gators, skeeters, crawfish and possums. With songs like “Today is Monday in Louisiana” and “Give Me That Zydeco,” we’ll pass a good time with this swamp romp for children.

Theme: Louisiana Culture and Music

Los Suenos de los Islenos – The Dreams of the Louisiana Canary Islanders  Islena with Timple photo 1

This cultural program explores the heritage, songs and dances of Louisiana’s Islenos, who emigrated from the Canary Islands, Spain in 1778 to colonize four settlements, and to serve in the American Revolution. In full traditional Canary Islands dress from her ancestral homeland, Johnette Downing performs songs that tell the unique story of these Spanish colonial settlers in Louisiana. Among the highlights are songs played on the simple, the traditional 5-stringed Canarian instrument. 

Theme – Louisiana Spanish Colonial history, culture, food and music.

Boogie Woogie Bugs             Boogie Woogie Bugs - Cover

Spiders and snails and roaches, oh my! The backyard is buzzing alive with a boogie-woogie jive. Based on songs from Johnette’s award winning “Boogie Woogie Bugs” recording, audiences will play in the bug band and sing some creepy, crawly and catchy songs about insects.

Theme: Insects and Arachnids

Fins and Grins                Fins and Grins - Cover

Dive into fun with songs of the sea. Learn about seahorses, penguins, stingrays, amphibians, hermit crabs and many more marine creatures. From the bayou to the ocean, we’ll have a whale of a good time.

Theme: Marine Life 

Jumpin’ Jitters

Fun is brewing as we cook up a cauldron full of bone creakin’, knee knockin’, skeleton shakin’, silly and slightly spooky songs for Halloween. The program includes classic Halloween songs such as “Five Little Pumpkins” and “Mean Old Witch,” as well as Johnette’s audience-favorite original songs such as “Shake Your Skeleton” and “Jumpin’ Jitters.” You won’t be tricked with this treat of a holiday show. 

Theme: Halloween

Silly Sing Along        Silly Sing Along - Cover

Sometimes you just need a little toe tapping tunes to tickle your funny bone. From “Anna Banana” to “Wiggle Worms,” we’ll have a giggling good time with this program based on Johnette’s awarding winning recording “Silly Sing Along.”

Theme: Just for the Fun of it

Tail Waggin’ Tunes

Fetch a good tune! Come bark along as we sing about man’s best friend and some extraordinarily weird pets. Be part of the pack as we dig up tunes that will have you tapping your paws and rolling over with laughter. 

Theme: Pets

 Planet Rock!

A galaxy of rockin’, hip-hoppin’ songs about the solar system. Learn about the sun, planets, gravity, Saturn’s rings, and simple ways we can care for Planet Earth.

Theme: Solar System and Caring for the Earth

 Baby Bebop

A lap-sit musical program to help parents (and grandparents) engage in singing with their babies. Parents will learn traditional and original songs to enhance language development and motor skills while bonding with their child through exciting and soothing music. Recommended for groups consisting of a one to one ratio of parent and child. 

Theme: Babies