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    Critic’s picks for family-oriented pop music events


    SHINE ON! SONGS OF UPLIFT AND UNITY Presented by the Family Folk Chorale and featuring musicians May Erlewine and Seth Bernard, this show promises to live up to its title with rousing, socially minded songs such as “Rise Up Singing.” April 7, 3 p.m. Tickets: $12.
    National Heritage Museum, Lexington. 781-643-8358,

    FOX & BRANCH For more than a
    decade, musicians Dave Fox and Will Branch have entertained families in the spirit of legendary children’s educators such as Ella Jenkins. They bring a deep love and appreciation of American roots music to their repertoire, from the blues to New Orleans rhythms. April 13, 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $10. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,


    GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD The creation of artist and musician Morgan Taylor, this lovable yellow fellow comes from the sun and lives on this planet with his purple pet eel. Taylor, who had previously played in indie-rock bands, infuses his songs with a soft-rock tinge that appeals to both kids and their parents. As Taylor told the Globe last year, “To me, music is music, and my goal is to exclude no one, as opposed to writing for kids directly.” April 14, 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $10, $8 for children. Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline. 617-734–

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    THE GREEN APPLE KIDS BAND “Earth-friendly music for children” is the focus of this trio, which notes on its website: “The members of the Green Apple Kids Band are not ecologists, scientists, or even schoolteachers, yet are three everyday folks who met through music and were motivated to create something unique with their talents to aid the cause for saving our planet.” Just in time for Earth Day a few days later. April 20, 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham. 508-405-2787,

    SESAME STREET LIVE! You know them like family at this point: Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Grover, and the list goes on. This popular traveling revue of the long-running television show has different themes, and the latest is “Elmo’s Super Heroes,” which teaches the value of exercise, nutrition, and good hygiene. April 26-28, various showtimes. Tickets: $15-$45. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000, www.ticket

    RAFFI  A pioneer of children’s entertainment, Raffi released his first kid-friendly album, “Singable Songs for the Very Young,” in 1976. He’s back on the road with more than three decades of children’s music that puts a premium on social justice. May 4, 1 p.m. Tickets: $30-
    $65. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261, www.berklee

    MAMA DONI  The stage name of Doni Zasloff Thomas, Mama Doni and her band perform what they call “funky music with a Jewish twist.” This show is a Mother’s Day family concert. May 12, 11:30 a.m. Temple Israel of Natick. 508-650-3521,


    ELLIS PAUL  Piggybacking on his two-night CD-release party
    (May 16-17), this beloved local singer-songwriter will also perform a children’s concert featuring songs from his family-friendly album, “The Dragonfly Races.”
    May 18, 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

    STEVESONGS  As part of Pooch-A-Palooza, a two-day outdoor festival, SteveSongs (a.k.a. Steve Roslonek) will be among the musical entertainment. The family-friendly event, June 22-23, also includes food trucks, crafts, games, and dog-

    related festivities. June 22, 11 a.m. Tickets: Adults $20, $15 in advance; children $10, $8 in advance. Prowse Farm, Canton. 781-890-2661, www.pooch-a-

    DEBBIE AND FRIENDS  A veteran of children’s entertainment (who also happens to be the vice president of online learning and continuing education for Berklee College of Music), Debbie Cavalier writes and performs original songs that have earned her a plethora of awards.
    July 10, 10 a.m. South Shore Conservatory, Hingham. 781-749-7565,