Folk icon and three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin commemorates National Food Day with a concert for kids and families to benefit the Brooklyn Food Coalition. Festivities begin at noon with a Food Fair, including games, prizes and raffles, displays of school food projects, plus healthy lunches for sale.
Chapin will perform material from throughout his storied career, including selections from his new family recording, “Give PEAS A Chance,” subtitled "Whole Grain Music for Free-Range Earthlings" (Sundance Music, May 3, 2011). Members of Brooklyn’s own PS 29 Chorus (who provide guest vocals on “Give PEAS a Chance”) will perform with Chapin. Chapin returns to his roots, as he grew up in Brooklyn and attended PS 8 and Brooklyn Technical High School. The songs on "Give PEAS A Chance" cover a wide range of food issues that have recently become part of the national conversation, such as local, sustainable farming practices ("Locally Grown," "Grow Your Own," "Farmer's Market Good"), good food choices ("The Junk Food Pyramid"), positive self-image ("Every Body"), and school lunches ("The Ultimate Lunchroom"). The album closer, "Enough For Everyone," was inspired by the work of WhyHunger, the organization founded by Tom's brother, the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin. Food Day ( http://foodday.org) is a new, nationwide event that is helping to change how Americans eat and think about food. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Brooklyn Food Coalition, a grassroots organization dedicated to the vision of a just and sustainable food system in Brooklyn through community organizing, public education, research and advocacy. For more information, go to http://brooklynfoodcoalition.org. In a career that spans five decades, 22 albums and three Grammy awards, Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground: in addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in television, radio and films. He's a fascinating, funny, incredibly well informed and articulate artist, and a tireless advocate for children. The New York Times called Chapin "one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music," while Billboard called him "the best family artist around" and described him as "totally captivating." Parents magazine stated "Nobody today is writing and performing better kids' songs than Tom Chapin.”