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The Deedle Deedle Dees Family Variety Show

The Brooklyn-based kiddie band resumes its monthly series with an edition that benefits Haiti earthquake victims.

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Young Dees fans get to be part of the show.

Photograph: Jeff Bogle

As founder of the kindie rock group the Deedle Deedle Dees, Lloyd Miller is well-known for paying respect to the under-celebrated of U.S. history—from Satchel Paige to Nellie Bly. But this month, the Brooklynite expands his usual repertoire to embrace more global themes.

After a summer hiatus from their monthly variety show at the Knitting Factory, Miller and his band resume the series with a party for Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti (Spare the Rock Records, $14). The compilation disc, conceived by musician Dean Jones (Dog on Fleas), benefits the Haitian People's Support Project, a not-for-profit formed in 1990 that's currently helping victims of the January 2010 earthquake. When Jones approached Miller with the idea of combining the album shindig with the Dees' scheduled September show, he jumped at the chance, in particular because of the event's date—9/11. "We're doing something positive," Miller says, "which I always try to do with my family on September 11."

The CD features tracks from the likes of Recess Monkey, They Might Be Giants—and, of course, the Dees, who contributed an ode to author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. Joining them onstage are Dog on Fleas, performing "Sing About the Sun," and Gustafer Yellowgold, singing "Penguin Day."

As usual, kids will play a pivotal role in the program: Both the MC and a pair of interviewers who'll chat with musical guests are middle-schoolers, and two of the Dees' students will show off their skills on the mandolin and trumpet. After all, Miller's raison d'tre is to let the young (and unsung) shine.

The Deedle Deedle Dees Family Variety Show resumes Sat Sept 11 at 11am at the Knitting Factory.

 


 

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