Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fundraiser for the Red Hook Playgroup

Hello mamas and daddies,

The RED HOOK PLAYGROUP, a progressive pre-school licensed as a group family daycare in the heart of Red Hook, Brooklyn, announces its next benefit event. Set for Sunday, November 2 at 3pm, the family-friendly event will feature the music of AUDRAROX and will take place at the newly christened music venue HELLO BROOKLYN, which has recently joined the neighborhood’s burgeoning arts scene.

Singer/songwriter and music teacher Audra Tsanos has developed a cult following among thousands of spellbound kids and their grateful parents. AUDRAROX ( HYPERLINK "", her high-energy kid-rock band, is made up of six professional musicians, (mostly) moms and dads, all from Brooklyn. Adam Armstrong on bass, Jordan Shapiro on guitar, drums by Tony Graci, vocals & dance with Jennifer Milich & Lily White on saxophone. AudraRox performs insightful, original songs that tackle everything from lost shoes and broken toys to sugar highs and short attention spans with a wry wit that appeals equally to children and their parents. The band’s critically acclaimed debut CD, I Can Do It By Myself, is full of catchy sing-along melodies, and a distinctive blow-the-roof-off-the-
playhouse sound. AudraRox has performed in venues big and small all over the city and has been even been seen on the beloved “Jack’s Big Music Show” on Nickelodeon preschool channel Noggin.

HELLO BROOKLYN ( is nestled in Red Hook’s eclectic mix of living artist residences, industrial businesses, restaurants, bars –and of course Ikea – and makes for the perfect location for raucous live performances. The site most recently was the home to the music venue The Hook and renovations to the space include with a plush new upstairs and downstairs interior, an upgraded, state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and a refurbished outdoor space with a newly added bar. Hello Brooklyn’s opening marks the realization of a lifelong dream for owner and manager Craig "Knoki" Fyffe, and business partner, Cesar CeDillo. 'It's been a good four-year search for the right space in the right community," said Fyffe. "I want Hello Brooklyn to be known as a performance space with a lot of cultural and community events in Red Hook – we’re not just another nightclub, we’re an all-inclusive event space."

RED HOOK PLAYGROUP, a not-for-profit corporation and parent run cooperative is hosting the event to raise funds for supplies and maintenance to their space so that the children of RHP have a safe, fun and educational place to learn. Now comprising 20 families, RHP was established in 2007 as a community-based option to pre-school where children explore, develop, create, and are challenged and cared for in a loving, supportive and creative environment.

All tickets are $10 and will be available at the door or from RHP parents. Kids under 2 years of age get in free! All net proceeds go to benefit the Red Hook Playgroup to help pay for much-needed supplies and maintenance.

Hello Brooklyn is located at 18 Commerce Street between Richards and Columbia Street. To get directions to the event or to get more information on Red Hook Playgroup visit us at HYPERLINK "" and to get tickets directly, contact RHP fundraisers Zach Hochkeppel and Caitlin Cassaro at (718) 222-0115 or email at :zhochkeppel[at]

Please come! It'll be a fun event!


Stephanie Cherry

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