While bigger-name artists They Might Be Giants and Dan Zanes have played a significant part in reinvigorating the children's music genre with melodic tunes that go beyond the simple and repetitive songs typically delivered by the giant purple dinosaur, songwriter Billy Jonas has played his own childlike role in mixing educational wordplay with actual instrumental hooks. Using found objects such as recycled buckets, pots, pans and rubber bands to play on, Jonas delivers the kind of family-friendly material that never loses a sense of its intended playfulness. With notable tracks such as “God Is In,” “What Kind of Dog Are You?!” and a five-song suite about a young person's morning rituals, this Parent's Choice Gold award-winner is scheduled to perform at the Weinstein JCC on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2:30 p.m. $4-$25. 285-6500.— Mike Hilleary
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