Oct 7, 2015

Reading Rocks Family Concert Starring Mama Doni Coming to Boca – Thanks to PJ Library in South Palm Beach County!

Nationally acclaimed, award-winning singer and songwriter Mama Doni and her husband, Eric, will headline this year’s PJ Library® Kick-off family concert in Boca Raton on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Once again, hundreds of Jewish families from across the community will enjoy singing, dancing and fun for kids of all ages.

The event will take place in Boca Raton from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Spanish River Community High School’s Countess De Hoernle Theater. Pre-concert festivities will begin at 3:00 p.m., with face painting, I-9 Sports, a photo booth, Singin’ with Susan, and more before Mama Doni takes the stage at 4:00 p.m.

Advance tickets are discounted at $5 for adults and $3 for children, with a maximum $20 per family; children younger than one are admitted free of charge but must be registered with an adult. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $10 per adult and $8 per child, with a family maximum charge of $40. To purchase discounted tickets in advance, please visit jewishboca.org/PJconcert.

At the forefront of the Jewish children’s music scene, PJ Library performers Mama Doni (Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are an energetic and engaging duo that plays more than100 interactive, family-friendly concerts around each year. They also perform for audiences across the country in their Nefesh Mountain Bluegrass Band. Over the past six years, they have produced six CDs, a DVD, and a cookbook; they also won three Parents' Choice Awards for their last three products, "Shabbat Shaboom," "Emunah," and "Mama Doni's Holiday Party."

Time Out New York Kids praised Doni as a singer-songwriter who “breaks the mold of traditional Jewish music, bringing a blend of reggae, rock, folk, country, klezmer and ‘Jewgrass.’”

Parent's Choice Awards noted that Mama Doni’s original music is “fun and eminently catchy, yet remains innately spiritual”… her ‘Michamocha’ has a country tinge that would make Mumford & Sons sit up and take notice.”

And The Jewish Standard found Mama Doni to be “the zany yiddishe answer to Mother Goose.”

“We’re so excited to bring Mama Doni’s unique music to hundreds of local families from the community,” said Joanna Drowos, Co-chair of PJ Library in South Palm Beach County. “My family has enjoyed so many PJ library events. We’re looking forward to singing and dancing together with friends, and having the opportunity to meet new families at what promises to be a thoroughly entertaining and fun-filled event.”

“Of course, if they haven’t yet registered, local families with Jewish children ages 6 months to 8 years old will also be able to sign up to receive free Jewish books and music every month through PJ Library,” added Elana Ostroff, PJ Library in South Palm Beach County Director. “More than 1,400 families in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach already enjoy receiving these monthly gifts at home.”

This concert is presented to the community by PJ Library - South Palm Beach County, a partnership made possible by generous support from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Union for Reform Judaism, Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and local donors. Partnership Synagogues include B’nai Torah Congregation, Congregation B’nai Israel, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh, Temple Beth El and Temple Sinai of Palm Beach County.

Event Details: Sunday October 25, 2015. Pre-concert family fun starts at 3:00 p.m., concert doors will open at 3:30, and the music will start at 4:00 p.m. Spanish River High School, Countess De Hoernle Theater, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton. For more information, please call Elana Ostroff, PJ Library Director at 561.852.6080 or email pjlibrary@bocafed.org.

About Doni and Eric

Doni Zasloff is an award winning singer, songwriter and author. She has released CDs and DVDs including Chanukah Fever, Shabbat Shaboom, Emunah, Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party and The Acoustic Jewish Holiday Collection. She also co-authored the book Get Cooking! Doni is a beloved presence on stage and tours regularly nationwide with both Mama Doni for kids and the Nefesh Mountain Bluegrass Band.

Eric Lindberg is an award winning multi-instrumentalist who brings his background in Jazz and classical music to the acoustic sounds of bluegrass and old-time music. He works alongside Doni Zasloff as musical director, songwriter, and producer on their recordings. Eric performs throughout the country with her in both their acoustic bluegrass duo, Nefesh Mountain, and in the Mama Doni Band for kids and families. Eric and Doni are happily married and reside in Montclair , NJ.