2013 Justin Roberts and the Not Ready For Naptime Players in Symphony Academy benefit concert

January 25, 2013


Joshua Barlage, Managing Director
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 400 ● Des Moines, IA 50309

Date: January 25, 2013

Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ● sophia@dmsymphony.org


The Des Moines Symphony Academy hosts Justin Roberts and the Not Ready For Naptime Players Feb. 16 for annual benefit concert! 

DES MOINES – Your children’s favorite band is back! Grammy-nominated Des Moines native Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players return to Des Moines for their 8th Annual Pajama-Rama! concert presented by Hy-Vee at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Children and families should wear their favorite PJs and come ready for some sing-along fun. Tickets are available now at neighborhood Hy-Vee stores and at dmsymphony.org/events/justinroberts. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children 24 months and younger are free. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount when they reserve online.

In this eighth annual fundraising event for the Des Moines Symphony Academy, Roberts and his band will entertain children and adults alike with his snappy-smart lyrics and upbeat rock sounds. The Des Moines Symphony Youth Philharmonic will also perform with the band on stage. The concert begins at 11 a.m. at the Urbandale Performing Arts Center at Urbandale High School (7111 Aurora Ave., Urbandale). Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Guests may arrive early to participate in an instrument petting zoo – hands on musical activities featuring strings and percussion – beginning at 10 a.m. The Urbandale Performing Arts Center offers free on-site parking, handicapped access and is stroller-friendly.

This concert is presented by Hy-Vee with additional support provided by ING. ABC5 is the media sponsor of this event. Funds raised from this concert help support the Des Moines Symphony Academy programs and scholarships.

“Hy-Vee is excited to partner with the Des Moines Symphony Academy in presenting this annual benefit concert. We are committed to investing in our communities and supporting events, such as this one, that focus on the emotional, educational, cultural enhancement and well-being of children,” said Erin Bailey, Assistant Vice President for Marketing Projects at Hy-Vee, Inc.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Des Moines Symphony Academy currently provides outstanding music education for more than 425 students each week through private lessons, ensembles and three Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras. The Symphony Academy offers music instruction for students ages three through adult and turns no student away due to financial challenges.

With a Grammy Award nomination in 2011, appearances on the Today Show and five Parents Choice Gold Awards, Justin Robert’s songs about bullies, whales and sibling fun have been delighting audiences for over a decade. Deemed “the Paul McCartney of kids’ music,” Justin performs creative and soulful songs that parents enjoy just as much as their kids. A Des Moines native and Roosevelt High School graduate, Justin is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children’s show business. With numerous national awards and recognition and a devoted fan base, Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.

Lullaby, Justin Robert’s first collection of original nighttime songs for families, was released November 19th, 2012. Featuring members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Poi Dog Pondering, and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, this album is already receiving critical acclaim including being named one of the top kids’ recordings of 2012 by USA Today.

For questions about the event or to interview Justin Roberts, please contact Sophia S. Ahmad at sophia@dmsymphony.org or 515.280.4000 ext. 4011. Visit justinroberts.org for bio and press information.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual  budget of more than $2.4 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the traditional pops performance on New Year’s Eve, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which last year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-