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Bobbin Robin Club brings music to life for children

The first family-friendly concert is Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m.


The Friends of the Robinwood Station want to open the door to new experiences for children. Organizers hope that behind these doors is a world of music and endless possibilities.

“Everyone has their own pretty strong opinions about music, but if you expose more people to different kinds of music they can gain a larger appreciation,” said Jack Norby, Friends of Robinwood Station board member. “Music can change your whole viewpoint on life.”by: SUBMITTED - Lake Oswego delta blues and roots guitarist and songwriter Joe McMurrian will perform at the Robinwood Station on Oct. 20.

A handful of volunteers have formed the Bobbin’ Robbin Club — a concert series that brings live music to West Linn families. While the concert series is family friendly, the music will appeal to all ages. Norby said the goal of the concert series is to not only provide live music, but conversation to children in an intimate setting. He hopes children will be engaged and inspired.

“This is going to be a family atmosphere,” Norby said. “We are looking to have a lot of kid content and the chairs in the audience will be set back so the kids can be up front. The whole idea is to get musicians closer — rather than just get up and play a set we’re actually asking musicians to reach out more. I want the performers to interact with children.

“You can’t go backstage and talk to musicians normally and it’s certainly much tougher for kids.”

Each Bobbin’ Robin Club concert will feature a meet-and-greet session where children can ask the musicians questions for a half hour. While the schedule is still tentative, organizers said the concert series will run from October to May. The city of West Linn sponsored the concert series with a $2,200 grant, however donations will be accepted at the door.

Lake Oswego delta blues and roots guitarist and songwriter Joe McMurrian will be the first performer Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. In anticipation of the concert, volunteers have built a stage in the Robinwood Station and purchased stage lights. Norby said the Bobbin’ Robin Club is just a facet of what’s to come in the community center.

“This place is just a combination of a dream,” Norby said. “There will be some more performances in the space ... anything is possible down the road.”

The Robinwood Station is located at 3706 Cedaroak Drive in West Linn. Concert donations will be accepted at the door. The suggested amount is $5 per person, $10 per family. For more information, visit robinwoodstation.org.




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