Kids' music with Laurie Berkner

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January 16, 2003|By Lori Sears

She's quirky. A real free spirit. Plays a mean guitar. Even has two nose-piercings. And if you're game, she'll entertain your kids this weekend. Really. She may not be Barney, but kids' performer Laurie Berkner has become one of the hottest commodities on the kids-music market these days.

Berkner will present her wild and unique brand of entertainment for the young set (up to age 10) Saturday in Eldersburg and Sunday in Pikesville. Performing well-crafted songs - catchy, humorous lyrics and inventive guitar-playing - Berkner offers a 45-50 minute show of pure and simple fun. No flash, no costumes and no props. She plays acoustic guitar and is joined by bassist/husband Brian Mueller and keyboardist Susie Lampert.

Berkner, who's been called a "sandbox smash," encourages audience interaction and participation. Songs such as "Do the Dragon," "Victor Vito" and "We Are the Dinosaurs" are sure to keep the kiddies happy.

Laurie Berkner performs at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carrolltown Center, 6400 Ridge Road, Eldersburg, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Rosen Arts Center at Beth Tfiloh Community School, 3300 Old Court Road, Pikesville. Saturday's show in Eldersburg is free. Call 410-781-7070. Sunday's show in Pikesville is $10; $6 children. Call 410-486-1900, Ext. 221.

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