The music festival, now on its fourth year, is to headline Grammy winner Joan Osborne. “We’re excited to be bringing our family friendly music to such a fabulous and respected venue. Westchester is a fabulous place in which to raise kids. Nothing is more special than to being able to share our music with the people and places that have inspired it,” said Rinaldi.
Rinaldi, who released his first album last year is now promoting his second album—“The Boy Who Ate the Fish Food and other Tales” He will be playing with his five piece band “David and the Fireflies.”
When the Croton resident began writing songs for his two young sons, he hoped to create some quality family times and sing-along music for the car. Very quickly though, he found himself in demand in area schools and throughout Westchester as he shared songs from “Waking Up Underneath a Tangerine Sun”, his first album. Rinaldi enlisted some of his longtime musician friends also eager to share their musical parenting magic and the Fireflies were born. Prior to composing music for the younger set, Rinaldi had been lead guitar player and band leader for a number of groups in Connecticut and New York.
David’s music includes songs about caterpillars, mythical creatures, summer reading, brushing teeth, hiking in the woods, cleaning messy rooms, and super summer fun with bugs! Specially for Croton, a song about the Croton Dam is included in the new album. “We’re inspired by fireflies, grasshoppers, dragonflies and other forces of nature such as our own children,” the father of two adds. For the Festival, children will be welcomed to bring their own instruments to play along as David likes to invite adventurous fans onstage to help strum some guitar and sing along.
Additional play dates for David and the Fireflies include The Croton Free Library on Saturday, September 13, 2008, at 11 AM; and the Teatown Fall Festival on Saturday, October 18 at 12 noon.
For more information about David and the Fireflies, including YouTube music videos and clips, go to www.fireflysongs.net. For location and tickets to the Pleasantville Music Festival, go to www.pleasantvillemusicfestival.com. David Rinaldi’s music can be enjoyed for free on his website and can be downloaded from ITunes and Amazon.com. His CDs are available through CDBaby.com.