Rox in Sox Debuts FREE Family Festival in Lake Oswego, Celebrating Music and Literacy for All Ages

Aaron Nigel Smith, the PBS Kids TV personality and director of the international One World Chorus, announces the first-ever free family festival celebrating music and books: Rox in Sox, on Saturday, August. 3rd, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Several of the nation’s top award-winning family music artists and authors will join the day of fun on the front grassy lawn of the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. Admission is free, and families are asked to bring socks, shoes and books at the door to distribute to kids in need in Portland, Kenya and Jamaica.

Performers include Aaron and his One World Chorus members, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, “kid-hop” artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, interactive percussive band Rhythm Child, Seattle’s hippest teacher-rockers Recess Monkey, puppets from PBS-TV’s “Between the Lions.” Performers from the Portland Opera and locally based kindie stars Lori Henriques and Mo Phillips round out the non-stop day of musical fun. Kids may also enjoy readings and interaction with authors like Deborah Hopkinson, Greta Pederson and Noel MacNeal.

The current schedule is as follows:

Music Stage Performers
9:00am – Family Yoga warm-up
9:30 – Birdie Mendoza
11:00 – Mo Phillips
11:35 – Lori Henriques
12:25pm – Portland Opera
1:20 – Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus
2:10 – Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
3:05 – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
3:55 – The Alphabeticians
4:45 – Recess Monkey
5:40 – Rhythm Child and Drum Circle

Wordstock Stage Authors
10:10am – Between the Lions
10:40 – RedYarn
12:05pm – Deborah Hopkinson
1:00 – Trudy Ludwig
1:50 – Matt Holm
2:45 – Greta Pedersen
3:35 – Noel MacNeal
4:25 – Victoria Jamison
5:20 – Ray Balentine

More performers and authors will be announced soon. Updates will be posted regularly at

The daylong event includes family yoga and other fitness fun, hula hooping, drumming, and a host of hands-on arts and crafts activities from Frog Pond Toys and Lakeshore Learning. Stop by the Metro Parent Magazine-PDX Kids Calendar booth for some fun, free musical crafts and an opportunity to Capture Your Cover with A Life Condensed Photography. The Portland Children’s Museum staff will be on hand to provide face-painting, and a variety of yummy food and beverages will be provided by Joe’s Burgers and Marley Coffee. At least 20 vendors will provide activities and other goodies.

Aaron Nigel Smith is a musician and educator whose simple mission is to inspire families to sing, dance and play together. He’s been featured on PBS-TV’s “Between the Lions,” has won numerous awards and tours nationally. His One World Chorus blends the voices of hundreds of young singers from Portland, New York, Los Angeles, Kenya and Jamaica.

Primary sponsor for Rox in Sox is Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and Financial Services. The City of Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego Public Library and the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library were the first to come on board as sponsors for this debut event.

Wordstock is partnering with Rox in Sox to present children’s authors on the reading stage. Wordstock is the literary art and education non-profit that celebrates and supports writing in the classroom and in the community. The organization is well known in Oregon and beyond for the annual Wordstock book and literary festival, October 3-6 this year.

“We’ve forged some amazing partnerships to produce this inaugural community celebration of music and literacy. We want children and families to enjoy Rox in Sox for years to come,” says Smith, a father of two young sons who moved to Lake Oswego two years ago. “We also hope to impact the lives of children in need around the world through our donation program.”

Event sponsors for Rox in Sox are Radio Disney and SiriusXM Kids Place Live, NW Kids magazine and Metro Parent‘s PDX Kids Calendar.

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Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at
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