About Mr. Gabe

Mr. Gabe holds hands with a toddler while performing

It took Mr. Gabe a little while to find his calling.  A former stay-at-home dad, he began performing songs for kids when the younger of his own two children entered kindergarten.  He started out with only a handful of traditional songs and a rocking version of “Five Little Monkeys,” which he took to the weekly circle time at his local library in Takoma Park.  The response he received from the kids and grown-ups there encouraged him to keep going.  Within a few years, Mr. Gabe was performing at birthday parties, libraries, day care centers, cafés and festivals throughout the Washington, DC area.  In 2012, he released a CD of mostly original songs, entitled Play Date (now out of print).  A second CD, Metro Train, followed in 2015.  Both CDs received a Recommended Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation and were picked up by libraries across the country.  Listen to Metro Train

Unlike some performers, Mr. Gabe doesn’t come with a suitcase full of instruments to hand out or many other accessories.  His shows consist mainly of him playing the guitar, singing songs and leading his audience through a series of activities, including dancing.  The music is a mix of traditional children’s and other folk songs from around the world, family-friendly pop songs (such as “Yellow Submarine”), and Mr. Gabe originals.  Many of the songs contain interactive elements, such as finger plays and other follow-the-leader activities, rhyming games, freeze dances, and more.  Says Mr. Gabe: “I try not only to encourage the kids to move their bodies, but also to engage their minds.”  Interested in hiring Mr. Gabe?

A few years ago, Mr. Gabe decided that for some of his public performances, such as those at outdoor festivals, being a solo musician was not enough.  He started a band, the Circle Time All-Stars, for which he recruited several talented and accomplished musicians from the DC area.  Now featuring electric guitar, bass, and drums, the band performs a mix of rock ‘n’ roll classics and Mr. Gabe originals.  While in his solo shows Mr. Gabe takes his cue from the late, great Pete Seeger, you might say that Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars aspire to be The Beatles for small children. Video:  Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars perform “La Bamba”

So what’s it like being a children’s musician, Mr. Gabe?

“Sometimes, when I’m in front of an audience of adorable toddlers and their grown-ups, all of us having fun together, or on stage with my band, hearing one of my songs brought truly to life, I cannot believe my luck.”

Sounds pretty good!

Upcoming Shows

Tuesday, December 10

Takoma Park Maryland Library
10:30 am
“Community Circle Time”
Free!  No registration necessary.

Tuesday, January 14

Takoma Park Maryland Library
10:30 am
“Community Circle Time”
Free!  No registration necessary.

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"Our family loves Mr Gabe. He has a nice repertoire of familiar tunes and fun originals. The kids always have a great time singing, dancing, stomping, and jumping along."
—Denise (mother of Phoebe and Kai)
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