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Justin Roberts returns to Triangle; Win tickets to his May show!

Posted April 21, 2011
Updated April 26, 2011

Justin Roberts will be back in the Triangle next month for his annual concerts here. And I've got a four pack of tickets to give away plus a copy of his latest CD Jungle Gym!

Roberts, a Grammy Award nominee who has played The Today Show, Nick Jr. and was featured on a World Series broadcast, has been playing the children's music circuit for years now.

And yes ... we are very excited in my house about his May 21 concerts at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. They've become an annual event. And we're looking forward to showing our younger child what he's all about for the first time. We actually bought our tickets two months ago.

And here's why we like Justin. While my six-year-old is one of his biggest fans, I can say that his lyrics ring true for me as much as they do for her.

There's nothing here about why brushing your teeth is a good idea or how to sing the ABCs, though they may get a mention somewhere along the way. Roberts' lyrics are all about real life and set to music that's been compared to everybody from Buddy Holly and Weezer to Nick Lowe and Paul McCartney.

He'll take you right back to your own childhood with pieces on trick-or-treating, the first day of school or the parachute in gym class. And then he'll jerk you right back to your life today as a parent with anthems on childhood meltdowns or just how much you love your kids. If you're like me, you'll tear up at songs like "Fruit Jar" or "Never Getting Lost" or "Sandcastle."

Your kid, of course, will think he's singing all for her.

And we're not the only one who like him. His most recent album, "Jungle Gym," was nominated for a Grammy Award this year. And he's the winner of numerous other awards too.

Roberts returns to The ArtsCenter in Carrboro at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 21. Tickets are $10 and $8 for kids. Click here for ticket information. Click here to see my post, interview and clips of a couple of his songs from last year's concert.

I have a family four pack of tickets to the 2 p.m. show plus a Jungle Gym CD to give away.

How can you enter to win? There are a couple of ways to enter and you can do one or both.

1. Like our new Go Ask Mom page on Facebook.

2. Answer the following question in the comments: What's your favorite childhood memory? Family vacations maybe? Trips to the park? Holidays? Family dinners? Fighting with your brother?

This contest ends at noon April 26. One winner will be picked at random from all entries. The winner's user name will be posted on this post by 9 p.m. April 26 and an email will be sent to the winner. The winner must respond by noon April 30 or a runner-up will be selected. Good luck!

Congratulations to cgrunewald, our winner!


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  • tinaewchiro Apr 26, 2011

    One of my favs. is having sundays with my dad. We would go for a bike ride and get ice cream. It was our little get away together:)

  • Shells Apr 25, 2011

    My favorite memory is our trips to my grandmother's house for the holidays. It was just my mom and I growing up and I loved all of the noise and chaos of so many people in the house and kids to play with. I also rode her big banana seat bike with a basket all over the place and felt like such an explorer.

    Thanks for the contest! My 2 kids LOVE Justin Roberts, especially I lost the tooth that I lost and Pop Fly, oh, and Tickle My Toes! :)

  • sarabookworm Apr 23, 2011

    my favorite childhood memory is the amount of time my family spent traveling and camping in various parks throughout the upper penninsula of Michigan. I remember vividly going to an A&W and watching black bears going through the trash (from the confines of our car).
    also, Tuesday is my birthday! :)

  • turkeydance Apr 23, 2011

    no/no/no to here goes;
    memory: cousin's bee stings on vacation.

  • cgrunewald Apr 22, 2011

    My favorite memories as a child are our yearly beach trips.

  • rackybug Apr 21, 2011

    One of my favorite memories is driving from Maryland to Nebraska every summer to visit my Grandma. It was my Dad, Mom, little sister and I in a Volkswagon Vanagan hitting the open road.

  • dromerosada Apr 21, 2011

    My favorite childhood memory is celebrating birthdays. My mom really made it very special for us.

  • mlarson01 Apr 21, 2011

    My husband's siblings have a vacation home on Torch Lake, Michigan. It's been great seeing generations of family members grow to love the lake and family cabin - now our children are bringing their children to the lake and so the circle continues.