“He puts on an incredible show!” -- Lisa Barrera-Entertainment Committee, Arlington County Fair Board of Directors
Groovy Nate is a children’s performer and Wolf Trap Teaching Artist who blends music, puppet skits, movement, and comedy into one groovy experience! The shows expose participants to various genres of music and encourage them to move, sing, and play creatively. His first children’s CD, “Meet Groovy Nate” combines the interactive nature of his performances and classes with songs about sharing; inside beauty; eating healthy foods, and the joy of reading. For the past seven years, Groovy Nate’s Music and Movement classes in the Northern Virginia are drawing families who return over and over again to enjoy the interactivity in every class. Children will sing, play instruments and games, engage in creative play, and move to original and traditional music. Groovy Nate also taught Music Together classes, and for the past nine years has performed at birthday parties in the DMV area.
Groovy Nate has performed at various venues in the DMV area including: Imagination Stage, Herndon Farmer’s Market Children’s Series, Jammin’ Java, Children’s Inaugural Ball 2008, First Night Alexandria 2014-2015, First Night Vienna 2013, Cox Farms, Leesburg Animal Park, Source Theater; Atlas Theater, The Del Ray Arts on the Avenue, Earth Day Loudoun Family Festival, The Children’s Inn, National Institute of Health; Arlington Title I Mailbox Books Program, RIO Washingtonian, Doodlehopper 4 Kids, Fall for Fairfax Kids Fest, Lubber Run Amphitheater, Mclean Community Center, DC National Association for the Education of Young Children; and numerous schools and libraries in the area as well.
Groovy Nate attended Howard University with a major in jazz studies and a minor in guitar. After attending Howard, he performed with several Washington DC-based groups, and has been a featured guitarist on several CDs. In 1997, he founded the award-winning soul band, Oktbrwrld, with whom he made four CD’s. Groovy Nate wrote the film score and co-wrote the film short for BET entitled: The Water Story. Two of his songs are featured in the major motion picture, Cougar Club. He is also a member of the Puppeteers of America.