'60s rocker now focuses on kids

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2000

Children's musician Jim Valley will perform in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Valley founded the ``Rainbow Planet Workshop'' in 1980, a program designed to teach youngsters through music that friendship binds people together. His performances encourage audience participation, and he tries to inspire creativity and imagination in his young audiences.

Valley, now in his late 50s and a grandfather of four, was the lead guitarist in the pop group Paul Revere and the Raiders in the 1960s.

Valley lives in Tacoma, Wash. He has produced five recordings and is the author of a choir book and a musical play, ``Wishes Come True: Secrets of the Rainbow Planet.''

Valley travels extensively, performing to more than 125,000 elementary school children each year. He also works with early childhood educators at national and regional conferences, demonstrating his approach to connecting music, movement, creativity and literacy.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

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