April, 2011Have you ever sung like a bat? No? Well, come to the San AntonioBotanical Garden on April 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Lucas Miller, the “Singing Zoologist” will teach you how at his multi-media family concert. Don’t worry if you can’t carry a tune because you don’t actually make any sounds, you just move your lips and act like you’re singing so high no one can hear you.
Miller, recognized as an “American Masterpiece” by the National Endowment for the Arts, blends music, puppetry, projected images, and “zoological, stand-up comedy” to teach about monarch butterflies, wetlands, animal defenses, endangered species, symbiosis, and other nature-related topics.
Once described as “Dr. Doolittle, Bruce Springsteen, and Robin Williams all rolled up in one," Lucas performs for about 80,000 children annually at schools, libraries, and family events throughout the nation. He delights children and parents alike with his dynamic stage presence and songs like “The Anaconda La Bamba,” “A Snake’s NOT Slimy” and “Gotta Take Care of the Hive.”
Lucas holds a degree in zoology and underneath all the silliness is good, solid science education. "First and foremost," he said, "I consider myself an environmental educator. I try to help kids realize how much we depend on the natural world."
Lucas has authored two children's books, released three, award-winning CD’s, and hosts the award-winning DVD series “Animals Rock with Lucas Miller.” With song titles like "I Don't Wanna Be Part of the Food Chain" and production styles ranging from bluegrass to rap, Lucas' music has an appeal beyond the Nickelodeon crowd. "People often tell me that my songs don’t sound like the children’s music they’re used to hearing,” Lucas says, “A lot of parents have actually told me that they enjoy the songs as much as their kids do."
Lucas has been a full-time, independent educator since 1994. Based in Austin, Texas, he has performed for the National Zoo, Austin City Limits Music Festival, MoodyGardens, Whooping Crane Festival and hundreds of schools and libraries across the continent. Visit www.lucasmiller.net to learn more about Lucas Miller and hear samples of his songs.
Garden admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-13, $6 for students, seniors and military. San Antonio Botanical Society members enjoy free admission. Group rates for parties of 15 or more are available.
The San AntonioBotanical Garden is located at 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Avenue with free parking. The Botanical Garden is operated under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, the public can visit www.sabot.org.