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Show Times:

March 13, 2021 • 12:00 am - March 28, 2021 • 11:30 pm

Available for virtual on demand.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

This event is included in the Ovations Experience Digital Package. Package holders will automatically be registered, they do not need to purchase or RSVP.

Box Office:

$10: Consider this price if one person is enjoying this virtual performance

$15: Consider this price if two people are enjoying this virtual performance

$20: Consider this price if three people are enjoying this virtual performance

$25: Consider this price if a group is enjoying this virtual performance

Other Amount: Choose this option if you’d like to set your own ticket price (fees will vary based on ticket price; $2-$8


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Tiny Bill, a little Black boy, doesn’t like being small. His grandfather takes Tiny Bill under his wing and teaches him – and the audience – about his musical heritage and that size isn’t everything, especially if you can make a big sound! Through the story of Tiny Bill, Samuel James interweaves music, performance, Black American history, and a few life lessons while putting on a performance of his own. From finger snaps to banjo to piano, James shares his depth of musical talent in this 30-minute poignant storytelling experience of the fictional Tiny Bill McGraw in 1930s America.

The innovative and playful video format allows the audience to see him play numerous instruments at once as he builds to a final performance as a one-man nine instrument folk orchestra. This arts experience is a layered lesson in music and history informed by James’ unique perspective as a Black American folk musician with deep ties to Maine. Samuel James is an award-winning singer/songwriter, world-touring musician and Moth Mainstage storyteller, filmmaker, journalist and educator. For more than a decade he has performed extensively throughout the United States as well as more than 20 other countries, back when you could do that kind of thing.

Suggested for ages 5 and up.

This virtual experience includes three 10-minute videos that includes music and storytelling.

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Portland, ME United States