Groovy Nate is a children’s performer who blends music, puppetry, 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 with one another. 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. 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, interact with puppets and move to original and traditional music. Groovy Nate also teaches Music Together classes in Alexandria, VA . As Groovy Nate, Elnathan has performed at various venues in the DMV area including: Children’s Inaugural Ball; Source Theater Washington DC; Atlas Theater Washington DC, Art on the Avenue, Del Ray, VA; The Children’s Inn, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD; Arlington Title I Mailbox Books Program, Arlington VA; Mclean Community Center, Mclean, VA, DC National Association for the Education of Young Children; Cox Farms in Centreville, VA, and Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD, as well as various schools and libraries in the area.
Elnathan K. Starnes/Groovy Nate has been a working musician and song-writer in the DC/MD/VA area for over thirteen years. He has 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. Elnathan 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. Mr. Starnes is also a member of the Puppeteers of America. Elnathan currently lives in Springfield Virginia with his wife Kisha Kenyatta, along with their two young children, Sania and Omari.