The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 15, 2013

Gustafer to wrap up children's series


— MIFFLINBURG — The Elias Center for the Performing Arts, 212-214 S. 5th St., Mifflinburg, will wrap up its children’s/family series on Saturday, Nov. 16, with a 1:30 p.m. show featuring Gustafer Yellowgold.

Created by Morgan Taylor, Gustafer is a friendly creature who came to earth from the sun and is living out an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods.

Tickets will be available at the door and are $12 for adults, $6 for age 12 and under. Children wearing their Scout uniform will receive $2 off the ticket price.For more information visit mifflinburgpa.com.

Gustaferfer Yellowgold’s show is a multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling. With its crossover appeal, the show has been the wild-card opening act for Wilco and The Polyphonic Spree. Gustafer has appeared off-Broadway in his own productions of Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Sensation and Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock. In addition to touring nationally to arts centers, children’s museums, theaters and music venues, Gustafer has ventured abroad for performances in the U.K and even Korea.

Since his creation by Taylor in 2005, Gustafer Yellowgold has received plenty of positive press. The New York Times calls the show “a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.” Entertainment Weekly praised “...The most infectious original songs. It’s like tapping into some pleasure center in the brain- both adult and kid ... absurdly appealing. Grade: A.” New York Magazine named Taylor “Best Kids’ Performer” in a recent “Best of New York” issue. and “Mint Green Bee” from Gustafer’s Wide Wild World was a grand prize winner in the children’s category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Taylor moved to New York City in 1999, residing there for a decade while honing his songwriting skills and establishing himself as a successful sound engineer. He has released several CDs, including the 70-song box set “Box of Monster.”

As a young teen in the ’80s in various musical groups, Taylor has a long and varied musical history that has seen him sharing bills with such artists as Bob Dylan, WILCO, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, The Polyphonic Spree, The Breeders, Natalie Merchant, Lisa Loeb, The Smithereens, Matthew Sweet, Guided By Voices, Missing Persons and even A Flock Of Seagulls.

Taylor’s other projects have included playing bass for The Autumn Defense (featuring John Stirratt and Pat Sansone from Wilco) and a recording project with Tony Award winning songwriter Duncan Sheik.

Taylor, a self-taught illustrator, began drawing what would become the Gustafer Yellowgold videos as a picture book project in winter 2004.

Taylor is married with two sons and lives in the Catskill Mountains. Morgan and his wife, singer/songwriter Rachel Loshak, founded Apple-Eye Productions for release of Gustafer Yellowgold projects.