Back in the day, Buffalo knew Eric Endres as a playwright and performer. His musical “A Week in the Life” comically probed that underexplored constant of American life. Now, he’s based on the West Coast, and tours the country as head of a family show under the name Eric Herman.
The show has been on the road, off and on, for 10 years. His daughters, Becca and Evee, are a big part of it. Eric’s wife and artistic collaborator, Roseann, tragically died in 2013. The family is resilient, though, and the adventure continues. With admirable success, too. Herman’s witty songs and videos – including such titles as “Monster In My House” and “The Math Game” – have been featured on “Fox & Friends” and the “Today” show and can claim 50 million views on YouTube. His albums include “Party Animal” and the now-classic “The Incredibly Spaced-Out Adventures of Jupiter Jackson.”
The website Kidzmusic.com had a vivid way of summing up the appeal of his music: “Inspired, clever and nicely produced rock tunes that will have you dancing in the street and laughing with milk squirting out your nose.” But there is something sweet, too, about Herman’s work. His newest video, “How Big,” puts across with song and animation how small the world is, and how vast the universe. The simple tune and the clever cartoons add up to something oddly affecting.
Herman returns to his Western New York roots when he and his daughters, now 10 and 12, present shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday in the Grange Theatre (22 Main St., Hamburg). The show lasts about 50 minutes. Admission is free or by donation. To reserve seats, visit erichermanmusic.com/tix.
– Mary Kunz Goldman