Wednesday, April 29, 2009
This isn't something I usually do. I usually hang around Chicago strumming my guitar most of the time. However, Stinkfest is an opportunity to learn about the Kids Music Industry. There will be 3 panel discussions specifically about promotion, booking, and distribution. There are some incredible panelists scheduled to discuss these topics.
To top it all off, there's an industry-only showcase which includes:
Key Wilde & Mr Clarke
Paul Green's School of Rock
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Wouldn't you know my digital camera just broke so I can't take pics? Anyways, I'll tell you how it goes.
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Kids Show at the Old Town School of Folk Music
Saturday, May 9, 2009 | 11:00am
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall :: 4544 N Lincoln Ave.
$13 General Public/$15 Old Town School Members/$15 Seniors & Children
Bring the whole family and swing away to the classic, West Coast country sounds of the Fly-Rite Boys. A Big Sandy kids concert is a must see for any young’un!
Since forming in 1988, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have emerged as one of the world's most respected practitioners of American roots music—western swing, rockabilly, and traditional country—playing it like they invented it.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
In a city like Chicago, where latinos makes up a huge part of the population, it's nice to know there are teachers like Shana Harvey, a bilingual Old Town School of Folk Music Wiggleworms instructor. Shana teaches both English and Spanish classes. She will be at the Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont) this Sunday May 3rd at noon. $5 admission.
Here is some information about the event:
Sing in with Shana and her Mexican folk band, Tarima Son! The chiquitos will delight in sounds of traditional harp, guitarron, jaranas, and violin as they stomp along to the rhythm of zapateado dancing. You've never heard Wheels on the Bus until you've heard it "Tarima Style!"
Monday, April 27, 2009
I'm a sucker for an album that has a bunch of instrumentation like ukes, banjos, autoharps, and toy pianos especially when one guy is doing it all. Tim Knuth's 13-song debut album Human_Tim and Robot_Tim "Pop of the Tots" does exactly this. Not only did Tim play all the instruments on the cd, he also recorded it, mixed it, and even did the cd design. The funny thing is that this Old Town School of Folk Music Wiggleworms instructor will stick to his story with a straight face about his music-playing friend Robot Tim.
"All the parts on my record are sung and played by me and my robot, who is really like a music recording computer. I have a room in my basement that looks like a cross between a and a junk-shop, and I spend lots of time playing different instruments and making odd noises. "
This album (recommended for ages 3-8) alternates between Indie Pop "They Might be Giants"- influenced songs to Country songs a la Hank Williams style. The whole cd however has both acoustic AND electronic sounds infused throughout it. Human_Tim has an ear for adding these extra effects subtlely and at just the right spots. The song that I've been playing over and over (and over) is "Curious Planets", a heartfelt and catchy commentary on the state of our planet. I also like Tim's Johnny Cash-like "Rainbow" song. Nice work to Human Tim and uh, nice work to you too, Robot Tim.
Friday, April 24, 2009
- Price: $5 (all ages)
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OTHER CHILDREN'S CONCERT EVENTS YOU MIGHT LIKE
- Shana Sings
- Beat Kitchen - 2100 W. Belmont Ave. - ChicagoMay 3 : 12 p.m.
- Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
- Old Town School of Folk Music - 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. - Lincoln SquareMay 9 : 11 a.m.
- Jim Gill
- Harper College - 1200 W. Algonquin Rd. - PalatineMay 9 : 10:30 a.m.
- Gustafer Yellowgold Show
- Schubas Tavern - 3159 N. Southport Ave. - LakeviewMay 16 : 11 a.m. | May 16 : 4 p.m.