Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wicker Park Fest Kids Tent

Wicker Park Fest is this weekend both Saturday and Sunday. Kids tent will be on Milwaukee on Evergreen. If I wasn't playing this fest, I would never have been able to find the kids tent line-up:( on-line. I've played this fest twice before and I love it! It's so much fun.

This year's line-up is bursting with Old Town Folk Wiggleworms peeps like Lindsay Weinberg, Laura Doherty, Karen Lubicz-Banks and I. Also, Jeremy Babcock who isn't a Wiggleworms instructor is part of the Old Town family!

Noon Mary Macaroni
1:00pm Lindsay Weinberg
2:00pm Beazley Phillips
3:00pm Jeremy Babcock of the
Dream Tree Shakers
4:00pm Bucktown Music School
5:00pm Little Miss Ann

Noon Mary Macaroni
1:00pm Kids’ Yoga with Soulistic
2:00pm Chang’s Martial Arts
3:00pm Mad Science of Chicago
4:00pm Laura Doherty
5:00pm Karen 4 Kids

Monday, July 13, 2009

Where's the kids stage?

Logan Square, Chicago. . . is the home of Pitchfork headquarters. If you live in Chicago, you might know that Logan Square is bursting with hipsters. And hipsters have kids too! Grown-up hipsters, otherwise known as "Grubsters" want their kids to have access to quality indie rock kids music. Even the Shins were on Yo Gabba Gabba! And Andrew Bird was Dr. Stringz on Jack's Big Music Show. So Pitchfork, where's the kids' stage????

Oh well. . maybe next year?? Here's their grown-up line-up. Maybe Yo La Tengo will do "Speedy Motorcycle".
FRIDAY Built to Spill • The Jesus Lizard • Yo La Tengo • Tortoise SATURDAY The National • Beirut • Doom • Yeasayer • Final Fantasy • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart • Fucked Up • Plants and Animals • Cymbals Eat Guitars • The Black Lips • Matt & Kim • Lindstrøm • Wavves • Ponytail • Bowerbirds • The Dutchess and The Duke • The Antlers • Disappears SUNDAY The Flaming Lips • Grizzly Bear • M83 • The Walkmen • The Thermals • Pharoahe Monch • Blitzen Trapper • Frightened Rabbit • The Mae Shi • The Very Best • Mew • Vivian Girls • Japandroids • DJ/Rupture • Women • Killer Whales • Dianogah • Michael Columbia

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Folk and Roots Fest

The Old Town School of Folk Music will host a kids tent at their Folk and Roots Festival this Saturday and Sunday in Welles Park. There will be a wonderful line-up of diverse music, percussion, and dance for kids. First off, I will be playing with my husband. Laura Doherty and Julie Helenius will also be doing a set. I am excited because Erin Flynn will be playing with her band. Erin's cd "Dreamer of Dreams" is a wonderful addition to any family music library.

Saturday, July 11th

* 12:00p | Wiggleworms with Little Miss Ann
* 12:50p | Ecuadorian Folk Dance with Carmen - Nuestra Música
* 1:40p | Cowpoke Sing-along with Annie
* 2:30p | Storytime Dances with Jen
* 3:25p | Laura Doherty
* 4:35p | Kids Rhythm Circle with Lenny
* 5:30p | Special Music by Special People

Sunday, July 12th

* 12:00p | Wiggleworms with Julie
* 12:50p | Hip Hop Kidz with Lyn
* 1:45p | Remember the '80s? with The Swing Sets
* 2:45p | West African Drumming with Rick Neuhaus
* 3:40p | Erin Flynn Band
* 4:40p | Zumba for Kids with Isabella - Nuestra Música

Friday, July 3, 2009

Family Music?

So, when I went to Stinkfest now known as Kindiefest back in May, the discussion was about how kids music was now being called family music. What I gathered from the discussion is that family music is music that appeals to all members in the family and not just the kids. Being a kids musician, honestly, I didn't totally jump on board that one. After Monday night, I might be persuaded now. Some of the parents and kids from my daughter's school gathered at Millenium Park's Pritzker Pavilion for one of their free concerts - The Feelies. If you're in, uh ahem . . my age bracket, you might remember the band. I guess for me this video of my daughter and some of her friends dancing says it all.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Joel Frankel

Joel Frankel has been on the Chicago kids music scene for over 2 decades. He's got several kids cd's with numerous awards. His song "We go together" was in the movie "Big". The video I posted is a song that I do a lot in my Wiggleworms classes (giving full props to Joel of course). Thumbs up to a Chicago Pioneer in Kids Music who continually earns my high respect!

Mr. Joel Frankel will be playing on Saturday, July 4th at Village of Deerfield Farmers Market.