Back in 2010 I received a call from the Marina Grand Resort asking my band to play a Christmas gig at their hotel. It seems they had another band in mind and when that didn’t work out this other bands manager referred them to us (networking and kindness pay off) and we being available said yes. It’s a great hotel right on the New Buffalo Harbor. The event itself is really cool. Afternoon tea service, Santa and then the rockin’ finish with the Poochamungas. The event costs 10 dollars and a donation of one unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. All this happens on December 8th, 2013 at 1pm. It is a two hour event. So click the link below or call 269.469.9900. We hope to see you there.
It being thanksgiving weekend I have a lot to be thankful for. My family, friends, home, etc. So I thought today I’d say thanks to some of those who play the music called kindie. Now most people get their kids music from TV. It being the biggest medium around these days. And that’s a shame. Because the music seen on TV is very, very limited (Barney, The Wiggles, Fresh Beats, etc). Dan Zanes recently had a rare appearance on “The Chica Show” as it’s known around here and he’s been playing great family music for a long time. Fortunately TV is not the only source for great kids music and no I’m not talking about Youtube which also has a lot of quality kindie stuff. No I’m talking about good ole’ radio! Which because of the internet is now better that ever. You can not only get great shows dedicated to the family genre you can also listen to some of them even if you missed the original broadcast thanks to podcasting! All of these shows listed below are internet available, they are all free (sorry Kids Place Live) and all play great new and old music. Here are my top 5.
- Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl – Dave Loftin is one of the very first to play the Poochamungas. He’s got great taste in family music and music appropriate for kids not to mention one of the best voices coming over the airwaves. New stuff balanced with classic and rarities. He hosts at http://wawl.org in Chattanooga,Tennessee. The show goes on every Saturday at 8-10am (EST). It does repeats episodes sometimes but always worth the listen
- Imagination Parade – This show is another one who got an the Poochamungas bandwagon early. Paul Butler is the host and been doing it so long when he started he had kids and now has grand kids! He also has high quality taste in music. Especially the kindie kind but also just any great music for families to enjoy. We did a interview with Paul this year during fire prevention week. You can check out Pauls show at WDFU-FM 89.1 out of Farleigh Dickinson University in New York/ New Jersey every Sunday at 9am Eastern time.
- Musical Merry-Go-Round – Grandfather Paul Stark hosts this great show down in St. Louis. He hosts live music acts/interviews and discusses books with Ms Kathleen the Librarian and plays all sorts of great music. The show runs 7-9am CST on Saturday mornings on KDHX 88.1 in St. Louis.
- Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child – Host Bill Childs has been spinning family Music since 2005 along with his kids Ella and Liam. He’s was a founder of the recently ended Kindiefest ( thanks Bill it was a lot of fun) and now runs his show out of Austin, TX. He hosts live bands, banters with his kids and plays great music. The show is now syndicated. You can check out the Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child website for times and broadcasts.
- Kids Corner – This show is a Philadelphia institution celebrating their 25th anniversary this year… Happy Anniversary! Fun, games, jokes, live guests, and and their brilliant host Kathy O’Connell make this a show worth hearing every day. I forgot mention the great music as well! The show runs 4 nights a week from 7-8pm (EST) on WXPN 88.5 in Philadelphia.
Also T-Bones Radioactive Kids, Kids Rock Nashville and the Hilltown Family Variety Show (they even had us host a show!) are some of the others worth checking out as well
These are some of the radio shows I think everyone should check out. If your an artist reading this be sure to send them a CD and be polite, respectful and DON’T PESTER THEM CONTINUALLY. They tend to receive a lot of music so have patience. And thank them when they play your music. Just last week Dave Loftin gave us a spin. Thanks Dave! And thanks to all of those shows out there spinning family and kids music. We wouldn’t be heard without you! If you know of a music show on and read this please let me know and I’d be glad to listen in and let others know about it. So go know! Listen and support you local kindie DJ today!
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Tagged Bill Childs, Children's, Dave Loftin, family, Imagination Parade, Kathy O'Connell, Kids Corner, Kids Place Live, kindie, music, Musical merry-Go-Round, Paul Butler, Paul Stark, Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl, Spare the Rock Spoil the Child
My favorite Holiday of the year has arrived. Forget the fireworks, New Year Drunkeness and the over commercialization of Christmas. Thanksgiving rates #1 in my Holiday catalog. Getting together with loved ones to share a big meal and if your so inclined watch a football game or two. To be thankful for what we have and those we get to share it with is such a novel concept. So novel many big retailers have completely overlooked it and are going to be open on Thanksgiving moving straight to Christmas. Which is a shame. Because those that own those store have so very much to be thankful for there should be no need to be open. But I digress…. For me Thanksgiving always brings memories of growing up in our house on Major in Chicago. Every year we hosted for our family and then later we’d end up by our neighbors the Ott’s. One year it was filled with snowball fights as we had 8 inches of the white stuff early that year One year Mr. Ott had canvased the neighbothood with “All You Can Eat Turkey Dinner… .50!” signs with all arrows leading to our house. He then placed BIG sign on our front lawn. Mr. Ott was a bit of a prankster. Now I hope I can give my kids the same kind of memories I grew up with. That they learn to be grateful for the blessings we already have. Speaking of which I gotta make some breakfast for them. Chocolate chip banana pancakes anyone? Happy Thanksgiving.
We just had a pretty amazing day and got a few cool toys plus might have a few leads for future gigs. Thanks Rock Father for leading the way and thanks Chicago Toy and Game Fair.
Finished up with appropriate lunch!
Tomorrow starts the Chicago Toy and Game Fair on Navy Pier. I will be going with my 8 year old daughter and her friend. It is the only one in the country open to the public. It runs Saturday and Sunday. If you like Star Wars there’s a luncheon on Saturday with some Jedi and what not. I’m looking forward to a great time!!!. Go to their website here for more details.
Today in a diner that I was having lunch in with my son (he ate like a champ) the music was hard to hear but the bass line was quite audible. Occasionally you could here the melody over the noise of the room. So I think I am listening to the bass line to America from Simon and Garfunkel… Wrong. I was listening to Piano Man by Billy Joel. Didn’t see that coming. There were a few others including Queen with Crazy Little Thing Called Love but it was interesting how my brain would instantly fill in the words and melody in their absence. Anyway…
The Poochamungas will be playing at the Marina Grand Resort on December 8th, 2013 from for the Teddy Bear Tea. It’s 8 dollars per child and bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. They’re having a party, a visit with Santa and we’re providing the live music. The event runs from 1pm to 3pm. We start rockin’ after the tea part at 2pm. Call the Marina Grand Resort at 877.945.8600 for more details. A link describing the event is posted below
Chillin’ and Grillin Block Party!
I am guilty. I have songs on my last CD that are songs about childhood but not really “kids” song so to speak. My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party) is a fine example of this and yet kids really like this song. Because kids REALLY like block parties! So below are a list of songs that I have heard on kids CD’s that are not “kids songs” per say but really good songs for anyone and could and should be played anywhere, anytime on any radio station.
Justin Roberts-Fruit Jar, Redbird, Looking for Trains. Justin is really a great songwriter who’s songs have all ages appeal but these three songs could be on any kind of album as they are really ageless great tunes.
The Okee Dokee Brothers – Can You Canoe? (Album). I still contest that this is Grammy winning folk album (it won for best Children’s Album) with a couple of kids songs. Songs like Along for the Ride, Thousand Star Hotel and Roll on River are great songs that could be played on the radio with no one ever the wiser. Go buy the CD. It is one of the best kindie albums ever.
Baze and His Silly Friends-Superhero. It’s alt rock with catchy guitar riffs an stylistic vocals. Just another kids song? I don’t think so. Go check it out!
The Boogers- Everything they play is punk rock. Period. My favorite song is Pandas are Dangerous
Alastair Moock - Take a Little Walk With Me. Simple little ballad on a really great CD he wrote while his child was battling leukemia. She cowrote a few of the songs. But this beutiful, poignant tune could be played anywhere with no one even thinking it was on a “kids” CD.
Frances England - Mind of My Own. Her new CD Blink of an Eye is Grammy worthy. It’s that good. But this song off of her last CD is just a great pop tune about a girl trying to find her independence is just a brilliant piece of writing. It’s a song that belongs on any type of play list.
So these are my first six entries. More to come. If folks have any suggestions I’d be very happy to hear them! In the meantime go visit and buy some music from the artists listed. Go! You’ll be glad you did.
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Tagged Alistair Moock, Baze and His Silly Friends, Children's, Frances England, Grammy, Justin Roberts, kindie, Marc Bazerman, music, The Boogers, The Okee Dokee Brothers