A Block Party Day with Chillin and Grillin!
So the Poochamungas rocked the weekend away. First we headed out to Frankfort on Saturday for “Chillin and Grillin for a Cure“. The event is to raise money in efforts to defeat cystic fibrosis. This is our second time playing the event and we brought a full band this time around (last year a three piece). Well we had a good time, worked a new song into the set, played Train Rolls on twice at my daughters request and folks seemed to really dig the music. In events like this not a lot of folks are dancing up by the band. Kids are in the jumpy, riding scooters, bikes and big wheels, getting face painted and visiting the firetruck (they got a Tower Ladder this year). But kids kept visiting the driveway we we’re playing and lot’s of heads boppin in the crowd is a good sign. We took care of all public service announcements and even got to introduce the contestants in the rib competition (Alton rocked the organ intro!) The folks that organize this do an amazing job. Erin and Jim Burns along with their family, friends and neighbors really make this a great event. I hope we raised lots of money and I hope they invite us again next year!
Poochamungas at Wonder Works in Oak Park, IL
Next we headed over to Oak Park on Sunday as part of the Parties for Pillars series. We are one of many fundraising events that they are hosting this month. Wonder Works Children’s Museum in Oak Park hosted our concert and what a fun space they have. Lots of interactive exhibits for your kids to have fun and learn at the same time (double win!) Well we had a really fun and interactive set. The energy of the crowd was great and everyone had a good time. After the show people attendees got to use the museums facilities for another hour. Way cool. We also sold 4 CD’s and split the profit with Pillars. Some might laugh but 4 CD sales at a show is pretty good. 10 is amazing but 4 is good indeed! Many thanks to Michelle Halm for inviting us to play and to the Pillars organization and Wonder Works Children’s Museum. We had a great time! Thanks for having us!
Today we not only have a rehearsal we also have to take photos for the upcoming CD release. Not my favorite thing to do but necessary to promote the materials. I have hired a professional photographer instead of the usual DIY photos we usually use. So today he’s gonna take pics during rehearsal and then after as well. I hope to get some good stuff given he’s taking photos of me… But I digress. The big day is only 3 months away and lots to do before the “Official Release.” No worries.
We have six great shows this summer. Make sure you come on out and enjoy one of our live gigs. We venture out of state a couple of times as well. Like us on Facebook and keep up with our travels and gigs.
Cover of American Profile. Diane Guthrie photo.
Anyone who reads this blog know of my trials and successes as a kindie musician. To promote my next CD I have taken the next step of hiring the services of Publicist Elizabeth Waldman Frasier of Waldmania (very excited.) So imagine my surprise when I see my daughter has garnered the photo in American Profile (a national publication) in an article titled Jiggle Jam by Carol Crupper. Sure it’s an article about Jim Cosgrove, Dan Zanes, Frances England and the Okee Dokee Brothers but there on the front page is my daughter singing along with Jim! (she’s the tall redhead) Now Jim is a great guy, friend and Jiggle Jam is a festival worth making the trip to if you get the chance. Really the best family festival I have ever been to… Twice! But I’m thinking maybe I hire my daughter to do the PR? After all she just made the cover of a national publication…
It’s been three weeks since I attended Kindiefest and we have been working our way thru all the music we received while in attendance (By we I mean my two kids and I.) A few CD’s have been really separating themselves from the rest. First is The Hipwaders – Golden State.
One of our new Fav’s!
The hit on Kids Place Live (KPL) was a groovy cool sounding Hey Josie. But The Ramble (been stuck in my head for a week in a good way) is my favorite. If you like California surf guitar licks with a driving backbeat this CD is for you. Next is Johnny Bregar – My Neighborhood. I define this as American Music. Rock, Blues, Country and all cool. We
Rocking CD with flavors of blues, country and all cool.
were big fans of Polly’s Rain Dance (played on KPL) and the whole CD is just a continuation of great sounding music. To call this kiddie music or label these CD’s as just for children is a disservice. As we in Poochamungas land like to say. Good Music Knows No Age. The third CD which is not a “kids” CD (the band closed kindiefest.) is David Wax Museum – Knock Knock Get up. It’s defined as Mexo-Americana but WOW! To try to categorize the music limits what this album really is. While you can hear the Mexican and Americana influences the music is it’s own definition and it totally blew me away.
The title song is amazing as is the rest of this wonderful music. There is a very deep musical pool on this CD and I suggest you jump on in. I shall be voting for them come Grammy Time (The other two artists CD’s released in 11′ and 12′ so no voting for them.) I still have a few more CD’s to listen and will report as I do. But these will all be in rotation for weeks to come.
Posted in CD reviews, family, Recording, Travel
Tagged American Profile, Dan Zanes, David Wax Museum, Frances England, Hipwaders, Jiggle Jam, Jim Cosgrove, Johnny Bregar, Kindiefest, Mexo-Americana, Okee Dokee Brothers, Waldmania
Sitting in the airport recovering from Kindiefest. Will be writing a full summary this week. Late nights, panels, great music and many laughs. And I managed to learn a thing or two…
In the last blog I talked about applying for gigs and accepting it isn’t personal. Every year there is a kids music conference in Brooklyn, NY called Kindiefest. Kindiefest hosts a Saturday night showcase for up and coming bands… Well once again the Kindiefest has chosen the artists to perform at their showcase and once again the Poochamungas have failed to make the bill. We were not chosen to play at the conference. While I figured we wouldn’t I am still disappointed. Here’s the thing. I know it’s not personal. But I have been to two previous Kindiefests. I have promoted it even in the year I couldn’t go. People have a face to go along with the Poochamungas name and most importantly my music and show are ready. It took a lot of doing to get to the point where we are actually ready and not just thinking we are. Some of the improvements to my show and CD are a direct result of talks with the people running Kindiefest. They have been a great resource and for that I am grateful. So this year when I applied by creating a new profile on Reverbnation (it was free) I was hopeful. The thing is, I probably know a bunch of Artists feeling exactly like I am right now. But once again I realize IT’S NOT PERSONAL. The people who run the event have to sift thru hundreds of applications and I am one of many who are disappointed. That’s the way life works. Get over it and move on to the next gig application. So congrats to those who got a slot. Have a great show and see you at Kindiefest.
Public Relations. That’s the word I ponder much these day. I’m looking at hiring a publicist for the next CD. I feel it’s worthy. I would like more people hear it and play more gigs as well. Right now I do everything for the band. Write, produce, book gigs, schedule rehearsals, and do all the publicity (posters, internet, this blog, etc). Well there are only so many hours in the day. I still have a job, wife and two kids so I am reaching out for help but help costs money. Is the investment in a Publicist worth the end result? Some people swear by them and others aren’t so sure. I have been fortunate to talk to some knowledgeable people and have to make a decision. Soon. I’ll let you know.
Best guy in the world
My son turned 3 today. He keeps growing taller and smarter everyday. His speech has leaped forward and he sees everything. He’s had a lot of influence on my music along with his sister. Plus one of his favorite things to say is “Dada. Let’s Jam.” He’s my drummer/keyboards/guitarist and lead singer at the same time. Totally awesome. Happy Birthday son I love you.