Hey everybody. Hope you all had a marvelous summer filled with beaches, hiking, swimming and ice cream! I Just wanted to let you know that I have been working on a new family music series set to debut next week called Kids Shows at Joe’s. The series is being hosted by Joe’s Live Rosemont in the MB financial park. It’ll be a monthly series and the Amazing Musical talent of Randy Kaplan will open the series on September 24th at 11am. Not only will there be great music there’s gonna be face painting, great food and beverages and best of all… FREE PARKING. Just be sure to have the venue validate before you leave. What’s not to like? See you there!
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Tagged Concert, Joe's Live, kids, kindie, music, Randy Kaplan, Rosemont
In a town (Chicago) filled with great kids music we are truly blessed with the variety and quality of the acts that play in the neighborhood. Laura Doherty, Little Miss Ann, Istvan and his Imaginary Band, Human Tim+Robot Tim, Miss Jaime, Mister Singer, Jeanie B! and national acts Ralph’s World and Justin Roberts (two time Grammy nominee). So the fact that my family and I are excited to see Dan Zanes and friends this Saturday is a bit of a big deal. He is referred to as the founder of the modern Kindie (kids independent) movement and one of the first to play great all ages shows. He is also an artist that inspired me to get into the kindie movement when I heard my band mate (pre-Poochamungas) Pete play Wagon Wheel. A song I profiled on the blog earlier this year in my Song and the Process series (see article here). I’ve seen Dan play solo and with Elizabeth Mitchell but never with the full band so this is a treat. We’ve probably listened to the Catch That Train CD a thousand times. Watched the Jump Up video just as much. My daughter is a big fan and I’m sure my son is about to become one as well. The thing about Dan’s music is it’s all rooted in Americana. Whether rock, traditional, folk it’s always got terrific roots. Dan’s secret is simple. Play great music that everyone can enjoy. So head to the Harris Theater this Saturday, November 15th at 2pm. It’s gonna be a whole lot of fun for the whole family. Now go out and support an Independent artist today!
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Tagged children, Concert, Dan Zanes, Elizabeth Mitchell, family, friends, Human Tim, Istvan and his Imaginary Band, Jeanie B!, Justin Roberts, kindie, Laura Doherty, Little Miss Ann, Miss Jaime, Mister Singer, music, Poochamungas, Ralphs World, Robot Tim
This weekend I am super pumped to be playing the Jefferson Park Arts and Music Festival, more commonly called JEFF FEST! We take the stage on Sunday 2pm. Back long ago when I was a mere skinny lad with a full head of hair. Back in the summer of 1980 (I think). The place to be was the Jeff Park Pool. My friends and I were part of the first twenty kids in line when it opened. Finally we had a public pool of our own with a diving board! Prior to it opening we had to go to Norwood Park Pool which had two significant problems. One you had to get a ride from a parent to get there. Chauffeur us as they did, a lot (before the seatbelt laws you could get quite a few kids in a station wagon), they had things to do and weren’t always available. Second was the fact it was the coldest damn pool in the Midwest. I recall the pool leaked and instead of fixing it they just kept filling it. I can remember jumping off the diving board, hitting the water and my eyes froze open. Arms and legs felt like they were encased in ice. Did I tell my buddies how cold it was… well the scream as I surfaced may have given it away. They all jumped in anyway. It became a rite passage. The Jeff Park Pool represented freedom. No longer did we have to get rides because it was only a THREE BLOCK WALK and one major intersection to cross. No longer was the pool freezing! By the second week all the lifeguards knew our names and eventually made us junior lifeguards (swim tested at the beach). We all became pool rats and swam every day. The next summer as well. I did once manage to forget my sister once (she claims twice) and she never lets me forget it, Sorry (again) Mouse. Other than that all I can remember is magical days of Marco Polo, can openers off the diving board (bigger splash than a cannonball) and seeing who could swim a length underwater. So if I’m a bit nostalgic on stage on Sunday it’s because I’m remembering all those great times I had back in the day with the kids from this neighborhood. Sunday we’ll be creating new memories and making our own nostalgia.
We’ve been on a 5 month hiatus due to work and life so we’re all primed and ready to rock. Stop on by the show Sunday, July 27th at 2pm. There are a lot of great acts over the weekend so if you can’t catch our show be sure to check a few out. Other than the food everything else takes place in the park proper and it is very family friendly. Drum circles, arts and crafts, kids stage, bouncy houses are all included in the entrance $5 entrance fee (kids 12 and under FREE). Plus don’t forget all the great music which is what Jeff Fest has become known for. We’d be going to this fest even if I wasn’t playing as it’s one of our family favorites. The action starts today. Hope to see you there. Jeff Fest is where it’s at!
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Tagged Concert, festival, gig, Jeff Fest, jefferson, kids, kindie, lifegaurd, marco polo, music, norwood, nostalgia, park, rock, roll, summer, swimming
When the Poochamungas take the stage this Saturday, March 8th, 3pm at Lincoln Hall they will be doing so with special guest guitarist Mike Flemming! Poochamungas regular guitarist Pedro is unavailable so Mike is stepping in which means if your at the show you may see him play with two bands. Mike is the regular guitarist for Istvan and His Imaginary Band. Let me tell you his guitar playing is anything but imaginary. It’s gonna be a great time. Come on out and dance the afternoon away and raise money for a good cause!!!
Art by Joe Somers
The Poochamungas have a big CD release show at Schubas September 29th at 2pm with Koo Koo Kangaroo. It’s going to be a great time. This got me to thinking about other great shows taking place in the Chicago area. So I thought I’d list a few.
Ella Jenkins – Sunday, September 15th at the Old Town School of Folk Music http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2013/09-15-2013-ella-jenkins-11am/
Laura Doherty – Saturday, September 21 at 27 Live in Evanston. http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/365473/tfly
Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell – Saturday, September 28th at the Old Town School of Folk Music. http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2013/09-28-2013-dan-zanes-and-elizabeth-mitchell-11am/
Little Miss Ann Trio at St. John Berchman Fall Festival – September 28 in Chicago. https://www.facebook.com/events/417309165039674/
Mr Singer at the Lincoln Park Zoo every Wednesday and Friday. http://www.lpzoo.org/events
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Tagged Concert, Dan Zanes, Ella Jenkins, family, kids, kindie, Koo Koo Kangaroo, Little Miss Ann, Mr Singer, music, Poochamungas
Today Saturday, March 23rd at 3pm the Poochamungas take the stage at Schubas. We have reformatted the show and added songs from our upcoming CD Block Party. Stop on by as it’s gonna be epic!