Hey there folks! The Poochamungas are gonna be rocking once again this Saturday, November 12th @ 11am in the fantastic Joe’s Live in Rosemont. There will be good food, games, photo booth, milk and cookies and of course great music from the Poochamungas. Bring the whole family and bring your dancing shoes! It’s gonna be epic!
Posted in family, gigs, kids, Kindie, live music, Music
Tagged family, Joe's Live, kids, kindie, mb park, music, Poochamungas, Rosemont
For many of us that play in the kindie realm we are all aware of the Justin Roberts, Laurie Berkners, Dan Zanes and The Okee Dokees of our genre. But how many are aware of the Kurt Gallaghers, Laura Dohertys and Jim Cosgroves? These three fine individuals have been at this music thing for a very looooonnng time and making a living at it. If you’re going to KindieComm and a would be pursuer of music in this kindie/childrens/family/all ages realm and looking to make a living at it. I suggest you find one of these fine folks during the conference, buy them a beverage of their choice, sit down, ask some pertinent questions and hear what they have to say. That’s the best part of these festivals. The panels are informative but the conversations had with other artists and fellow kindieteers are PRICELESS. Buy em a beverage and tell em John sent ya!
Cover of American Profile. Diane Guthrie photo.
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Tagged all ages, children, Children's, conference, Dan Zanes, family, Jim Cosgrove, Justin Roberts, kindie, Kurt Gallagher, Laura Doherty, Laurie Berkner, lids, Mr. Kurt, music, The Okee Dokee Brothers
Have a great weekend everybody! We’re going to the Chicago Northside Irish Parade which the kids are eagerly anticipating. I remember St Patrick’s day parties of the past which you can read about here
This is my favorite holiday of the year. No presents to send or receive. No carols to be sung. While I do enjoy the next holiday I do wish the retail world would stop jamming it down my throat before Halloween has even ended. Today I shall enjoy the company of family and friends while remembering all there is to be grateful for this year. I shall endeavour to teach this to my children as well. If the world had a little more gratitude and kindness it would be a better place. May you all have a great day filled with tasty food and the ones you love. Happy Thanksgiving.
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
A couple of weeks ago I posted my top ten kids CD’s (My Top Ten and Rejected Again) plus a few others the family was grooving too and it seems I missed three worthy candidates in the process. Two of them because I hadn’t heard them and the last one because well… I forgot. I listen to a lot of music so this sometimes happens. So my top ten is now like the Big Ten Conference which they still call the Big ten but actually has 14 teams. So with no further ado here is the addendum to my top ten CD’s. Music please…
- The Pop Ups – Appetite for Construction (Great music from the two guys most likely to write a Broadway kids show.)
- Randy Kaplan – Jam on Rye (Comedy, kids and conversations with great music as only Randy can bring.)
- Seanster and the Monsters – Yay! (Just a CD filled with lots of silliness, fun and great music. I don’t even hold the Canadian thing against him. This is also my hidden gem of the “TOP TEN!”)
So go check these out along with my original list and support an independent artist today!
Posted in CD reviews, family, Kindie, Music, Recording
Tagged Big Ten, Big Ten Conference, children, Children's, family, kindie, music, Randy Kaplan, Seanster and the Monsters, The Pop Ups, Top Ten, top ten CD, worthy candidates
I was looking at youtube the other day and noticed some really great kindie videos aren’t getting the views they deserve cause they’re pretty darn good! Here are some of the family favorites
Justin Roberts – Obsessed by Trucks. Who doesn’t have that family member who drives them crazy with a particular obsession?
The Hipwaders – Educated Kid. Really great animations with a bit of humor. One of our favorite bands
The Boogers – Pandas are Dangerous. A great DIY shoot by The Boogers themselves and a punk rock love song disguised by Pandas!
Tim and the Space Cadets – Superhero. Tim is a busy guy these days with playing bass on Americas Got Talent (houseband), Tambourine Guy with the brilliant Post Modern Jukebox and hanging out with Chica (Sunny Side Up Show). But before all that he put out one of the all time best kindie videos ever! You be the judge…
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Tagged children, family, hero, Justin Roberts, kindie, music, Post Modern Jukebox, Super, The Boogers, the hipwaders, Tim and the Space Cadets, Tim Kubart, Trucks
The Hipwaders Rock! What more do you need to know? Their latest CD is worth the purchase. Fun lyrics, great vocals and harmonies not to mention that cool California grove that they’re famous for. We are big fans of this band and Year Round Sounds brings some new tunes, covers and holiday music our family has been digging. They now sit in the much coveted car CD slot! Willie Samuels does a great job once again of making the band sound great in the studio. Mic Check , Kings and Queens and The Books I Like to Read are three of my favorite songs. I find this a worthy follow up to The Golden State my only complaint being… Tito when’s the next release? They are having a CD release party this Saturday, September 13th in Vacaville, CA. Go buy this CD and support a kindie artist today!
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Tagged all ages, California, Children's, family, kindie, music, rock, the hipwaders
What a great time we had at Jeff Fest again! The band sounded good and the sound folks did an excellent job. Not to mention Rob and Sharon made us feel like a million bucks and quickly took care of any problems at hand. It is really one of the best festivals in the City and many thanks to the Jefferson Park Chamber for making it happen. If you have kids this is a must festival. For a mere $5 entry you get the bounce houses, arts and crafts, a fantastic family stage with many interactive acts not to mention the great music coming from the mainstage! With plenty of great food and beverages available I highly recommend you to put this one on next years calendar.
I would be highly remiss here if I failed to mention the show my friend and fellow Poochamungas bandmate put together back on July 16th. Alton Smith gathered some of the best musicians in the city (some of my favorite people too!) and once again paid tribute to the music of Bill Withers. For a mere $10 at the City Winery one got to behold the power and majesty of a tour de’ force musical experience. When and if they perform again I shall let you know and you should make haste to wherever they are playing. Thank you Bill, Wally, John, John, Gerald, Mike, Steve, Manny and Alton for doing what you do so well!
This Friday I get to play on the Kidzapalooza stage at Lollapalooza with some of my favorite Chicago Kindie Folk! Many thanks to Laura Doherty for setting it up and for Tor Hyams for having us perform. If you’re at Lolla stop on by Friday at 1:30pm. I will be performing along with some super talented Chicago folks including Little Miss Ann, Mr. Singer, Jeanie B!, and Ralph of Ralph’s World not to mention Laura herself! Make a visit it’ll be a lot of fun!
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Tagged Alton Smith, chamber, city winery, family, Jeanie B!, Jeff Fest, jefferson park, kids, kidzapalooza, kindie, Kingsize Sound Labs, Laura Doherty, Little Miss Ann, lollapalooza, Mr Singer, music, Poochamungas, Ralphs World, slab fork
The goal is a simple one. To spend every weekend for a year attending different music festivals. Ideally Poochamungas would play at a bunch of them as well. I would prefer no Jumbotrons. One should be able to identify all the performers onstage from anywhere in the audience. I shouldn’t need a TV to see the band I’m viewing at a concert but not a deal breaker. That’s why I really enjoyed the American Music Festival last week at Fitzgerald’s and today at Irish Fest at the Irish American Heritage Center. It’s about music and then the festivities. People come to see and interact with the bands. Gaelic Storm had such a crowd standing and singing along. Dublin City Rovers spread a lot of joy as well. Such fun energy to be a part of. Unfortunately my youngest child had no more energy to spare and we had to head home early in the show. My daughter on the other hand stayed and closed the show. A year may be to ambitious… Maybe start with a summer full of music and expand from there. The kids are young and they follow in their fathers music loving footsteps. So maybe?
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Tagged american music festival, Dublin City Rovers, family, Fitzgeralds, Gaelic Storm, Irish, kids, music