Photo by David T. Kindler
It’s Jeff Bogle’s (Out With The Kids) fault. A couple of years ago he convinced me to attend the Grammys as I had access to tickets and he was looking to go. Many fine kindie artists had been nominated that year and so I attended the Grammy Pre Telecast show to which one of my colleagues would win (The Okee Dokee Brothers won, yea!). Then in the middle of the show I was introduced to the music of John Fulbright with a blistering performance of Gawd Above. I became a fan on the spot. This year my photographer friend David Kindler asked if I was interested in attending the American Music Festival at Fitzgeralds in Berwyn. Heck yeah! I had wanted to go for years and knowing John Fulbright was playing sealed the deal. What a great fest indeed. I prefer my concerts without jumbotrons and this one is just the right size. Here are the highlights for me attending on the last day of the festival…
Walked in on the Bellfuries (Austin, Texas) with the sterling vocals of Joe Simeone and the Rock-a-sense-ability of Schecky Seaver, Mike Molnar and Chris Sensat. I could listen to them all day!
The Split Squad – What do you get when you hook up a bunch of career rock and roll guys? FACE MELTING ROCK! I also got some vinyl of the band. Double Win!
COCHOMBO – You take a Cochon de Lait (Roast Pork Po’ Boy) + The best Andouille sausage I’ve ever had = Superior Sammich. The Cajun Combo so to speak. I ate two (one early, one late). Tom “Festival” Cimms and staff do a fine job indeed!
Girls, Guns and Glory with Sarah Borges – Amazing! Best surprise of the festival. Had no idea about either of these acts and was blown away. They have a 7″ Vinyl coming out out on July 20th and highly suggest you check it out!
John Fulbright – opened the show singing Acapella and quieted a full crowd. Amazing talent and songwriting ability. The inspiration for my coming to the festival and it was well deserved
Free Water available all over the festival.
$3.50 Miller Lite bottles
David Kindler – My favorite photographer. Never fails to make an introduction and really enjoys his work. His photos really capture the festival as seen here in this article. I was there because of his invite and will be back again next year.
Joe Ely and Reckless Kelly – Joe is an American treasure and sang a Townes Van Zandt song. You should catch him with Reckless Kelly who were down right smokin’. Magical closing song of the night for me with Not Fade Away.
The Sound Guys – Kept things rolling and sounding good with sooooo many bands.
Many thanks to the Fitzgerald family and staff for an outstanding job. This was my first year attending but definitely not my last. All fests should be run so well. Thank you for an outstanding day.
All Photos by David T. Kindler
Posted in family, live music, Music
Tagged american music festival, bellfuries, berwyn, country, David T. Kindler, Fitzgeralds, girls, guns and glory, Jeff Bogle, Joe Ely, Joe Simeone, john fulbright, live, music, Out with the Kids, reckless kelly, rock, sarah borges, summer, The Split Squad
It’s nearly Father’s Day and I thought I’d run my personal blog roll of the Dad’s who I read with some frequency. Those that inform, educate, humor and write some really good stuff…
Out With The Kids – Jeff Bogle is the guy I started reading first for kids music and watched his site grow from a kindie centric site to a very well rounded family focused webzone. His monthly music podcast is one of the best around and always family friendly.
The Rock Father – James Zahn is a friend, father, and all around family resource for entertainment, toys and music. He profiled me as one of his “ Rock Fathers” for Father’s Day in June and made me sound pretty damn cool. A page I check regularly and you should too.
How To Be A Dad – If Charlie Capen and Andy Herald’s blog were a baseball team they would be the Yankees. A benevolent and kind version that helps other dad bloggers along and puts out some really funny and relevant parent relating stuff.
Dad and Buried – Mike Julianelle writes the stuff I would if I were to write more about my family which is not necessary since he’s writing. Very funny man with a perspective on kids and family I truly appreciate.
A Blogger and a Father – Oren Miller is the one who started the Dad Blogger group on Facebook I belong to. At least once a week I find myself laughing hysterically or thinking profoundly from stuff posted there. Oren’s a very able writer who just found out he has cancer. His blog post on this is… I have no words you just need to read it.
There’s probably a few I could add to the list but this is a fine starting point. Go support a dad blogger today!
Posted in family, Kindie
Tagged Blogger, Charlie Capen, Dad and Buried, dads, Fathers Day, how to be a dad, James Zahn, Jeff Bogle, kindie, Mike Julianelle, Out with the Kids, Rock Father, The Rock Father, toys
Last year at this time I was headed to my first ever Grammy weekend. It was very, very cool. Or should I say very, very warm! As I sit here now after shoveling six inches of snow my mind remembers a place of green grass, sunshine, good times, burgers and blue water. You can read about my weekend of Rolling with the Bogle here. There will be no such weekend trip this year. While the Grammy weekend rapidly approaches I send out my best wishes to Chicagoan Justin Roberts and his band on their bid to win a Grammy. I will try to catch the pre-telecast on the web if it’s available and cheer for them loudly if they win though the only reason I can see them losing is because of the drummer (drummers are always the fall guy). I am back healthier and shoveling so back to the insights and reviews here on the page. Johnny Bregar and I shall be having a conversation about one of his songs today. I hope to share that with you by the end of the week. Stay tuned and have a great day
Poochamungas just had a new CD released and took many steps to make sure the public hears about it. I mentioned to our publicist (Elizabeth Waldman Frazier has been amazing) the other day that an article used “kiddie rockers” instead of “kindie rockers.” To which she matter of factly said “If you walked up to someone on the street and asked them what kindie was they’d have no idea what you were talking about.” She is correct in that assessment. We as a community, especially artists do ourselves a disservice by not promoting as much quality kindie product as possible. Poochmungas just released a CD and in terms of community support I say this. It’s never as good as you want but not as bad as you think. Paul Crowe of The Boogers has been awesome. Marc Bazerman been supportive while promoting his own upcoming release. Mr Singer always likes and shares us on FB. Story Laurie and Lori Henriques have help been really helpful as well. Gina McHatton, Kurt Gallagher and Tito Uquillas gave us a nice mention on Facebook. But I think that’s about it. Privately I have had fantastic support. Publicly not nearly as much. My personal belief is that some feel that if they promote others that their work somehow diminishes. Untrue. There is also the fact that working to book gigs, promote gigs, make CD’s, etc. is a vastly time consuming effort to do. One tends to get tunnel vision. Competition and jealousy aspects also come into play… Why did he get played by Kids Place Live and not me? If they buy his CD they won’t buy mine… Get over it. We need to help each other. This genre won’t grow unless we collectively promote the genre and not just yourself. Reach out and help someone who’s music you like or an artist you respect. If you share your fan base those fans aren’t going to abandon you. If someone does promote you remember to promote them back. What does it take to like someone else’s show while meandering through Facebook. Share someone else’s CD release, Kickstarter funding or gig? Write some kind words? When talking about your music use the word kindie (though someone is trying to make 2K off domain rights to kindie.com right now) so it becomes part of peoples vernacular. When someone writes an article not just about you but someone you like or respect. Like and share it. Stefan Shepard has a great blog (and podcast) called ZooGlobble . The Kindie Manifesto is something everyone should read. Do yourself a favor. Read, listen and share what he’s promoting so ZooGlobble grows and with it the platform for us kindie musicians. James Zahn and Jeff Bogle have shed some serious props on their blogs about kindie music. Link them to your website. Promote their stuff so they grow and with it our platform. It’s important you give blogger writers their due so their blogs can grow! Promote the radio shows and blogs that review and play kindie music even when THEY AREN’T PLAYING YOURS, BUT ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE. That’s what I’m trying to do with this blog and on FB and Twitter. All it takes is a few minutes a day by each of us and all kindie artists benefit. It doesn’t mean you still aren’t going to have to work your ass off cause you are. I’m not asking you to start a blog. But take a few minutes a day and get out of the tunnel and see the whole picture. Don’t like my music? That’s OK. Find that which you do. There’s a big bright kindie world ahead of us if only we all help it along. Cause if we don’t, who will? I have listed some of my favorites blogs and Radio shows that support the genre below…
Blogs –Out With The Kids, The Rock Father, Gooney Birds Kids, Kids Can Grove and the afore mentioned ZooGlobble.
Radio – Kids Place Live, Imagination Parade, Musical Merry-Go-Round , Spare the Rock Spoil the Child, Kids Corner and The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl
These are just a few and their are plenty more. Listen. Share. Support.
Posted in family, marketing
Tagged BASF, Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, James Zahn, Jeff Bogle, Kids Place Live, kindie, Kindie Manifesto, Lori Henriques, Marc Bazerman, Story Laurie, The Rock Father, Zooglobble
The long road I mentioned yesterday (link here) just got a little longer and harder. I flipped on the laptop this morning to find that kindiefest was over. It has disbanded for reasons unknown and I for one am a bit saddened by this. It was my hope that eventually we could have a similar event in the Midwest, preferably Chicago though anywhere in the Midwest would be fine (hello Jiggle Jam!) Everyone in the kids music world knows the Justin Roberts, Laurie Berkners and Dan Zanes. You also get to meet the Jim Cosgrove’s, Kurt Gallagher’s and Laura Doherty’s. Regional musicians who were plugging away, making a living but all looking for new ideas and sharing their own experiences and you got to meet the ones struggling just like you were. That was the best part for me. Showcase was always a lot of fun, (for the record I did buy the Pizza in 2011 not wanting to have to leave showcase) there were some really worthwhile panels (find your own Mississippi-thanks Molly Ledford!) and the Friday Keynote/meet and greet was always a highlight. I got to meet so many unpretentious great musicians and industry folk like Kurt Gallagher, Sean Hogan, Kathy O’Connel, Jeff Bogle, Dean Jones, Dave Loftin, Paul Butler, Danny Adamson, Joanie Leeds and her future drummer husband (his name is Dan), Jim Cosgrove, Mindy Thomas, Kenny Curtis, Jack Forman, Justin Roberts, Beth Blenz-Clucas, Bridget Rymer, Story Laurie, Stefan Shepard, Bill Childs, Tor, Stephanie Mayers, Mona Kayan, Mista Cookie Jar, Justin Lansing, Joe Mailander, Johnny Bregar, Key Wilde, Chris Wiser, Rod Martin, The Pop-Ups, Laura Doherty, Little Miss Ann, Tim Kubart and the others I have forgotten. I say thank you all for your insight, kindness, advice and laughs. Especially the laughs! I don’t know about you folks but I’m not ready for this party to end. Kindie Chicago 2014? It might happen…
Posted in family, Travel
Tagged Bill Childs, Dan Zanes, Dave Loftin, Dean Jones, Jeff Bogle, Joanie Leeds, Justin Roberts, Kindiefest, Kurt Gallagher, Laura Doherty, Laurie Berkner, Little Miss Ann, Mona Kayhan, Paul Butler, Sean Hogan, Stephanie Mayers, Tor