Photo By John Garrido
Hey there folks who peruse this page. It’s been quiet for quite awhile. I lost the passion for writing about music. I lost the passion for booking shows. I still love getting out there and performing. So this year when the annual application to the Kindiecomm Showcase was due I figured why not. I fully expected not to be chosen again. Here’s the thing. IT’S NOT PERSONAL. The people who book shows WANT to put on the best show possible. They NEED to attract an audience to justify paying you and keeping the lights on. I have seen Brady Rymer and The Not-Its play to 50 people at Jiggle Jam (which is now defunct) and it was THE BEST FAMILY MUSIC FESTIVAL of all time. By the way both acts absolutely CRUSHED it. Doesn’t matter the size of the audience. Play each show as it was going to be your last. So what the point of all this… We got the call to play the Kindiecomm Showcase! We will be closing the show Saturday night! Persistence pays off with a huge dose of patience.Don’t confuse persistence with pestering. There is a very definitive line. Keep performing, keep writing and keep getting better. I’m gonna be writing here again weekly visiting new bands and talking about new Poochamungas recordings. So stop on by and let’s see what the rest of 2016 has to offer. We have some pretty cool stuff happening up ahead.
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
At present I have two sick children running fevers in the house after a fun-filled weekend trip with our neighbors. While they have finally been slowed down, this weekend they totally rocked out. Literally! We packed up the vehicles and headed out on Thursday for the KC Jiggle Jam Festival. We stopped halfway in Des Moines, IA for a water park visit and then proceeded the rest of the way to KC. If you’re not aware, and many are not, this is the largest independent family music festival in the country and it celebrated its 5th birthday this year. We of course helped blow out the candles.
Two of my favorite musicians and my daughter
Our friend Jeni Cosgrove and one of the people who has a lot to do with Jiggle Jam and it’s success.
Funky Mama rocks the crowd!
It’s only 10 bucks to get in, in advance or 15 at the gate and the bands they had are great! Trout Fishing in America, Sugar Free Allstars, The Verve Pipe (family favorites), The Okee Dokee Brothers (great new CD), Funky Mama, our friend Jim Cosgrove (got to throw down some harp with him) and the list goes on. There are 3 stages of music, 2 arts and crafts tents (both free) and 10$ for a jumpee pass and there were 10 of those. Plus the hotel we stayed at was across the street with a pool and the mall is right there as well. Oh yeah, there’s a shooting fountain to cool off right in the middle of everything (it was needed as it was 95!). This is the most family friendly event you could ever go to and my kids had a great time. I suggest you pay a visit next year, Did I mention there is a Legoland and an Aquarium on the grounds as well? Start planning now!
So this Sunday, June 3rd we are FINALLY headed back to the Kingsize studio. I am really excited to finish up a few songs. We have lots of vocal work to do and a few more songs to add. Nice to be moving forward again!
Posted in family, Recording
Tagged Funky Mama, Jiggle Jam, Jim Cosgrove, KC, kindie music, Kingsize Sound Labs, Legoland, Okee Dokee Brothers, Sugar Free Allstars, The Verve Pipe, Trout Fishing in America