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!
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Tagged family, Joe's Live, kids, kindie, mb park, music, Poochamungas, Rosemont
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
Hey there folks it’s been awhile and I took a break. Wanted to let you about a really cool thing coming up this week. This weekend it’s the annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair!!! It’s this Saturday and Sunday November 21 and 22. All the new toys for the upcoming holiday season AND lots of cool games as well. BE sure to check it out! We’ve gone the last two years and my kids have had a really great time. Plus if your interested they have a STAR WARS LUNCH. Hang with some storm trooper and get some vittles. It’s a fun time if you can make it to Navy Pier this weekend. Coming up are my top ten kindie music CD’s of the year.
Last year I had the privilege of playing a couple of my songs at Lollapalooza on the Kidzapalooza stage. Along with the gig I received a free artist guest pass which I gave to my friend and excellent photographer David Kindler. David caught my show and then we went and explored Lolla. We slipped backstage, hung out at the artists lounge and listened to all the great music. It was a lot of fun. Another kindie band playing on the same stage as I that day was the band Play Date. When David geeked out a bit at seeing them play he quickly pointed out to me that Greg Attonito is the Lead vocalist for the punk band Bouncing Souls (good stuff). I had never heard of them as my punk music knowledge has
Photo by David T. Kindler
come later in life. Introductions were made. Shanti (Wintergate) and Greg are really nice folks and play some solid kids music as a duo. We then went our separate Lolla ways. That is till David got hired as a photographer at Riot Fest a month later and who should happen to be playing… Bouncing Souls. Who should he run into… Greg and Shanti. There’s a story there but I shall leave David to tell it. Anyway earlier this year I got a text message from my friend David and how he had just finished a secret Ninja Pajama photo shoot with Play Date. They stole my photographer! Then in the mail I received an advanced copy of the new Play Date CD from MY publicist and amazing human being Elizabeth Waldman Frazier (Recess Monkey, Laurie Berkner, Laura Doherty). They stole her too! The humanity!!! Well in all my rage and anger I did manage to listen to the WE ALL SHINE CD and it’s pretty darn good. Stevie the Fox opens with a happy pop vibe and cool rhythm. Ninja Pajamas is a quirky, rap, one of a kind lullaby but not really. It’s pretty cool. My favorite song is the total rock out over the top Ruin Your Appetite which totally hearkens to Greg’s punk rock roots. Did I forget to mentions Shanti’s stellar vocals? She really shines on the closing song Goodnight. This is a good listen for the whole family as my kids can attest to. What can I say? It’s hard to stay mad when folks hire quality folks and put out quality product. Buy this CD and support an independent artist today! I also posted a video below from a previous CD.
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Tagged bouncing souls, Children's, David Kindler, Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, kids, kindie, music, photographer, Play Date, PR, publicist, punk, rock
I went to the Arlington Heights Public Library today to drop off a few Poochamungas Cd’s they’ll be giving out for reading awards during the summer. I always try to help out libraries as much as possible. For one they are a valuable resource in many places and secondly they always support the many kindie musicians plying their trade around the country. The Poochamungas have definitely played more than a couple library gigs. So after dropping off CD’s I took a perusal of what kids music they had available. Well right away you notice Disney and that kidz bob (cutesy no talent edited recycled garbage IHOP). What then struck me was the number of kindie artists available as well. Casper babypants, the Not-Its, Justin Roberts, Recess Monkey, Bari Koral, Ralph’s World and many others. They had a great selection of FREE kindie music for anyone interested in introducing their family to high quality family music. I also know the Des Plaines Public Library carries some great music as well. If you live in either of these neighborhoods check out them out! You won’t be dissapointed.
As for the other free music my favorite cast of characters takes the stage at Simons tomorrow at 8:30pm as Electric Dirt. They’ll be singing the songs that Levon Helm sang all to well and celebrating what would of been his recent 75th birhtday. This ones free as well but be sure to drop a few dollars in the hat. It’ll be worth it!
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Tagged casper babypants, children, Electric Dirt, Justin Roberts, kids, kindie, library, music, Poochamungas, Recess Monkey, The Not-its
I’ve been shuffling discs in my recently acquired Sony Mega Storage 200 CD player and a song made me stop shuffling and listen to the whole album. “Mommy and Daddy need a little more sleep” Mo Phillips is singing like he’s witnessed my own personal battles with a son who needs a bit of guidance in his nocturnal activities from time to time. What makes it more poetic is that the song is a duet. Occasional Yogurt ( also acquired at kindiecomm) is a brilliant piece of pop music. It’s musically layered, quirky, smart and honest. Big musical songs with simple messages that touch home. I highly recommend you go out and get this one. I was a big fan of his previous CD Monster Suit (Discovering the new…) and now a bigger fan of this one. Keep up the good work Mo we’ll be listening! Go and support and independent artist today!
It’s funny when life comes full circle. Last year the first time I heard of a band called Future Hits is when they were co-billing with Little Miss Ann at the Hideout. I was unable to attend that show and around that same time I found out that there was a music teacher in my kids school teaching songwriting. Imagine my surprise when I found out they were in fact the same person. Matt Baron. I discovered this at my kids school when they were hosting a parents night. We had a nice conversation about the school, networking and music in general. I then ran into Matt again at KindieComm which was a great time (Thanks again Kathy and Robert!). There I acquired a copy of the new CD Today is Forever which is really quite good, bilingual and like nothing else in the kindie world. I would describe it as Bryn Ferry meets The Cure with hints of Elvis Costello. It’s full of moods and pianos and heavy drum beats and bass with electric guitars twanging about. It’s a whole lot of rocking fun. Then all the songs repeat in Spanish. So not only do the kids get super cool songs they get a bilingual experience as well. We tend to play either the English half or the Spanish Half. That’s up to you. Future Hits has a album you should get. Go buy this CD and support an independent artist today!
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Tagged bilingual, Chicago, children, Elvis Costello, Future Hits, kids, Kindiecomm, Matt Baron, music