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Dan Zanes is here THIS SATURDAY!!!

dan zanesIn 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 thinCatch-That-Train-300x300g 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!

Saturday is the BIG DAY!

I know I have mentioned it a few times this week but in case you missed it the BIG SHOW is happening this Saturday, March 8 at 3pm.  The venue is Lincoln Hall and the doors open at 2 and the show starts at 3.  It’s gonna be a really fun time with lots of great music, dancing and silliness.  Every ticket purchase includes a FREE download of the Band Together CD.  The event supports The Music Intonation Workshop (IMW) their mission is to

  • Empower children to become rock stars on every stage of life through innovative music education. IMW’s in-school, after-school, and summer programs provide year-round access to instruments, instruction, performance opportunities, and mentorship to youth age 6-17 in Chicago who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. Through the process of learning to play instruments and working together with their peers, IMW students have the chance to get involved, learn new skills, express their creativity, and find their niche by playing in a pop band.

A good cause, great music and they even serve up some tasty food.  Stop on by you’ll be glad you did!band together bands

One week from today… Band Together!

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Our next gig will be a week from today,  Saturday, March 8th at 3pm,  Lincoln Hall.   Poochamugas will be part of a benefit for The Intonation Music Workshops.  We’ll be playing two songs in the middle of the show.  I was lucky enough to do a cooking spot on WGN and shamelessly plug the show.  The one thing I didn’t get to do is plug the bands that are playing and so here are the artists performing…

I’m looking forward to a great time and hope that you and yours are able to attend the show.  Every adult attending gets a free download of the CD and a great concert to boot! Stop on by and get your groove on. Click the link on the picture below!

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A couple quick CD reviews

human timLast week I went to the first ever Chicago Kindie artist meet-up. We had pizza and discussed venues, a collaborative show and CD, etc.  Some of us swapped CD’s as well.  My favorite way of getting new music.  Today in my car I was playing two of the CD’s I received.  First up was Human-Tim+Robot-Tim You are an Astronaut.  This is a CD already shown props by ZooGlobble and Mr Jeff2000.  It’s an joyous effort by a man who’s been rocking the Chicago scene for a few years now.  The quality of the CD is excellent and noticed it was mixed at the same place the Poochamungas use, Kingsize Sound Labs in Chicago.  The stand out tune for me is Little Bob’s Big Day. You immediately recognize the homage to Bob Dylan and it’s just a great song written from a kids perspective. My Friend Paul  is a quirky little pop ditty about animal friends. Definitely songs that should be heard on Kids Place Live.  It’s a CD worth buying. Click the link below.

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/HumanTimRobotTim

Istvan Sweet!The other artist who swapped with me was Istvan and His Imaginary Band.  I had read abut them playing local venues but had never crossed paths with them.  The Rock Father (James Zahn’s review is here) had asked me about them and was impressed with one of their CD’s but I had not heard them at that time.  Well their was no disappointment in listening to their Sweet! CD either.  The rock it with both kinds of guitar (acoustic AND electric), relate-able lyrics and a rockin’  jump out of you seat rhythm thang!  I think I lived the second track Too Much Stuff.  That and Makes Me Happy are both songs deserving airplay as are all the tune on this record.  Fine work indeed. So go support this and buy it at the link below

http://istvan.bandcamp.com/album/sweet