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We are ecstatic to announce the launch of our new booking division at Mayers Consulting! Please join us in welcoming our good friend and long time collaborator Mona Kayhan to the team as our dedicated booking agent.
Mayers Consulting offers an eclectic, modern and diverse roster of artists carefully curated for the family audience. With a wide variety of genres and experiences available, we aim to provide lively, unique and exceptional performances for all ages.
Our incredible roster includes Lard Dog & The Band of Shy, KB Whirly, Gustafer Yellowgold, JoJo & The Pinecones, Billy Kelly, Falu's Bazaar/Bollywood Orchestra, Bilingual Birdies, Michael & The Rockness Monsters and Pointed Man Band. Find more about booking these artists here.
The past few months have been a very busy and exciting time at Mayers Consulting with so much going on around our exceptional roster of talented clients. To catch you up, here are some highlights of the attention our favorite people have been showered with so far in 2017.
STEVENSTEVEN- With the release of Foreverywhere in February there has been quite a bit of noise around this supergroup of Blue's Clues and Flaming Lips fame. Some of our favorite highlights included a performance on Sprout's Sunny Side Up Show and a special on Sirius XM's Kid's Place Live. There were also some wonderful Q&A's at Geekdad and Fatherly featuring Steve Burns not to mention a live interview with him at TMZ. Stay tuned for more on this overwhelmingly fun project.
Pointed Man Band- March 3rd brought the release of Dan Elliott's new album, Between the Waves and the Cardoons and fans have embraced it for it's "joyous" sound. In fact Midwest Book Review called it “A sweeping joyous experience” and Zooglobble's Stefan Shepherd said it's a "joyful celebration of enjoying youth" while Momma's Bacon labeled it "downright joyful!" Hard to argue with all of that! Listen to the track "The Cardoon's" here.
Billy Kelly has been having a riot at his monthly Family Comedy Shows at NYC's Peoples Improv Theater and has just extended his run into May. His first round of NYC shows landed him features in the New York Times, Newsday and the Brooklyn Paper. In March, New York Family magazine ran a great interview with the comedian. Come on out to the big city to see why people are all in on this new concept of laughs for all. Get a taste of Billy's humor with these animated jokes -funny words and art by the man himself: Bird Watcher Watching, Eggs
Lard Dog & The Band of Shy are continuing to wow the families of New York with their quirky universe and highly infectious tunes, in fact the band was recently named one of NYC's best family music groups by Mommy Poppins! Just announced, the band will go on encouraging their followers to "slurp the noodle of life" with a run of just added shows May through June in their new home at People's Improv Theater. Also, be sure to check in on Lard Dog's exciting Song-Of-The-Month project. For each month this year the band will release one new song culminating in a new album this fall. January's song “I Like” hit #1 at Sirius XM Kids Place Live and February’s song “The Honey Bunny Song” is a real hoot. March's song “Ode to Flatiron” all about the incredible NYC landmark. Check them all out here.
And of course the love for Bowie lives on as Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie continues to find more fans. See the lovely recent write ups from Culture Sonar and from Stephanie's own hometown paper, The Weehawken Reporter.
Stay tuned in for more updates and news on new projects we can't wait to share with you.
Huge congratulations to Mayers Consulting's friend and client Secret Agent 23 Skidoo on his 2017 Grammy win for the incredible album 'Infinity Plus One". An amazing accomplishment well deserved!
Billy Kelly Does Stand-Up You Can Take Your Kids To
By LAUREL GRAEBER NOV. 24, 2016
A few years ago, Billy Kelly was participating in what he called a “very edgy” open-mike event when he did something that outraged and offended the audience: He told a clean joke.
“My dog got loose yesterday,” he said. “I had to take him to the vet and have him tightened.”
That bit may remind you of the absurdist worldview of the comic Steven Wright, whom Mr. Kelly, 45, acknowledges as an influence, along with Steve Martin and Ellen DeGeneres. He’s hoping for more enthusiasm when he delivers that joke this weekend at two family shows: in Bellmore, on Long Island, near where he grew up, and in Brooklyn. They celebrate “My First Comedy Album,” Mr. Kelly’s new CD of “stand-up comedy that you could listen to with your 8-year-old in the car,” he said. “Or in your house.”
Enjoying the material together is key to Mr. Kelly’s approach. “People ask, ‘How do you write a joke for kids?’ and I always say, ‘I don’t,’” he said. He added, “I don’t know what comedy for kids would be — maybe a lot of physical comedy and pratfalls, but I don’t do any of that.”
What Mr. Kelly does is wry commentary. His album includes ideas for new TV shows like “Toddler News” — on which the most pressing question is “Are we there yet?” — and a riff on buying eggs, in which he requests instructions “because last time only two of them hatched.”
“That’s an actual thing I did in the supermarket,” said Mr. Kelly, who lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he and Jacqueline Kelly, his wife, run a graphic design business. (Also a book illustrator, he created his new album’s cover.) He tests his jokes on their two teenage daughters. “They keep me honest and humble,” he said.
But while Mr. Kelly doesn’t consider himself a children’s comedian, he spent years as a songwriter and musician for family audiences. His interest in cross-generational comedy partly stemmed from touring for “Trees,” the Grammy-nominated album he wrote and recorded with Molly Ledford.
“I did a five-minute stand-up of how boring it must be to be a tree,” he said. Preschoolers didn’t get it, “but I noticed that 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds and their parents were laughing.”
Mr. Kelly, also performing this winter at the Peoples Improv Theater in Manhattan, aims for that dual reaction. “If it’s funny and clean,” he said, “I think it works for both audiences.”
(Saturday at 3 p.m., the Brokerage, 2797 Merrick Road, Bellmore, N.Y., 516-781-5233, brokerage.govs.com. Sunday at 2 p.m., Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia Street, at Hamilton Avenue, Red Hook, Brooklyn, 718-395-3214, jalopy.biz.)
Boos, Boogieing and David Bowie at a Halloween Revel for Children
By LAUREL GRABBER OCT. 27, 2016
LC Kids Trick-or-Treat
As David Bowie once sang, “Let’s dance.” Or, as his musical heirs will put it this weekend, “Let all the children boogie.”
That's the title of a concert on Saturday at LC Kids Trick-or-Treat, a free Halloween revel on Lincoln Center’s plazas. The show will celebrate the coming release of “Let All the Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie,” an album on which artists from both the young people’s music world and grown-up entertainment have reinterpreted 20 of his songs.
“Halloween and David Bowie go beautifully together,” said Stephanie Mayers, one of the album’s producers, pointing to Bowie’s signature “costuming and styling” (reflected in Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s lively CD cover illustration).
Two of the album’s other producers, Robert Burke Warren (known as Uncle Rock) and the Grammy-winning Dean Jones, will perform on Saturday: Mr. Warren and Tracy Bonham will offer a heartfelt “Lady Stardust,” while Mr. Jones will join Lloyd Miller for their kazoo- and organ-pipe-infused “V-2 Schneider.” Sonia De Los Santos and Elena Moon Park will lend a folk spin and exuberant violin playing to “The Man Who Sold the World.” And one artist is only 15: Storey Littleton, whose soaring vocals will animate “Life on Mars” and a rousing rendition of Bowie’s “Changes” with You Are My Flower, the band founded by her mother, Elizabeth Mitchell.
“I was really impressed with the diversity of the approaches,” said Ms. Mayers, who developed the album with Bill Childs, whose label, Spare the Rock Records, will release it on Nov. 18. (Advance copies will be sold at the concert.) In translating Bowie for children, “some stayed on the path of his songs, and others really colored outside the lines.”
The concert, at 12:15 p.m. in the David Rubenstein Atrium (space is limited; families should arrive early) honors a cause Bowie embraced: freedom of expression. All the album’s proceeds will go to the It Gets Better Project, which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
“We want to spread that message to kids who feel they’re struggling with their identity, whatever that struggle may be,” Ms. Mayers said.
But the day isn’t all Bowie. It also includes Peter Brown reading his book “My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not)”; the jazz band Sammy Miller and the Congregation leading a costume parade; a postevent “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” screening; and a “scavenger haunt” whose stations feature “characters like a mummy and a witch,” said Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, Lincoln Center’s producer of family programming.
“They have all come to the big city and lost their Halloween spirit,” he said. So they’ll seek help from famously spirited specialists: young New Yorkers.
(11 a.m. to 1 p.m., family.lincolncenter.org.)
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Exclusive: Stream Ted Leo's Cover of "Heroes" from Forthcoming All-Ages David Bowie Covers Album
Today we’re excited to exclusively share Ted Leo’s exuberant cover of “Heroes,” one of David Bowie’s most legendary songs, from the forthcoming all-ages Bowie covers album Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie.
When reflecting on the passing of a great figure like Bowie, it’s easy to assume that they’ll always be widely revered. But legacies are transient, and there’s already a young generation that wasn’t immersed in Bowie’s music like those who grew up during or in the shadow of his “golden years” in the ‘70s and ‘80s (please excuse the irresistible pun).
So Let All The Children Boogie’s mission is to introduce Bowie to a new generation. Due to be released on Nov. 18 by Spare The Rock Records, the album will feature covers by a wide range of artists, from The Mekons’ Sally Timms and Jon Langford to Sonia De Los Santos and Elena Moon Park of Dan Zanes and Friends.
And that also includes the man of the hour, punk- and indie-rocker Ted Leo. Leo has made a radiant reinterpretation of “Heroes.” It begins more sparsely than Bowie’s version; the first verse has a soft bass and a subtle drum, and spotlights the voice. The song slowly builds to a powerful, joyous conclusion.
If you’re going to share Bowie’s messages with youngsters, “Heroes” is a great song with which to do it. The lyrics are about two lovers who live on either side of the Berlin Wall; after Bowie’s death, the German government thanked him for helping to inspire the takedown of the wall with his 1987 performance of “Heroes” in West Berlin.
It’s also Bowie’s second most-covered track (after “Rebel Rebel”), and has been sung by the likes of The Wallflowers and Peter Gabriel. Ted Leo’s version is an excellent addition to this body of covers, and indicates great things to come for the rest of Let All The Children Boogie.
The forthcoming album will benefit It Gets Better, an LGBTQ youth charity organization. You can pre-order it in full here, which will earn you an instant free download of Ted Leo’s cover, or purchase “Heroes” by itself here. Listen to the tune below via the Paste Cloud, and find the Let All The Children Boogie tracklist beneath that.
SPARE THE ROCK RECORDS ANNOUNCES
LET ALL THE CHILDREN BOOGIE: A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE
An All-Ages Album Dedicated To The Music And Artistry Of David Bowie, Benefiting The It Gets Better Project
New Album Will Feature Exclusive Tracks From Rhett Miller, Antibalas, Walter Martin, Elizabeth Mitchell And More
This fall, Spare The Rock Records will release Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute To David Bowie, an all-ages album dedicated to the music and artistry of David Bowie. The album will feature new interpretations of his work from a diverse group of artists with the mission of sharing his legacy and messages with a new generation.
Proceeds from the record will benefit the It Gets Better Project and its mission to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. In short, It Gets Better works towards a world where all the children can boogie freely.
Talent confirmed for the project to date includes Jon Langford & Sally Timms (The Mekons, Wee Hairy Beasties), Rhett Miller (Old 97’s), Antibalas, Gina Chavez, Walter Martin (The Walkmen), Tracy Bonham & Uncle Rock, Wunmi, Elizabeth Mitchell, Justin Roberts, The Pop Ups with Gustafer Yellowgold, Red Yarn, Colin Brooks (Dan Zanes and Friends), Adam Levy & Chastity Brown, Nakia with the Barton Hills Choir, Molly Ledford & Dean Jones, Sonia De Los Santos & Elena Moon Park (Dan Zanes and Friends) and others to be announced at a later date.
David Bowie proved that there are no rules about who you should or could be in this world. His musical and artistic approach defined creative freedom. He lived a glowing life on his own terms, a shining example of the infinite possibilities out there. In addition to celebrating Bowie’s catalog and life’s work, the project introduces him to today’s kids. From “Kooks”, to his narration of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf to his role in Labyrinth and his own role as a father, it seemed Bowie always knew that children were a different species and he welcomed them into his world.
Producers on the album include multi-Grammy nominee and winner Dean Jones, author and musician “Uncle Rock” Robert Burke Warren, Stephanie Mayers, publicist and marketing consultant of Mayers Consulting, and Bill Childs, owner of Spare The Rock Records and producer of nationally syndicated radio show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. Cover art will be created by popular children’s book illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady, Punk Farm).
ABOUT SPARE THE ROCK RECORDS
Spare The Rock Records has released three records so far that have raised over $115,000 total for non-profits, including the Haitian People's Support Project and Girls Inc. Read more information about those releases at sparetherock.com.
More information on this project can be found at LetAllTheChildrenBoogie.com
For more information contact: Stephanie Mayers, 347.735.0736, firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents Choice Awards recently announced their spring award winners with accolades to 3 of our clients! Congrats to Sonia De Los Santos, Lard Dog and Michael and the Rockness Monsters! Check out the honors and reviews!
Sonia De Los Santos: http://tinyurl.com/soniadls
Lard Dog & The Band of Shy: http://tinyurl.com/larddogpc
Michael & The Rockness Monsters: http://tinyurl.com/matrmpc
April 2 brings the 3rd annual KindieComm conference at WXPN headquarters in Philadelphia. This will be a proud moment for Mayers Consulting not only to revisit our roots back at World Cafe Live (and it's still going Peanut Butter & Jams concert series) but also to see our friends new and old and to be attending with some of our fabulous clients.
Be sure not to miss Michael Napolitano of Preschool of Rock and Michael and the Rockness Monsters on the breakout session he'll be leading with Jay Sand of All Around This World in a discussion titled, The School of Hard Knocks: The Business of Music. Then in the evening, as part of the vibrant and diverse annual industry showcase catch Lard Dog & The Band of Shy.
And if you are schmoozing about as folks are prone to do at events like this, you will surely see Stephanie Mayers, KB Whirly and Sonia De Los Santos bopping around as well. Be sure to stop and say hello! Looking forward to a fabulous day. See you all soon!
Big shout out to the Philadelphia Inquirer for their preview of the recent album release show from Lard Dog & The Band of Shy in Philadelphia at World Cafe Live:
Can't get away right now? How about taking an imagination vacation?
Stefan Shepherd of Zooglobble recently premiered the new video "Cosmic Vacation" from Michael and the Rockness Monsters saying "Seriously, this computer-animated trip around the solar system (and back) is candy-colored and super-sweet and will captivate the nearest preschooler at hand." What more reason could you need?
See the Zooglobble premiere here and watch the video below:
It may be the dead of winter but that doesn't mean a good pirate song can't snap you our of your frozen funk. In advance of the upcoming February 27 release from Michael and the Rockness Monsters, Dan Walsh over at Dadnabbit debuted the first video for the album last week.
Bringing the love, music and rock to kids of all ages.
(METUCHEN, New Jersey)- January 11, 2016- Michael Napolitano, the spirited founder of the award winning Preschool of Rock will release ‘Michael and the Rockness Monsters’, the debut self-titled album from his all new band on February 26, 2016.
After almost a decade of performing, teaching, writing and developing his widely popular Preschool of Rock program, Michael Napolitano has helped foster the love of music in thousands of children. Now, the seasoned performer is introducing his new blend of music to the world with Michael and the Rockness Monsters, a kid-focused collection written for the sole purpose of having fun and letting his creative spirit loose.
On Michael and the Rockness Monsters, Michael allowed himself more freedom with the songwriting than on his past Preschool of Rock releases. Without needing to pair each song with a specific class theme or structured activity, he was able to write music that came purely from artistic inspiration. There are no classroom walls or age restricters here, all are welcome to this energetic party.
The tone of the album presents itself as loose with a warm, sunny energy. This is playful and honest music that comes from the heart. Music lovers might hear the influence of the Beach Boys, Tom Petty and Phish, all of which have inspired Michael’s musical style. There is a sweet and noble message present throughout the album which is about keeping the fun and beauty in life a priority and not letting the grind of the everyday world distract you- excellent subject matter for all ages. Older children will likely find much to grasp onto lyrically as many of the songs touch on some of the bigger issues that they face as they begin to grow up and see the world happening around them. Michael’s own experiences with his daughters, now 6 and 8, served as inspiration for including this new observation in his writing.
On “Pretty Little World” we are encouraged to embrace the small things and to see the simple beauty in every day life which goes well along with “Fisherman” whose excellent moral reminds us not to worry about catching the fish, but rather focus on enjoying the experience. “Cosmic Vacation” allows the listener to take a journey by exploring the world in their own mind while “In a Band” is a great reminder to us that everyone is able to play along, young or old, big or small, no one should be left out. The toddler audience who Michael is no stranger to writing for, will certainly find the music very accessible through the approachable subject matter and it’s upbeat vibe and playful instrumentals. Tracks like “Pirate”, “Farm Dreams’, “Rock It” and “Dinosaur Haircut” are sure to reach the youngest listeners while appealing to kids of all ages.
On Michael and the Rockness Monsters, Napolitano himself shines as the impressive multi-instrumentalist many of his existing fans know him to be. The album’s producer, Grammy winner Dean Jones assists on instrumentation as well, making it a skillful collaborative effort. In keeping with tradition, Michael’s own children can be heard singing on some tracks as they have for all of his previous recordings, making it true family album.
Michael and the Rockness Monsters will be performing in support of the release, for current event dates please check michaelandtherocknessmonsters.com
ABOUT MICHAEL NAPOLITANO
Michael Napolitano started his musical lifestyle at an early age of 3 when placed lovingly behind his father’s drum set. The son of a touring musician, a huge influence on Michael's path came from his roots. From his years as a musician performing and touring with various artists to his 10 years with Blue Man Group, and now with 8 years behind him with his own award winning Preschool of Rock, Michael has developed a unique style influenced by his own family and life experiences and of course his deep love for music. With the creation and release of Michael and the Rockness Monsters, the father of two begins the next step of his impressive musical career.
MICHAEL AND THE ROCKNESS MONSTERS TRACKLISTING:
- Pirate Song
- Rock It!
- Cosmic Vacation
- Dinosaur Haircut
- Pretty Little World
- In A Band
- Single Digits
- If I Were AnOctopus
- Farm Dream
- Mr Zizowé
- Humming Song
‘LARD: Life’s a Real Dream’
“LARD” isn’t something anyone has ever used for frying. But make no mistake: It’s cooking.
An acronym for “Life’s a Real Dream,” the title captures the whimsy of Steven Erdman, the songwriter, cartoonist and animator who stars in this rollicking musical production at the 13th Street Repertory Theater. Taking the stage as his alter ego, the Human Lard Dog, he performs with his Band of Shy, delivering a rockabilly sound with what I’d call a Devo sensibility.
Lard Dog actually hails from Belopio, supposedly our solar system’s last planet. (Sorry, Pluto, it’s your second dis in a decade.) Pretzels power everything there, and the inhabitants slurp noodles, dig holes upward and revere the number 23. If Lard Dog’s attire — a mix of flying ace and tennis nerd — is any indication, they dress funny, too.
In other words, the planet is supremely silly, and so is this hourlong show, whose charming M.C., Louis Luminous (Patrick Holbert), offers each arriving audience member a choice of a prop to wave: a cartoon eye or a cartoon head (Lard Dog’s self-portrait), each mounted on a cardboard stick. When I declined to take one, he told me politely that I had to. (I give “LARD” points for insisting that adults behave like children.)
Onstage, a screen shows words to shout, lyrics to sing and comical videos and images, including those of figures wearing LARD signs, like Oscar Wilde and a Tyrannosaurus rex. (Barry Goldwater has a cameo as Lard Dog’s dance instructor.)
Surprises happen within the aisles, too. Lard Dog lands in his spaceship, a giant pretzel. Other objects, like cotton balls and balloons, take to the air. This is the only concert I’ve attended at which audience members sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to the tune of “Louie, Louie.” It’s also the only one I’ve attended at which everyone performs lustily on a sadly underused piece of percussion: Bubble Wrap.
The Band of Shy — Jeremy Beck, Akira Ohiso, Rosa Avila and Pablo Kessel — plays more conventional instruments as well, and Lard Dog and Honey Babe (the lovely-voiced Kendy Gable) provide vocals. The songs range from sizzling to soulful, and though the music sometimes muffles their lyrics, they address earthly concerns like shyness (Jason Dole portrays a bashful friend) as well as outer space lunacy. (Above, from left, Mr. Ohiso, Ms. Gable, Mr. Erdman, Mr. Beck and Mr. Kessel.)
The group has two more performances and a CD release planned for March, so there’s still time to investigate Belopio. Don’t be shy.
(Saturday and Jan. 2 at 11 a.m., 50 West 13th Street, Greenwich Village, houseoflard.com.)
MAYERS CONSULTING AND SPARE THE ROCK, SPOIL THE CHILD PRESENT HOOTENANNY 2: BACK TO BASICS
Back in 2007, a bunch of family musicians got together at Jalopy in Brooklyn to play music for each other, talk, and have a good time. It was awesome. Lifelong friends were made, seeds of collaborations were planted.
Lots has happened since then.
It's time to get back to the music. See great family musicians, new and old(er), many working together for the first time. Talk with your friends in the scene. Make new friends. Hang out. Celebrate collaboration.
Confirmed performers thus far include:
- Rachel Loshak and Morgan Taylor
- AudraRox and Danny Weinkauf
- Sonia de los Santos and Brady Rymer
- Tim Kubart and Ashley Albert
- Dan Zanes and Shine and the Moonbeams
- The Deedle Deedle Dees and Moona Luna and Mona Kayhan (singing in French!)
- Michael and the Rockness Monsters and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
- Jazzy Ash and KB Whirly
- Walter Martin and Vered
Join us at Jalopy in Brooklyn, where it all began on January 16, 2016 from 7- midnight. Tickets are $15 and are available here.
Lard Dog and his 6-piece Band of Shy are flying in from Planet Belopio to New York City to do one thing:—give some wang dang diddle to your inner soul. Plan to dance, sing, and cry—tears of sheer joy—at one of fifteen upcoming performances at 13th Street Repertory Theatre (50 W 13th St). The all-ages musical theatre show titled “LARD: Life’s A Real Dream” will run every Saturday at 11am from September 26, 2015 to January 2, 2016.
Who is Lard Dog? He’s the alter ego of multi-media artist Steven Erdman, complete with his musical, whimsical, and comedic sensibilities. He’s like a cartoon character come to life. Or maybe he’s the other way around—a real-life character who crossed over into the realms of your imagination.
Okay, so there is some silliness afoot. Just look at any promo shot and there’s a fellow in yellow shorts with a name plate that reads “LARD,” an acronym for “Life’s A Real Dream.” There are songs about “Belopio,” a blue-tongued fellow named “Ploop,” and a smash hit dance craze called “The Pooky Do”. Lard Dog sings his super catchy original songs with the support of his first-rate Band of Shy,
For something that’s as on-the-surface wild and energetic, moments of introspection and reflection abound. While you may not know what the songs mean at first, you don’t doubt that the Lard Dog believes every word. This lends weight to catch phrases like “shyness is power,” “you’re small, but your heart is tall,” and “it’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice.” The collision of art, music, theater, and audience participation makes for a multi-sensorial experience sure to please adults and kids alike.
So do you have some toes for tapping? Do you like to sing and dance? Do you like pie? Or pretzels? If so, then get ready to boogie. The Human Lard Dog and The Band of Shy have the perfect collection of tunes for you and your family. Come play along and slurp the noodle of life! After all, Life's A Real Dream.
Every Saturday at 11am
September 26 to January 2
Show is 60 minutes.
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12, 19, 26