KB Whirly is a magical, groovy, get up and dance performer who sings with passion, charm, and humor. KB’s throwback vibe could be compared to Dick Van Dyke’s character from Mary Poppins. He’s a folksy, hand clappin’ toe tapping’ troubadour with great lyrics – serving up comedy, poignancy, and irrepressible fun for all.
This summer not only welcomes a new EP from KB Whirly, Songs from the Whirly House but also brings the introduction of KB Whirly’s Musical Moveable Miniature Theater, a house, home, stage and an instrument all in one. The Musical Moveable Miniature Theater is a one of a kind tiny house; It’s a pop-up theater for the future, an interactive multi-media show but with a retro vibe. It’s a musical sculpture created to delight, amaze and light a creative spark. It’s a world of possibility.
2017 Grammy award winner Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s new EP, Mozartistic, breaks new ground in blending symphonic music with hip hop technique. The unusual recipe of orchestra matched with drum machines, drum set, record scratching and sophisticated rhyming create flavors irrestable to youth more used to the radio than the theater. By recontextualizing the sounds, stories and compositions of the classical tradition with a modern feel, 23 Skidoo builds a bridge for new listeners to enter.
This Fall brings Brighter Side, the eighth full-length Gustafer Yellowgold release from Grammy™ nominated songwriter/cartoonist Morgan Taylor. The new album thematically expands on the two stories of the series’ protagonist, friendly alien Gustafer Yellowgold, from his current life in Minnesota back to his years spent growing up on the Sun.
Lard Dog & The Band of Shy have energetically burst onto the family entertainment scene. In the past year they have converted the families of Earth to be fans of their quirky universe and highly infectious tunes. With a summer of new show dates, a Parents’ Choice Award, frequent airplay on kids radio stations, an XM radio special and impressive reviews and accolades continuing to roll in, the oddball alien from Belopio is beginning to feel like coming to Earth was a good choice.
Since their fall run at NYC’s 13th Street Repertory Theatre Lard Dog & The Band of Shy have captured the attention of kids, parents and innocent bystanders. With poignant songs about kindness, tolerance and acceptance presented in with unfiltered, absurdist humor, it’s high energy and true good clean fun that engrosses the audience, no matter what age. Described by one reviewer as a “Rocky Horror Picture show for kids” and another as “Pee Wee Herman meets the B52’s”, The New York Times said Lard Dog & The Band of Shy have “a Devo sensibility”, all on point and noble comparisons well earned by this truly imaginative group that goes to the beat of their own drummer… her name is Whoops Lady Wonga.
Who is Lard Dog? He’s the alter ego of multi-media artist Steven Erdman, complete with his musical, whimsical, and comedic sensibilities. Life’s A Real Dream’s story and music takes a dash of Dada, a sprinkle of Lewis Carroll, a teaspoon of beat poetry, and a cupful of everything-and-the-kitchen-sink. In these super catchy original songs, words and lyrics are selected for the fun sounds they make and the funnier images they conjure. It’s the sort of free-form silliness that invites young minds to dream big and free. Accompanied by a first-rate six-piece band playing the imaginative music both skillfully and with heart, young and old alike will be feeling the intergalactic groove.
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. Lard Dog & 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 AReal Dream.
Catch That Pretzel by Lard Dog & The Band of Shy (Official Video)
Billy Kelly has been on the scene as a family musician for many years which has earned him a Grammy nomination and many rave reviews. For his latest endeavor, Billy has been performing stand-up comedy shows for families in hope of starting a new way for kids and parents to get out and share some laughs together. Billy's new release, My First Comedy Album is a live stand-up comedy album and is meant for the 8 and up crowd.
Billy likes to think of this as comedy toast with the crust cut off; if that crust was made of swear words and jokes about dating. So basically there is none of that stuff — just good clean laughs and absurd fun that people of all ages can enjoy together. Because the world needs more of that sort of thing!
Falu’s Bazaar is a vibrant and diverse album of Indian children’s music from Falu, an international artist known for her unique blending of modern and classical stylings. This playful yet educational collection is the first of its kind, teaching South Asian culture through a spirited presentation to today’s youth. Join Falu and her incredible band on a musical journey celebrating the instruments, languages, sights, and humanity of a diverse world.
Falu's debut family album comes out in October 2017.
Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie
Spare the Rock Records, formed in 2010, has released three albums, all benefit albums. As of the end of 2013, the label has donated over $115,000 in proceeds.
In November 2017 Spare The Rock Records released 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 features 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 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.
Artists who recorded for the project include Ted Leo, Sally Timms and Jon Langford (The Mekons, Wee Hairy Beasties), Rhett Miller (Old 97’s), Antibalas, The Honeydogs and Chasity Brown, Gina Chavez, Walter Martin (The Walkmen), Tracy Bonham and Uncle Rock, Wunmi, Elizabeth Mitchell with You Are My Flower featuring Simi Stone, Storey Littleton with Marco Benevento, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready For Naptime Players, Gustier Yellowgold and The Pop Ups, Red Yarn, Colin Brooks (Dan Zanes and Friends), Rachel Loshak with the New Standards,Nakia with the Barton Hills Choir, Molly Ledford, Lloyd H. Miller and Dean Jones, and Sonia De Los Santos and Elena Moon Park (Dan Zanes and Friends).
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).
"Heroes" Let All The Children Boogie Album Release- Album is out 11.18.16!
Steve Burns (the original host of Blue’s Clues) and Steven Drozd (The Flaming Lips’ multi-instrumentalist and multi-Grammy winner) have joined forces as STEVENSTEVEN to record their debut album of children’s songs for everyone, Foreverywhere released February 2017.
At iTunes here.
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Lincoln Center Kids
THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERY KID AT LINCOLN CENTER.
A New Season of World-Class Performances.Explore the 2016-2017 LC Kids season and fill your family's year with the arts.
To develop talent and foster a new cohort of artists creating high-quality music for kids and families, Lincoln Center Education/LC Kids is piloting a Family Music Residency program to provide support to musicians interested in expanding their practice to include family music. In addition to rehearsal space, mentorship, and collaboration, participating artists will have the opportunity to perform at Lincoln Center and in the community through Lincoln Center Education and the LC Kids Artists at the Atrium Series. Mayers Consulting will be providing services to two resident artists in the upcoming season: Jojo and the Pinecones and Falu’s Bazaar. Read more about the LC Kids Season here.
About Lincoln Center Education
Entering its 40th year, Lincoln Center Education (LCE) is a global leader in arts education and advocacy and the education cornerstone of Lincoln Center, the world’s largest performing arts complex. LCE is committed to enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the highest-quality arts on the stage, in the classroom, via digital platforms, and within the community. Founded in 1975 as the Lincoln Center Institute, LCE has four decades of unparalleled school and community partnerships, professional development workshops, consulting services, and its very own repertory. LCE has reached more than 20 million students, teachers, school administrators, parents, community members, teaching artists, pre-service teachers, university professors, and artists in New York City, across the nation and around the world. LincolnCenterEducation.org.