Thursday, May 26, 2011

Musical Notes: Music industry news and releases for children and teens

‘PlayingGuitar’ by Petr Kratochvil

Welcome to another edition of “Musical Notes.” This weekly column is dedicated solely to the best in musical entertainment. Like our sister columns, “If it’s Tuesday it must be toys and tours,” Wednesday’s “Book Report” and Friday’s “Popcorn Report,” which respectively features information on toys and travel, the world of literature and movies, this weekly post highlights the important world of music as positive entertainment for children and teens. Be sure to check back each Thursday.

This week’s edition of Musical Notes covers news of the Okee Dokee Brothers upcoming excellent adventure, top picks for live entertainment for the holiday weekend and Music for Little People recording label receives multiple honors.

Photo by Alex Johnson

Talk about creative ways in which to spark artistic inspiration – on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 family folk entertainers, the Okee Dokee Brothers, will embark on a journey on the Mississippi, chronicling their adventure and creating music for their forthcoming album.

The duo are being joined with a wilderness guide and documentary filmmaker as they explore stops along the way; meet up with other musicians and write new songs.

Parents and children are invited to follow their progress through their website and by listening to regular updates on the Absolutely Mindy Show on Sirius-XM’s Kid Place Live.

Join them for a true taste of musical adventure; it should be fun and educational all at the same time. 

The video below explains it all.


H and M presents Baby Loves Disco at the Cumberland Mall

Saturday, May 28, 2011
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   
1000 Cumberland Mall, Atlanta, Georgia 30339
 Entrance 1 Seating Event Area
Show Details: “Shake that booty at the best family disco around. Real DJs, real music, real dancing fun-filled activities for all your little ones including face painting, tattoos, mini manis, craft activities, and more.”

A FREE EVENT – Sponsored by H and M - No purchase necessary, free admission with wristband. Wristbands are available while supplies last at H & M. – Maximum of 4 per person, all attendees must have a wristband to gain entry.
For more information, visit this link.

Kansas City Jiggle Jam

Saturday, May 28th, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 29th,
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Crown Center Square 25th and Grand Street Kansas City, Missouri

Show Details: This is an outstanding, one-of-a-kind kid festival of entertainment and fun, which last year garnered over 30,000 people.

Jiggle Jam hosts three stages featuring a wide array of indi kids’ music stars, including Brady Rymer, the Okee Dokee Brothers, Justin Roberts and Jim Cosgrove to name just a few.

There are also dancing, crafting, exercise workshops, educational music for listening and learning, bubble tents, bouncy toys, train rides, Tween activities, food and drinks, shopping and much more.

$8 presale
$12 at the gate
$15 Weekend Pass (online only)
Under 2 free
There’s ample FREE parking surrounding the grounds. (Handicapped parking is available in the Crown Center parking garages.)

For further information or to purchase tickets, please follow this link.

Every Family Rocks

Sunday May 29, 2011
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Des Moines Family Music Festival
Iowa State Fair Grounds, 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50317-2494

Top-flight musical entertainment including Justin Roberts, They Might Be Giants, the Battersby Duo and more.

Lots of kid-pleasing activities: Guitar Hero, Spin Art, Kids' Jam Band with Central Iowa Music Lab, Instrumental Petting Zoo with the Iowa Symphony Academy Hula Hooping, face painting, juggler, balloon animals, Urbandale Dance and Gymnastics demo, Little Ninjas demo, fun crafts to take home -bracelets, paper hats, sock puppets and more, and an appearances by Spike the Drake Bulldog, Cubbie Bear and Curious George.

$10 in advance
$15 at the door
Children 2 and under are free
Rain or shine
For more information or to purchase tickets, please follow this link.


Music for Little People honored by seven Parents’ Choice Foundation Awards

For the last 26 years, Music for Little People, the premiere music retailer and children’s recording label have garnered almost 200 awards for their commitment to excellence, and this week The Parents' Choice Foundation has added to those honors by singling out for distinction, seven winning products hailed from Music for Little People’s recording label.
By following each link that is provided below, you’ll be able to sound sample or order each of these distinguished recordings for your family’s musical collection.
In each instance, you have been linked to the best available format and online price at the time of this publication. For your convenience, the Suggested Retail Price (SRP) has also been provided to enable you to cross-compare with your favorite retailer.
The coveted Silver Honor Award was bestowed upon the following:
These recordings received the distinguished Recommended Award:

SRP $14.98 

SRP $13.98 

Approved Awards were issued to:
SRP $13.98 

SRP DVD only $9.99

Music for Little People is the only label to have won this many awards in a single year since Parents' Choice began 33 years ago. Congratulations Music for Little People!

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