Thursday, June 16, 2011

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

‘PlayingGuitar’ by Petr Kratochvil

This week’s "Musical Notes" covers some of the best live performances available for the Father’s Day holiday weekend, along with introducing you to some really fun music on CD, DVD and online video.


THE DIRTY SOCK FUNTIME BAND: Kraft Great Kids Hoopla at Ravina

Your kids have loved their performances on Nick Jr. channel’s Jack’s Big Music Show, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band makes a return visit to The Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois as part of the Kraft Great Kid Series.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
200 Ravinia Park Road., Highland Park, Illinois.
Gates open at 11:00 a.m. for pre-concert activities with Kraft’s cultural partners from the Chicagoland area.

With FREE Lawn seating for the performance (limit 6 per household).- OR- $10 reserved Pavilion seating for the performance only.


“Known as the highest energy kids’ rock band ever to break out of NYC, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band was voted “Best Kids’ Band” by readers of Time Out NY Kids.”

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band’s show offers families a big helping of energizing musical interactive fun that includes instrumentals, singing, dancing and lots of comedy – all designed to literally pull you into the action.

 “According to MTV’s Evan James, the DSFB plays “some of the most innovative and exciting children’s music EVER.”  CNN described them as “distinguished by rocking beats combined with silly, visual lyrics (think Muppets take MTV).”

For more information phone 847-266-5100 or follow this link.
The band has also released a CD, Sock-A-Delic, and their first DVD, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band, which provides as much fun for kids as their live performances. 

Both CD and DVD are perfect for children ages 2 to 8 and are filled with smart lyrics, energizing rock-solid music, performed effortlessly in styles that range from rock to funk and even country and western.

“Their DVD also includes live action comedy, animated videos, and puppetry, plus interactive dance-a-longs and sing-a-longs, to capture and maintain kids’ interest. The DVD is filled with a stunning array of music videos and also includes three pilot episodes for The Dirty Sock Funtime Band TV series.”

The CD, Sock-A-Delic is now online at the artists' website, and through, and iTunes, where you can sound sample all tracks from this 39-minute album. Suggested retail price is $9.99.

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band DVD carries a suggested retail price $15.00 and is packaged with bonus 7-song EP, Missing Socks. The DVD is available exclusively through the artists' website.

To give you an idea as to why Dirty Sock is called a “Funtime Band,” take a look at their video clip titled “Baby Spies.” It’s not only fun – it’s adorable.

Clearwater's Great Hudson River Festival Revival
Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, 19, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $60.00 per person to $140.00 for a weekend pass. Children under 12 are FREE.

“The Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival) - founded by Pete Seeger, is Clearwater's annual music and environmental festival and fundraiser - features a wide spectrum of family-fun activities: world-renowned musical artists over multiple stages; superb storytellers and entertainers; a World Dance Tent; a Green Living Expo; a working waterfront complete with rides on tall ships and small boats, including the historic sloop Clearwater; a juried crafts fair, market place, and food court; and a Circle of Song open to audience participation, all taking place in a beautiful riverfront park with wheelchair accessibility and staffed by American Sign Language interpreters.”

A wonderful lineup of artists on the Family Stage includes such favorites as: Elizabeth Mitchell; Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion; Pete Seeger; Bari Koral and more. 

For additional information and tickets, please follow this link.

Miss Amy and Her Big Kids Band at the Firefly Festival

Sunday, June 19, 2011
The Festival runs from - 4:00 p.m. to -9:00 p.m.
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Performances at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

“Fireflies are an "electrifying" part of summer. To celebrate this exciting event, enjoy an evening of nature, music, wagon rides, outdoor fun and, of course, the whole farm for firefly hunting! Our education coordinator Elaine Madigan and other staff will talk about firflies, using hands on materials, crafts activities, and games. There will be $5.00 charge for crafts activities. Schafer's Gymnastics demonstrate the "Art of Flying" techniques and help children through a mini obstacle course. Firefly story time will be held in the barn throughout the festival. Musical entertainment by Miss Amy and her Big Kids Band. 

Hungry? You'll find lots of goodies available at Pam's Firefly Tent: grilled chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, pie, apple cider, donuts, cookies, apples and more! Pony rides and wagon rides through the farm and orchards will be available all evening. Evryone wear your wings! Come and enjoy a flickering, flying, fun evening on the farm.”

For more information, please follow this link.

Pasta: A Pop-Ups Musical Adventure

Electric Lodge Performance Space
1416 Electric Ave., Venice, California, 90291

Wednesday, June 15 through Thursday, June 30, 2011
Performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays are at 11:00 a.m.
Friday, June 17 through Sunday, July 3, 2011
Performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are at 11:00 a.m. and at 3:00 p.m.
Admission: $15.00 per person

“Join kids’ rockers Jacob Stein and Jason Rabinowitz as they treat young audiences (ages 2 and up) to an educational and comic musical adventure, taking children through the magical land of Brooklyn - with the audience's help. The Pop Ups will search for the ingredients to make the best locally sourced pasta sauce ever, so prepare for a high-energy live act involving life-drawing, dance-beats, colorful puppets, animals, trains, guitar riffs, mermaids, gardens, instruments, vegetables, sparkles, and rocking interactive dance numbers that will catapult kids out of their seats guaranteeing a good time for everyone. You’ll be entertained with their rocking music from their critically acclaimed CD “Outside Voices.”

For more information phone 1-800-838-3006 or visit this link to purchase tickets/

Baby Loves Disco – The Tour Continues
Saturday June 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Tucson Mall – Center Court
4500 North Oracle Road, Tucson, Arizona 85705
(520) 293-7330

Sunday June 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 North Resort Drive, Tucson, Arizona 85750
$15.00 per person or 4 for $50.00

Families are invited to join the Baby Loves Disco Nation, to dance, play, savor healthy snacks and generally enjoy good times with family and friends. Parents and kids are invited to dress up as their favorite superheroes, or come just as they are. For daily updates on the Tour, visit Baby Loves Disco's pages on Facebook and Twitter.  

Each event of the tour rocks with special guest superhero DJs and MCs, dance instruction, big video screens, super contests and surprises at every turn.  At its core, each event retains the patented mix of Baby Loves Disco magic that has helped connect a worldwide community of moms, dads and kids of all nations, of all colors and all walks of life, all in the name of dance (and fun!).”

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


CopyrightAll rights reserved by Debbie and Friends

Children’s favorite, Debbie Cavalier, noted for her engaging live performances, award-winning CDs and rib-ticking animated story-songs DVDs, has just a released another Debbie and Friends cartoon – a “Manga/anime flavored addition” – “Wendell” by Debbie and Friends. Be sure to share the fun with your child.

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