Thursday, July 14, 2011

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

‘PlayingGuitar’ by Petr Kratochvil

This issue of “Musical Notes” features news about live performances from kid-favorites, Rocknoceros, Recess Monkey, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band and more, plus a new EP release from Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke.


Colonel Purple Turtle with Rocknoceros: Hometown Debut Show to Herald New CD

Saturday, July 16, 2011
Performances at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Jammin’ Java
227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, Virginia

Tickets: $10 (Under age one FREE)

“As every family with youngsters in the DC area already knows, Rocknoceros (pronounced like rhinoceros) is three guys: Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie. After seeing them perform, there is no denying that they are not a typical trio. Coach Cotton is the ring-leader, frequently immersed in a sea of knee-high concert goers. Wearing a wireless head-set microphone, he wades through the mass of dancing children, dispersing high-fives and shaking a tambourine. Williebob provides the necessary string work for the show, moving among a collection of guitars, mandolins, and banjos while wearing a kazoo around his neck. Boogie Woogie Bennie is a one-man-band within the power trio, employing a contraption that one four-year-old fan described as "the piano-drum". The piano-drum allows Boogie Bennie to play the bass drum with his right foot, the snare drum and hi-hat cymbal with his left foot, and the keyboard with his hands (with his left hand playing the bass parts). Together, Rocknoceros is able to cover a dizzying range of musical styles in each set. From Tin Pan Alley to the shores of Jamaica, Rocknoceros hops from genre to genre like a toad on summer asphalt.

Having already released three award-winning records, Rocknoceros will be debuting their first kid-friendly concept album, "Colonel Purple Turtle". The new album tells tales of the Colonel and his friends in their make-believe home of Soggy Bog. The theme of "Colonel Purple Turtle" is one of friendship and working together, a subject that matters to Coach, Boogie Woogie Bennie, and Williebob, as the three members of Rockncoeros have been best friends since they were children. The record reflects their abiding trust in each other, and their desire to share the message of camaraderie through song.”

For further information about the band, visit Rocknoceros’ entertaining website.

Inquiries about tickets for either performance are available by calling 703-255-1566 or purchasing direct online through Jammin Java.

Peanut Butter and Jams Welcomes Recess Monkey

Saturday, July 16, 2011
11:30 a.m. (Doors open 11:00 a.m.)
World Café Live at the Queen
500 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

Tickets: (Prices include processing fee)
Adults: $10
Children: $7, Ages 1-12
FREE for children under the age of one
(Save $2 off each adult ticket when purchased with CASH at the box office BEFORE day of show.)

For further ticketing information, phone 215-222-1400 or visit Queen World Café Live online.


“Recess Monkey is the Seattle band of three elementary school teachers who have received national praise for their high energy shows, prolific music output and pitch-perfect knowledge of what makes kids excited.

Time magazine praised their "tight, smart, acclaimed original songs" and NPR called them "brilliant, multilayered." On the heels of their acclaimed 2010 space-themed album "The Final Funktier," Recess Monkey proudly present a new album of songs about the superhero that lives in everyone- "FLYING!"

Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals with homemade capes and to lace up their dancing shoes for an hour long show of serious fun!”


Tuesday July 19 through
Saturday, July 23, 2011
11:00 a. m.
Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia

$8, Children under three FREE


“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No—it’s you—dancing! Find the superhero in yourself when you join this musical romp that will get your imagination soaring. 

This Seattle-based trio of elementary teachers has been heard on NPR, Sirius XM, and Radio Disney.”

For further information regarding tickets, phone 1-877-WOLFTRAP, or visit Wolf Trap’s online site. To learn more about the fabulous trio that is Recess Monkey, their touring schedule, see videos and hear music from their newest release Flying! visit Recess Monkey online.

88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round welcomes Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band – Family Matinee

Sunday, July 17, 2011
3:00 p.m. (Doors open at 2:30 p.m.)
Off Broadway
3509 Lemp Avenue;
St. Louis Missouri

Adults and Children $8 Advance, $10 Day of Show, Children under one year of age FREE


Mindy Thomas, program director Sirius-XM Radio chose Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band as the Best New Artist of 2010,” and this Sunday the band will be sharing their indie-brand of family music that’s been best described as a splash of Vampire Weekend, a sprinkle of the Death Cab for Cutie and a shaker full of Dan Zanes sing-along style, plus a whole lotta rock and roll.”

Jam Band is comprised of “three accomplished musicians. Composer and lead singer Lucky Diaz (a Berklee College of Music alum), songwriter-vocalist Alisha Gaddis and percussionist Theron Derrick (who also tours with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Lenny Kravitz and the Temptations). Together, Jam Band brings “the emotional and imaginative world of childhood to a whole new level.”

Below is a delightful video, “Blue Bear,” created by Brian White and sung by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. “Blue Bear” was Jam Band's hit song from their EP Luckiest Adventure . The tune spent several weeks at the number one spot on the Sirius XM Kid's Place Live charts – once you hear it, you’ll definitely know why.

For additional ticketing information, connect with Off Broadway online.

To connect to more of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band’s music, keep up- to-date on their touring, and to connect to their newest album release Oh, Lucky Day! visit them at their artist website.
Madison Square Kids Concerts Presents
Courtesy of Madison Square Park Conservancy

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Madison Square Park on the Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park), Manhattan
(Directions to this location)


“Madison Square Park Conservancy is thrilled to present its 9th season of Mad. Sq. Kids, a series of free outdoor performances for children and their families, which takes place rain or shine in the Park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. June 14 to August 11.” Organized by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.”
For further information contact: (212) 538-1629 or email:


Hey, Pepito

Just in time for summer fun, a brand new EP, Hey, Pepito ! from those masterful tune and wordsmiths, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke.

Wilde and Clarke’s music is fun and always a surprise, and in this newest release, kids will delight in the full-throttle energy of the EP’s title song, “Hey Pepito! “(a tune about a squirrel) then move on to a mix that includes everything from reggae to lullaby.

In the last two years, Wilde and Clarke’s songs have been kid favorites on Sirius Satellite Radio's Kids Place Live show, and their debut book and CD, Rise and Shine was honored with a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

Sound samples for all six tracks of Hey Pepito! are featured below by pressing the drop down playlist, and may be purchased direct from Little Monster Records.

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