Two popular performers for kids, Suzi Shelton of Brooklyn and Little Miss Ann of Chicago will appear together for the first time at Off Broadway in St. Louis on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Shelton has won numerous awards for her children's music, and is a former preschool teacher. She loves to teach kids to dance and to see her music inspire kids and their parents to get up and move around.
Little Miss Ann is a former special education teacher and has produced several CDs of children's music. Her music has been called "groovy preschool folk-rock, and has been named one the most influential kids' musicians by Time Out Chicago.
The show begins at 3 p.m. and doors open at 2:30. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 on the day of the show. Kids one year and under are free.
The Boogers are coming to St. Louis for a very rockin’ family matinee concert at Off Broadway. The Boogers are the brainchild of musician and developmental psychologist Paul Crowe (aka Crusty Booger). Paul spent the late 80's and 90's playing, writing and touring the U.S. as a bassist with a
number of Chicago-based punk and post-punk bands.
During this time, Paul was lucky enough to share the stage with two of his rock n' roll idols: -- Dee Dee Ramone (& the Chinese Dragons), and Marky Ramone (& the Intruders). His musical talents are not constrained to one genre; Paul also played for five years with the Loyola University Jazz Band.
Somehow, across six albums and hundreds of shows, Paul completed a Ph.D in Developmental Psychology at Loyola University, found the love of his life and became the proud father of three sons.
What came next was a natural evolution -- he married his passion for classic punk to his knowledge of child and language development through music to create, play and record his hyped-up, irreverent music for his sons and friends' kids.
Children's music that brings the chord-driven rock -- and isn't lame!
Besides writing great original songs like This Song's About
Transportation and I Don't Need to be Worried, the Boogers pride themselves on providing a unique take on children's classic songs.
Catch The Boogers Family Matinee at Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. Doors open at 2:30 and the show is at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the show. Children one year and under are free. Tickets and more information at www.offbroadwaystl.com
Los Angeles based Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band’s sound blends 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. Lucky grew up listening to Buddy Holly and the Beatles, and their influence shines in his music. The band is coming to Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 63118 for a Family Matinee at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30. Tickets are $10 per person at the door. Kids one year and under are free. Advance tickets are $8. More information: www.offbroadwaystl.com
Brady Rymer, a Grammy award nominated family music artist, just released a new CD that honors the thoughts and feelings of kids of all abilities – particularly those on the autism spectrum.
The ten original songs on Love Me for Who I Am are written from the child’s perspective and offer a bright, positive and highly musical way of celebrating life amid challenges.
The new CD, featuring guest vocals by Nick Jr. TV star Laurie Berkner and a groovy keyboard performance by Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads) was released on April 12th, in time for Autism Awareness Month. Five percent of proceeds from CD sales will benefit Autism Speaks, a non-profit research and advocacy group.
Rymer will perform songs from Love Me for Who I Am and other works at a May 22 Family Matinee Concert at 3 p.m. at Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis. For more information and tickets visit www.offbroadwaystl.com
The anthemic songs on Love Me for Who I Am were inspired by Rymer’s
work with students at the Celebrate the Children School in Northwest,
NJ. Rymer worked closely with school founder-director Monica Osgood,
who suggested ideas for the songs all taken directly from things the
kids said or from challenges some have faced. “Brady is a rock star
here. Kids know that Brady accepts and appreciates them. They have a
sixth sense about that.” Osgood’s husband, Dan Myers, the school’s
music teacher and long time collaborator with Brady, produced the CD.
“I’m hoping the songs will invite a deeper understanding and
appreciation of children with autism and other related conditions,”
says Brady. “When I look out from the stage during my shows at
Celebrate the Children I see the same thing I always hope to see – a
bunch of happy folks of all ages, having fun together and expressing
themselves freely encouraged by the music.”
In fact, anyone who lives or works with kids will recognize these song
themes: “Picky Eater,” “Who Wants To Wear Shoes?,” “I Don’t Like
Change” and “Tune Out.” All refer to the experience of a child with
Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, but the lyrics ring true for anyone.
“The appeal is universal,” Rymer notes. “I want the music and stories
to be a bridge, connecting us in a positive way, celebrating our
individual spirit as well as our differences.”
Zoe Kakolyris, an artist with Asperger’s Syndrome who is also deaf,
created the colorful CD art showing children interacting with joy and
humor. “Her art perfectly reflects the spirit of these songs; I’m so
honored to have her involved in this project,” says Brady.
Brady Rymer is one of the top talents in the independent family music
scene today. Originally with the RCA Records band From Good Homes, he ventured into
family music with the CD Good Morning, Gus in 2000. Since then, he
has released five other CDs, including the 2008 Grammy Award nominated
Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. Rymer’s rootsy,
accordion laced pop and rock music regularly wins critical acclaim,
including Parents’ Choice Gold awards. He is also a featured performer
with the Listen to Your Buds campaign to promote hearing protection
with kids. Rymer lives on Long Island with his wife and two children.
The special pre-release title track from “Love Me for Who I Am” has
enjoyed heavy rotation on Sirius-XM’s Kids Place Live radio reaching
number one for 12 successive weeks, and the channel will air a “Rumpus
Room” live concert with Brady and his band in the spring.
"Grammy nominee Rymer has pulled off quite a coup with his latest
disc. He's created an album inspired by and written for kids with
autism, but also one that has a reach far beyond that target
audience." - AOL Parentdish
"I really liked it. I hope it gets widely heard." -Temple Grandin
"Full of hooks and effervescently charming musical turns, it has
something for family members of all ages." - Dadnabbit
"Awesome...straight-to-the-heart... with lyrics that will touch your
family and point out so many ways kids with autism aren't all that
very different from any other kids you know. Any child will see
themselves in these lyrics." - CoolMomPicks
"Love Me For Who I Am really transcends from a song about kids with
disAbilities to one that should be an anthem in every child's mind!"
"These witty, dynamic and thoughtful tunes could come from any kid's
everyday universe." - Parents' Choice
Building on the momentum of her 2010 Parents’ Choice® Gold Award-winning album, I’m a Rock Star, Joanie Leeds is making her St. Louis debut. Joanie Leeds and her band, The Nightlights, will celebrate their new album with a rocking family show at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Off Broadway. This performance is sponsored by KDHX-FM’s Musical Merry-Go-Round.
Says Joanie, “We plan to bring our St. Louis debut show to the next level with an array of visual elements and tons of interactive dancing and singing along. We’ve got plenty of blow up animals and beach balls, and we’ll keep the fun going as we toss them into the crowd. And we’ll have copies of What a Zoo! (the band's new CD) available to autograph for fans.”
The show will be a high energy, interactive experience from start to finish. 3 p.m. at Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave, St. Louis. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the show. Kids one year and under are free. More information and tickets: www.offbroadwaystl.com or 314-773-3363.
Your kids will get up and dance with a St. Louis favorite: Babaloo.
88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round and Off Broadway brings you Babaloo's Birthday Bash. Babaloo is a one-man musical comedy act for kids of all ages. Be warned; this is no run-of-the-mill kids’ crooner. A Babaloo performance is a high-energy, over-the-top, fun-filled experience.
Doors open at 2:30 and the show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Kids 1 and under are free.
"I just wanted to let you know what a great time my family and I had at Mickey's Magic Show on Friday night," wrote Jennifer Albers, a subscriber to our SmartParenting enewsletter who won four tickets to the Feb. 11 show and a Meet & Greet prior to the show with Mickey and Goofy, and emailed us to say thanks. "In the words of my 7-year-old son, 'That was awesome.'"
With numerous national awards for excellence in children’s
entertainment, Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band engage audiences of all ages with their lively, interactive, and world-music infused
The band will perform live on Sunday, Feb. 20 at Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue in the historic Cherokee Lemp District.
The show is at 3 p.m.; doors open at 2:30 at Off Broadway,
Tickets for kids and adults are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the show. Kids under 2 are free.
Check our Facebook page for details about how to win a family four-pack of tickets to the show, then leave a comment here and you'll be entered. A winner will be chosen at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17.
The band has won numerous awards, including a Parents’ Choice Foundation Recommendation, Independent Music Awards BEST SONG for Children, multiple Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Awards, Best New Artist and Best Album for Pre-Schoolers from the Children’s Music Web, Best Album For Older Children (Ages 8-12) from the Children’s Music Web, Coalition For Quality Children’s Media KIDS FIRST Award, iParenting Media HOT PRODUCTS award and an entry of the week recognition from the NAPPA foundation.
Off Broadway’s Musical Merry-Go-Round series presents a family matinee of the children’s band The Okee Dokee Brothers. Put on your dancing shoes because the band will be playing tunes from their recent album “Take It Outside” and other favorites. Ages 3 and up. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Kids 1 and under free. Off Broadway.