As Jeff Bogle of Mommypoppins notes, “The talent is stellar. As a dad and avid kids' music lover, I don't think there is a finer collection of youth-focused events at any single location anywhere else in the city."
And, the Boston Globe recommends Just Kidding as "an affordable way to introduce children to live entertainment in a safe, inviting and family-friendly environment."
To hear samples from recent Just Kidding concerts with Alastair Moock, Uncle Rock, Elizabeth Mitchell and more, visit Symphony Space Live.
Here is a sampling of the performances coming up soon: Tickets are available now ($13 to $25) from www.symphonyspace.org
Saturday, January 19, 11 am
A passionate second project of New York-based songwriter Sandra Velasquez and her critically acclaimed Latin band Pistolera, Moona Luna's music is a rich and flavorful platter of bold and spicy music performed in both English and Spanish; an invitation to sample the tastes and flavors of the world from a child's sensibility -- of experiencing the familiar in a way that is suddenly unfamiliar and new. The concert celebrates the release of a new bilingual CD Vamos, Let’s Go!” For more information, visit www.moonalunamusic.com, and watch the band perform "Brinca, Jump."
"The bilingual Brooklyn quartet proves singer Sandra Velasquez's theory that 'whenever you have an accordion and a cowbell, there's a celebration!'"
~Time Out New York Kids
Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips
Saturday, January 26, 11 am
With songs and music bound together by the perennial concept of love, Mista Cookie Jar blends hip-hop, reggae and folk-rock together for lively shows filled with interactive music and awesome visual style. The musical party will be enhanced by a large-screen video featuring animation, live video clips and song lyrics for easy sing-along fun. Dancing is encouraged, and bubbles will end the show.
Based in Los Angeles, Mista Cookie Jar (aka C.J. Pizarro) and the Chocolate Chips (Ava Flava, age 11 and Lucas – aka Joey The Dog, age 9) have toured all over the country promoting their blend of Urban-Island-Folky-Rock & Roll for the Inner Child. Fusing audio style and visual lyricism, tradition and innovation, Mista Cookie Jar unites a rock star excitement with the warmth of family music. The show will feature interactive songs from their two albums: Love Bubble and Ultramagnetic Universal Love Revolution.
Visit www.mistacookiejar.com for more information, and watch them perform "Happy Place."
"A sun-drenched groove that should be played loudly as the neighborhood kids jump around in the front yard slip-n-slide." ~ Zooglobble
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Saturday, February 2, 11 am
A hip-shaking, head-bopping morning of music for the cool family crowd from award-winning singer/songwriter Lucky Diaz. With an audience base growing by the second (and not just in height!) Lucky and crew are known for inspiring dance parties all around the country. At the show, the band will debut songs from two forthcoming 2013 releases.
Lucky Diaz will be joined by his wife and musical partner Alisha Gaddis (an NYU graduate who has also appeared on Broadway), and guest star Michael Farkus, a New Yorker who fronts The Wiyos and is an internationally acclaimed kazoo player. Visit www.luckydiazmusic.com for more information, and check out the animated music video, "Blue Bear."
“Kids and grownups alike will gobble up the indie beats.”
"Poised to blow up the kindie scene!!!"
~ Time Out New York Kids
There's more Just Kidding musical fun coming up in February and March:
• February 16 - The Not-Its!
• February 23 (two shows) - Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
• March 2 - The Deedle Deedle Dees
• March 16 - Randy Kaplan
Symphony Space is located at
2537 Broadway (at 95th), New York, NY 10025
Box office: 212-864-5400 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Just Kidding series is sponsored by Con Edison and The New York State Council on the Arts.