See Today's Best Kindie Rock Stars at Symphony Space
The February and March lineup includes Kid-pop star Justin Roberts, Seattle rockers The Not-Its!, Blues-for-kids artist Randy Kaplan, and historical sing-alongs with Brooklyn's The Deedle Deedle Dees
Tickets are available now ($13 to $25) from www.symphonyspace.org
Rock Your Socks Off!
Saturday, February 16, 11 am
With an out-of-this-world sound evoking both The Go-Go's and 90s power-punk, Seattle's The Not-Its! mix crunchy guitars and smooth, four-part harmonies, for a show full of perfectly crafted pop gems about every-day kid stuff from the first day of school to taking a bath. The concert celebrates the release of their latest CD, KidQuake!
KidQuake! is a movement fueled by music. As lead vocalist Sarah Shannon (formerly with SubPop’s Velocity Girl) says, “The Not-Its! believe that kid energy is an untapped natural resource. We've seen music move kids to action and know this energy can be used for good. Rock 'n' roll is empowerment and we want to inspire kids to use their power for good,” Shannon says.
For more information, visit www.wearethenot-its.com.
"...an indie sound, great melodies, and enough rock to satisfy us aging 80's and 90's alt-rock kids" ~ Parenting magazine
"If you dig kiddie mosh pits, love the sound of Blondie or the B-52s and like tights and skinny ties, you are a parent who will approve of The Not-Its!" ~ The Herald
The king of kindie-pop!
Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
Saturday, February 23, 11 am and 2 pm
This GRAMMY-nominated kid rock star and his band return for their annual blow-out concerts. With style compared to Elvis Costello and Green Day, they're an audience favorite year after year. Justin will sing his hit songs like “Willy Was a Whale” and “Pop Fly” as well as songs from his new release Lullaby and the forthcoming Recess.
Visit www.justinrobertsmusic.com for songs, videos and the latest news.
"On your feet fun and laugh-out-loud funny." ~ People
"As a kids' performer, Roberts is in a league of his own."
~ Chicago Tribune
“The Paul McCartney of kids’ music.” ~ USA Today
Literate music reflecting the diversity of New York City
The Deedle Deedle Dees
Saturday, March 2, 11 am
The Deedle Deedle Dees are an educational rock band based in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2003, they have been wowing families with rousing songs based on history and science. The results have made them New York City favorites, with a rabid and devoted following of kids (and their parents).
For their Symphony Space show, The Dees will take the audience on a musical tour of NYC, a town built from seemingly disparate but somehow wonderfully compatible element. The performance will include a range of this city’s musical sounds: hip hop, klezmer, old jazz, punk rock, mariachi, salsa, old string band music, mixed together in new and surprising ways. The band will debut new songs, like “Throw It Away,” “Light Up the World” (written with kids at an orphanage in Haiti) , and a song about perseverance called “Working on a Bridge.” For more information, visit www.thedeedledeedledees.com.
“Are these guys history teachers or rock stars? Both! … the Deedle Deedle Dees combine humor, history and rock-and-roll like no other!” ~ Washington Post “Best CDs of the Year”
"Literate music for the littles." ~ NPR's All Things Considered
Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie: new Blues-for-Kids songs!
Saturday, March 16, 11 am and 2 pm
In his songs for children and their families, Randy Kaplan blends American
Roots, Country Blues, and Comedic Storytelling. He finger-picks and strums his
way through unpredictable live shows which, in addition to his original
compositions, include Tin Pan Alley gems, Broadway numbers, and Delta Blues
songs. His latest release is Mister Diddie Wah Diddie, an award-winning,
kid-friendly tribute to blues music of the 1920s and 30s. Randy started his
kids' music career in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and now resides in Los Angeles,
California. Visit www.randykaplan.com for more information.
“Mother-approved." ~ USA Today
He doesn't dumb it down for the kids... He just expects them to come along for the ride. And they do” ~ Time Out New York Kids
"A fresh dose of brassy, folksy fun for moms, dads and kids alike."
~ New York Family magazine
A special children's theater performance from Canada
Saturday, March 23, 11 am
This "perfect gift of a show" (The Edinburgh Scotsman), the longest touring theatrical production in Canadian history, follows Morgan the Clown on a journey of self-discovery. From his birth, to his first steps, and from learning to speak to sharing his delight of the world, Morgan (with loads of help from the audience), learns valuable lessons about love and the true meaning of friendship.
"Every inch a delight! From the first splash of color the final heart-tugging goodbye, marvelous Morgan had the audience tucked neatly into the palm of his hand." ~ Lethbridge Herald
There's more Just Kidding musical fun coming up in April:
• April 6 - Elska
• April 13 - Hot Peas 'N Butter
• April 20 - Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus
• April 27 - Frances England
• April 28 - "Uptown" featuring Renee Robinson and the Alvin Ailey School
Symphony Space is located at
2537 Broadway (at 95th), New York, NY 10025
Box office: 212-864-5400 [email protected]
The Just Kidding series is sponsored by Con Edison and The New York State Council on the Arts.