Friday, May 7, 2010

Seattle area people- Free family concert on June 13th!

We're listening to our new Recess Monkey CD (The Final Funktier) as I type this- it's such a fun album!  So I'm really sad that I'm not free on June 13th to go hear Recess Monkey play at a free family concert here in Seattle on June 13th.  But maybe you can go and let me know how it went? Here's the scoop!



“Seattle:  Ground Zero for Cool Kids’ Music … the Seattle kids’ music scene is so interesting these days.  Today’s parents, who grew up listening to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, the Presidents of the United State of America and other local wonders, might just be the unwitting witnesses to another Seattle music renaissance, this one in children’s music.” – Martha Brockenbrough, 

SEATTLE (May 6) –Seattle’s extraordinary group of independent kids’ and family musicians has recently come together to form a collective called Kindiependent.  In celebration of the city’s nationally recognized, vibrant kids’ music scene, Kindiependent and Town Hall Seattle present “Share the Music,” the inaugural Kindiependent concert featuring the talents of an array of prominent kids’ musicians who call Seattle home.   Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, Caspar Babypants, and Johnny Bregar will join forces, RAIN OR SHINE, for a free family concert at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 13 at Freeway Park, 700 Seneca Street, Seattle (across the street from Town Hall).  This show also celebrates the June 15 release ofRecess Monkey’s sixth CD, The Final Funktier.  In the event of rain, the performance will move inside Town Hall.

Kindiependent is a collective of like-minded people who are passionate about cultivating a vibrant kids’ and family music scene in the Pacific Northwest. Through creative collaborations and community events, Kindiependent’s mission is to develop a network of family-friendly artists and organizations that supports cultural innovation.

Says Recess Monkey’s Jack Forman, "We’re so lucky in Seattle to have a diverse and talented group of musicians who gear what they do toward entire families ... and we're all legitimate fans of each other!  We actively play shows together, contribute to each others' albums, share ideas and support each other however we can: very much in the spirit of the energy that lives at the heart of music for kids and their families. Across the country, people are talking about Seattle's second scene: ‘kindie’ music. It's cause for celebration!"

The critically acclaimed, award-winning trio of Seattle schoolteachers, Recess Monkey, will bring their special brand of  “undeniably hip, yet also kid-accessible” music and humor to this show with their trademark Beatles-influenced sing-alongs about friends, animals and SL-DOUBLE-E-P-OVERS.  The band’s June 13 performance will not only be a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, chicken-dancing romp through old favorites, it  will also be the official Seattle CD release show for their new album, The Final Funktier. The Final Funktier is filled with high-energy funk and new wave grooves presenting Recess Monkey in outer space and taking audiences on a stratospheric dance party that occasionally touches down on solid ground with moon boots, jet packs, sunglasses, satellites, and booster seats in hand!

The Not-Its!’ debut album, We Are The Not-Its!, took the kindie rock scene by storm,  receiving a Fids & Kamily Award as one of the best family music albums of 2009 – unprecedented for a freshman release. With the buzz already generated by their upcoming release, Time Out to Rock, it’s clear the band is on a mission to make kids dance, with up-tempo, power-pop hits families love.  Featuring the vocals of Sarah Shannon (of lauded ‘90s Sub Pop band Velocity Girl), The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four-part harmonies, all nestled within “fantastic danceable pop gems about gettin’ fancy, birthday parties, bath time and intergalactic play dates.”

Caspar Babypants is also known as Chris Ballew, the lead singer and songwriter for the four times platinum, twice GRAMMY®-nominated rock and roll band The Presidents of the United States of America.  As Caspar Babypants, Ballew makes high quality, thoughtful, simple, acoustic sing-along songs for parents and kids of all ages to enjoy together. Caspar says: “Having young children is a joyous and unforgettable experience. However, the homes of new parents can also be stressful, sleepless, nervous environments. So I make music that's a positive helping component in the home and car, as well as in concert.  I want to help new parents sing to and with their children and provide real, organic musical relief. I specifically want to make music for the very young because I admire their associative, inventive imaginations, and, as an adult, I nurture that same creativity in myself. I am also involved with non-profits that focus on parent education and outreach to abused, homeless, and neglected kids.”

Johnny Bregar is known for his engaging concerts that delight kids and parents alike. His original songs and arrangements of familiar children's songs have a rootsy, jazzy, bluesy sound. He has recorded three CDs in his Ballard studio and is heard on two Putumayo compilations, Picnic Playground and A Family Christmas. Children’s music authority Stefan Shepherd ( noted, "They Might Be Giants, Elizabeth Mitchell, maybe Laurie Berkner ... that's an all-star list of kids’ musicians right there... So it means something to me when I say that with the release of his third album, Dragonfly, I'd add Seattle's Johnny Bregar to that list."

Sponsors of the June 13 Kindiependent “Share the Music” concert include the Fales Foundation Trust, US Bancorp, Arts Fund, 4 Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Washington State Arts Commission, KEXP, ParentMap, Seattle Parks & Recreation, and the Freeway Park Neighborhood Association.

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WHERE:             Freeway Park, 700 Seneca Street, Seattle, Washington  (across the street from Town Hall).  In the event of rain, this show will move inside Town Hall.
WHEN:               11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 13, RAIN OR SHINE.
TICKETS:           Free of charge
INFO:         and .
PARKING:          Free parking is available in the Town Hall parking lot.
PRESENTERS:  Kindiependent and Town Hall Seattle