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Building on the momentum of their award-winning 2009 debut album, We Are The Not-Its!, popular Seattle-based kids’ musicians The Not-Its! look forward with great excitement to the July release of their second kids’ CD, Time Out To Rock. The Not-Its! will celebrate with a rocking family show at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30 at the Magnuson Park Amphitheatre, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. This performance is part of the Magnuson Park Summer Concert Series, and admission is free of charge.
Fronted by strong vocals from Sarah Shannon, former lead singer of ‘90s indie-pop sensation Velocity Girl, The Not-Its! are on a mission to get kids up and dancing. The band’s live shows are filled with high energy, up-tempo, power-pop tunes that encourage band members to pogo into the air and audiences to join in!
The Not-Its!’ signature sound blends crunchy guitar hooks with smooth, four-part harmonies to create music that’s loved by both the young and the young at heart. The Magnuson Park show will highlight rocking new songs from Time Out To Rock, plus plenty of Not-Its! crowd pleasers, including “Green Light, Go!,” where kids and The Not-Its! go crazy in the band’s version of the game Red Light/Green Light; “Watch Me Share,” which often involves a crazy pogo-style mosh pit; and “The Great Compromise,” with kids keeping the beat and the band showing them a rocking way to compromise.
Says Sarah Shannon, “In our live performances, we strive to give children their first epic, ‘real live rock show’ experience, and our very favorite thing about these shows is that the kids are part of the act. We love being interactive and really shy away from just being a band up on a stage. We like to get kids on stage and on the microphone. We talk with them, ask them questions, make them part of the show. And, of course, we love to hang out after our shows to sign autographs and meet fans.”
The Not-Its! are intent on showing that girls can rock, too, and critics have given this a nod of approval. According to Ruby Slipper Guide, “One of the best things about The Not-Its! is that it’s not just the boys having fun. Between lead vocalist, Sarah Shannon and bass player Nori Hoeft, The Not-Its! make sure girls get some awesome musical role models, just like the boys.”
The Not-Its!’ first album, We Are The Not-Its!, took the kindie rock scene by storm, receiving a Fids & Kamily Music Award as one of the best family music albums of 2009 – unprecedented for a freshman release. Cookie magazine called the album “one of the most promising debuts of the year.” Declared Bill Childs of Parenting magazine, “I’m a big fan … [The Not-Its!] have hit a sweet spot with a nice combination of an indie sound, great melodies, and enough rock to satisfy us aging ‘80s and ‘90s alt-rock kids.” Kids’ music authority Stefan Shepherd (Zooglobble) enthused, “’We Are The Not-Its!’ is one of the two or three best theme songs ever … this album rocks.”
Since her days with Velocity Girl, Sarah Shannon has recorded two solo albums under her own name. After Sarah became a parent, she discovered that several musician friends from Seattle’s burgeoning alterna-rock scene shared her desire to integrate the challenges and joys of having kids with doing what they loved most. Joining together as The Not-Its!, the friends decided they wanted not only to create great music for kids and families, but also to use their talents and experience in the non-profit sector to raise funds for causes that support families, children, and the arts. Rhythm guitarist/singer Danny Adamson is a former social worker who worked for 10 years with homeless youth, drummer Mike Bayer enjoys teaching drum lessons to children, lead guitarist Tom Baisden is an elementary school teacher for special needs children who was honored by Seattle as the city’s 2010 “Special Education Outstanding Educator of the Year,” and bassist/backup singer Nori Hoeft is an instructor at the Samarya Center, a studio specializing in helping children with a host of challenges, from autism to depression. Nori is also a volunteer for Girls Rock! Seattle, a summer rock-n-roll camp for girls, and a volunteer grant writer for Open Arms Perinatal Services and Passages Northwest, an organization that provides outdoor education and wilderness adventure trips for young girls. More than half of The Not-Its! live shows have benefited worthy causes, and the band remains committed to continuing this effort.
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WHAT: The Not-Its! ‘Time Out To Rock’ CD Release Concert!
WHERE: Magnuson Park Amphitheatre, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
WHEN: Friday, July 30. 6:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Free of charge