MELISSA & DOUG® CHILDREN'S SERIES 2016
Free! Wednesdays at 7PM | Lawn opens at 6PM*
“Every Wednesday, kids rock and rule at the Levitt Pavilion”
June 29: The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
A wild, technicolor musical adventure, beloved by millions of families for their high-energy music videos on the Nick Jr. Channel’s Jack’s Big Music Show and Chuck E. Cheese venue appearances. Dirty Socks have become a favorite that are sure to inspire dancing in the aisles – New York Family.
Time Out NY Kids Readers' Choice Award for Best NYC-Based Kids Band
July 6: Tim Kubart & the Space Cadets
In the insular world of kids music, news that Tim Kubart won at the 58th Grammys (2016) the award for Best Children's Album for his album Home spread quickly and was met with universal acclaim. In part, it's because Home is a really good album, filled with as many big pop hooks as you might find on a Taylor Swift album. Home is the follow-up album from Tim Kubart (host of Sprout's "Sunny Side Up," and "Tambourine Guy" from Postmodern Jukebox) and his band of Space Cadets to their full-length debut Anthems for Adventure.
2016 Grammy Award Winner – Best Children’s Album
July 13: Danny Weinkauf & his Red Pants Band
Grammy-winning artist and longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants, Danny Weinkauf is the man behind the wildly successful TMBG mega-hit “I am a Paleontologist.” He’s just released his first solo album for kids, No School Today on TMBG’s own label, Idlywild Recordings. The “shimmery, shiny pop” tunes include catchy gems about marsupials, archaeology, voting rights, and even a song about Ben Folds! New hit “Champion of the Spelling Bee” quickly climbed to #1 on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live and was featured in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
“Whether composing for hit television shows, GRAMMY albums, or branching out to a solo career, it’s clear that Danny Weinkauf knows what childhood is all about.” – CherryBlossomdesign.com
July 20: Josh & the Jamtones
An interactive, ultra-powered dance party machine. They make music for kids! And their grownups. Plus big brother/big sister, grammies and/or pappies, family pets, babysitters, 3rd cousins, elderly neighbors, old college roommates, etc. Their music's got swagger: infectious, ska-centric jams run into stadium-sized monster rock choruses, which blend into a cappella sing-a- longs fueled by slick beat boxing and massive four-part vocal harmonies-- all packed into a ball of frenetic dance party craziness!
2015 Kids & Family Music Awards Winner
American Songwriting Award Winner
Gold Parent’s Choice Award Winner
July 27: Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights
Boston’s Parents Paper Review: “Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights: What A Zoo!
From funk and blues to country and pop, with even a little hip-hop thrown in, this album has a style for everyone. The eclectic stylistic mix is sure to keep a child entertained. It’s original, catchy and suitable for the age group. The band is high caliber, with kid-hop rapper 23 Skidoo featured on a song, and the raw energy of the songs jumps off the speakers. From the “Big Blue Whale” to “My Butterfly,” the album takes you on a journey from a kid’s perspective.”
NAPPA Gold Winner
Gold Parent’s Choice Award Winner
August 3: Alastair Moock & Friends
A 2013 Grammy Nominee and two-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner,
Alastair Moock makes music for the whole family: kids, parents, even discerning pets. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin daughters in 2006. It’s been quite a run for Moock’s latest family album… In the past few months, All Kinds of You andMe has won Gold Medals from both Parents’ Choice and The National Parenting Publications Awards, won first prize in the International Songwriting Competition, received the 2015 ASCAP Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award, and was voted the #2 Album of the Year by The Fids & Family Industry Poll!
August 10: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
His albums and shows are a cornucopia of creativity, mixing a wide spectrum of genres into multi instrumental, musically sophisticated, lyrically intelligent house party classics. With an authentic feel that resonates from packed park jams in the South Bronx to sold out shows at The Smithsonian, 23 Skidoo is the pioneer of positive family Hip Hop music.
Nobody is making better “Kid-Hop” than Secret Agent 23 Skidoo” – NPR
2015 GRAMMY Nominee
August 17: Ashley Ash & the Leaping Lizards
Jazzy Ash invites the whole family to come along on a Crescent City inspired, jazzy music adventure with her band the Leaping Lizards. Jazzy Ash’s songs celebrate the magic of movement, with a lot of sugar and sass thrown in, New Orleans –style. Her latest album, Bon Voyage features gypsy jazz, zydeco, swing, blues, and Dixieland to encourage kids and their grown-ups to celebrate the music of New Orleans as part of the American folk music heritage.
Jazzy Ash’s cover of the Louis Armstrong classic “Heebie Jeebies” is the #1 song on SiriusXM Kids Place Live radio, and NPR’s All Things Considered calls Jazzy Ash “one of the most talked about children’s music artist this year”.
August 24: Back to School Special
The closing night of the summer series culminates with a super-fun high-energy concert and gets everyone ready for adventures in learning!
Melissa & Doug Hospitality Tents for Kids open at 6PM. Complimentary face- painting is available from 6PM on a first-come basis*.
*Supplies are limited. Music, Fun and Fresh Air are unlimited!
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