Is a music festival for kids a great idea? You better believe it! The only thing cuter than puppies and kittens are kids. (This is a scientific fact…i think) I’ve had dozens of puppies throughout my life and although I currently do not have children, there’s nothing like the look of discovery worn on my little nephew or nieces’ faces. Or the sense of amazement and wonder that surrounds them on a constant basis. When everything is new, it all seems so spectacular.
That may have been a long introduction to announce that Kidchella is coming to Smith Playground, just a walk away from Brewerytown and it’s nearly guaranteed to be a complete fun blast! Weather permitting, you should definitely bring your kids, or borrow a kid, (you know, like a nephew, niece, or young cousin) seriously, check this thing out. Now, granted the name “Kidchella” is a resemblance of a weekend of young adult, spring-breaker style madness Coachella, but the acts that are going to perform are solid and fit for all ages! If your kids love music, and if you are an awesome parent….(you are an awesome parent, you’re reading this aren’t you?) You might want to take a look at Kidchella because here is where the kids get a chance to experience live music (one of the best forms of entertainment in my opinion) under your supervision, and it’s entirely age appropriate. This could ligitimately be your childs first concert! How cool could that be? Visit <a href=”http://smithplayground.org/kidchella/”>here</a> and find out.
Kidchella is coming to Smith playground this Friday on the 25th and it will last from 6 – 8 pm. The bill is highlighted by three bands that are spectacular in their own right. Brady Rymer, Walter Martin, and The Not-Its will be onstage. It won’t last for days on end, nor will it be flooded with 20 somethings, without responsibilities and way too much recreational time on their hands. Kidchella is actually one of those great ideas that you’d love to see more of because it creates an opportunity for children to learn about music, spark their interest about music as an art form, and allows you to give them the experience of a music festival and all the fun that can possibly be had while under the supervision of adults.
Check out this <a href=”http://smithplayground.org/kidchella-press-release/”>press release</a>
You may have seen posters and signs around Brewerytown advertising the music fest for weeks now. If you can make the time, if you love music, and if you’d like to show your children what rock and roll, and fun are supposed to look like, then guess where you’ll likely be heading to?? Kidchella! Tickets are only $10 at smithplayground.ticketleap.com/kidchella, however, admission is free for current members of Smith playground. If you’re not a member, but would like to become one, you can become a member by visiting smithplayground.org/membership.
So who came up with the idea for Kidchella anyway? I always credit “the genius’ in marketing” whenever my attention is brought to something you previously had no awareness of, but has now become one of those things you know you have to experience for yourself. Aside from being the type of thing that celebrities are into now-a-days; Kidchella doesn’t have to involve multiple stages, carnival rides, or fire spitting performers to be an authentic music festival experience. Although, there may be some face painting, and an opportunity for you and the children to hang out with and interact with the band during and after the show, Kidchella, and all music festivals like it are going to soon become the desire of birthday boys and girls everywhere. Better than a magician, better than a clown (which too often scares the ba-jee-zus out of kids), this is a party for children that you are allowed to enjoy as well. To be honest, there isn’t much that can compete with a live band on stage, and especially if they are good.
So who is on the bill? The Not-Its have been rocking and rolling, performing for kids and families for over six years. They are all about giving children the first rock show experience (head banging should be done with supervision) They are from Seattle, are the sum of five members and they have released their 5th album to date called “Raise Your Hand”. You can check out their sound on their bands website (http://wearethenot-its.com/music/). With songs like “Funniest Cat Video”, “Motorcycle Mom” and “Great Day”, The Not-It’s provide an up beat rock/indie vibe that both adults and children can really jam to.
Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could : Brady Rymer is a musician who’s been recording and touring with RCA records for 13 years. He’s been on stage with names like Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews, The Grateful Dead before, so he’s no amateur when it comes to putting on a show that all people can enjoy. Lucky for us, he’s decided to create children’s music and give the little tykes an opportunity to hear music that’s not only age appropriate, but contains a positive, upbeat message along with a catchy tune that may be hard to get out of your head. All the great songs are like that. You may just find yourself singing “Just say Hi” on your way to work or during your coffee break. He’s a great songwriter, and backed by an energetic, talented band, Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could will likely be there to make a wonderful impressionable mark on your children and yourself as well.
Walter Martin is the third man on the bill and his sound helps to round out the collective experience of the music festival as his songs are a bit slower in tempo, feature animal noises and sound effects, all playing the back track to his rural draw and the slight southern twang of Walter Martin’s voice and pitch of guitar. This isn’t just kids music, no, this is music for all ages. True and true, Walter Martin writes beautiful songs, plays a beautiful melody and just makes you want to place the world on time out, stop your children from growing for a moment, and enjoy the moment that’s created the moment he starts strumming his guitar and spreading his vocals through the P.A. system.
So this Friday, with all the wonderful things going on in Brewery town and around the city as a whole. Under the summer sun, and through the atmosphere of fun, if you’re going to create memories with your little tykes, think about creating some with good music and good fun at Smith Playground with Kidchella. Oh, to be a kid again.