Spare the Rock By Southwest 2018

Feb 20

We’re less than a month away from SXSW madness, so I guess it’s time to let y’all know what we’ve got coming up!  It’s going to be another amazing year.  All of my profits from these events will go to organizations working to stop gun violence.

KUTX Live at the Four Seasons

We will again be presenting music for kids and their grownups at the Four Seasons in between the on-the-air sets, and this year we’ll be down in the same area as the main stage (read: we can be louder than last year!).  These shows were ridiculously great last year, and I have guessed one of the main stage acts already, and it’s gonna be so good.

Wednesday, March 14

Red Yarn and JareBear

Thursday, March 15

Ms. Kat and SaulPaul

Friday, March 16

Laura Doherty and 1-2-3 Andres

Saturday, March 17

Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band and Sugar Free Allstars

Hello Dolly!: A Tribute to Dolly Parton – Friday, March 16, 10:00 am-2:30 pm

We’ll be back at Austin’s Scottish Rite Theater for this tribute, presented by us, LiveMom, and the Scottish Rite Theater.  Check out the Facebook event here. Buy tickets here.

Scheduled acts include:

Barton Hills Choir with Sarah Jaffe

Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship

Ms. Kat

Red Yarn

Jon Langford

1-2-3 Andres

Nakia

SaulPaul

Que Pastas

Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band

Laura Doherty

Beth Chrisman

Sugar Free Allstars

Rock & Read Festival – Saturday, March 17, Domain’s Amy Donovan Plaza

We’ll be back at the Domain, partnering again with LiveMom to bring amazing music and authors to this free festival.  Featured acts:

The Hoots

1-2-3 Andres

Laura Doherty

The Que Pastas

Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band

Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship

Red Yarn

Sugar Free Allstars

El Tule

Thanks to Springfree Trampoline, sponsor of Hello Dolly and Rock ‘n’ Read!

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2018-02-18 Playlist & Stream

Feb 18

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – Impossible
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – Snowflake, Snowflake (feat. Justin Roberts) (new)
ID
Falu – Tararum Pumpum (new)
Bruce Springsteen – Pay Me My Money Down
ID
The Cure – The Lovecats

[KUTX – Luscious Jackson – It’s All Goo

[WJFF/KCMJ – Alison Faith Levy – Rainbow Tunnel

2nd set
Elizabeth Mitchell – Phytoplankton
ID (prep to rock)/Meltdown
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
AC/DC – For Those About to Rock (We salute You)
Mike Doughty – 27 Jennifers
Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band – De Colores
ID (SXSW)

3rd set
The Jimmies – Do the Elephant
Blackalicious – Chemical Calisthenics
ID
Medeski Martin & Wood – Let’s Go Everywhere
Michael Jackson – Rockin’ Robin
Matt & Kim – Hoodie On
ID
They Might Be Giants – I Can Add)
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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Spare the Rock Events: Some Thoughts and Policies

Feb 12

There’s this story, based on a survey of folks involved in kid literature.  I don’t know what the results of a similar survey would be if done in family music, but I’m under no illusions: There’s no reason to think we’re immune from it.

So here are some basic policies for any event I’m presenting on my own.  They apply to presenters, attendees, sponsors, producers, crew, and me.  And anyone else.  I intend to include them in advance emails to performers and won’t book acts that won’t go along with them, and won’t put on events at venues that aren’t cool with them. My aim, and the aim of folks with whom I work, is to create fun, safe, silly events that are actively inclusive. These guidelines are consistent with what I’ve observed doing this for over a dozen years and are intended to be there to (a) hopefully avoid any future problems and (b) deal with the very rare problem case.

This is a first draft and if there are improvements suggested, I’ll consider and adopt them.  The structure is borrowed, with permission, from the JoCo Cruise Code of Conduct.

  1. Be kind. Treat others with kindness and respect. Be inclusive and friendly, like we try to get our kids to be.  This underlies everything else.
  2. Don’t harass others. These are not allowed, period: any kind of physical, verbal, or psychological abuse; threats, intimidation, and bullying; slurs about race, gender, ability, religion, ethnicity, or sexuality; unwanted romantic attention, sexual harassment, and generally gross or stalky behavior; and photographing anyone or engaging in physical interactions without consent. This includes, emphatically, contact (physical or otherwise) with children without their parent(s)’ or guardian(s)’ consent. If someone asks you to stop doing something and you keep doing it, that’s harassment. (A note: We sometimes take photographs at events. If you don’t want yourself or your kid photographed, let us know and we will respect that. I try to have photos be primarily of performers in any event, but kids are often in the background.)
  3. Be nice to our staff and volunteers. Number 1 up there applies to everyone working the event, too.
  4. Be nice to the venue. Clean up after yourself. Respect the facility. Be super nice to the venue’s staff. Tip well. (That last one applies everywhere.)
  5. Follow the law and follow the rules.  Duh. And if I become aware of any conduct that might meet the definition of a hate crime, you better believe I’m reporting it.

If an attendee is aware of any conduct that violates these policies, there will be identified people to whom they can make a report.  To be clear: if you see something problematic, tell someone; that’s your responsibility as a person engaging in society if you can do so safely.

The policies, and those contacts (who will when feasible include at least one person independent from the event) will be posted at events.  You have my personal commitment that harassment won’t be tolerated and we’ll deal with problems promptly. Because I’m involved in a range of events with different partners and contexts, I can’t make a general statement here about precisely what the process will be in all situations, but I do mean “deal with” appropriately and thoroughly. If I learn of misconduct at an event I’m part of, I will share that knowledge to try to prevent future harm.

For events/conferences I’m attending as a presenter or otherwise (as opposed to presenting), or events I’m helping produce without being a primary presenter, I’m borrowing ideas from John Scalzi’s policies: You need to have a harassment policy.  It needs to be clear and it needs to have an enforcement mechanism.  It doesn’t have to be the same as this one above, but it needs to be similarly broad in coverage and scope.

Again, I’m not basing this on any specific knowledge of specific misconduct at any family music event I’ve attended.  But the older I get, the more I realize I have an obligation to do what I can to make sure everyone feels comfortable and welcome and safe at events I put together.

Like I said, this is a draft.  I think it’s a pretty good one, but I’d love to know how it can be improved.  You can comment below or email me (show at sparetherock dot com).

(Note: I’m making edits in this and not noting them as I might usually.)

 

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2018-02-11 Playlist & Stream

Feb 11

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
Dial-A-Song ID
They Might Be Giants – Dog (new)
They Might Be Giants in-studio

[KUTX – Asylum Street Spankers – Training Wheel Rag

[WJFF/KCMJ – Ella Jenkins – Sloop John B

2nd set
Lunch Money – You Were a Basket of Flowers
ID (prep to rock)/Meltdown
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Sleigh Bells – A/B Machines
Sleater-Kinney – Little Babies
Queue Queue – Mission (new)
Royal Order of Chords and Keys – Cookies & Milk
Red Yarn – Grizzly Bear
ID

3rd set
SaulPaul – Rise (in-studio)
ID
The Pop Ups – Outside Inside
Junkyard Symphony – D-Cell
97x liner
St. Etienne – Let’s Build a Zoo
Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band – Thingamajig
ID
They Might Be Giants – Particle Man (Other Thing Brass Band version)
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2018-02-04 Playlist & Stream

Feb 04

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – The House at the Top of the Tree
Laura Doherty in-studio

[KUTX – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Time Machine

[WJFF/KCMJ – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Time Machine

2nd set
Ratboy Jr. – Why Oh Why
ID (prep to rock)/Meltdown
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
The Boogers – This Land Is Your Land
Bari Koral – Kick Drum Heart
Superchunk – Hyper Enough
ID

[KUTX –

[WJFF/KCMJ – Readeez – Digging the Weeds

3rd set
Red Yarn – Clap Your Hands
Jad Fair – Red Dress/Clap Your Hands (in-studio)
ID
tune yards – Look At Your Hands (new)
The Bar-Kays – Shake Your Rump to the Funk
New Ps – Your Hands (Together)
ID
They Might Be Giants – Clap Your Hands (live)
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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