Okay, we’re not presently on a boat. But we might be!
I’ve been talking with Jonathan Coulton and his JoCo Cruise Crazy partners for a while about co-presenting a family music cruise, with great music, activities, programming, and so on. And we’re super excited about the idea!
But we want to know what you think. And to get that information, we’ve got this quick and easy survey for you to fill out. Could you take just a few minutes and do so? No commitment, no fuss.
Holy smokes! It’s time for the Austin City Limits Music Festival (and thanks, incidentally, to them for their support of the show)!
We’ll be heading out there for the second weekend and we’re pretty excited about it. I wrote a brief set of suggestions for people going there with kids for the nice folks at LiveMom; read it here. They’ve teamed up with some other people to create ACL with Kids, another great resource.
More directly relevant to the show, we’ve got some great in-studios lined up — we’ll record them over the next week and air them in coming weeks. In addition to the Jellydots (airing this weekend), we’ve got The Ohmies, Play Date, Caspar Babypants, Tim & the Space Cadets (hopefully with some of Mother Falcon too), and the Verve Pipe. And that’s just for ACL — also coming up, we’ve got Mike Doughty, Danny Weinkauf (of TMBG), and some other potential visits that will BLOW YOUR MIND.
I’m happy with our our videos are coming along too — Liam’s been a great help as camera operator. Check out the Jellydots video:
Hooray! It’s ROCKTOBER.
Thanks to Joanie Leeds for guest DJing — you can see her at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA, on Saturday morning at 11!
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
TMBG – Electric Car
Elizabeth Mitchell – John the Rabbit (live in-studio)
Red Yarn & Friends – Bob the Rabbit (new)
Cloud Cult – Help
Psapp – Everybody Wants to be a Cat
Joanie Leeds Guest DJ set
Jonathan Coulton – The Princess Who Saved Herself (live in-studio)
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
Peelander-Z – Taco Taco Tacos
Sippy Cups – Seven is the New Fourteen
Superchunk – FOH (new)
Key Wilde & Mr Clarke Don Mario’s Song
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison – Born to Roll
The Bright Siders – Forever Friends (new)
Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
Slavic Soul Party – Never Gonna Let You Go
TMBG – Four of Two
TMBG – Spare the Rock
Celebrating our move to Austin, we are proudly sponsoring two days of lunchtime family music showcases during SXSW week. The Family Music Meltdown (Austin Incarnation) will take place on Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15 at Tamale House East, 1701 E. 6th St., Austin. And it’s free to all — we don’t need no stinkin’ badges!
Thursday’s line up features local Austin family musicians Joe McDermott and Laura Freeman, along with Brooklyn’s Deedle Deedle Dees and New England’s Lake Street Dive (doing a rare family performance) 11am to 2pm.
Friday’s show kicks off with the legendary Jad Fair, and also will feature Austin favorite Mr. Leebot, Minneapolis singer Haley Bonar, Oklahoma City funk duo Sugar Free Allstars, and a reprise from the Deedle Deedle Dees 11am to 1pm.
More acts may be added, including some potential very special surprises. Keep an eye on sparetherock.com for information and to learn more about the radio show and label. The showcases are presented in cooperation with Spirithouse Records and WRSI-FM (Northampton, MA).
Yes, that is the riff from “Sabotage” during the “how to be a train” lesson at the start. Camera by Liam:
Some folks couldn’t get into the sold-out show, including this very sweet four-year-old who came all the way from Albany (if I heard right). So Liz & Daniel sang some songs at the merch table, including this one. It’s a lovely moment and worth your time:
That’s what music for families can be, folks. Do that.
We’ll be back at the Green River Festival again this year — July 14-15 — with the best in family music. We’ll be joining in the celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday (we’ll have some special surprises to announce between now and then), along with a generally amazing lineup. Check out who we’ve confirmed so far:
- Sarah Lee & Guthrie & Johnny Irion
- Mister G
- Flannery Brothers
- Sweetback Sisters
- Deedle Deedle Dees
- Alastair Moock & Friends
- Eloise the Great
- Uncle Rock
- Dog on Fleas
- Royal Order of Chords and Keys
And, as in past years, we’ll have the Meltdown Stay Up Late Stage (or something like that), with other acts into the evening, including:
- Session Americana
- Sun Parade
- Peter Mulvey
- Lake Street Dive
- Frost Heaves (CD release show)
Details, including the schedules, soon…
Holy smokes, the Meltdown was fun.
Wanna do it again next year? Saturday, March 30.
(And yes, even though we’re moving away, the Meltdown will continue, I’m pretty certain.)
Thanks to all of the artists, authors, illustrators, vendors, bouncing people, librarians, fencers, gymnasts, circus arts people, radio sales people…everyone. You all rock.
Pictures to come.
Here’s the promo for this year’s Meltdown:
The lineup is crazy good. Deedle Deedle Dees, Robbi K & Friends, Ratboy Jr., Planet Z, Aric Bieganek, Alastair Moock & Friends, Brendan Taaffe, Nields, Anna Sobel Puppets, Tom Knight Puppets, Josh Gannon-Salomon Stories & Songs, Shiprock & Anchordog, Beethoven’s Wig, School for the Dead, Hey Dango. Plus authors John Marciano, Lisa Yee, Eric Wight, Jeff Mack, and Heidi Stemple & Jane Yolen!
Saturday, March 31, 2012. 10-4. JFK Middle School. Rock.
Suggested donation of $5 each or just $10 for a whole family!
(He’s signing holiday songs in that picture. Probably not at Flywheel.)