Just because you’re only weeks away from hanging up the beach towel and flip flops doesn’t mean the fun is over. In fact, you’re going to hear the good times rolling, loud and clear, all autumn long. Kindie rock concerts are kicking into high gear — and many of them are free! Here’s what you need to check out this month and beyond.

For Soon-to-Be American Idols: Miss Jamie from the FarmPhoto:  Miss Jamie from the Farm

Miss Jamie from the Farm
Miss Jamie and her puppet friends take the audience on a barnyard adventure in a sing-a-long, dance-a-long show perfect for toddlers and preschool children. Her fun sense of humor and energetic style will leave everyone stompin’ their boots and hollerin’ for more.

Sept. 16; 9 a.m.
Cost: Free
Horner Park Farmer’s Market
2421 W. Montrose Ave.
708-658-4736
Online: facebook.com/HornerParkFarmersMarket

Photo Credit: Laura DohertyPhoto:  Laura Doherty

Laura Doherty
Our hometown heroine will be making appearances at a local library and a farmer’s market this fall. Expect songs from her children’s CD, In a Heartbeat, as well as tunes from her previous two acclaimed albums. Kicking up a whirl of breezy folk-pop, Laura pulls you in with songs about big-city living, as seen through the eyes of a child. (We love when she riffs on riding the El and visiting farmers markets!).

Aug. 9 & Sept. 6; 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Ravenswood Farmer’s Market
4900 N. Damen Ave.
Ravenswood
&
Oct. 7; 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
LaGrange Park Library
555 N. LaGrange Rd.
LaGrange Park
&
Nov. 11; 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Oak Lawn Library
9427 Raymond Ave.
Oak Lawn

photo: Justin Roberts

Psst… You can also catch family folk meeting power pop when Laura collaborates with Justin Roberts for a very special pop-up show!

Aug. 24; 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Giddings Plaza
4799 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Square
Online: lauradohertymusic.com

photo: Okee Dokee Brothers

Okee Dokee Brothers
Childhood buddies bring their happy hearted, Grammy Award-winning tunes to the Old Town School of Folk Music for a kiddie concert. If your kids love being in the great outdoors they’ll surely related to this Denver-based duos many folk-style odes to the mountains, streams, valleys and wide-open fields that inspire.

Sept. 23; 11 a.m.
Cost: $14/person ($12 for OTS members)
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Square
773-728-6000
Online: oldtownschool.org

Little Miss Ann Band at the Gazebo in Welles ParkPhoto:  Little Miss Ann

Little Miss Ann & Amy D.
Your whole family will be hooked by Little Miss Ann and Amy D.’s heartfelt songs full of unique instrumentation and infectious melodies. They’re joining forces as they play during Navy Pier’s Wiggle Worms programming in partnership with Old Town School of Folk Music.

August 9; 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. & 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Cost: Free
City Stage in Polk Brothers Park
600 E. Grand Ave.
Navy Pier
Online: littlemissann.com

Photo Credit: ScribbleMonsterPhoto:  ScribbleMonster

ScribbleMonster
ScribbleMonster is here for an epic dance party to get your family moving and dancing and to keep them smiling. The goofier you act, the better for this Chicago-based band known for multi-instrumental power pop that excites kids about mundane things in their world – from chocolate milk to sunshine-y days. This show is part of the Park Ridge Pumpkin Fest, which also includes pumpkin painting, pumpkin games and pumpkin giveaways.

Oct. 2; 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Prospect Park
733 N. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge
Online: scribblemonster.com

Jeanie B!
Jeanie B! promises to get your toes tappin’ and your hands clappin’ with her mix of kindie-style folk, country and rock. She’ll be hitting the stage at the don’t-miss Pumpkin Flotilla at Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Ellyn: bring a pumpkin to carve (or purchase onsite), add a candle to its core and plan on setting it a’sail on the beautiful lake for a kid-friendly Halloween spectacle like no other.

Oct. 22; 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Lake Ellyn Park
645 Lenox Rd.
Glen Ellyn
Online: jeaniebmusic.com

 

Where is your favorite place to hear great kids’ music? Let us know in the Comments!

— Amy Bizzarri