Just because you’re days 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.
Photo: 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. 5 at 2 p.m.
Naperville Last Fling
Main and Jackson Streets
Photo: Laura Doherty
Our hometown heroine will put a smile on your face at a number of local farmer’s markets this fall. Expect songs from her newest 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!).
Sept. 7 (Andersonville Farmer’s Market, 3:30 p.m.; Clark & Berwyn Streets); Sept. 21 (Ravenswood Farmer’s Market, 4:00pm; 4900 N. Damen Ave.);
Psst … You can also catch Laura at Calument City Library (660 S Manistee Ave.) on Sept. 24, 1 p.m. and the Land of Nod (900 W. North Ave., Chicago) on Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m.
Dan Zanes Song Gusto Hour
Grammy award winning song artist Dan Zanes brings his happy hearted tunes to the Old Town School of Folk Music for a kiddie concert. Expect a communal, and festive concert experience: Songbooks will be made available to families in advance online and people are invited to bring their instruments.
Oct. 2; 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Cost: $20/person ($18 for OTS members)
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Photo: Little Miss Ann
Little Miss Ann
Celebrate the harvest with some soulful songs at the Highland Park Harvest and Harmony Fest at Ravinia. Your whole family will be hooked by Little Miss Ann’s heartfelt songs from her fourth album “Follow Me”, full of unique instrumentation, infectious melodies and her soulful voice. Her interactive concerts have an upbeat yet down-to-earth feel with strong, empowering messages.
Sept. 24; 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Harvest and Harmony Fest
486 Roger Williams Ave.
Psst … You can also catch Little Miss Ann at Uncommon Ground (1214 W. Grace Ave., Chicago).
Photo: Super Stolie
Super Stolie and The Rockstars
Super Stolie is touring local libraries this upcoming autumn with a show that explores and inspires the uniqueness and silliness in all of us. Strumming her acoustic guitar, Super Stolie will be singing her catchy, original pop-rock children’s music, while sprinkling in traditional nursery rhymes and cover tunes. Her colorful outfits and personality alone will make her instant BFFs with the kids and get them excited to join the fun.
Sept. 10, 11 a.m., Mount Prospect Public Library; Sept. 17, 10 a.m., Northbrook Public Library; Sept. 21, 8 p.m. Bensenville Community Public Library; Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. Oak Lawn Public Library.
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 Morton Arboretum’s Fall Fun Fest, which also includes face painting, a spooky forest walk, plant and pumpkin giveaways and a model railroad garden with ghostly lights.
Oct. 2; noon
Cost: Free with Morton Arboretum admission
4100 Illinois Route 53
Where is your favorite place to hear great kids’ music? Let us know in the Comments!
— Amy Bizzarri