Spring has sprung and it’s time to swap those boots for dancing shoes. This time of year the Windy City kindie music scene really comes alive. Local talent bring their sweet beats and fun attitudes to venues across the city and ‘burbs, including libraries and bars (yes, the kids are welcome!). Check out these family concerts no self-respecting groupie should miss.

Future Hits - Today is Forever / Hoy Es Para Siemprephoto: Future Hits

Future Hits
Future Hits is the new face of innovative kids music that parents can enjoy too. Founded by rock musician and CPS School teacher Matt Baron, Future Hits takes rock music and incorporates language arts curriculum that’ll give your kiddo an English lesson without them realizing it. We’re talking spelling words, literacy and even common core. Fun for the whole fam!

Sun., Mar. 19, 10 a.m.
Admission: Ticket prices are $6/person in advance or $7 at the door.
Beat Kitchen
2100 W. Belmont Ave.
773-281-4444.
Online: beatkitchen.com

Fri., May 5, 11 a.m.
Admission: Free
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Loop
Online: cityofchicago.org

Sat. May 6, 11 a.m.
Admission: Free
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Garfield Park
Online: cityofchicago.org

Celebration Dances of West Africa
Transport yourself to the indigenous cultures of Africa with dancing, drumming and proverbs that have guided Africans for many years. Kids will love the colorful display of authentic attire and native instruments that highlight the Soli Performing Arts Company’s interactive demonstration.

Fri., Apr. 7, 11 a.m.
Admission: Free
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Loop
Online: cityofchicago.org

Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band
How often do you have a chance to square dance? Swing your partner round-n-round with the Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance band as they play a raucous set of square dances, polkas, waltzes, contra and swing in the tradition of an old time barn dance. You’ll have your kids swinging and dipping in no time!

Fri., May 19, 11 a.m.
Admission: Free
Chicago Cultural Center
GAR Hall
78 E. Washington St.
Loop
Online: cityofchicago.org

Sat., May 20, 11 a.m.
Admission: Free
Garfield Park Conservatory
Horticulture Hall
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Garfield Park
Online: cityofchicago.org

photo: The Boogers

The Boogers
You won’t want to miss Crusty, Greenie and Sticky perform their original and classic children’s music in their now famous rock ‘n’ roll style. Perfect for those dads that don’t love a traditional version of “twinkle twinkle”. These guys are the hardest rockin’ kids band you can think of and shouldn’t be missed.

Sun., Mar. 19, 4 p.m.
Admission: $8/members and $11/non-member; children under the age of one are free!
Wonder Works
6445 W. North Ave.
Oak Park
(708) 383-4815
Online: wonder-works.org

Sat., Apr. 15, 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane
Northbrook
Online: meet-the-boogers.com

Miss-Jamiephoto: Miss Jamie via TK Photography

Miss Jamie From the Farm
There’s surely a reason that Miss Jamie has groupies following her from show to show. Her cheerful enthusiasm is contagious and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to introduce your kids to her wonderful messages about farming and friendship. There are waaaaay too many dates to list, so we’ll just let you take a peek at her jam-packed calendar.

Music with Nicole at Gather
Start your Saturday off with interactive, collaborative music making. Mini musicians will learn new songs, play games, dance and explore instruments. Perfect for all ages who want to giggle their morning away.

Sat., Mar. 18 & 25
Gather
602 Davis St.
Evanston
Online: meetatgather.com

Old Town School of Folk Music: Carnaval
Get ready for colorful costumes, the pandeiro, Brazilian guitar, fantastic footwork, a Brazilian percussion master, the “queen of the percussion” from Rio’s Carnaval, Brazilian folk music, and the popular circle dance, The Cirandland from Pernambuco! What a great way to spend an energetic Saturday.

Sat., Apr. 1, 10 a.m.
Admission: $7
The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
4545 N. Lincoln
Ravenswood
Online: oldtownschool.org

photo: Nick Davio

Old Town School of Folk Music: Mr. Nick Davio
Mr. Nick Davio currently holds a teaching artist position at The Old Town School of Folk Music and Chicago Children’s Theatre. He’s well-known for being just as fun for the big kids and the littles because he plays songs by The Beatles and other well-known major players. His energy is contagious and will turn any frownie face into an insta perma-smile.

Sat., Apr. 22, 11 a.m.
Admission: $11
The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Ravenswood
Online: oldtownschool.org

Old Town School of Folk Music: Everybody’s Got Soul
Old Town School of Folk Music’s Everybody’s Got Soul with Bill Brickey and The Locomotion introduces the kiddos to soulful singing, a guitar, bass, drums, rhythm and blues, Motown, a little bit of magic and a whole lotta soul. They’ll have you dancing The Twist, The Locomotion, The Mash Potato and bunches more!

Sat., May 13, 10 a.m.
The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Ravenswood
Online: oldtownschool.org

photo: Laura Doherty

Laura Doherty
Known for perfect pop songs for kids, hometown heroine Laura Doherty is playing a few local shows this Spring. Her light and breezy tunes will keep your toes-a-tappin’ and kids wanting more. Keep an ear out for Domingo the Flamingo, Wheels in the City and Hello Hippopotamus. She may even throw in some Beatles covers for the adults.

Sun., Apr. 9, 4 p.m.
Admission: $8/members and $11/non-member; children under the age of one are free!
Wonder Works
6445 W. North Ave.
Oak Park
Online: wonder-works.org

Wed., Apr. 12, 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Thomas Ford Memorial Library
800 Chestnut St.
Western Spring
Online: lauradohertymusic.com

Fri., Apr. 28, 10:30 a.m.
Admission: Free
Lake Villa Library
1001 E. Grand Ave.
Lake Villa
Online: lauradohertymusic.com

Fri., May 12, 10 a.m.
Admission: Free
Niles Library
6960 Oakton St.
Niles
Online: lauradohertymusic.com

Who is your favorite local kindie rocker? Let us know in the Comments!

— Maria Chambers