If you’ve got a crew of music lovers, the Seattle kindie rock scene is turning up the volume in 2017. From a recent Grammy-nominated group to some of the finest be boppin, toe-tapping bands in the region, we’ve rounded up 25 kids’ concerts you don’t want to miss this winter.

Event 12/27/14 Recess Monkey * Kindiependent Concert Family Pass Time Out New York recently named them the #3 Kindie band in America, just behind the iconic They Might Be Giants. Known for their contagiously exciting live shows, Recess Monkey strives to strike a balance between kid-centric ideas and musical authenticity. Lyrically, they weave jokes and puns together with universal childhood themes, speaking to both kids and their parents simultaneously with catchy, melodic songs. Tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/898137 Kindiependent is a group of rockin' Seattle musicians who are passionate about creating a vibrant kids' and family music scene in the Pacific Northwest. All winter long the best Seattle kids' bands perform on Saturday mornings at the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse. 2014/2015 Kindiependent Kids Rock Series Full Calendar December 13 * The Not-Its! December 27 * Recess Monkey January 10 * Johnny Bregar January 24 * Caspar Babypants February 7 * Brian Vogan & his Good Buddies February 21 * The Not-Its! March 7 * The Harmonica Pocket March 21 * Recess Monkey April 11 * Johnny Bregar April 25 * Caspar Babypants *Private birthday party packages are available for all Kindiependent Kids Rock Concerts, email rentals@mountbaker.org for details.

photo: Mount Baker Community Club

Recess Monkey
Did someone say Grammy-nominated? Yep, that’s right! Novelties, Recess Monkey’s 13th and latest album has garnered awards from organizations like Parent’s Choice and NAPPA, and is now up for a 2017 Grammy for Best Children’s Album. The trio, who just wrapped up their fifth run as the house band for Teatro ZinZanni’s kid-centric matinées, will delight young audiences this winter with shows in Seattle, Olympia, Edmonds and Wenatchee. And, who knows, maybe after the February 11 Grammy Awards, your kiddos can say they’ve rocked out with Grammy winners! Cool, right?

Not familiar with Recess Monkey? Check out this latest video for their new song, Time to Make the Doughnuts.

Lake Chelan Winterfest
Northshore Bible Church
123 Wapato Point Pkwy.
Manson, Wa 98831
Online: lakechelan.com/winterfest/festival-info/january-23-25-2016

Date: Jan. 21, 2017
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 at the door

South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd. S.W.
Olympia, Wa 98512
Online: spscc.edu

Date: Jan. 28, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free

Kindiependent Kids Rock Series
Mount Baker Community Club
2811 Mount Rainier Dr. S.
Seattle, Wa 98144
Online: kindiependent.com

Date: Feb. 4, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $15/family of four; $5/person. Purchase tickets online.

Kidstock! 2017
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 Fourth Ave. N.
Edmonds, Wa 98020
Online: edmondscenterforthearts.org/events/kidstock-2017

Date: Feb. 4, 2017
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Cost: Free; reserve tickets online

photo: TBD

photo: The Not-Its! 

The Not-Its!
These guys and gals literally Rock, Paper, Scissors. Possibly the it band of Seattle’s punk-ified, high-energy family entertainment, The Not-Its!’ brand of pink and black, tutu-ed kiddo rock is what we like to call The Go-Go’s meets the Ramones. And the band’s genre-standard, tongue-in-cheek style makes kids’ and parents’ heads bang alike.

Seasons Performance Hall
101 N. Naches Ave.
Yakima, Wa 98901
Online: theseasonsyakima.com/the-not-its

Date: Jan. 28, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
Cost: $7; purchase tickets online

Kidstock! 2017
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 Fourth Ave. N.
Edmonds, Wa 98020
Online: edmondscenterforthearts.org/events/kidstock-2017

Date: Feb. 4, 2017
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Cost: Free; reserve tickets online

Kindiependent Kids Rock Series
Mount Baker Community Club
2811 Mount Rainier Dr. S.
Seattle, Wa 98144
Online: Online: kindiependent.com

Date: March 18, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $15/family of four; $5/person. Purchase tickets online.

photo: Mark Klebeck

photo: Mark Klebeck

Caspar Babypants
If you like doughnuts and awesome kindie tunes, you’re in for a sweet treat with this winter lineup. Caspar Babypants has free shows at nine different Top Pot Doughnut locations all around the city from January ’til May. Sprinkle in the rest of his upcoming gigs and you can bet those babypants are gonna be on the run!

Land of Nod – University Village
2660 N.E. 49th St.
Seattle, Wa 98105
Online: landofnod.com/stores/university-village/str152

Date: Jan. 16, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Bright Horizons at Mercer Island
9555 S.E. 36th St.
Mercer Island, Wa 98040
Online: child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com/wa/mercerisland/mercerisland

Date: Jan. 21, 2017
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free

Discovery Playtown
26545 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Rd. S.E., Suite K-150
Maple Valley Wa 98038
Online: discoveryplaytown.com/first

Date: Jan. 28, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. (seats can be taken at 10 a.m.)
Cost: $10/Kids; reserve your tickets online

Top Pot Doughnuts – Bellevue Cafe location
10600 N.E. 9th Pl.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Online: toppotdoughnuts.com

Date: Jan. 28, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

caspar babypants at top pot

photo: Top Pot Doughnuts 

Top Pot Doughnuts – Ballard Cafe location
1416 N.W. 46th St.
Seattle, Wa 98107
Online: toppotdoughnuts.com

Date: Feb. 4, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Ave. S.E.
Olympia, Wa 98501
Online: trl.org/Locations/Pages/LibraryInformation.aspx?lib=ol

Date: Feb. 15, 2017
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Cost: Free

Top Pot Doughnuts – Renton Landing Cafe location
815 N. 10th St., #F
Renton, Wa 98057
Online: toppotdoughnuts.com

Date: Feb. 18, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Kindiependent Kids Rock Series
Mount Baker Community Club
2811 Mount Rainier Dr. S.
Seattle, Wa 98144
Online: Online: kindiependent.com

Date: March 4 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $15/family of four; $5/person. Purchase tickets online.

Island Cooperative Preschool
Bainbridge High School Commons
9330 High School Rd. N.E.
Bainbridge Island, Wa 98110
Online: islandcoop.org

Date: March 11, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Ticket info TBD

Kent Kid’s Art Day at Kent Commons Community Center
524 4th Ave N.
Kent, Wa 98032
Online: kentwa.gov/residents/parks-recreation-and-community-services/kent-commons

Date: March 11, 2017
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/Kids (2 & up); Adults Free

Chalet Theater
1721 Wells St.
Enumclaw, Wa 98022
Online: chalettheatre.com/site/index.html

Date: March 12, 2017
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $5 (2 & under Free)

Top Pot Doughnuts – Bothell Cafe location
18001 Bothell Everett Hwy.
Bothell, Wa 98012
Online: toppotdoughnuts.com

Date: March 25, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Top Pot Doughnuts – Bellevue Cafe location
10600 N.E. 9th Pl.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Online: toppotdoughnuts.com

Date: April 8, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

brian vogan and his good buddies

photo: Kelsey Clanton

Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies
Kids love to jump and dance to Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies’ tunes. They’re fun, educational and have just enough silly to make them a perfect combo for the younger set. And with a background as an early childhood music instructor, it’s no surprise Brian’s songs weave in guitar-blazin’ riffs preaching the need to Wash Your Hands and counting songs like Lucky 7 (off of his latest album of the same name) as well as swinging little ditties that remind us that everybody Burp(s), and what to say when we do.

Kindiependent Kids Rock Series
Mount Baker Community Club
2811 Mount Rainier Dr. S.
Seattle, Wa 98144
Online: Online: kindiependent.com

Date: Feb. 18, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $15/family of four; $5/person. Purchase tickets online.

The Harmonica Pocket
If you missed The Harmonica Pocket show at the Kindiependent Kids Rock Series on December 31, don’t fret. Starting in March, you can find this rockin’ band at the Coupeville Elementary School. Known for delivering thick jazz chord progressions with fun storytelling lyrics, a set of songs by The Harmonica Pocket will have you and your crew singing and dancing the winter blues away. 

Coupeville Elementary School
6 South Main St.
Coupeville, Wa 98239

Date: March 24, 2017
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Eli Rosenblatt is thrilled to announce the release of his new genre-bending album for kids and families, ELEPHANT CAR (May 31, 2015). He will celebrate the new recording with a FREE, all-ages show at the Mount Baker Community Club on Sunday, May 31st at 10:30am. Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer and Vocalist Eli Rosenblatt has been a regular on the Seattle club scene for the last 10 years, inspiring dance mayhem from Ballard to Columbia City and everywhere in between with Salsa groups Picoso and Si Limon. Over the last three years he has created a kid-centric repertoire of quirky, catchy dance tunes that rock the crowd in a new way. The best of these songs are brought together in the album ELEPHANT CAR, a collection of seven new tracks that reflect both Rosenblatt’s talents as a wordsmith and his penchant for global rhythms. “Have you ever noticed that the sun does not discriminate/ she shines on every-one/ she doesn’t care about your color, your religion or your race/ or the size of your body, or the shape of your face”. These lyrics from “Sunshine”, sung in a lilting rap over a groove reminiscent of both Bob Marley and Manu Chao, give an idea of the philosophical direction of the album. In the break-beat fueled title track, “Elephant Car”, Rosenblatt delivers the story of the Squirrel who builds a car bigger than an Elephant to prove his worth to the other forest creatures. “Say Hello to the World” begins as a tender ballad only to finish in a fiery Salsa version of the Mexican folk classic, “La Bamba”. The album moves effortlessly from big-band Funk (“Photosynthesize”) to Samba (“Baby Kangaroo”) to other-wordly Klezmer (Buzz Buzz Beez), unified by Rosenblatt’s vocals and the unshakeable rhythm section of drummer Sam Esecson (Paperboys, Polyrhythmics) and bassist Bryant Moore (Grace Love and the True Loves). The finishing touches are applied by the soaring trumpet and playful clarinet of Rosenblatt’s longtime friend and collaborator Ahamefule J. Oluo (Industrial Revelation, Hey Marseille). The album is an unabashed, joyful celebration of rhythm, absurdity and love for humanity, inspiring people of all ages to absorb themselves in the music with the fascination and abandon of a child. ELEPHANT CAR will be available digitally in the US on May 31, 2015, with physical copies available in Seattle and around King County at Eli Rosenblatt performances in spring/summer 2015, starting with the CD release celebration on May 31, 2015. For a full spring/summer performance schedule, visit www.elirosenblatt.us Link to Streaming Audio of ELEPHANT CAR https://soundcloud.com/eli-rosenblatt/sets/elephant-car Track List Photosynthesize Buzz Buzz Beez Elephant Car Sunshine Grow Baby Kangaroo Say Hello to the World

photo: Eli Rosenblatt

In addition to these great bands, you and your crew can sing and dance to the tunes of Johnny Bregar on Jan. 7 and Eli Rosenblatt on Jan. 21 at the Kindependent Kids Rock Series (keep an eye out for half-season passes available soon). Or head to Discovery Playtown’s First Anniversary Party on Jan. 27 to move and groove with Eric Ode—a national award-winning children’s singer/songwriter who is known for his fun, interactive music that often includes stories, skits, poetry, props and puppets. Looking for even more family concert fun this winter? Boogie over to a Saturday Family Concert at Town Hall. Concert tickets are just $5 for adults and free for kids.

Does your family have a favorite kindie band? Which shows are you planning to see this winter? Tell us in the Comments below. 

— Kelly Doscher