Chicago is a music city — especially for families. Nearly every weekend you can find a kindie rock concert everywhere from libraries to play spaces to museums. Things really come alive during the holidays. Chicago kindie-folk starlet Little Miss Ann put together this photo album, which is full of picks for the season’s best shows and gives you an inside look at the local musicians who will rock them. Flip through the album and jam out.
Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies
Why they rock:
A veteran Old Town School of Folk Music instructor, Mr. Singer is known for his ebullient singing, spirited strumming and happy harp playing. He has made two kids' CDs. He's often joined by his band, along with his wife, Kerry Appleberry.
His favorite holiday memory:
Says Mr. Singer, "My favorite holiday tradition is the lighting of our Christmas tree with real candles. My father is a German immigrant and it's a tradition from his childhood he carries on with us here in the U.S. Every Christmas evening my folks have a big party with family and friends. My brother Joe and I pass the guitar back and forth leading sing-alongs. We generally have some good rowdy participants belt 'em out with us. With plenty of good food and drink, most of my favorite people on the planet in attendance, and a fire extinguisher at the ready, my dad lights the candles on the tree. It is one of the most beautiful sights you can imagine and one my favorite times of the year."
The holiday gig:
If you and your family have a hard time staying up until midnight to celebrate New Year’s Eve, don’t worry. You can join the fun at the Bubble Bash 2013 on Tuesday, December 31, at 9 a.m. at the DuPage Children’s Museum. There will be three floors of activity, including a red carpet of bubble wrap, collaborative balloon painting, and a countdown to noon. Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies will perform a family concert at which they'll share their brand-new tune, "Ringing & Singing in the New Year." Enjoy it at 301 N. Washington St. in Naperville.
For more info on Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies, go to sharpcookies.net.
What is your favorite local kindie rock act? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Ann Torralba (aka: Little Miss Ann)