November is just around the corner, and with it another heaping helping of kid’s concerts that will get those little hips moving and those hands a-clapping. Whether your kiddos want to sing their favorite kindie rocker songs aboard a cruise ship or do-see-do with their friends at a Thanksgiving hoedown, there’s plenty of opportunity to rock out this November. It just so happens that many of the best concerts for kids this month will feature a healthy dose–a cornucopia if you will–of Americana music. So grab your mandolins, banjos, and fiddles, and gobble up some of these delicious gigs.
Fox & Branch
Sat. Nov. 3, 11:00am
$20 Adults / $13 Kids
Old-timey music will win this day on the U.W.S. as the duo Fox & Branch carry their
traditional jug band tunes forward to meet 21st century families at what will become
a very sing-along-y Symphony Space.
Sun. Nov. 4, 2:00pm
Long Island Children’s Museum
$4 with Admission, $10 Concert Only
Preschoolers know him as Mr. Steve, the face of PBS Kids, but Steve Roslonek is
way more than just a singing head on the TV. Under his SteveSongs moniker, the
songwriter performs intelligent, funny, and super catchy pop songs about all sorts
of things, but he really wins over youthful audiences with his science-centric tunes
like “Ducks Hatching” and “Water Cycle.” Here, he will perform new cuts from
Orangutan Van, his first CD in 6 years and one that won’t be in stores until 2013 but
will be available for purchase at this concert. Can you say stocking stuffer?
Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
Sun. Nov. 11, 11:00am
Brady Rymer, Long Island resident and member of the 90’s alt.country band From
Good Homes, is the John Cougar Mellancamp (circa Pink Houses) of the modern kid’s
music scene; his All-American t-shirt & jeans classic rock vibe feels good, puts a
wiggle in your hips, and paints smiles on faces young & old. Children with alternate
learning styles was Rymer’s inspiration for Love Me For Who I Am, his most recent
CD, a triumphant effort that stands as a love song to childhood in all its many shapes
and with all its universal truths.
Princess Katie & Racer Steve
Sat. Nov 17, 9:30am
Circle Line Cruises Gobble Gobble Party
$28 adults / $20 Kids / Under 2 Free
Kindie music takes to the high seas! Join the city’s most popular princess (and her
racer husband), storytellers from Books of Wonder, a juggler, balloon artist, and a
photogenic Miss Liberty on this special harbor cruise tailored just for families. If
you’ve been reluctant to venture into anything touristy with your kids (we get it, and
don’t blame you), now would be a swell time to give in and rock out.
Sun. Nov. 18, 2:00pm
The Living Room
The Brooklyn-based bluegrass kindie band will celebrate the release of their new
album “The Colored Pencil Factory” with an old fashion Thanksgiving hoedown.
Turkey day parties are, after all, a rock-n-roll tradition (see: The Band’s The Last
Waltz). While we don’t expect superstar special guest appearances from the likes of
Bob Dylan or Neil Young, we fully anticipate you and your tots will get sleepy from
the dancing, not the tryptophan.
Laurie Berkner/Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Mon. Nov. 26, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Free (but consider bringing a new or used winter coat to donate)
Usher in the most wonderful time of the year with the queen bee of kid’s music,
Laurie Berkner, and the colorful troupe of musical misfits known as The Dirty Sock
Funtime Band at the 13th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square. Also performing
at this hello to snow party is the cast of the puppet musical Avenue Q and the
legendary Suzanne Vega, but it’ll be Berkner and the Socks that make this man-made
winter wonderland wonderful for your rosy-cheeked kids.
Event Website: winterseve.org
Which of these kid-approved concerts will you be attending with your little ones this month?
— Jeff Bogle