While the onslaught of summer outdoor concerts is over and school is nearly back in session, you can still save the date for some spectacular September kids concerts. Read on to find out where your favorites like The Pop Ups and Brady Rymer are playing this month.
When: Sat. Sept. 7 & Sun., Sept. 8, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm (both days)
Where: Bronx Zoo, Grizzly Corner
Cost: Free with Zoo Admission
Being surrounded by animals and closing out the Bronx Zoo’s summer-long Dinosaur Safari exhibit is about the most surreal environment to encounter Joanie Leeds in the wild, because she and her band have always had a knack for bringing creatures to life on record, and because she has written two new dino-themed tunes especially for this weekend!
When: Sun., Sept. 8, 11:00 am
Where: Shapeshifter Labs, 18 Whitewell Place, Brooklyn
Jazz is a lot like soccer. Kids adore and are encouraged to participate in and learn both, but by the time they become teens, it’s all about rock-n-roll and that other kind of football. Oran Etkin has been successfully making jazz fun and accessible for all ages through his Timbalooloo classes and concerts in the city and around the world. Yes, his method, which includes a story arc and instruments fashioned as fascinating characters, is designed to engage school-age kids but the adults in the crowd always walk away with a new kind of rhythm in their step. Whether those feet will ever kick a soccer ball again remains to be seen!
When: Sun., Sept. 8, 2:00 pm
Where: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place
Cost: $10 Adults / $7 Kids 12 & Under
The effervescent pair of Grammy nominees are currently holed up in their Brooklyn kindie rock compound, hard at work on delivering to their rapidly-expanding fan base a third electronica-rock Pop Ups album. They will emerge in September, for this afternoon concert, and will have your kids freaking out on the dance floor as they’re showered with beach balls, giant foam pasta noodles, or maybe something entirely new. Either way, this is not to be missed. *Bonus: There will be make and take crafts from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, free with concert tickets!
When: Thurs., Sept. 12, 6:00 pm
Where: Washington Market Park, Chambers Street
For the little girl who’s always begging to leave the house in her Cinderella dress, and for the boy who doesn’t go anywhere without cargo shorts pockets full of Hot Wheels cars, a Princess Katie & Racer Steve concert is a double rainbow dream come true. If you can manage to work a gourmet cupcake into the equation as a way of staging your family’s own personal celebration of the release of the husband & wife duo’s new album Love, Cake & Monsters, then you will win this day.
When: Thurs., Sept. 19, 6:00 pm
When: Washington Market Park, Chambers Street
The excitable Rymer is the perfect guy to act as de facto headliner for the whole of the city’s summer park concert series. So when the Grammy nominee closes the curtain at Washington Market Park this month, he will do so with a smile on his face, a bounce in his step, and love in his heart. And a funny thing will happen to adults in the crowd listening to the guitarist’s All-American rock-n-roll — you will, if only for a bit, forget about the stack of bills on your desk, the leak under the sink, and the frustrating kindergarten application process. Instead, you will want to take in a full breath of warm September air and, beneath summer’s fading sun, dance with your kids like no one in the world is watching.
*More live music to consider this Fall
Deedle Deedle Dees frontman Lloyd Miller will release his debut solo album this Fall and he’s got a big CD release show booked for October (more on that one next month!) But if you want to experience this musical historian in his natural state, check out one of Miller’s many weekday Brooklyn sing-a-longs.