March will see more terrific kindie bands rock out on stages all across the city, including one making their final stop here, one putting on their first NYC performance, a local one performing for free and one who will delight your tiny tots! The Golden Age of Family Music keeps on chugging along with these five fun and interactive live concert experiences for your whole family.
Elena Moon Park and Friends Present Rabbit Days and Dumplings
Saturday, March 2 at 12:00 pm
$15 Adults / $12 Kids
425 Lafayette Street
Now here’s a fun opportunity! You and your kids can be in attendance for the first ever live performance of a local musician with strong ties to kid’s music legend Dan Zanes. Elena Moon Park, who plays fiddle and mandolin for the big-haired Brooklynite, rounds up an eclectic group of her own friends to bring native East Asian folk music to the children of NYC, with a mix of languages and a myriad of instrumentation. Expect Japanese sea shanties to get on board with train songs not uncommon in Taiwanese homes. This one is gonna be brilliant!
Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 pm
$18 Adults / $13 Kids under 12 (cheaper for members)
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St.
The Baltimore band with a tasty name (and a 2010 Grammy nomination on their resume) returns to the city after a very long hiatus with a brand new record, their fifth and final one (oh no!). The upbeat songs on Got A Minute? are quick hitters meant for dancing fast and dancing wild. The young ladies in the crowd will fawn over lead singer Lisa Mathews’ eclectic style and energetic stage presence (not to mention her flowing pink & purple tutus.) This may very well be the group’s last show in the city, so we highly recommend you make plans to be there. It may be one of the best live family performances you’ve ever seen.
Shine and the Moonbeams
Saturday, March 9 at 4:00 pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street)
The modern kindie music scene has a heart and several funny bones, but for too long the community was missing its soul. Enter New York City’s own Shine and the Moonbeams, lead by the uber-talented vocalist Shawana Kemp. Now, thanks to funky R&B songs about best friends, overcoming bullies and great days, families have an all-ages soulful music experience waiting for them whenever they’re ready. Kemp’s voice is so stunning and powerful in a live setting, and the music so tight and thumping, that you and your kids simply must find your way to this free concert!
Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
$20 Adults / $13 Kids (cheaper for members)
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
The old-soul poet and kindie scene’s unofficial musical historian returns to his native land this month with a fresh batch of old blues, rags and riches from the early 20th century added to his already impressive family music repertoire thanks to the brilliant Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie. Randy Kaplan’s latest album for children and their elders speaks to the audacity and high ceiling of modern kid’s music. It can be delightfully offbeat and refreshingly obscure, but it’s still as captivating as anything you’ve ever shared with your child. And playing live, there are few solo artists more humorous and engaging for all ages in attendance than the one-of-a-kind Kaplan.
Sunday, March 17 at 11:00 am
$15 / under 2 free
200 Hudson Street
Each month, we like to offer up at least one kid’s concert recommendation for your littlest children that’ll fit better on them than a freshly taped diaper! With the kindie rock music scene exploding (see the 2013 Grammy children’s nominees and winner!) we don’t ever want to lose sight of the youngest ears in the crowd, and that’s exactly who Laura Doherty will be singing to at this concert. Her sweet voice, and sweeter songs about hot dogs, Ferris wheels, and farmer’s markets are gentle yet sophisticated singer-songwriter material that the entire family will enjoy, but tiny tots in particular will adore.
It’s another month of awesome concerts; will you be attending any with your little rock stars?
— Jeff Bogle