May 1, 2012

Mad. Sq. Kids 2012 Lineup!


Mad. Sq. Kids: Celebrating the 10-Year Anniversary of Live Children’s Music in Madison Square Park Begins June 12

Madison Square Park Conservancy is thrilled to present its 10th season of Mad. Sq. Kids, a series of free outdoor performances for children and their families that takes place rain or shine in the Park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30am, June 12 to August 9.

“Engagement through arts and culture is a vital educational outlet for the children of our community,” said Ashley Vitha, Program Manager at the Madison Square Park Conservancy. The Conservancy has invited to the Mad. Sq. Kids stage a roster of authentic “Family Bands” with musical virtuosity, witty lyrics, and energetic tunes, which parents will want to sing along to as much as their children.

The Mad. Sq. Kids 2012 Lineup

June 12 – Audra Rox

June 14 – The Deedle Deedle Dees

June 19 – Alastair Moock and Friends

June 21 – Robbi K & Friends

June 26
 – Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo

June 28 – Shine and the Moonbeams

July 3 – The Itty Biddies

July 5 – Moona Luna

July 10 – The Wiyos

July 12 – David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band

July 17 – Bubble do Beatles

July 19 – WeBop Family Jazz Party with Matt Wilson

July 24 – Songs for Seeds

July 26 – Recess Monkey

July 31 – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band

August 2 – Princess Katie & Racer Steve

August 7 – The Suzi Shelton Band

August 9 – Father Goose

More artist information below. The Park is located in the heart of the Flatiron District at 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Mad. Sq. Kids is sponsored by New York Life and Ace Hotel.

The 2012 Mad. Sq. Kids Lineup:

June 12
 – Audra Rox crowned by Time Out Kids as the “Queen of the NY Kids Rock Scene,” has been crafting catchy, smart rock music for cool kids for over 12 years. She has played the Mad. Sq. Kid’s music series every year since it’s inception & is thrilled to kick off their 10th anniversary season!

June 14 
- The Deedle Deedle Dees are a Brooklyn based educational rock band, which Paste magazine hailed as one of the top “Music Picks for Families” in 2011.

June 19 –  Alastair Moock and Friends, 2011 Gold Award Winner of NAPPA and 2012 Silver Award Winner of Parent’s Choice awards has a unique blend of American tradition and original, inspired silliness.

June 21  – Robbi K & Friends presents interactive concerts suited for dancing to jazz, pop, and world music grooves for today’s kids and parents.

June 26 –  Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo is a unique new method of enriching children’s innate musicality and overall development created by 2012 Grammy Award winner for Best Children’s Album, Oran Etkin. Etkin incorporates melodies and rhythms from all over the world teaching that music at its best is full of life, spontaneous and direct from the heart.

June 28  – Shine and the Moonbeams create a soulful musical extravaganza that captures the sweetness, uncertainty and simplicity of youth.

July 3  – The Itty Biddies soaring vocals, sweet ukulele, melodic piano, groovy bass and fat drums will leave you singing and dancing all the way home.

July 5  – Moona Luna is the passionate second project of Mexican-American songwriter Sandra Velasquez and her Latin band Pistolera. Inspired by the birth of her daughter, Velasquez wrote an albums’ worth of bilingual songs geared for families.

July 10  – The Wiyos transport us back to the 1920s and ‘30s by inviting kids and adults alike to holler, stomp and sing along to old-time American folk music.

July 12  – David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band “It’s no exaggeration to say that Weinstone has changed the musical geography of New York” (Time Out New York). Songs are geared towards New York youth with themes relating to subways, elevators, taxis, fights, playdates and other realities of a city kid’s life — perfect for our Mad. Sq. Kids!

July 17- 
Bubble do Beatles perform a free concert of Fab Four’s early rock n’ roll classic for kids. They promise to have everyone twisting and shouting “yeah yeah yeah”!

July 19  – WeBop Family Jazz Party with Matt Wilson Drummer Matt Wilson will be joined by a slew of friends for a WeBop Family Jazz Party! Music for little people and the big people who love them to enjoy together — dancing, singing and jamming out with whatever you’ve got.

July 24  – Songs for Seeds is a rockin’ children’s band that encourages kids ages newborn – 5 years to sing, play along with a live guitarist, keyboardist and drummer as well as dance and move as much as possible.

July 26  – Recess Monkey is the Seattle band of three elementary school teachers who have been taking the “kindie rock” community by storm for their catchy melodies, hysterical videos and kid-driven songs.

July 31  –   The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is one of the highest energy kids’ rock bands ever to break out of NYC and voted the Best Kids Band by the readers of Time Out Kids.

August 2  – Princess Katie & Racer Steve never fail to put on   a high energy, family-friendly rock ‘n’ roll show that will have everyone laughing and singing. Aol Shopping describes PKRS as “kids’ music that parents love…it’s time to get to know Princess Katie & Racer Steve. The band is a wonderful breath of fresh air in the world of children’s entertainment.”

August 7  – The Suzi Shelton Band combines catchy tunes and hip musical sensibilities. Dance along to Suzi’s latest collection of playful pop-rock tunes about real-life kid issues. “It was a kiddie Woodstock… the crowd went nuts for Suzi Shelton singing ‘Road Trip!'” (The Brooklyn Paper)

August 9  – Father Goose The King of the Dance Party takes us on a musical flight through different cultures with the Goose’s energetic mix of reggae, hip hop, funk, folktales and other Caribbean flavors. This season closer promises to have the entire family dancing

About Madison Square Park Conservancy

The Madison Square Park Conservancy is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping historic Madison Square Park a bright, beautiful and lively public park. The Conservancy works in partnership with the City of New York/Parks & Recreation to operate Madison Square Park and is responsible for raising all funds necessary to operate the park, including horticulture, park maintenance, sanitation, security and free cultural programs for park visitors of all ages.