KindieComm friend and Kindie musician Jason Didner (of Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam) invited KindieComm co-director Robert Drake to join him by phone and chat about the history of KindieComm as well as the hopes for KindieComm 2015! Drake walks us through what to expect and look forward to at this year’s gathering for children’s music professionals and Jason shares some of his fun memories from the 2014 inaugural KindieComm.
A must-listen for anyone considering attending KindieComm 2015 this March in Philadelphia!
For those arriving to Philadelphia Friday March 20 – be sure to join us for the KindieComm Happy Hour in the Upstairs Live venue at World Cafe Live from 4-7pm! Learn how to properly say Yuengling – America’s oldest operating brewery (located right outside Philly) while enjoying $2 Yuengling bottles (light/black & tan) and $3 lager drafts. Plus there are other bar specials 4-6pm as well as $5 apps and $3 fries (we highly recommend the eggplant fries!).
Afterward, there are several places to dine Friday night, all within a few block radius. One that we recommend is The Fat Ham – steered by the winner of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef: Season 7” Kevin Spraga.
After winning Top Chef, Kevin returned home and opened the award-winning Spraga Restaurant in Center City Philadelphia. Soon after, he opened The Fat Ham here in University City section of Philly, embracing Southern cooking. Just this summer, Kevin opened his third restaurant – Juniper Commons – celebrating the positive elements of 80s cuisine along with a yummy oyster bar.
The Fat Ham is right down the block from World Cafe Live — one of several wonderful restaurants in our neighborhood. Once on site here at KindieComm, be sure to thumb through our Menu Guide that will be at the Registration Table for other ideas. We’ll be posting about each of them in the coming weeks, with the hope that you can take time to make new friends and collaborate on new ideas over good food and great conversation all weekend long at KindieComm!
Hosting the KindieComm Industry Showcase are two powerful voices who truly LOVE Kindie music; Kids Corner/WXPN-FM host Kathy O’Connell and Kids Place Live/SiriusXM host Mindy Thomas!
Kathy has been championing radio for kids for over 30 years, first as host of Small Things Considered in New York City, then co-host of America’s first national kids radio program KIDS AMERICA, followed by hosting Kids Corner in Philadelphia on WXPN-FM (now into its 28th year!). When not hanging at Kids Corner, Kathy loves her dog, her passion for classic television and all things Soupy Sales!
As host of the Absolutely Mindy Show – part of Kids Place Live on SiriusXM – Mindy considers it just an excuse to prolong her own childhood, which she spent sitting in her closet playing radio. She had the number one radio station in the whole house, and this gave her confidence to try it after college. When she’s not busy talking into her hairbrush microphone, she can be found playing in the great outdoors, teaching her cat how to smile, trying to learn the banjo, paying parking tickets, or dancing like a hillbilly!
Just as we did in our inaugural year, KindieComm has selected a mix of established Kindie artists as well as those just entering the wonderful world of Kindie to create another great KindieComm Industry Showcase!
One of the things we love most about KindieComm is the fact that the gathering helps stregthen and grow the unique and wonderful world that is Kindie! Musicians meeting media-folk meeting public relation peeps meeting talent buyers… it is truly a magical weekend.
For proof – check out this exclusive video footage, shot in a hotel room late one night… (TMZ, eat your heart out!)
The rumors are true … Bob McGrath will travel down from Sesame Street to KindieComm 2015 and join us for an afternoon of colorful chatter and a few classic sing alongs! Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell will cap off a day of network and socializing by placing Bob ‘In The Spotlight’ on the stage of World Cafe Live for a candid chat. It promises to be both joyful and inspiring!
Learn more about Bob here … and be sure to register for KindieComm 2015 soon … early-bird registration expires February 21! Click the Registration button atop the column to the right.
Also – check out this classic clip of Bob and his friends on Sesame Street during its debut year, 1969!