2014 Industry Showcase

World Cafe Live in Philadelphia

World Cafe Live in Philadelphia

As part of KindieComm, we are excited to introduce:

The KindieComm Industry Showcase
Saturday, June 28
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
- starting 8pm

The Industry Showcase will continue the tradition of being basically a party for people doing music for families, with dozens of musicians gathering together to play for each other and folks in the industry. Held within the beautiful World Cafe Live venue – which was built from the ground-up with the musician in mind – the showcase is a chance to celebrate the wild, wonderful world of Kindie! This event will be a private, industry-only event; only those registered to attend KindieComm will be admitted. 21+

We will also be producing the Kids Corner Music Festival @ KindieComm showcase for the general public on Sunday, June 29 at World Cafe Live! Tickets to Sunday’s show are separate from your registration and you can reserve yours ($15 per) when you register for KindieComm.

Early Bird Registration for KINDIECOMM (until May 1) is just $75 – after May 23, registration for KINDIECOMM is $90.

(registration includes free continental breakfast and a free box lunch)


To secure a hotel room at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel – located just a few short blocks from World Cafe Live – click http://tinyurl.com/mq7uf35 

To learn more about World Cafe Live, click http://philly.worldcafelive.com

The KindieComm Industry Showcase Lineup
Saturday, June 28, 8pm-Midnight

(in alphabetical order)

(Philadelphia, PA) Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band is revolutionizing music and entertainment for children…contagious rhythms and lyrics that grab your heart and soul and don’t let go! The lyrics are life lessons, beautiful stories, teachings, exploration of emotions, revealed through incredibly moving music that captivates audiences of every age…an answer to parents’ prayers for entertainment that combines fun and learning through the power of music.

(San Francisco, CA) Alphabet Rockers provides a dance party of learning through beats, rhymes, and movement. It’s family-friendly hip hop music! their energetic educational shows feature beatboxing, fun and easy to learn contemporary dance moves, interactive theatrical skits promoting healthy living, and more. In addition, Alphabet Rockers released an iPhone app with educational games and are producing a TV series.

(Kensington, MD) Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are talented singers, songwriters, instrumentalists, educators and record producers. The two-time GRAMMY Award-winning duo are a formidable powerhouse of sound, with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music. Their superb harmonies are ready to engage and entertain audiences of all ages, with a broad following in family music and in American Roots styles.

(Midlothian, VA) After many years of playing “grown up music,” Diggity Dudes Mike Hartsfield and Donny Atkins began writing a catalog of catchy songs for their kids. The Dudes decided if their kids liked what they heard, others would too! The Diggity Dudes play hip music for hip kids and their equally hip parents. A typical set covers everything from pet rocks to disco moves to science experiments to presidential physical fitness, all delivered via ultra-catchy melodies over funky and danceable grooves.

(New Orleans, LA) Jazzy Ash grew up influenced by the music from her mother’s hometown of New Orleans, as well as by her father’s Trinidadian culture. After having two children of her own, Ash developed an interactive music program based on education and diversity development. The diverse melodies reflect the playful sounds of early New Orleans jazz, zydeco, be-bop, and swing – crafted to be approachable for young ears. Cats of all ages are gonna dig it!

(Brooklyn, NY) The songs that Joanie Leeds began turning out reflected this sense that life is a joyful adventure. Entertaining at birthday parties and pre- schools soon progressed into concert performances nationwide and generated material for five full length CDs: City Kid, Challah Challah, I’m A Rock Star, What A Zoo and Bandwagon!  Joanie has also released a full length DVD, City Kid Live and is currently working on a new CD while maintaining a busy teaching and performance schedule.

(West Columbia, SC & Lewisburg, PA) Both established Kindie artists (Molly with her band Lunch Money and Billy as both a soloist and leader of Billy Kelly & The Blah Blah Blahs), this is a perfect example of the Kindie community in action.  Molly and Billy connected at previous Kindie gatherings and have collaborated together to create some new music, which they will debut for us at KindieComm 2014. Experience the magic that is Kindie!

(Washington, DC) During his years in Paraguay with the Peace Corps, Nick founded Paraguay’s (then) only bluegrass band Duck Soup.  Once in DC, Nick formed The Family Hammer. This year Nick released a folk CD for kids/families, inspired shortly after he began performing traditional folk music with his 11-year-old future stepson, Ukweli. Many of the songs reflect Ukweli’s imagination and favorite things, and Ukweli sings harmonies on nearly half of the songs on the CD.

(McCall, ID) Play Date consists of husband-and-wife duo Greg Attonito (lead vocalist for NJ punk icons The Bouncing Souls) and singer/songwriter Shanti Wintergate. The duo released a children s book, I Went for a Walk, and toured the US doing readings and playing music from which sprang the concept for Play Date. Together, they created an entire album of top-drawer music for the whole family – euphonious, upbeat and well-crafted songs to delight the ears and more refreshing than an ice-cold lemonade on a hot summer day.

(Seattle, WA) Three teachers who make kids music that grows out of their days in their classroom. They continue to be praised across the country for singable, danceable songs that parents enjoy as much as their kids. Praised by People, Time and NPR for their pitch-perfect understanding of what gets kids excited, Recess Monkey is known for prolific album output, high-energy live shows and laugh-out-loud funny lyrics that capture the essence of being young.

(Brooklyn, NY) Walter Martin of The Walkmen has released his debut solo album ‘We’re All Young Together’, calling it a family record filled with warmth and humor because that’s the kind of art he likes – stuff that makes everyone feel welcome. As Walter says, ‘it’s a serious record disguised as a not serious record.’ The album features guest appearances by Karen O & Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Matt Berninger of The National, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Kat Edmonson, and more.

(Los Angeles, CA) Zee Avi is a Malaysian singer/songwriter, guitarist, ukulele player and the winner of The International Youth Icon Award in 2011, which has lead to inspirational speaking engagements to young people around the world. Zee has extensively toured playing several prestigious festivals including Borneo’s Rain Forest World Music Festival, Australia’s Byron Bay Festival, San Francisco’s Noise Pop, Austin’s South by Southwest, Mountain Jam in New York, Lilith Fair, Bonnaroo and Street Scene in San Diego.

The Kids Corner Music Festival @ KindieComm
Sunday, June 29, 11am-1:30pm

(Prairie Grove, AR) Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet, the musicians of Trout Fishing in America, met in Houston more than three decades ago and have been playing together ever since. Their music has won GRAMMY nods, multiple Parents’ Choice and Indie awards and their songwriting workshops have been described as “life changing for many. Considered the ‘house band’ of Kids Corner, Trout Fishing In America continue to enjoy performing to generations of ears, time and time again.

(Brooklyn, NY) Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, Mexican son jarocho, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. With his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, he has toured around the world sharing his handmade 21st century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. For more than a decade, GRAMMY Award winner Dan Zanes has been presenting his musical friends to the world.

(Los Angeles, CA) Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis have been named ‘THE face of kindie music’ by the Washington Post, ‘The Rolling Stones of Kids Music’ by the Style Network, and PEOPLE Magazine called their album the #1 in COOLEST kids music! They create indie music sounds that are rooted in their whimsical child-friendly imaginations This year,  ¡Fantastico! became the first album ever to win a Latin GRAMMY by an American group in its category; Best Children’s Album in 2014.

(Montreal, CA) 2014 GRAMMY Award Winner for Best Children’s Album and two-time JUNO nominated singer/songwriter Jennifer Gasoi is quickly making a name for herself in the world of Kindie music. Jennifer has a unique gift for writing and performing upbeat, intelligent, jazz-based children’s songs that adults love too. The lyrics are clever, the melodies catchy, and the rhythms undeniably danceable. Jennifer is passionate about living life to the fullest and creating music and live shows that reflect this passion.

(Chicago, IL) Justin Roberts is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children’s show business. With numerous national awards, GRAMMY nominations, industry recognition and a devoted fan base, Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.

6 comments on “2014 Industry Showcase

  1. junglegymjam says:

    Good luck to all the mega-talented and imaginative kindie acts out there! Many of you inspire me to do my best work by the force of your creations (and you give my 3-year-old some great tunes to groove to!)

  2. Mr. Chris says:

    Right On!…and well said! – being a kindie artist is by far the grooviest thing I’ve ever done in my life (well…..next to getting married & making babies!!) – peace & love to you all

  3. Sukey says:

    Fantastic! Wish we could be there!

  4. Awesome line-ups all around. Looking forward to being there!

  5. See you all in the City of Brotherly Love in just a few days! Looking forward to our day together!

  6. […] KindieComm, a brand new music conference, debuts this weekend at World Cafe Live Philadelphia. WXPN’s award winning program for children, Kids Corner, hosts the only independent music conference for family entertainers paired with a music festival specifically designed for kids ages 12 & under. Saturday evening is 21 years old +  industry only showcase for family musicians and those who promote them and play their music.  Sunday morning starts the family day with performances from Kids Corner favorites Trout Fishing In America, pictured above, Dan Zanes, and others. […]

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