Friday, April 3
4:00-6:30pm: KindieComm Happy Hour
For those arriving Friday, join us upstairs at World Cafe Live for a bit of Philly love! Cash bar and menu available – and the KindieComm Registration table will be open so you can grab your name badge and check in!
8:00-11:00pm: KindieComm SongShare
Having heard the requests at past gatherings, we’ve once again created a dedicated space where you can join other KindieComm attendees and perform one of your songs for welcoming ears. This peer event will be supervised by Karen Kalafatas (Karen K and The Jitterbugs), Devin Walker (The Uncle Devin Show) and Ann Torralba (Little Miss Ann) who will keep things moving smoothly. A small sound system along with a few mics/stands and cables will be on hand. Each musician will get five minutes to share a song of theirs with the room. Keep that in mind when choosing which song you want to play – easy in, easy out. If you’d rather, you can sing to track to demonstrate the full sound of the song you’re performing. We’ll provide an RCA to 1/8″ cable so you can plug directly into your smartphone/tablet/laptop.
Bottom line – treat this like an open mic – be ready to plug and play!
The KindieComm SongShare will be located in the Fairmount Suite within the Sheraton University City hotel (host hotel for KindieComm) at 36th and Chestnut Sts. Within the suite there will be some complementary lite bites courtesy of KindieComm along with a cash bar to whet your whistle! Click the SongShare tab at the top of the page to sign up in advance!
Saturday, April 4
*all KindieComm events will be in the Upstairs Cafe of World Cafe Live unless noted
8:30am ~ Free Continental Breakfast
… & free coffee/tea all day – plus cash bar all day
The 2020 itinerary is almost complete – waiting for a few final confirmations. Once received, we’ll post the rundown here!
4:00-6:30pm ~ Dinner Break
… a list of nearby locations will be offered as dining options
7-11pm ~ KindieComm Industry Showcase
… featuring musicians representing the wide scope of the wonderful world of Kindie!
Details on the 2020 KindieComm Industry Showcase can be found here.
Sunday, April 5
10:30am ~ The Kids Corner Concert @ World Cafe Live
tickets to this event are $15 / KindieComm attendees can purchase discounted tickets ($10) when they register for KindieComm 2020.
We are honored to welcome the legendary storyteller BILL HARLEY as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of his seminal album “I’m Gonna Let It Shine – A Gathering of Voices for Freedom” with live performances of historic civil right anthems, featuring some special guests AND the KindieComm Community Choir (which you are encouraged to join, if you’re making it a weekend!) – additionally, Bill will demonstrate just why he is so beloved with a few classic stories!
A two-time Grammy winner, he is vibrant, outrageous, unpredictable and genuine with songs and stories about growing up, schooling and what it is to be human—our connections with one another and with the planet we share. Best known for his work with children and families, his ability to navigate through a confusing world with humor and wisdom is evident in his masterful storytelling, singing, recordings and books. Recognized by audiences and peers as one of the finest performing storytellers in the country, his work has influenced a generation of children, parents, performing artists and educators.
photo credit: Erin X. Smithers
The KindieComm Mailroom
Be sure to take advantage of the KindieComm Mailroom – a designated area where Kindie artists can drop off their latest CDs, media kits and more to select Kindie media folk. This area will be staffed all day long and be equipped with extra pens/paper for those last-minute personalized notes you might want to include with your items. The purpose of the KindieComm Mailroom is to relieve the stress of hunting down every broadcaster, blogger and talent buyer in attendance. By utilizing this free service, everyone can relax and make the most of their KindieComm experience!
Getting To KindieComm
To those traveling to Philly via Amtrak or the SEPTA Airport Line, you’ll get off at 30th Street Station and exit the building at 30th Street. To get to the Sheraton Philadelphia University City hotel (our host hotel), you can either take a taxi or – if the weather is nice, just walk west (up numbers) on Market Street from 30th Street to 36th Street and make a left – go one block to Chestnut and there you are.
To reach World Cafe Live from the hotel, just walk straight down Chestnut Street (same direction as the traffic) from 36th to 31st Street. Make a right and enter World Cafe Live via the lower level Donor Alley entrance. Once inside you can take the grand staircase to the upstairs Walnut Street entrance – or simply use the elevator (PRESS 4).
If you’re coming directly from 30th Street Station to World Cafe Live, just walk south on 30th Street two blocks to 30th and Walnut Street (dead end) and make a right. World Cafe Live is a half-block in at 3025. Both entrances have signage.