Alastair Moock and Friends
A 2014 Grammy Nominee, Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, and three-time National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Medal Winner, Alastair Moock makes music for the whole family: kids, parents, and discerning pets. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin daughters in 2006.
Karen K and the Jitterbugs
One of the most buzzed about bands for families and kids on the East Coast, Karen K & the Jitterbugs have received multiple national awards, including a Parents Choice Award and Best KidVid of 2014 for their smash hit video (I Woke Up in a) Fire Truck. Called "pure pop confection" by Zooglobble, the Boston Globe says the Jitterbugs "have a spiky, power-pop sheen that makes them fun for the whole family."
Karen K is also the Kids Really Rock creator and producer. Find out more about Karen & the Jitterbugs on their website: www.karenkjitterbugs.com.
A Latin GRAMMY nominated musician, Mister G is a leading figure in the children’s music world. A former indie rocker who was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music, Mister G (aka Ben Gundersheimer) toured internationally prior to earning a Master of Education and becoming a full-time family musician and teaching artist.
Debbie and Friends
Debbie & Friends is a Boston-based band that plays variety pop/rock styles and the songs are interactive and engaging. Puppets and cartoons are part of every show. Winner of more than 20 National Awards including CBS Boston Best Local Children’s Musician & Nickelodeon Parents Pick Award. Debbie and Friends also has a song on a 2011 Grammy Award-Winning CD for Best Children’s Album. Debbie’s shows are engaging, interactive, and fun!
Ben Rudnick and Friends
Ben Rudnick & Friends play the hippest family music around. With countless awards to their credit, including SEVEN Parent’s Choice awards, their adventurous, high-energy blend of happy, upbeat acoustic music is guaranteed to entertain the entire family. Bending musical styles from country to bluegrass, rock to second-line New Orleans, their original songs and fun takes on familiar tunes make you sing, make you dance and make you happy.
Josh and the Jamtones
Josh & the Jamtones is an interactive/ultra-powered live band musical explosion guaranteed to get crowds of any age moving their bodies and singing along. The band blends roots/reggae/ska stylings, feel-good pop, folk punk, country ballads, New Orleans-style street music & family-friendly improv comedy all into a frenetic ball of kids music awesomeness, culminating in two critically-acclaimed family records: “Jump Up,” & the recently released “Bear Hunt!” album. Visit their website: http://www.joshandthejamtones.com
Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys
Music for kids can be entertaining and enjoyable for both children and their parents.
This is the mandate behind Matt Heaton’s kid music, a style he calls "toddlerbilly." His songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, american roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun. Matt performs solo and also with his three-piece band, The Outside Toys.
Stacey Peasley Band
Stacey Peasley and her band perform joyful, lively and inventive music for children at schools, fundraisers, events, and concertsin and around the Boston area. CDs include “Together” and “Lucky Day.” Recognitions include Parents’ Choice Approved Award 2014; Creative Child Magazine CD of the Year Award 2014 and 2012; Parents’ Choice Recommended Award 2011; and Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick Award Best Party Entertainer 2010.
Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys
Vanessa Trien has been dedicating her performing life to kids and families since 2005, most of those years in collaboration with her lively folk/roots/pop band, Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys. She has three Parents’ Choice award-winning family CDs and is releasing her fourth and possibly her finest record, "Wonderful YOU," on October 14, 2016.
Vanessa packs concert halls, preschool fundraisers and outdoor venues throughout the Northeast with dancing families. She is known for her highly interactive shows, featuring plenty of group singing and movement. One of her most requested songs, "Tickle Monster", has everyone sneaking around on tip toe and then on queue, all start tickling each other! Just like her latest "Wonderful YOU" album ,which celebrates YOU, the listener, along with your family, friends, neighbors and broader community around you, Vanessa’s shows are all about YOU as well, creating a joyful musical community with you at the center of the fun.
KB Whirly is a magical, groovy, one-man band stomping out rustic beats on his back pack drum kit - while blowin’ a harmonica, strummin’ a guitar, and singin’ with passion, charm, and humor. It’s a musical experience that engages and entertains the whole family. KB Whirly regularly creates songs on the spot using stories, words, and images from the the audience. A 2014 Parents Choice Award winner.