Introducing KindieComm: An Indie Take on Kids’ Music

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The first ever KindieComm is coming to World Cafe Live June 28 to 29th. “Kindie” refers to the growing field of independent kids’ music, a mixture of kid and indie. “Comm” refers to community, as the two-day event – put on by WXPN and its Kids Corner show – will bring together the diverse community of artists, publicists, bloggers, broadcasters and audiences who make up kindie.

In recent years, the field of kindie has been expanding rapidly, especially as access to technology increased. Pioneered by artists like Barry Lou Polisar (featured on the Juno soundtrack), kindie allows for kids’ musicians to create music outside the boundaries of conventional kids’ music. By increasing technological ease, artists are given broader audience access.

One of the great points about kindie is that the audience is not limited to kids. Some kindie artists, like They Might Be Giants, play songs that cater to both kids and adults. Shows like Yo Gabba Gabba often feature prominent artists like the Shins playing trippy kids’ music. Watch the Shins preform “It’s OK, Try Again” here.

KindieComm will feature presentations, collaborations and, of course, performances. On Saturday, there will be a host of workshops and discussion groups to address challenges in the industry. It will be capped off by a private industry show with the local Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band and Malaysian singer-songwriter Zee Avi as well as others.

Headlining the convention are the pop-folk, four-time Grammy nominated duo Trout Fishing in America. Through songs like “Martin Luther King & Rosa Parks” and “Big Round World” the duo aims to educate kids on serious topics like multiculturalism through catchy folk tunes. Nevertheless, they retaintheir trademark goofy, humorous style, especially in songs like “Curse of the Spinach”. Listen to the toe-tapping ditty of “Chicken Joe” below.

Other artists to look out for are Dan Zanes (of the Del Fuegos), Jennifer Gasoi, Lucky Diaz and Justin Roberts. Tickets and more information can be found here.


Kids Corner Music Festival returns to Union Transfer on 2/17

WXPN’s award-winning Kids Corner radio show kicks off its 25th Anniversary with a special Kids Corner Music Festival at Union Transfer on February 17th.  In addition to live music provided by The Not-Its! and Big Bang Boom, this event will feature a brief kid’s press conference, giving future journalists from local elementary and middle schools the opportunity to ask host Kathy O’Connell questions about Kids Corner’s storied history.  Frequenters of Kids Corner Music Festivals will be happy to hear that The Balloon Man will again be on site to create free balloon shapes for concert-goers.  Tickets and information for the Festival can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “First Kid in Outer Space” from The Not-Its!.



The Kids Corner Music Festival is heading to Central Pennsylvania tomorrow!

The folks over at Kids Corner are packing up the show this weekend and bringing it to Central Pennsylvania!  Hosted by Kathy O’Connell, the Kids Corner Music Festival will take over the brand-new Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center at Millersville University tomorrow, November 17th, for a day filled with family fun and great kids music from Steven Courtney + the Suitcase Musicians and The Diggity Dudes.

Seasoned Kids Corner Festival attendees will know to look for the balloon stand, where you can pick up a free balloon twist courtesy of Kids Corner and XPN.  Millersville students will also be running a “musical petting zoo” where you and your family can learn all about musical instruments and even create your own! Continue reading →


Tickets to the Kids Corner Music Festival (March 10th at Union Transfer) now available

From the Kids Corner folks:

“In March 2011 the Kids Corner Music Festivalmade its debut at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. We presented some of the newest sounds on Kids Corner to a sold-out room and had a blast with families from all across our listening area!

The response was so strong that we hosted a second Kids Corner Music Festival in November, taking it to Delaware and World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington. Over 800 people joined us for some great new music for families!

After that, we knew it was time to look to the future — and we began planning the 2012 Kids Corner Music Festival series! It starts with our next festival, Saturday March 10 at Philly’s newest music hall, Union Transfer!

Performing acts include Rolie Polie Guacamole, The Fuzzy Lemons, and Roy Handy And The Moonshot. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; tickets are $8 and can be purchased here.