Archives for November 4, 2013

THE DIRTY SOCK FUNTIME BAND IS BACK! with THE DIRTY SOCKS COME CLEAN featuring special guest LAURIE BERKNER

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“The Dirty Sock Funtime Band:  This band may have the perfect name for dancing feet.  The group’s music is a signature mix of rock, funk, hip-hop and country.”  — The New York Times

“Don’t let the wigs and bright clothes fool you:  The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is the closest thing to arena rock that the New York kids’ music scene has got.”  — Time Out New York Kids
NEW YORK — They’re back!  That wild Technicolor musical adventure known as The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is poised to hit the ground running with the October release of their all-new CD, The Dirty Socks Come Clean, featuring kids’ music luminary Laurie Berkner as special guest.

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band burst onto the national scene when hits “Dino-Soaring,” “Music Everywhere,” and “No Good Reason Party” aired as music videos on Nick Jr.’s Jack’s Big Music Show, demonstrating a fun, musically intelligent, and rocking side of the kids’ music scene that few had experienced before.  The band’s high energy, thoroughly irresistible music has literally circled the globe through live performances at U.S. Navy bases in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, along with wildly acclaimed outings from coast to coast in the U.S.

The Dirty Socks Come Clean gives kids the grooves to get them dancing, the stories to keep them listening, and a host of outrageous characters, with humor that’s wild and crazy but never cloying.  The stunning impact of the band’s energy is balanced by the cleverness of its compositions and the smartness of lyrics that offer large words and large ideas.  For parents, the songs are just plain good rock music, filled with hip, witty references and absolutely superb musicality.

Inhabiting a world where anything can happen, The Dirty Socks Come Clean runs an extraordinary gamut of musical styles, from “We’re in Love,” a bit of laid-back 1930s swing where kids’ music superstar Laurie Berkner fronts the band with a “pitch perfect” girl singer lead, to the steel pan-drenched Caribbean calypso rhythms of Soca in the humorous “Garbage Bugs,” to “I’m Hungry,” where Eastern European flavors of gypsy and klezmer blend in a tantalizing dish of zany wordplay.  “Hold of the Sun” offers driving vocals (with a tip of the hat to The Beatles) and a hot Stratocaster-type guitar solo, while the African-flavored “Danceology” offers an even hotter horn line that sizzles with pure dance music fever. The Dirty Socks Come Clean balances these energy blasts with several tender and heartfelt ballads like “Mama’s Song,” co-written by Chris Barron of Spin Doctors.

Known as the highest energy kids’ rock band ever to break out of NYC,The Dirty Sock Funtime Band is an outgrowth of Kids Creative, a tremendously successful, non-profit rock ‘n’ roll peace education program for NYC kids in which, among other activities, schoolchildren write and perform original rock ‘n’ roll musicals.  Since the establishment of Kids Creative in 2000, enthusiastic parents had been urging co-founders, brothers Stephen and Adam Jacobs, to make available to the general public the music they’d been writing for and with the kids.  Notes Adam Jacobs, “We were writing music for our Kids Creative classes and distributing as many as six albums to families every year.  We needed a name for the band in order to release our first album, The Search and Rescue of Genius Backpack, and Stephen came up with ‘The Dirty Sock Funtime Band.’  We played our first live show in March 2004, and the rest is history.”

My son and I received this CD to review and it is high energy and packed with fun songs! We give it a thumbs up! It has songs that kids will love!

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Check out The Dirty Sock Funtime Band’s website!

Self Disclosure: We received a CD to facilitate this feature. Images Credit: The Dirty Socks Funtime Band.

With Chanukah Coming So Early This year, We’ve Found the Perfect DVD to Help You Prepare KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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This debut DVD from beloved vocalist Mama Doni offers a range of music styles all celebrating the Jewish holidays of Chanukah, Passover and Shabbat. Doni sings and dances and cooks as she shares stories about the history of these holidays and how to celebrate them. Eric Lindberg, her talented musician accompanies her on the guitar, dobro, ganjo, mandolin and ukele. As 11-year-old KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Canela R says, “I think what this film teaches families is that celebrating holidays is fun even if it is not your practiced religion.” See her full review below.

 

Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party

By KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Canela R

Full video review available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lDxgUOkU-s

Do you know what Chanukah, Passover and Shabbat are?  Whether or not you do, you’ll have a blast watching Mama Doni in this very fun three-episode Holiday Party DVD.

 This DVD is great for when you want to celebrate a Jewish holiday but you don’t know how. Doni tells you everything you need to know about getting into the holiday spirit – the Jewish Holiday Spirit, as she takes you through the Winter Holiday of Chanukah, the spring holiday of Passover and the weekly holiday of Shabbat.

The main character, of course, is Mama Doni. She has many friends, young and old, that pop in throughout the show.  But she is the star!  We learn about all three holidays thru some new takes on old Jewish songs as well as some new songs.  They are all upbeat and fun to listen to.  She also tells many great stories as she guides us through her kitchen and shares some wonderful recipes on classic dishes like latkes, challah bread and a new one I wouldn’t call an old classic but something that I sure want to try – matzo pizza!

My 8-year-old sister and I were so inspired that we made the Challah Bread and the Latkes right away.  They were both very delicious!

I like the lighting and how it compliments Mama Doni’s face.  She is such an energetic and appealing host. With all the movement going on, the camera man does a great job by giving us clear and steady shots. I also enjoyed the editing because it isn’t too fast or too slow and I like seeing Mama Doni in different settings and outfits.

I think what this film teaches families is that celebrating holidays is fun even if it is not your practiced religion.  I’d even say these three episodes have nothing to do with religion at all as it celebrates the Jewish Culture and not whose God you believe in.

I give this show 5 out of 5 stars because it is lively and there is never a dull moment.

I think this film is appropriate for all ages because you can watch these three episodes and learn new interesting stuff with your family that you have never experienced before.

Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party is available on DVD.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS ROCKIN ’EVER AFTER COMING TO THE SOUTHLAND DECEMBER 11, 2013 – JANUARY 5, 2014

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**Featuring the Ice Skating Debut of Merida from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE**

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Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, an all-new live production coming to the Southland!  A cast of world-class skaters brings your favorite moments from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast to life in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom.

Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the Academy Award-winning Disney•Pixar film, BRAVE, competes to win the heart of adventurous, sharp-shooting Merida, making her on-ice debut!  Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel.  A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle.  It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this superstar line-up to Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire and Long Beach!

L O S  A N G E L E S

WHEN: Wednesday, December 11 – Sunday, December 15

  • Wednesday, December 11 – 7:30PM

  • Thursday, December 12  – 7:30PM

  • Friday, December 13 – 11:30AM & 7:30PM

  • Saturday, December 14 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM

  • Sunday, December 15 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM

WHERE: STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22-$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*

Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*
Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.      *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

A N A H E I M

WHEN: Tuesday, December 17 – Sunday, December 22

  • Tuesday, December 17 – 7:30PM

  • Wednesday, December 18 – 7:30PM

  • Thursday, December 19  –  10:30AM & 7:30PM

  • Friday, December 20 – 1:30PM & 7:30PM

  • Saturday, December 21 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM

  • Sunday, December 22 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM

DISNEY ON ICE presents ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER / December 11, 2013 – January 5, 2014

WHERE: Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22–$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*

Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or HondaCenter.com, charge by phone at

800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

O N T A R I O

WHEN: Wednesday, December 25 – Sunday, December 29

  • Wednesday, December 25 – 6:00PM

  • Thursday, December 26 – 7:00PM

  • Friday, December 27 – 12:00PM & 7:00PM

  • Saturday, December 28 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM

  • Sunday, December 29 – 1:00PM & 5:00PM

WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22-$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*

Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*
Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.      *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

L O N G  B E A C H

WHEN: Wednesday, January 1  – Sunday, January 5

  • Wednesday, January 1 – 6:00PM

  • Thursday, January 2 –  7:30PM

  • Friday, January 3 – 11:30am & 7:30PM

  • Saturday, January 4 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM

  • Sunday, January 5 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM

WHERE: Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802-4825

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22-$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*

Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at

800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

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About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year.  Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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