Archives for June 20, 2017

Sally is Pet of the Week!

Sally, June 22 Pet of the Week

Sweet, shy little Sally is a lovely female (as most calicos are) 2-year-old. At first, Sally’s bashful, but when she gets to know you, she’s affectionate and full of fun. Want to dilly-dally with Sally? Meet her at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A590031.


(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Latin Grammy and Emmy Award-winners LUCKY DIAZ and the FAMILY JAM BAND Launch National Summer Family Concert Tour, Celebrating the Release of a New Album MADE IN LA

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Latin GRAMMY and EMMY Award winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band embark on a busy summer of family performances around the nation.  The band, led by Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, present interactive, multi-cultural, mixed language and movement based musical performances for children and adults. Catch details of the tour, celebrating the release of their forthcoming album Made in LA, at, and download the colorful summer tour poster via Instagram.
The tour began in late May with shows in Beijing, China. In July, they’ll play at Madison Square Park in New York, and in August they perform onstage at Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Then, they return to Southern California to perform at Echo Park, the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena and Grand Plaza (Grand Performances) in the heart of Los Angeles.


                    Highlighted shows this summer:

  • June 9 – 10 – Libraries in OH
  • June 12 – 15: Libraries in Tulsa, OK
  • June 25: Ann Arbor Festival, MI
  • June 30: Land of Nod, Oak Brook, IL
  • July 1: Arlington Heights Fest, IL
  • July 27: Madison Square Park, NYC
  • August 3 – 4: Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
  • August 6: Echo Park Rising, Los Angeles, CA
  • August 10: Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena, CA
  • August 13: Grand Performances, Los Angeles (“Peter y la loba”)
  • August 16 – 17: Libraries in Portland, OR
  • August 19: City of Shoreline Festival, WA
  • September 17: Wiggle Out Loud Festival, Oklahoma City, OK

More about Made in LA


Incubated in the dreamy sunscape of Southern California, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band deliver their most energetic and eclectic album yet.Made in LA, due out on July 21, features a who’s who of the family music scene in Los Angeles, including Genevieve Goings (Choo Choo Soul), Mike Phirman (SiriusXM), Todd McHatton, Andrew & Polly and Mista Cookie Jar.Made in LA was produced mostly in Los Angeles with scintillating sonic help from Grammy nominee Frances England and Grammy winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Dean Jones.


The sights, sounds and tastes of the city run throughout these 12 original songs, from “Silver Lake Stairs” to “Echo Park” and “Fiesta de la Brea.” The dreamy optimism of “Magic Believers” gives way to the humorous reality of rush-hour themed “Traffic,” and “When It Rained” will resonate with any listener who’s experienced the recent torrential weather in So Cal. The bilingual single “Paletero Man” recently debuted on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Credit: Sugar Mountain PR.

It’s a ‘Summer of Lemonade’ for Justin Roberts Grammy nominated artist performs all-ages shows throughout Chicagoland and in other cities, now through September

8/31/16 1:27:37 PM --Justin Roberts Promo Photography for his upcoming album "Lemonade"  © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

8/31/16 1:27:37 PM –Justin Roberts Promo Photography for his upcoming album “Lemonade” © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016.




 Two-time Grammy nominee Justin Roberts announces his ‘Summer of Lemonade’ tour, which includes all-ages library and festival performances at various venues around Chicagoland, plus shows in Minnesota, Ohio, and California. Roberts kicked off his summer tour with his Not Ready for Naptime Players at Chicago’s Printer’s Row Lit Fest on June 10, where he also read from his new picture book, The Great Henry Hopendower.


Justin Roberts is known for his smart lyrics and sophisticated pop-rock music.Lemonade is an unplugged collection of original tunes, featuring guest performances by Robbie Fulkes and several other Chicago musical luminaries. Critical response has been completely positive: Paste magazine calls Lemonade “a gem,” and NoDepression says Roberts’ songwriting is “inventive and inspired.” LA Parent magazine recommends it as “excellent,” Parents’ Choice Foundation gave it a top Gold Award, and School Library Journal chose it as one of the top 10 family music albums of the year. 


Catch all of the news about Justin Roberts and his music at his, or by following his timeline on Facebook.



Summer of Lemonade tour highlights


June 14: Rochester Public Library in Rochester, MN
and Books & Stars in Northfield, MN

June 15: Wilmette Library (solo), IL

June 18: Forest Park Library (solo), IL

July 9: Square Roots Festival, Chicago

July 18-20: Library shows (various), IL

July 22: Cain Park, Alma Theater, Cleveland Heights, OH

July 30: Theatricum Botanicum, Topanga, CA

August 5: Plainfield Public Library, IL (solo)

August 19: Hennepin Ave Methodist Church, Minneapolis

August 24: Giddings Plaza, Lincoln Square, Chicago


Credit: Sugar Mountain PR.