Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 23rd & 24th, 2012 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages! This weekend Seattle’s celebrated band of teacher-rockers – Recess Monkey – bring their special brand of “undeniably hip, yet also kid-accessible” music and humor as guest DJs for a special circus-themed episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show! A highlight of the June 23 and 24 Hilltown Family Variety Show broadcasts is Recess Monkey reading the In Tents booklet aloud. Audiences can follow along HERE.
Featured Video: Recess Monkey’s Drew just figured out how to pay off his student loans- with a good old fashioned Lemonade Stand! He soon discovers that those lemons are more a-peel-ing than he thought! “Lemonade” is from Recess Monkey’s 8th album, the circus-themed In Tents. – www.recessmonkey.com
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 16th & 17th, 2012 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Steve from the band Hullabaloo plays his favorite traditional American folk songs about people, places, animals, trains and more. Hear Bruce Springsteen, Dan Zanes, Lisa Loeb, Elizabeth Mitchell and Hullabaloo sing the songs that have been passed down from generation to generation since our country was born.
JOE & JUSTIN OF THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS
GUEST DJ EPISODE
Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 9th & 10th, 2012 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Childhood best friends, Joe and Justin, now known as The Okee Dokee Brothers from Minneapolis, Minnesota, are our Guest DJs this today, spinning some songs of their own childhood, songs in the Americana folk tradition and even some tunes off their brand new CD called Can You Canoe? about their real-life 30 day canoe trip down the Mississippi River.
Featured Video: The title track from the album Can You Canoe? On June 1st, 2011, Joe and Justin began a canoe trip in Minneapolis, MN and continued down the river for the next 30 days until they reached the St. Louis Gateway Arch. During their month long journey on the Mississippi, they camped, canoed and composed the songs that make up the album Can You Canoe? – www.okeedokee.org
Simon and Garfunkel — “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” [Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits]
Sweet Honey In the Rock — “So Glad I’m Here” [All For Freedom]
David Grisman & Jerry Garcia — “Hot Corn, Cold Corn” [Not For Kids Only]
Charity and the JAMband — “Happy Fluffy” [Rock Your Socks Off]
Mavis Staples — “This Little Light of Mine” [We'll Never Turn Back]
Charity and the JAMband — “We Are Stardust” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Charity and the JAMband — “Wise Old Owl” [unreleased]
Charity and the JAMband — “Loving Kindness” [free download below]
Supertramp — “Give a Little Bit” [Even in the Quietest Moments]
William Bell — “Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday” [Can You Handle It? Vol. 6]
Shirley Temple — “Come and Get Your Happiness” [The Very Best of Shirley Temple]
Charity Kahn writes:
The day after we recorded the show, Daryn (my producer/engineer/guitarist/partner) and I went on a hike in Briones Regional Park, just east of the Oakland Hills. On our way down, in the dusk, we heard the call of a Great Horned Owl, and then another, answering, from across the canyon. As we walked into the valley and back toward the car, at least three different owls continued calling to each other in the almost-darkness. We stopped to listen and absorb, and, miraculously, a huge Great Horned Owl flew out of the forest, over our heads, and perched on the tippy top of a scraggly branch at the tippy top of a tall tree, and stayed there for quite some time. Had we not researched the call of the owl the day before (so I would have a chance of mimicking it passably during the reading of the Owl Moon story for the show), we wouldn’t have recognized it and probably wouldn’t have been present for this magical moment and gift from nature.
In addition to a WONDERFUL holiday show, Charity has several gifts to offer…
FREE DOWNLOAD: First she is offering a free download of the song Loving Kindness this month, a song that “is rooted in a Buddhist meditation practice (also called Metta) whereby you simply send wishes for happiness, health, safety and peacefulness to yourself and others.”
Okay, so our Mother’s Day show really doesn’t have any songs about being a mother, having a wrecked house or breastfeeding… but it does have some fun songs about magic, fish and the Down Under – and we’ve even featured a video about a super cool pink whale! I ask you, what more could a mom want? You say breakfast-in-bed? Well, we can’t deliver that, but for the foodie mom we’ve included a story by Mem Fox that explores international culinary delights, and songs about magic toast, spiders in your breakfast and coffee with starfish. Happy Mother’s Day!
Steve Weeks – “Look, Look!” [Alphabet Songs Vol. II: Ivan Idea]
Ellis Paul – “Wabi-Sabi” [Dragonfly Races]
Twink – “Mr. Magic” [The Broken Record]
The Beatles – “Magical Mystery Tour” [1967-1970 Disc 1]
Nat King Cole Trio – “Kee-Mo Ky-Mo (The Magic Song” [Nicky's Jazz For Kids]
The Sippy Cups – “Magic Toast” [Electric Storyland]
The Harmonica Pocket – “Spiders in My Breakfast” [Ladybug One]
Family concert on October 18th in Northampton with Uncle Rock and the Playthings, his first local appearance by his great trio, the Playthings. Check out Uncle Rock at http://www.unclerock.com — it’ll be a great time. Sunday afternoon at 2:00 (1:30 doors) at the Iron Horse (downtown Northampton).
And here’s a cute video for the younger crowd titled, The Cat Who Hated Rain, originally aired on Sesame Street, and animated by Bruce Cayard. A cat wishes the rain away and the consequenses of no rain are illustrated. Appropriate for all ages.
For this week’s contest we’re offering music and the t-shirt from Milkshake. Their t-shirt won a Parent’s Pick from the HFVS T-Shirt Review.
“WGosh!� We are so honored to be one of the winners.� Always a nice thing.� Glad you liked Moo.� Right now she’s pouting in the studio.� Seems Mikel told a bad cow joke (“What do you call a dancing cow?� A milk shake!”)� She wasn’t amused.� So I’m off to make her a sprout sandwich and pour her a tall glass of veggie juice.” - Lisa from Milkshake.
For your chance to win simply post us a comment below. We’ll draw a winner from everyone who leaves a comment. IT’S THAT SIMPLE! Deadline is 11/27/07 @ 7pm (EST).
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The exhibit will be on display at the Forbes Library in Northampton for the month of February 2013, and at the City Hall Gallery in Easthampton from Sept 13-Dec 11, 2013. - We're currently booking shows for the Spring/Summer of 2013 and for 2014. Each exhibit is a unique showcase of images that correspond with the season and venue. Contact us to inquire about hosting this fundraising exhibit for Hilltown Families in your town/venue.