Giveaway: Top 11 Family Music CD Releases from 2012

Music Collection Giveaway:
Top 11 Family Music CD Releases from 2012

We’re giving away an amazing CD collection of our top 11 family albums released this past year. Find out how you can enter to win this entire collection below. Deadline to enter is: Jan 19, 2013 by 11:59pm (EST).

Last month the winners of the Fids & Kamily Music Awards were announced, with a stellar list of new CDs released this past year!

Launched in 2006 and inspired by the Village Voice’s long-running “Pazz and Jop” music poll, the Fids & Kamily Music Awards poll is the first compilation of year-end kids and family music “best of” lists from critics, writers, radio programmers, and others involved in the music industry. Fifteen favorites are selected from outstanding releases, along with five honorable mentions, including kids and family albums from mainstream/adult artists, seasoned kindie artists and some fantastic newcomers!

For the sixth year in a row, Hilltown Families has participated as a judge for the Fids & Kamily Music Awards.  Check out the winners at www.fidsandkamily.com and be sure to add some of these winners to your family music collection.

To start off the new year, Hilltown Families is giving away a collection of eleven CDs of family music released this past year.  Several are winners of the Fids & Kamily Music Awards, and several others are releases we voted for and think are a must for your family music collection! Find out how you can enter to win this entire collection below.  Deadline to enter is: Jan 19, 2013 by 11:59pm (EST).

Can You Canoe? — The Okee Dokee Brothers

Vote as the best family album of the year in the 2012 Fids & Kamily Music Awards, this album highlights a month-long journey Joe and Justin of The Okee Dokee Brothers spent traveling down the Mississippi River.  During their trip they composed songs that make up this award-winning album.  Special guests include Garth Hudson (The Band), Elizabeth Mitchell (Your Are My Flower) and Morgan Taylor & Rachel Loshak (Gustafer Yellowgold), and includes a DVD with music videos and footage from their trip.  Joe and Justin guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show in June this past year.  Listen to the podcast and check out a few cuts from their new album along with tunes from other artist they selected, and one of their videos: HFVS Guest DJ, Joe & Justin of The Okee Dokee Brothers Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Science Fair Spare the Rock Records

In 2010, in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Spare the Rock Records put out the award winning compilation album, Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti, raising over $50,000 for Haitian relief! This past year they did it again with the amazing compilation CD, Science Fair, raising money for Girls Inc.’s work for science education for girls.  Placing second in this year’s Fids & Kamily Music Awards, Science Fair features exclusive tracks from Mates of State, Laura Veirs, Elizabeth Mitchell, Frances England and many others!

Blue Clouds  Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower

Released by Smithsonian Folkway Recordings, Blue Clouds placed fifth this year in the Fids & Kamily Music Awards.  Putting a contemporary touch to traditional folk songs, and using simple arrangements to rework classic rock songs by Bowie, Hendrix, Morrison and others into folks songs, Mitchell has complied a new album that is already a classic!

Mr Diddie Wah Diddie  Randy Kaplan

This past summer Randy Kaplan guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, spinning songs by bluegrass, folk, calypso, and broadway masters, alongside cuts from his new country-blues and ragtime CD, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie.  Placing seventh in the Fids & Kamily Music Awards, Randy Kaplan’s newest CD, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie, pays tribute to America’s blues masters on an album with rollicking lyrics the kids will love!  Listen to the podcast and get a glimpse into Randy’s new album and check out his video, “Ice Cream Man Rag.”: HFVS Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Invisible Friends  Dog on Fleas

Ranging in style from Afro-pop to 60’s soul, Tin Pan Alley to bossa nova, Invisible Friends is an album the entire family can enjoy on road trips or Sunday morning PJ dance parties in the kitchen.  Lead singer Dean Jones guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show this summer, pulling together a show that featured a few cuts from Invisible Friends interlaced with music from other kindie and mainstream artists.  Give a listen to the podcast to sample a few songs on this award winning album (ranking eighth on the Fids & Kamily Music Awards!): HFVS Guest DJ, Dean Jones Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Family Values  Charity & the Jamband

We can’t speak highly enough of Charity & the Jamband!  As Hilltown Families number one pick for the year, Family Values is a album that celebrates family and community.  Understanding that all things peaceful must first start in our own hearts and homes before moving out into our community, Charity Kahn has crafted songs that are intelligent and from the heart.  She tells stories set to music that is funky, with grooves and lyrics that talk up to kids and their grown ups!  Charity has guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show many times. This past Thanksgiving, through music and story, Charity explored some of the many things we have to be grateful for in our lives, including songs from this new album.  Give a listen to the podcast anytime: HFVS Thanksgiving Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

Can’t Wait  Grenadilla

“Layered voices textured with Kwela flavored rhythms, up-beat melodies, a touch of Cape Town Jive and a hint of the blues,” is how Grenadilla describes their newest release, Can’t Wait.  This past spring Debbie Lan from Grenadilla guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, putting together a show with music from South Africa, including songs off of this new CD.  Get a glimpse by listening to the podcast: HFVS Music from South Africa with Guest DJ, Debbie Lan (Radio Show/Podcast)

Chocolalala  Mister G

Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Mister G, put out another excellent CD this year, Chocolalala. This new collection of original bilingual songs spans musical genres… from bossa nova to ska, funk to folk, rap to pop.  Songs that are educational teach young listeners basic concepts while engaging adults with captivating Latin rhythms.  In his monthly vlog on Hilltown Families, “Under the Hat: Independent Music Education,” Mister G goes a step further with his music, taking viewers into the backstory of songs released on this award-winning CD, and insight to the process of music making.  Check out his column to see his vlog: Under the Hat: Independent Music Education.

The Hero in You  Ellis Paul

Known for his deeply felt and socially conscious songwriting, often about heroes, Ellis Paul was inspired by his two daughters to write about people who contributed something to their world.  The result… The Hero in YouHeroes featured on this educational CD include both well known and little know heroes. “These people did amazing things, but they can also inspire young people today to go out and do something out of the ordinary to become the heroes of their own lives,” explains Ellis Paul about this new release.  Last winter Ellis guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, including songs from this new album. Check out the podcast to get a sample of songs: HFVS Guest DJ, Ellis Paul Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Love is a Superpower  Ben Rudnick & Friends

We’ve loved Ben Rudnick & Friends since the beginning!  Hailed as a founding member of the modern family music scene, Ben Rudnick & Friends continues to be a beloved band all family members will enjoy with their tenth release of Love is a Superpower.  The band is good, really good… carving out their own unique music style that blends neo-western swing, bluegrass, folk music and flavors of rock. High quality musicianship seeps out slowly and steadily with each song, mixed with catching lyrics to which Ben Rudnick’s vocals bring wit and charm.  In the late summer, Ben guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, bringing us a show all about love, including cuts off of this new album.  Here’s the podcast and video to get a sample of this new CD: HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Ben Rudnick (Radio Show/Podcast)

Middle of Nowhere  Elska

Receiving an honorable mention in the Fids and Kamily Music Awards, Elska is a newcomer to the kindie music scene.  Elska is a fictional character living on a newly formed Arctic island where explorations are set against playful modern music and the delicate voice of Shelly Wollert.  Songs like “Arctic Fox,” “Midnight Sun in the Arctic,” and “Winter Bear” tell stories of Elska on this new island and what she discovers.

HOW TO WIN

Hilltown Families has been serving Western MA since 2005 as a grassroots communication network! Being able to share community building events, community based educational opportunities, and community service experiences over the years, along with terrific music that brings families and the community together is song, has been a great honor! Share with us your wishes for the next year(s) and be entered to win this fantastic family music collection of 11 CD’s released this past year. To enter for a chance to win simply:

  • POST YOUR WISHES FOR A NEW YEAR AS OUTLINED ABOVE IN THE FIELDS BELOW (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
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  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline to enter for a chance to win is: Jan 19, 2013 by 11:59pm.

HFVS Music Giveaway: Two CDs by Caspar Babypants

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Here I Am and This is Fun by Caspar Babypants

Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants will Guest DJ the Hilltown Family Variety Show this Saturday, Nov. 27th from 9-10am and has these two CDs to offer one lucky listener. Find out how you can enter to win below. Deadline is December 1st, 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

This Saturday, November 27th, Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants will Guest DJ the Hilltown Family Variety Show.  Tune in from 9-10am to 103.3FM WXOJ (Northampton, MA) or check back here for the podcast.

Caspar Babypants has two CDs to offer to one of our lucky listeners, Here I Am and This is Fun. Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, December 1st 2010. Details below.

ABOUT CASPAR BABYPANTS

Caspar Babypants, also known as Chris Ballew, is the lead singer and Grammy-nominated songwriter for the four-times platinum rock and roll band, The Presidents of the United States of America.  As Caspar Babypants, however, Ballew’s focus in on music for kids and families.

Chris explains, “I’m very serious about making something to help the world relax and help parents take time to sing with their kids and enjoy music together.  I work with a number of non-profit groups that focus on early childhood education and parent education and provide assistance to homeless and low-income families.  If I can make songs that lighten the load for someone under stress or get a family singing, then I am doing what I was put here to do!”

Warren Truitt on Kids’ Music That Rocks named the debut Caspar Babypants album, Here I Am, as the #1 Album of the Year, and their second release, More Please!, was chosen among the Best of the Year by Cool Mom Picks.  Music from both albums have been featured several times on the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free set of Caspar Babypants CDs, Here I Am and More Please! is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. RECOMMEND A SONG FOR OUR COMMUNITY PLAYLIST HERE and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, December 1st 2010. @ 7pm (EST).

HFVS Music Giveaway: The New Explorers Club by the Flannery Brothers

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The New Explores Club by the Flannery Brothers

Flannery Brothers - New Explorers Club

The Flannery Brothers will Guest DJ the Hilltown Family Variety Show this Saturday, Nov. 6th from 9-10am, featuring new music off of their recently released album, The New Explorers Club. Podcast will be found here at http://www.hilltownfamilies.org.

This Saturday, November 6th, the Flannery Brothers will Guest DJ the Hilltown Family Variety Show.  Tune in from 9-10am to 103.3FM WXOJ (Northampton, MA) or check back here for the podcast.

If you haven’t heard already, the Flannery Brothers have released a new family CD, The New Explorers Club … and we have a copy to giveaway to one lucky family!   Deadline to enter to win is Monday, November 8th 2010. Details below.

ABOUT THE FLANNERY BROTHERS

Winners of several prestigious awards, the Flannery Brothers are know for their engaging and easy going style.  Their first album, Love Songs for Silly Things, sent positive vibrations throughout the family music scene in 2009, receiving Honorable Mention in the 2009 Fids & Kamily Awards. Their newest album, The New Explorers Club, invites the family to go exploring.

Hilltown Families contributing writer Amber Bobnar reviewed their newest release in her column, Must-Hear Music Monday.  She writes:

I’m always amazed by the talent of these brothers. What did mama Flannery feed them when they were little? Their music is rich and thick, like a hearty bowl of corn chowder (made with fresh corn just bought at the Farmers’ Market, of course). The layers of instruments and inter workings of sound are so impressive, but I’m always most taken by the lyrics. Flannery songs are fun, adventurous, and encourage kids (and parents) to get up, dance, get outside, and just experience life to the fullest.

Mark your calendars: The Flannery Brothers will be performing here in Western MA at Flywheel in Easthampton, MA for a fabulous family concert on Nov. 13th, part of the No Nap Happy Hour Series.

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free copy of the Flannery Brothers new CD, The New Explorers Club, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. RECOMMEND A SONG FOR OUR COMMUNITY PLAYLIST HERE and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline to enter to win is Monday, November 8th 2010. @ 7pm (EST).

HFVS Music Giveaway: “A Family Album” by The Verve Pipe

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A Family Album by The Verve Pipe

By far, A Family Album by The Verve Pipe is one of our favorite family CD’s to come out this year – and we have two copies to giveaway to two lucky families!

Your family is going to love the fun pop songs on this album. The foodie in me loves the playfulness of “Suppertime!” and the mom in me gets choked up to “Only One of You.”  My 8yo daugher (and co-host of the Hilltown Family Variety Show) can’t get enough of “Complimentary Love” and “When One Became Two” (I’m raising a little romantic!).  A Family Album is a great CD to have in the family car for enjoyable listening by all members of the family.

Randy and Donnie from The Verve Pipe recently hosted the Hilltown Family Variety Show, selecting songs from A Family Album, along with great selection of songs from their childhood. Listen to the Podcast anytime, or tune in to an encore on WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton, MA on Saturday from 9-10am and Sunday from 7-8pm.

Lend your hand in the creation of a community playlist by posting a playful tune you remember from your childhood (or recently discovered), and be entered to win.  Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, August 18th at 7pm (EST). Details below.

ABOUT THE VERVE PIPE’S NEW CD

“Bridging middle ground between Sesame Street albums and The Beatles, The Verve Pipe has created a record that both children and parents can listen to and enjoy. The ten songs that encompass the record are full of bright choruses and contagious melodies that will swim inside your head after one listen. It’s their experience with writing melodic gems that allows them to get away with a record that induces a smile at every turn. "A Family Album" can keep you company with its insanely fun, playful and memorable songs that will turn your smile upward.” (antiMusicnetwork.com)

With sales of three million albums worldwide and a reputation for spectacular live performances, in 2009, The Verve Pipe was approached to submit a new track for a compilation album of children’s songs. That session inspired A Family Album, an original collection of songs intended for the entire family, with fun and inventive lyrics set to the memorable melodies the band is known for.  Adding the artwork of Kate Cosgrove, gives the CD a lovely whimsical element to the cover and liner notes.

In 1996, RCA Records released their award-winning debut album, Villains, featuring their signature inventive arrangements, soul-searching lyrics and layered vocal. Their follow-up release, the critically acclaimed self-titled LP The Verve Pipe, featured ‘Hero,’ a Top 15 hit at Modern Rock radio. Their most recent album for adults, Underneath, produced the singles ‘Happiness Is’ and ‘Never Let You Down,’ one of the most played songs for Adult Top 40 and Modern A/C radio that year. The album also included ‘Colorful,’ the emotive ballad featured in the film and soundtrack Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston and also co-starring lead singer Brian Vander Ark in his first major film role.

These guys have performed sold-out concert throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, been featured in Spin and Rolling Stone and videos on MTV and VH1, TV appearances (The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night With David Letterman) and a stellar guest DJ appearance on the Hilltown Family Variety Show!

The Verve Pipe is currently on tour performing both old favorites as well as music from the new album for adults and kids of all ages.

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free copy of The Verve Pipe’s new CD, A Family Album, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. SHARE A PLAYFUL SONG FROM YESTERYEAR BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, August 18th 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

HFVS Music Giveaway: The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

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The Best Of The Laurie Berkner Band by Laurie Berkner

Says Laurie, "After releasing five albums, I felt it was finally time to put out a compilation of my most requested songs. There have been many changes in recording technology, my own musical growth and the shape of the band since I released 'Whaddaya Think of That?'. I hope families will enjoy taking this music tour with us." - Deadline to enter to win Laurie's new CD: July 14th.

Laurie Berkner has released a greatest hits CD, The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band, filled with fan favorites – and we have two copies to giveaway to two lucky families!   Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, July 14th 2010. Details below.

ABOUT LAURIE BERKNER’S NEW CD

Award-Winning, best-selling children’s performer Laurie Berkner has released her first-ever collection of greatest hits, The Best Of The Laurie Berkner Band, this past June.  All five of The Laurie Berkner Band’s CDs are represented: Whaddaya Think Of That? (1997); Buzz Buzz (1998); Victor Vito (1999); Under A Shady Tree (2002) and Rocketship Run (2008).  Special bonus tracks inclding a new song, “Open Your heart,” are also included.

A former preschool music teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started selling her music out of her living room on her own label.  She was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr., Nickelodeon’s 24-hour eucational, commercial-free preschool network, and are featured in nearly all of the episodes of the Channel’s “Jack’s Big Music Show.”  Find out more about Laurie Berkner at http://www.laurieberkner.com.

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free copy of Laurie Berkner’s new CD, The Best Of The Laurie Berkner Band, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. SHARE YOUR FAMILIES FAVORITE LAURIE BERKNER SONG BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, July 14th 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

HFVS Music Giveaway: Putumayo Kids Presents: Rock & Roll Playground

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Putumayo Kids Presents: Rock & Roll Playground

Putumayo Kids Presents has released a new family CD, Rock & Roll Playground, and we have two copies to giveaway to two lucky families! Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, July 7th 2010. Details below.

ABOUT PUTUMAYO KIDS PRESENTS: ROCK & ROLL PLAYGROUND

Enter to win Putumay Kids Presents: Rock & Roll Playground CD, featuring award-winning artists - including Dan Zanes, Peter Himmelman, Taj Mahal And Many More. Deadline to enter to win is July 7th by 7pm (EST).

Celebrated children’s music label Putumayo Kids releases today a tribute to the early history of rock & roll with their newest CD, Rock & Roll Playground. Kids of all ages can shake, rattle and roll to music by a stellar group of established and up-and-coming artists. 

The songs on Rock & Roll Playground were recorded in recent years but were inspired by the evolution of the genre. Grammy Award winners Dan Zanes and Friends invite you to “bug” and “twist” on the song “Let’s Shake,” while rockabilly royalty Rosie Flores churns out feverish licks on “This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’.” Grammy Award winner Taj Mahal and Linda Tillery lend an infectious Bo Diddley beat to “Willie and The Hand Jive,” and noted singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman delivers a classic rock performance on “Little Bitty Baby.”

Grammy Award winner Bill Harley sings about a slumbering teenage brother in “Sleep the Whole Day Through” and Uncle Rock performs a blues-infused cover of the Steppenwolf classic “Magic Carpet Ride.” Rock & Roll Playground also features 2009 Grammy nominee Brady Rymer as well as Charity and the JAMband; New Jersey’s StarFish; Parents’ Choice Gold award winner Roger Day; Melissa Green and John Lennon Songwriting Contest winners Rhythm Child.

A charmingly illustrated read-aloud booklet also accompanies the CD, with notes about the history of rock & roll and the story of each song:

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free copy of Putumayo Kids Presents: Rock & Roll Playground, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. SHARE YOUR FAVORITE R&R SONG FROM CHILDHOOD BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, July 7th 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

HFVS Music Giveaway: Jungle Gym by Justin Roberts

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Jungle Gym by Justin Roberts

We have two copies of Justin Roberts new CD to giveaway to the parents of two very lucky kids! Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, June 30th.

Justin Roberts has released a new family CD, Jungle Gym, and we have two copies to giveaway to two lucky families!   Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, June 30th 2010. Details below.

ABOUT JUSTIN ROBERTS  NEW CD

Jungle Gym, the seventh family music release from Justin Roberts, is a collection of 12 new original songs taking listeners on a journey through the iconic moments of childhood.  His colorful lyrics paint portraits of experiences that are formative to every child. Roberts has a distinct way of capturing the essence of the most memorable times in childhood with his inspiring lyrics, catchy hooks and lush rhythms. The album title comes from a line in the song “Sign My Cast,” in which an injured kid is left behind as his friends get to go play outside. A brother’s out-of-control fascination with large moving vehicles spurs the rousing song “Obsessed by Trucks.” And when a kid is “stuck here with this man with sharp objects in his hand,” it can only mean that it’s a “New Haircut.”

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free copy of Justin Roberts new CD, Jungle Gym, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, June 30th 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

HFVS Music Giveaway: The Kids Are All Id by Randy Kaplan

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New Music Giveaway
The Kids Are All Id by Randy Kaplan

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Enter to win Randy Kaplan's 3rd not-JUST-for-kids CD, "The Kids Are All Id." Deadline to enter to win: June 2nd @ 7pm (EST).

Randy Kaplan has released a new family CD, The Kids Are All Id, and we have a signed copy to giveaway to one luck family!   Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, June 2nd 2010. Details below.

ABOUT RANDY KAPLAN’S NEW CD

Randy’s 3rd not-JUST-for-kids CD is here!  It features all-time classics like Forever Young (by Bob Dylan),  I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (from Porgy & Bess), The Money Song (a Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis gem), and The Derby Ram (George Washington’s favorite folk song) along with original songs like The Hebrew-Speaking Bear (based on a true story), The Kid Is All Id (brush up on your Freud, this kid is not ‘alright’), Little Bee (watch out mosquitoes and lady bugs – here comes the queen!), and Is She a Girl or Is She a Monkey (in which Randy’s pet monkey Kqxhc – of No Nothing fame – gives Randy a piece of his mind).  There are also three songs based on or inspired by the classic picture books of Ezra Jack Keats!

RANDY KAPLAN GUEST DJ ON THE HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

HFVS PodcastA perennial favorite of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Randy Kaplan joined the show in January 2009 for a fun show as a Guest DJ.  Last week Randy rejoined HFVS to perform live in studio songs from his newest release, along with a couple of his old time favorites. Tune in on Saturday, May 22nd, from 9-10am to 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton to hear RandyKaplan Guest DJ.  If you can catch the show live, you can listen live via streaming audio, or anytime via podcast. An encore will air on Sunday, May 23rd, from 7-8am, also on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA.

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free signed copy of Randy Kaplans new CD, The Kids Are All ID, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT HERE and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Sunday, June 2nd, 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT GIVEAWAY: 4 Tickets to See Chris Smither @ Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls

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Chris Smither at Memorial Hall
Shelburne Falls, MA
Friday, June 4th, 2010 @ 8pm

On June 4th, Chris Smither will be performing a Friday night fund-raising concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls for the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School … and we have a 4-pack of free tickets along with a signed CD to offer one lucky person! Deadline to enter to win is 05/28/10. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT CHRIS SMITHER

Chris is an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose music draws deeply from the blues, modern poets & philosophers. His most recent CD is Time Stands Still (Signature Sounds). He has released 13 albums and 3 DVDs and tours clubs, concert halls, and festivals across the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. His songs have appeared in films & TV and have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris & Diana Krall.

ABOUT THE PIONEER VALLEY CHINESE IMMERSION CHARTER SCHOOL

PVCICS prepares K- 8th grade students for academic and personal success through rigorous study and instruction aligned with the state and federal government standards, augmented with Chinese language and culture. PVCICS’s goals are to graduate students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, plus sensitivity to multiple cultures. PVCICS serves the Pioneer Valley region. The school is currently accepting applications for K, 1st, and 6th grade for Fall 2010 enrollment. For more information about PVCICS go to www.pvcics.org.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a 4-pack of free tickets (and a signed CD) to see Chris Smither is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw two winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Friday, 05/28/10 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go!  Tickets are $22adv/$25door, and proceeds from the concert will benefit the fundraising efforts at The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) in Hadley, MA.  Purchase tickets online or in person at Elmer’s/Ashfield, Mocha Mayas/Shelburne Falls, World Eye Bookshop /Greenfield.

Ticket & Music Giveaway: Family Concert with Brady Rymer @ the Iron Horse in Noho

WIN A FAMILY PACK OF FREE TICKETS & CD:
Brady Rymer
Sunday Matinee Concert for Families
At the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA

Hilltown Families and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child brought Brady Rymer to the Pioneer Valley in 2008 for a Rock ‘n’ Roll Casserole Musical Potluck at First Churches. We’re very excited to see Brady Rymer return to the Pioneer Valley as part of the fantastic No Nap Happy Hour Series at the Iron Horse! You won’t want to miss this!

Partnering with the  Iron Horse Entertainment Group, we are offer a chance for two families to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Brady Rymer at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA. on Sunday, May 16th at 2pm.  Winning families will also receive a signed copy of Brady Rymer’s newest CD, Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. Deadline to enter to win is 05/12/10. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT BRADY RYMER

Brady Rymer’s rollicking, roots-y tunes resonate through American culture, bringing an honest, joyful spirit to music for all generations; “his music has a rock ‘n’ roll heart,” wrote The New York Times.  Brady’s newest CD, Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, marks his debut recording with the band he’s brought on the road since 2005.  Combining a feel-good R&B foundation with traditional acoustic arrangements and a scoop of sunny 70’s optimism, they’ve created a modern American roots sound for families everywhere; the Little Band That Could “might just be the best-sounding band in children’s music,” according to Stefan Shepherd on NPR’s All Things Considered.

ABOUT THE NO NAP HAPPY HOUR CONCERT SERIES

The No Nap Happy Hour concert series has been featuring the kinds of bands that seem to have taken their cue from They Might Be Giants in believing that kids’ music doesn’t have to condescend or, well, suck. The Iron Horse  teamed up with WRSI radio program for kids, Spare The Rock, Spoil The Child, and presented a monthly Sunday afternoon concert for kids at the Iron Horse for the past year.  Many fantastic acts have come through, including Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Gustafer Yellowgold, AudraRox, Bill Harley, Justin Roberts, Lunch Money, Uncle Rock and the Deedle Deedle Dees.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of  tickets to see Brady Rymer at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA, and a signed CD of his newest album is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 05/12/10 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go! Tickets for the No Nap Happy Hour concert series are available at the Northampton Box office, online at IHEG.com, or by calling 413-586-8686.

HFVS Music Giveaway: The Big Picture by Uncle Rock

New Music Giveaway
The Big Picture by Uncle Rock

Enter to win Uncle Rock's newest CD, "The Big Picture," and check him out at the Eric Carle Museum this May in Amherst, MA!

Uncle Rock has released a new family CD, The Big Picture, and we have a copy to giveaway to one luck family! The Big Picture is a socially conscious salute to Uncle Rock’s musical heroes. The 12 original songs (and two covers—Carol Burnett’s theme song and Tom T. Hall’s Sneaky Snake) offer sonic nods to David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens, the Ramones, Buddy Holly , Johnny Cash and even Billy Idol. Known for his rockabilly style and lyricism inspired by Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein, Uncle Rock offers a musical variety show here with songs about recycling, acceptance of differences and the importance of shopping locally. Some of the songs are just plain whimsical, like My Friend Bigfoot and Leave the Bees Be, which is currently enjoying heavy rotation on Sirius-XM Satellite radio.  Deadline to enter to win is May 17th, 2010. Details below.

ABOUT UNCLE ROCK

Uncle Rock’s band The Playthings features musicians who have shared stages with Joe Cocker, Vassar Clements and Hanoi Rocks. We’ve presented Uncle Rock here in Western Mass for performances at the Florence Civic Center in 2008 and at the Children’s Art Museum in 2007, and have had him as our Valentine’s Day guest DJ on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. And our friends over at Spare the Rock have brought Uncle Rock to the Northampton Community Music Center in 2009, the Music Meltdown in 2009/10, and to the Iron Horse in 2010 … Uncle Rock is no stranger to our area, and much admired by many families.

Before his nephew dubbed him “Uncle Rock,” Robert Burke Warren performed as a bass player in many rock and roll bands, including international garage rock titans The Fleshtones. He portrayed the title character in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in London’s West End. He’s also co-written songs for multi-Grammy winner Rosanne Cash and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson.

Read reviews about Uncle Rock’s newest release on Common Sense Media, Zooglobble, Cool Mom Picks, and Out With The Kids.

UPCOMING CONCERT AT THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM

Celebrating his fourth family music CD, The Big Picture, Uncle Rock will be performing at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA on May 15th. The concert is part of the family fun at the Museum’s Margaret Wise Brown. Uncle Rock’s show is sponsored by the Northampton Community Music Center, 93.9 The River, and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund.

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free copy of Uncle Rock’s new CD, The Big Picture, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Sunday, May 17th, 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

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