Recess Monkey Brings the Big Top to the Hilltown Family Variety Show this Saturday!

Recess Monkey Brings the Big Top to
the Hilltown Family Variety Show this Weekend

Kids’ music authority Stefan Shepherd (Zooglobble) has declared, ““Dan Zanes may be the godfather; They Might Be Giants, the legitimizer; and Laurie Berkner, Ralph Covert, and Justin Roberts the genre’s superstars. But Recess Monkey is the heart of kids’ music today.” – Check out this Saturday’s show as they guest DJ the Hilltown Family Variety Show. Listen live, via streaming audio or via podcast immediately following broadcast.

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages! Seattle’s celebrated band of teacher-rockers – Recess Monkey – will bring their special brand of “undeniably hip, yet also kid-accessible” music and humor to a stint as guest DJs for a special circus-themed radiobroadcast of Hilltown Family Variety Show on Northampton radio station 103.3FM WXOJ-LP (Valley Free Radio) this Saturday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 a.m. Hilltown Family Variety Show programs are also available as podcasts any time immediately following broadcast.

Recess Monkey will offer live and pre-recorded songs from their new circus-themed album, In Tents, along with circus-oriented music from a number of the band’s favorite artists, including Ralph’s World, Sugar Free Allstars, Caspar Babypants, Ukulele Jim, Dog on Fleas, The Beatles, and even Robert Preston performing “Seventy Six Trombones” from Meredith Willson’s The Music Man.

An important element of In Tents is a 32-page story booklet that accompanies each CD. Right from the start, it’s apparent something big is going to happen in this story, as Recess Monkey enters the world of the all-American fantasy: running away to join the circus! Except, this time, through the trickery of the notorious Boregaard Noregaard, the circus joins Recess Monkey. From that point on, it’s a three-ring adventure: a fantastical celebration of popcorn, Tilt-a-Whirls, human cannonballs, dancing bears, and more, guaranteed to amaze, astound, and entertain. A highlight of the June 23 and 24 Hilltown Family Variety Show broadcasts will be Recess Monkey reading the In Tents booklet aloud. Audiences will be able to follow along, for the booklet will be posted on the Recess Monkey homepage and on the Hilltown Familes website.

Enter to win!

Notes Recess Monkey’s Jack Forman, “The circus is such a perfect blend of comedy and drama, careful pre-planning and extemporaneous fun, high and low energy, all of which are elements that we work into our songs and shows. How have we not already done a circus album? We’ve talked about this album for years but finally found that we had assembled enough wacky ideas, catchy melodies and a narrative to bring it to fruition. In fact, we actually conceived the album as the soundtrack to the In Tents story that we wrote, inspired by Seattle’s magical Teatro ZinZanni. In Tents has emerged both as a circus story-inspired album and as a series of kid-oriented, circus spectacular shows in which we’ve join forces with Teatro ZinZinni in their historic spiegeltent. Pretty amazing!”

Giving a wacky, fantastical edge to the “everyday lives of kids,” Recess Monkey weaves puns, jokes stories, and shenanigans into its songs. No play on words is too much of a stretch, and no rhyme schemes are out of bounds for the group’s genre-bending set of catchy, singable and dance-able ditties that NPR described as “inventive, brilliant, multilayered.” Audiences call it “a great way to spend an hour rocking out!”

Suggested Events 07/26/08 – 07/27/08

Free Outdoor Family Concert with Recess Monkey in Northampton on Saturday!

Catch Recess Monkey live in Northampton on Saturday (07/26/08) for a free outdoor performance!

Catch Recess Monkey live in Northampton on Saturday (07/26/08) for a free outdoor performance!.

Recess Monkey has released another wonderful family album, Tabby Road – and we are in luck! They will be in Northampton this Saturday, July 26 (during the sidewalk sales!) for a FREE concert for families! The critically acclaimed, award-winning trio of Seattle schoolteachers, Recess Monkey, will bring their special brand of “undeniably hip yet also kid-accessible” music and humor to their Northampton debut

  • Recess Monkey
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 26
  • In the plaza behind Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main Street, Northampton
  • Children’s music authority Stefan Shepherd (Zooglobble) called it “the year’s most ambitious kids’ music album … the best pop-rock musical since ‘Tommy.’”

    Recess Monkey weaves puns, jokes, stories, and shenanigans into their kid-inspired songs. No play on words is too much of a stretch, and no rhyme schemes are out of bounds for their genre-bending set of catchy, singable and dance-able ditties that NPR called “inventive, brilliant, multilayered,” ParentMap described as ‘a perennial favorite,” and Cookie magazine dubbed “fast paced and goofy.” Audiences call it “a great way to spend an hour rocking out!”

    Presented by 93.9 The River/WRSI (and our friends Bill & Ella over at Spare the Rock!), Thornes and Herrell’s Ice Cream! In celebration, Herrell’s will offer coupons good for half off the price of a second ice cream purchase on the day of the show! YUM!

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    Saturday – 07/26

    7am – 9am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) Are you prepared to rock?! Join Bill & Ella on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child every Saturday on The River 93.9FM (101.5FM in Brattleboro), or 103.3 FM WXOJ-LP to hear two hours of quality family-friendly music. [All ages] (Free) LINK

    8am-11pm – COUNTRY FAIR – (Charlemont) Charlemont Hometown Fair: Yankee Doodle Days at the Charlemont Fairgrounds. Midway, Lumber Jill Show, Rosies Racing Pigs, Children´s Zoo, Ox Draw, Magician, Dancers, Games, Bands, Bar-B-Que, Demolition Derby, Music & Dancing. srouleau001@aol.com [All Ages] ($)

    9am-10am – FAMILY RADIO & STORYTELLING – (Air Waves) Join our Hilltown Family! Spend a little time with The Hilltown Family Variety Show every Saturday on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM to hear a full hour of commercial-free, quality family-friendly music and storytelling. [Families] (Free) LINK

    9:30am-4:30pm – CULINARY HISTORY – (Deerfield) Histoic Deerfield offers open hearth cooking demos with their program “Warm Weather, Cold Hearth.” Last day. [All Ages] (Free with admission) MORE INFO

    9:30am-4:30pm – CULINARY HISTORY – (Deerfield) Histoic Deerfield offers open hearth cooking demos with their program “Warm Weather, Cold Hearth.” Last day. [All Ages] (Free with admission) MORE INFO

    110am – STORYTELLING – (Otis) John Porcino will be at the Town Hall. 269-0220 [All Ages] (free)

    10:30am – FAMILY THEATER – (Northampton) Paintbox Theater presents Tommy the Tortoise and High Ballin’ Hercules Hare stage “The Race of the Century” at Mendenhall Center for the Perfoming Arts on Smith College Campus in Theater 14. (413) 587-3933 [All ages] ($) MORE INFO

    11am – GALLERY SCAVENGER HUNT – (North Adams) Kids can explore the art on display at MASS MoCA in a guided hunt through the exhibitions. [All Ages] (Free with admission) LINK

    11am – FAMILY THEATER – (Pittsfield) The Berkshire Museum and the Berkshire Theatre Festival will present the family performance Hercules at the Berkshire Museum. Last day. 443-7171 [All Ages] ($) MORE INFO

    2pm – FAMILY CONCERT – (Northampton) Recess Monkey performs behind Thornes Market. More info above. [All Ages] (Free)

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