3rd Annual Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash!

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River's Family Music Meltdown & Book Bash happens on Saturday, March 26th at JFK Middle School in Northampton, MA. (FREE) (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

That’s right, it’s the end of March so it must be time for the River’s Family Music Meltdown & Book Bash! It’s this coming Saturday, March 26, from 10 to 4 at JFK Middle School in Northampton — and it’s free.

Now in its third year, the Meltdown has become a tradition for families in the Valley and beyond, featuring music on three stages, readings from nationally-known children’s book authors, crafts, bouncing, local food, and much more!

On the music side, we’ve got familiar favorites and new-to-the-Meltdown acts. Joining the lineup for the first time this year is Grammy nominee Brady Rymer (supporting his forthcoming CD, Love Me For Who I Am, inspired by his work at the Celebrate the Children School, a New Jersey school for students with alternative learning styles. Other newcomers to the festival include Lunch Money, The Okee Dokee Brothers, The Bramble Jam, Joe’s Backyard Band, Brendan Taaffe, and the Spiral Up Kids.

Returning favorites include Brooklyn’s Deedle Deedle Dees, who will be doing a special Women’s History Month set (and handing out free posters to fans). Returning — but this time with full bands — are the Flannery Brothers and singer/storyteller/cartoonist Keith Munslow. Other returning performers include Mister G, Under the Tree Music, Aric Bieganek, Jay Mankita, and Ratboy Jr., in addition to puppet shows from Otter & Moo Puppet Theatre and Anna Sobel.

Local heroes Jarrett (Lunch Lady) and Gina Krosoczka serve as curators of the children’s book authors appearing on the main stage. This year, we’re thrilled to have Jarrett himself, plus Kevin Markey, Jef Czekaj, Jeanne Birdsall, and Jon Scieszka.

We’ll also have crafts, bounce houses, Lego Duplos, gymnastics, fencing demonstrations, circus arts, hula hooping, Mad Science, dozens of local businesses, and terrific local food.

We’ve got the full schedule, and links to videos for all of our performers, up at www.rivermeltdown.com, and you can follow the event on Facebook at facebook.com/rivermeltdown. See you Saturday!


Bill Childs & Ella

Bill Childs

Bill teaches law school by day in Springfield. With his kids, he produces a radio show for kids, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, which airs on Saturday mornings on 93.9 The River (8-10 AM, 101.5 in Brattleboro) and 103.3 Valley Free Radio (7-9 AM). He’s also a columnist for regional parenting magazines, covers music for Parenting magazine, and was a bi-monthly contributing writer to Hilltown Families. Contact him at show@sparetherock.com

2nd Annual Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash!

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Are You Ready to Melt Down?

On Saturday, March 27th, 2010, 93.9 The River presents the second annual Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash!  The event is at JFK Middle School on Bridge Road in Florence, MA from 10 am to 4 pm, and it’s FREE.

This year, we’ve got three performance areas and even more fun for everyone, including music, book readings, crafts, bouncing, local food, and more!

The music lineup is arguably the best kids’ music lineup of any event this year (Zooglobble calls it “a heckuva lineup” and Out With the Kids says it’s “outstanding”).  Check it out:

  • Elizabeth Mitchell and Family. Fresh off their appearance with Ziggy Marley on The Tonight Show, Elizabeth Mitchell and her family return to the Pioneer Valley with old favorites and, if we’re lucky, some new material from their forthcoming Smithsonian Folkways CD.
  • Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem. Rani and the group’s first family CD, Ranky Tanky, has been a nationwide success and their live show is not to be missed.
  • Deedle Deedle Dees. The Dees rocked the Meltdown last year and will finish up the day on the main stage this year.
  • Royal Order of Chords and Keys (ROCK). ROCK’s singer Aric Bieganek has been entertaining kids in the Valley for a number of years, but just wait until you see this power trio bring the rawk.
  • Uncle Rock and the Playthings. Uncle Rock played solo at the Meltdown last year; this year he brings the Playthings (who played a terrific Iron Horse show last fall).  Supporting his new – and best – CD, The Big Picture, this former member of the Fleshtones is a favorite.
  • Dog on Fleas. It’s been a while since Dog on Fleas have played here, and hopefully, we’ll hear not just the great music from the full band, but some songs from lead singer Dean Jones’s insane genius solo CD Rock Paper Scissors (produced by and featuring the Felice Brothers).  Read the rest of this entry »

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