Ticket Giveaway: The Deedle Deedle Dees Family Concert

Saturday, February 26th @ 1:30pm
At Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton, MA

Hilltown Families & Spare the Rock present Valley favorites The Deedle Deedle Dees in their triumphant return to Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton, MA at the Old Town Hall on Saturday, February 26th, at 1:30pm (doors open at 1pm). 

Part of the fantastic No Nap Happy Hour Series, The Dees will be doing a Black History Month Show — and we’re giving away a family 4-pack of free tickets. Deadline to enter to win: 02/23/11 by 7pm (details below).


The Deedle Deedle Dees are an educational rock band based in Brooklyn, NY.  Since October 2003, the band has been entertaining family audiences with songs inspired by history and science — “Underground Railroad,” “Nellie Bly,” “Rancher Ants” — as well as simple movement-based tunes.

The Dees will be doing a special Black History Month show featuring tunes about Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige, Henry Box Brown, and other folks worthy of song — including some songs never before performed in the Valley. www.thedeedledeedledees.com


Started by Bill Childs of Spare the Rock in 2009, the No Nap Happy Hour concert series continues at it’s new location, Flywheel (43 Main St., Easthampton, MA).  The 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 series has brought many fantastic acts to the Pioneer Valley, including Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Gustafer Yellowgold, AudraRox, Bill Harley, Justin Roberts, Lunch Money, Uncle Rock and the Deedle Deedle Dees. www.sparetherock.com


The Flywheel Arts Collective’s new home (Easthampton’s Old Town Hall) is a delightful space for families to come enjoy fabulous family entertainers! Home of the Easthampton Family Center, Flywheel is a collectively run, not-for-profit space, aimed at building community and giving artists opportunities to craft, practice, and perform their work in an environment where creativity is valued over profit. Volunteer-run and governed by consensus, Flywheel believes that art and information should be equally accessible and affordable to all people. www.flywheelarts.org


Your chance to win a family 4-pack of free tickets to see The Deedle Deedle Dees at Flywheel Arts Collective in the Easthampton Old Town Hall on Saturday, February 26th at 1:30pm, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  2. RECOMMEND A SONG FOR OUR COMMUNITY PLAYLIST and be sure to tell us your
  3. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  4. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address)
  6. We’ll randomly draw our winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline to enter to win: Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win, you simply still must come!  The Dees will be doing a special Black History Month Show, a entertaining way for families to learn a little history. Advance discount tickets can be purchased online HERE and are $5 in advance, or $15 for a family four-pack.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the show. Flywheel is located in the Easthampton Old Town Hall at 43 Main St.

Kids Afternoon Rock Show at Pearl Street in Northampton

Kids afternoon rock show with

and special guest
Ulysses S. Dee of The Deedle Deedle Dees

on Saturday, July 12th at 3PM

at the IRON HORSE (new location)

in Northampton, MA!

The Sippy Cups

The Sippy Cups return to the national stage this spring and summer with a musically fresh, theatrically ambitious whirlwind of a show for kids and families. The Sippy Cups’ engaging live shows feature a beloved cast of juggling unicyclists, oversized puppets, sensitive super-heroes and other comedic characters. Acrobats and aerialists add to the spectacle on some dates. A new repertoire expands the unique combination of recast cult classics and winning pop-rock originals that originally garnered the band its loyal, multi-generational following.

Less than three years after the band began, The Sippy Cups have grown from their San Francisco roots into a nationwide phenomenon. Their first full-length original CD, Electric Storyland, garnered widespread critical acclaim and was ranked #6 for the year in the 2006 Fids & Kamily Music Awards. This was followed by the 2007 release of a live concert DVD, Electric Storyland, Live at The Great American Music Hall, recent winner of a 2008 Parents Choice award. The band has toured to major concert halls and festivals across the country including Symphony Space in New York City, Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza.

An exclusive Sippy Cups live video feature recently launched at Rhapsody, showcasing the band in action at a recent San Francisco club show. Click here to view the performance.

The Deedle Deedle Dees at Lyman Hall in Northampton - (c) Sienna Wildfield

Ulysses S. Dee (Lloyd Miller), leader of the Brooklyn-based educational band, the Deedle Deedle Dees, will make a special solo appearance opening the show. Ulysses most recently made a trip to the Pioneer Valley last fall when the full band played a packed Saturday morning show at the First Churches (click here to see photos). Over the past three years, the Dees have also performed at Flywheel in Easthampton, MA, Artifacts 21st Century in Florence, MA, and live on air in the studio on Bill Childs’ acclaimed radio show, Spare the Rock Spoil the Child.

Ulysses will be performing songs from the Deedle Deedle Dees’ two upcoming albums, one a new collection of American history songs he has created as part of his school programs in New York City, the other a long-awaited compilation of nature songs he has developed in his toddler class in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Nature Babies. He’ll also include some favorites from the Dees’ last release, 2007’s Freedom in a Box, an album that received glowing reviews all over the country in publications including School Library Journal, Time Out New York Kids, and Cookie.

To read more about Ulysses (Lloyd) and the Deedle Deedle Dees, check out some of these links:

Presented by Spare the Rock Radio! / 93.9 The River (WRSI). ($)

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