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Great Upcoming Shows and Announcements

Thanks to all of you who came out to the River’s Meltdown Music and Book Bash in March! We had a tremendous turnout, great music and authors and other entertainment, and I sure hope you all had fun. We’re already making our plans for next year…

I’ve got a ton of stuff to tell you about: a series of great shows at the Iron Horse, some super cool guest DJ sets on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, and more.


First, I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve been working with the Iron Horse folks to put together an amazing series of shows over the coming months. The No Nap Happy Hour series will be on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 (1:30 doors) at the Iron Horse (downtown Northampton). Tickets available HERE.

The shows we can announce so far are below. It’s not overstating things to say that this is as good a lineup of family music as you’re likely to find anywhere in the country…and this is just the start of what we hope to be a long-standing series.

  • July 26 – Lunch Money.
    Check out this great NPR All Things Considered piece on Lunch Money HERE. – and also check out their website – – and you should be convinced. I just saw them in Brooklyn this last weekend and their shows are fun, engaging, and guaranteed to make you and your kids happy. (Lunch Money will guest DJ on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, on Saturday, July 25.)
  • August 23 – Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Trio.
    Justin Roberts ( creates intelligent and whimsical rock for the whole family and is one of the true stars of the kindie rock scene, often playing festivals and the like. This is a great opportunity to see Justin and the trio in an intimate setting.
  • September 20 – Deedle Deedle Dees.
    If you were at the Meltdown, these guys need no real introduction; they co-headlined the event and rocked the house. They call themselves an educational rock band (see, but that doesn’t remotely do them justice. Terrific musicians, witty songwriters, and infectious live, this show will be fantastic. They’ll be playing lots of new songs from the probably-by-then-released new record (which, yes, includes a song about me wearing a dress to school).
  • October 18 – Uncle Rock and the Playthings Trio kick off the series.
    Uncle Rock played the Meltdown and has done a number of solo shows here over the last couple of years, but this is the first local appearance by his great trio, the Playthings. Check out Uncle Rock at — it’ll be a great time.


In addition to the guest DJ sets mentioned above, we’ve got these guest DJ sets airing on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child:

  • Saturday, June 6 – Monte Belmonte (mornings on 93.9 The River) and Atticus (his son)
  • Saturday, June 13 – Ashley from the Jimmies
  • Saturday, June 20 – Ziggy Marley! Yes, Ziggy Marley. Ziggy will be playing a family show in Boston on July 24 and spinning some tunes on our show.
  • Saturday, June 27 – Recess Monkey takes over the whole darn show in the lead-up to the River’s Summer Recess with Recess Monkey on July 12 (free show downtown – details to come)
  • Saturday, July 11 – Adam from the Bunny Clogs

(And finally, while it’s not a show we’re putting on, Elizabeth Mitchell is coming back to town, playing at the Eric Carle Museum on Saturday, June 13.)

Okay, so, mark your calendars. And listen to the show — Saturday mornings,

(And, incidentally, did you know you can listen to our old shows any time you like on our page on You can. Just go to “Spare the Rock” under “Hosts.”)

And please come out to the shows — the Iron Horse is taking a chance on families coming out to these shows; let’s show that it’s a good chance to take! Buy your tickets in advance, both to save some money and to show your support for live music for families.

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 is a bi-monthly contributing writer to Hilltown Families. Contact him at

One Comment on “No Nap Happy Hour Music Series in Northampton

  1. Sunday, November 8th, 2 pm – Headliner(s): The No Nap Happy Hour presents Brady Rymer – $13
    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.


    Sunday, December 6th, 2 pm – Headliner(s): The No Nap Happy Hour Presents: Bill Harley – $13
    A Grammy Award-winning artist, Bill Harley is a musician, storyteller, author, and playwright who has carved out a reputation as one of the finest family performers in the United States.

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