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). 
  • Jay Mankita. Jay has released many records for both adults and kids, and was recently featured on Putumayo Kids Picnic Playground release.  Tons of smart and funny songs will be ready for you!
  • Mister G. Local hero Mister G exploded onto the family music scene in 2009 and has some of the most committed fans out there.  His Pizza for Breakfast CD is filled with ludicrously catchy tunes and clever silliness.
  • Keith Munslow. The pride of Rhode Island, Keith is a renaissance man of family entertainment, bringing an amazing combination of music, storytelling, and cartooning, with a high level of interactivity.
  • Laura Daisybee. Local hero Laura Daisybee (a/k/a Laura Cayer) brings sunny music for the whole family, and has been writing prolifically.  Who knows what we’ll hear?
  • Rona Leventhal. Rona is a local storyteller who will transport listeners to new and amazing worlds.
  • Maria Sangiolo. New England folk favorite will bring her charming and gentle music for the whole family to the Meltdown.  If we’re lucky, she’ll have some local guests sit in with her!
  • Marcy Gregoire. Another multi-talented performer, Marcy combines music, stories, and a ton of audience participation; everyone will feel like they’re part of the show.
  • Tom Knight Puppets with Amy Dawn Kotel.  New to the Valley, Tom Knight is a highly experienced musician and puppeteer and is quickly developing a following here.
  • Flannery Brothers. This high-energy duo is making its first visit to Northampton from Maine, and are definitely up and coming in kindie music.
  • Alastair Moock. Veteran Boston indie folk singer Moock released his first family CD, A Cow Says Moock, recently, and it’s just plain great.  This will be his first family performance in Northampton!
  • Mariana Iranzi. Mariana has played a number of her bilingual kids’ shows here, including at last year’s Meltdown and at Cup & Top Café in Florence.  A native of Argentina, her shows are interactive, silly, and musically adventurous.
  • Ratboy Jr. The family music iteration of Hudson Valley jam band Ratboy, this duo creates infectious and amiable head-bobbing music that you and your kids will love.

If that’s not enough, between sets on the main stage, we’ve got an amazing lineup of children’s book authors and illustrators.  Jarrett Krosoczka, who books the authors, has a great overview of their work HERE.

But – and yes, I’m channeling TV product hawkers here – wait, there’s more!  We’ll have circus arts performers, hula hoopers, a bounce house (maybe more than one!), gymnastics demonstrations, local food from places like Cup & Top Café, crafts activities from Webs – America’s Yarn Store, great local vendors, and even more.

The whole thing really is free, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.  To learn more, visit www.rivermeltdown.com.  If you went last year, you know this is one of the most fun events of the year, and this year promises to be even better.  See you there!


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 show@sparetherock.com

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