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Kid-friendly concerts and music events for fall 2018



The Not-Its

What makes great kids’ music? A number of things that people of all ages can enjoy: clear, lively melodies and lyrics, sometimes combined stories and movement. But there are a few things that make certain music better for children in particular: themes they can relate to, restrained volume levels, and performances at hours compatible with kids’ sleeping schedules.

Here are some fine concerts for kids coming up this fall.

 

Bushwick Book Club: "After the Fall"

Saturday, October 13

Every month the Bushwick Book Club performs original music based on a different book. This concert draws inspiration from a very funny Children’s book: “After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty got Back up Again” by Dan Santat. Part of Town Hall Seattle’s Saturday Family Concert Series.

Time: 11 a.m., The Royal Room

Tickets: $5 (Free for youth 12 and under)

5000 Rainier Ave., Seattle

 

Recess Monkey

Saturday, October 13

Three elementary-school teachers make up Recess Monkey, now boasting its 10th album of kid-centric songs to rock out to. Part of the Mount Baker Community Club Kindiependent Kids Rock Series.

Time: 10:30 a.m. Mount Baker Community Club

Tickets: $5.

2811 Mount Rainier Dr S

 

Seattle Symphony: The Planets

Saturday, October 27

Part of a series of concerts for kids aged 6 to 12, this Benaroya Hall concert pays tribute to stars and planets with dramatic music, drawing from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” as well as the Richard Strauss’s “Sunrise Fanfare” from Also Sprach Zarathustra, otherwise known as the music at the beginning of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” There are activities, including an instrument "petting zoo," in the lobby before the show in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.

Time: 11 a.m.

Tickets: $20/$15

200 University St., Seattle

 

Brian Vogan

Saturday, October 27

Vogan brings his sweet, jangly tunes to the Mount Baker Community Club, as part of the club’s Kindiependent Kids Rock Series. Hits include: “My New Bike” and “That’s How a Pumpkin Grows.”

Time: 10:30 a.m. Mount Baker Community Club

Tickets: $5.

2811 Mount Rainier Dr S

 

Clinton Fearon with Mark Oi

Saturday, November 10

Fearon is a world-class reggae performer, who now lives in Seattle. He usually performs for adult audiences, but this gig is for kids. Part of the Seattle Town Hall's Saturday Family Concert Series.

Time: 11 a.m. Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center.

Tickets: $5, free for kids 12 and younger.

6532 Phinney Ave N

 

Johnny Bregar

Saturday, November 10

Bregar performs a mixture of children’s favorites and originals, all with a rootsy, bluesy sound. This concert is part of the Mount Baker Community Club’s Kindiependent Kids Rock Series.

Time: 10:30 a.m. Mount Baker Community Club

Tickets: $5.

2811 Mount Rainier Dr S

 

Seattle Symphony: The Snowman

Saturday, December 1

Part of a series of concerts for kids aged 6 to 12, this Benaroya Hall concert features the Seattle Symphony playing along to the film of Raymond Briggs’ "The Snowman." There are activities, including an instrument "petting zoo," in the lobby before the show in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.

Time: 11 a.m.

Tickets: $20/$15

200 University St

 

The Not-Its!

Saturday, December 1

This five-piece band plays bouncy pop tunes with a loopy sense of humor. Song titles from their new album, “Ready or Not” include Little Bug, Staring Contest, and The Battle of Curriculum Night. Today’s concert is part of the Mount Baker Community Club’s Kindiependent Kids Rock Series.

Time: 10:30 a.m. Mount Baker Community Club

Tickets: $5.

2811 Mount Rainier Dr S

 

Seattle Symphony The Winds: The Nutcracker

Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8

In this short concert designed for kids 5 and younger, Seattle Symphony musicians present the story of the Nutcracker using the flute, oboe, French horn, clarinet and bassoon. Come 30 minutes before the performance for free activities in the lobby. Part of Seattle Symphony’s Tiny Tots Concert Series.

Times: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m.,10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Nordstrom Recital Hall (upstairs at Benaroya Hall).

Tickets: $12.

200 University St

 

Eli Rosenblatt

Saturday, December 8

Eli Rosenblatt incorporates an array of musical styles – including samba, salsa, reggae and klezmer – into his high-energy sets. Today’s concert is part of the Mount Baker Community Club’s Kindiependent Kids Rock Series.

Time: 10:30 a.m. Mount Baker Community Club

Tickets: $5.

2811 Mount Rainier Dr S

 

Caspar Babypants

Saturday December 8 and Sunday December 9

Also known as Chris Ballew, the lead singer and co-founder of the Presidents of the United States of America, Caspar Babypants sings danceable, whimsical songs. He plays four concerts as part of Seattle Town Hall’s Saturday Family Concert Series.

Saturday’s concerts are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King FAME Center, 3201 E Republican St.

Sunday’s concerts are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Westside School, 10404 34th Ave SW.

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