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Dancin' Sprouts Schedule

Dancin' Sprouts provides free musical entertainment for kids! Bring the whole family and enjoy live music in this idyllic summer setting.

Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening.

Wed 6 Jun

Little Miss Ann

Little Miss Ann

At this kids’ music concert, families can experience the unique live music of the Little Miss Ann Band. Little Miss Ann is an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music and a former Chicago Public School teacher. Time Out Chicago calls her "one of the best things to happen to Chicago kids." Little Miss Ann and her band perform songs from her four kids’ CDs, which are a mix of folk-rock music, traditional songs, and new ones, filled with rich vocals and simple instrumentation. Follow Me, her most recent album, had a song that was featured on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic.

Wed 13 Jun

The Boogers

The Boogers

The Boogers are the brainchild of Dr. Paul Crowe. Fatherhood, a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, and 20 years of sloggin' it in wretched clubs as a punk rocker—even opening for Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone—formed Paul's vision of the Boogers. Debuting in 2008, their first CD, Road to Rock, received a National Parenting Publications Gold Award (highest honor). 2010’s Let's Go! was named one of the top kids’ albums by Daily Candy Kids National, and their third CD, Extractum Victoris, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. They have appeared all over the country, and when they aren't with their families, prefer to be on the road, bringing their unique brand of rock to kids and their rockin' parents.

Wed 20 Jun

Farmer Jason

Farmer Jason

Farmer Jason is the brainchild of rock music legend Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers. An Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Ringenberg is one of the pioneers of the modern Americana and alt-country genres. In 2002, he created Farmer Jason to educate and entertain children about farm life and the wonders of nature. As Farmer Jason, he has released four records and a DVD and has a show on PBS that has earned four Emmy nominations and one win.  Farmer Jason’s records have won numerous awards, including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award and the Los Angeles Times’ Children’s Record of the Year list.

Farmer Jason has performed several thousand concerts in venues ranging from rural fairs on the Alaskan tundra to posh European performance halls. The highly acclaimed live show involves sing-alongs, dancing, and discussions about nature appreciation, ecology, and farm animals. Farmer Jason performs solo with just his acoustic guitar, which adds to the spontaneous, high energy nature of his concerts.

Wed 27 Jun

Animal Farm

Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a group of musicians and educators who write original music for children and families. Their performances take kids on an energetic and engaging musical journey, featuring songs that explore themes of friendship, community, and self-expression. The band has performed at schools, parks, libraries, and private events throughout Illinois and they are an official touring artist for Urban Gateways—the premier community arts programming organization for youth in Chicago. Animal Farm's new album, We Are One, will be available in early 2018.

Wed 4 Jul

Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots

Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots

Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots present fun, funky music for kids and young families. They love to make their shows an engaging, interactive experience that features lots of instruments (Ben plays more than ten instruments!). Tatar holds a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in jazz composition. Their debut album Food! is available for digital download on iTunes.

Wed 11 Jul

Human Tim Robot Tim

Human Tim Robot Tim

Human-Tim sings and plays the guitar, while Robot-Tim dances, marches, and makes jokes that may or may not be funny. With the help of their Noisy Friends, they put on a high-energy, interactive family show with horns, drums, puppets, and costumes. They have released two CDs of original music: Pop Of The Tots! in 2009, and You Are An Astronaut in 2013. Musically, the band encompasses a broad range of styles and influences, falling somewhere on the indie-rockin’, twangy, electro-folk spectrum. They have played their fun and friendly music at a variety of Chicago area venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Museum of Science & Industry, the Field Museum, and Millennium Park, along with a wide assortment of preschools, libraries, festivals, and music clubs.

Wed 18 Jul

Super Stolie and the Rockstars *Bilingual 

Super Stolie

Super Stolie returns to Dancin’ Sprouts with two shows in one! First, get a taste of ¡Super Stolie Guacamole! Incorporating her love of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture, enjoy this Spanish-English bilingual show for the whole family, featuring translated original songs and stories in both languages, Spanish versions of traditional and popular songs, a family dance party, and a live guacamole-making demonstration and tasting. Stolie will give instruction, sing and read in both English and Spanish including teaching key words. Then, get the whole family ready to get up and sing and dance to your favorite Super Stolie songs with Super Stolie and The Rockstars!

Wed 25 Jul

Amy Lowe

Amy Lowe

Multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Lowe has captivated audiences from concert halls to schools internationally. Her lively music weaves stories and rhythms from all over the world. Her recordings have been heard on radio, internet radio, and television, and have been recommended by Booklist, Library Journal, and School Library Journal.

Wed 1 Aug

Miss Jamie & the Farmhands

Miss Jamie & the Farmhands

Perfect for preschoolers through age 8, Miss Jamie and her puppet friends from the farm take the audience on a magical barnyard adventure in a sing-along, dance-along show that's fun for kids and grownups alike. The interactive performance features well-known farm songs as well as original tunes like "Happy Chickens Lay Yummy Eggs" and "Keepin' it Pesticide Free," and teaches healthy eating and responsible farming in a fun way that leaves everyone stompin' their boots and hollerin' for more. Sing, dance, laugh, and learn with Miss Jamie and her farmyard friends.

Wed 8 Aug

The Exceptionals *a concert to accommodate children with sensory differences; All children welcome.

The Exceptionals

Grow, Worm, Grow! A Sensory Celebration Concert for All!
Experiencing live music lights up the entire brain and opens communication in ways that words alone cannot. In this interactive concert, Old Town School of Folk Music faculty create a multi-sensory experience carefully designed to calm, delight, and support children with sensitivities and special needs. Centered around the theme of growth, and performed by teaching artists experienced and trained in the field of special education, the concert creates a safe, celebratory space for children with diverse abilities and the people who love them. Children are encouraged to engage how they wish, in their own way, when they are ready. Come celebrate your child’s sense of self and growth, and have some musical fun with other children and families.

Wed 15 Aug

Zak Morgan

Zak Morgan

Grammy nominee Zak Morgan's unique brand of children's music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike. When he is not writing and recording, Zak performs family concerts throughout the country. His live performances are always filled with laughter and warmth as he encourages children to read, imagine, and believe in themselves. Morgan has released five critically acclaimed records and one DVD for children and was nominated for a Grammy in 2003—a rare feat for an independent artist.

“Morgan sounds a bit like singer Cat Stevens, and his storytelling is an inspired cross between Dr. Seuss-style word games and the sly, edginess of Shel Silverstein. In short, it's children's music that adults can love.” –Rick Bird, Cincinnati Post

Wed 22 Aug

Duke Otherwise

Duke Otherwis

With his guitar, tap shoes, and distinct baritone, Duke Otherwise performs a hilarious, charming, and interactive musical program for all ages. He writes original songs bursting with clever wordplay and fun ideas relatable to both kids and adults. Duke is highly sought out by many libraries, schools, and festivals throughout the Midwest and was recently invited to be a featured performer at KindieComm in Philadelphia opening for this year's Grammy winner, Tim Kubart.  Stefan Shepherd, NPR's children's music reviewer, says of Duke, "Nifty, brainy lyrics...Highly recommended."

Wed 29 Aug

Istvan & His Imaginary Band

Istvan & His Imaginary Band

Istvan never does anything halfway. A longtime member of Chicago’s alternative music scene, Istvan went all-out in the children’s arena after being inspired by the birth of his daughter, Evie, who often joins him onstage to play his Parent’s Choice-award-winning songs. He’s committed to rocking the kids and families of Chicago with his energetic brand of pop, country, punk, and rock. When he’s not on stage with huge inflatable toys, bouncing beach balls, and bubbles galore, he’s helping craft his blast-off brand of toys, clothing, and music videos. Catch him on the radio, catch him at a concert, just catch Istvan, if you can find his Imaginary Band.

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