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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 7 Jun

Miss Jamie & the Farmhands

Miss Jamie & the Farmhands

Wednesday, June 7
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Planting seeds through song, Miss Jamie and her Farmhand friends take the kids on a musical adventure to her “farm,” where they learn values like hard work, exercise, and being kind to animals and each other. The catchy tunes both new and familiar will have parents and kids alike stompin’ their boots and hollerin’ for more fruits and veggies!

Wed 14 Jun

Little Miss Ann

Little Miss Ann

Wednesday, June 14
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Families will love 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 and new songs, filled with rich vocals and simple instrumentation. Her last album, Follow Me, was featured on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic.

Wed 21 Jun

Jodi Koplin’s Jigglejam!

Jodi Koplin’s Jigglejam!

Wednesday, June 21
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Jodi Koplin is a children’s performer who has been dazzling young audiences in the Chicago area for the last two decades. She and the Jigglejam Band have been dubbed one of "the hottest Kids’ Bands to hit Chicago." Jodi Koplin draws her inspiration from the unique perspective of the young children that surround her. Her music covers a wide range of styles, including rock & roll, calypso, boogie, and blues. Her two CDs, Kangarooster and Jumpin’ Bean, have been widely praised and are filled with sing-along songs that are sure to become favorites in your home! Look for her new CD, Shake, Rattle & Squirm, to be released in 2017.

Wed 28 Jun

Super Stolie and the Rockstars

Super Stolie and the Rockstars

Wednesday, June 28
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Super Stolie and the Rockstars have been rockin’ the party since 2007. Performing all original music for kids from three albums, Super Stolie will be sure these songs get stuck in your head, make you laugh out loud, and get you jumpin' and dancin’ to the beats! You’ll hear a span of genres of music, see lots of instruments, and maybe even learn a thing or two. This is a captivating show that will engage kids of all ages and provide interactive fun and smiles for the whole family.

Wed 5 Jul

The Exceptionals*
(a concert to accommodate children with sensory differences) All children welcome

The Exceptionals

Wednesday, July 5
Wednesday, August 9
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Presents 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, growth, and have some musical fun with other children and families.

Wed 12 Jul

Electric Neil & the Electroleits

Electric Neil & the Electroleits

Wednesday, July 12
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Electric Neil (AKA Mr. Singer) leads Chicago’s most energetic band that rocks for kids—at the zoo, at museums, at nightclubs (and dayclubs) and anywhere else that families with young children like to rock out together. The songs are clever originals augmented by some punky favorites all amplified by a bigger-than-life performer and his band mates, always including sparkling singer Kerry Appleberry and dynamo drummer Mikee-Mo. Sometimes they bring in a few friends for an even larger sound. Each show has its own surprises, from puppets to painting, to a suitcase full of instruments. And it’s hard to find more fun than a five-year-old rocking out and dancing away alongside parents and other grown-ups.

Wed 19 Jul

Moona Luna

Moona Luna

Wednesday, July 19
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Moona Luna is the kindie group that the New York Daily News says is providing “the missing soundtrack for bilingual/bicultural kids.” After making a splash on the family music scene with their accordion-driven, Latin-inspired debut album, Piñata Party (2011), Moona Luna delivered something fresh in its sophomore album, Vamos, Let’s Go! (2013). Songwriter and bandleader Sandra Velasquez found inspiration in American pop hits of the 50s and 60s, and staying true to her bilingual mission, crafted Spanish and English lyrics for each song. Moona Luna has performed all over the country—from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to Madison Square Park in New York City. Their third studio album celebrates their Latin roots and draws on broader musical influences from the African diaspora. The album’s ten upbeat songs chronicle a family bus adventure through South America. P A N O R A M A, was released on January 29, 2016, and won a Parents’ Choice Award.

Wed 26 Jul

Farmer Jason

Farmer Jason

Wednesday, July 26
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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. The character is based on his own farming background and love of the great outdoors. As Farmer Jason, he has released four records and a DVD. He has starred in the It’s a Farmer Jason video interstitial program that airs on several PBS stations around the United States, earning four Emmy nominations and one Emmy 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. Farmer Jason draws his musical influences from folk, country, and rock ‘n’ roll with a dash of DIY punk rock.

Wed 2 Aug

Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans

Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans

Wednesday, August 2
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans concerts are a party start to finish. Come prepared to experience the music and the fun with this veteran performer and early childhood music teacher and her seasoned rock band for an evening of singing, dancing, and most of all fun with your kids you won't soon forget. Jeanie B! has been called "velcro for kids." Time Out Chicago magazine calls Jeanie B! "one of the best things to happen to kids in Chicago in the past decade," and "one of the most influential kids’ musicians."

Satisfied customer review: "Thank you again for a fabulous concert! You have truly achieved perfection with your music-and-fun-making interactive show. The kids were dancing, singing, and having an absolute blast the entire time. Simply amazing."

Wed 9 Aug

The Exceptionals*
(a concert to accommodate children with sensory differences) All children welcome

The Exceptionals

Wednesday, July 5
Wednesday, August 9
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Presents 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, growth, and have some musical fun with other children and families.

Wed 16 Aug

Zak Morgan

Zak Morgan

Wednesday, August 16
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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, Morgan 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 currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, and continues to tour the country giving concerts and workshops for children and families.

“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 23 Aug

Duke Otherwise

Duke Otherwise

Wednesday, August 23
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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 Otherwise 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 Grammy-winner Tim Kubart. Stefan Shepherd, NPR's children's music reviewer, says of Duke, "Nifty, brainy lyrics...highly recommended."

Wed 30 Aug

Poochamungas

Poochamungas

Wednesday, August 30
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

We are the greatest firefighter lead rock n' roll kindie band in America...if not the world! With classic rock roots, Poochamungas is unique and familiar at the same time. If you are looking for original, fun, family-friendly, and interactive music that rocks, then come on out to a show near you.

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