Summer concerts featuring kids music

Chris M. Burch - WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir takes the stage in August at the National Building Museum. The Choir is made up of about 25 kids from Virginia, Maryland and Washington.

One perk to these carefree days of summer: carefree
kid-friendly concerts! Hum along with our top picks and add some tunes to your already bright summer days!

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(Kevin Fry) - These guys are goofy in a really good way. Recess Monkey will play two July dates at Wolf Trap’s Children's Theater-in-the-Woods stage.

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Where: Jammin Java, 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna.

When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

How much? $10. Your parents can call 703-255-1566 or go to www.jamminjava.com.

This husband-wife duo sing about a lemonade stand, a bike ride and an invisible friend. Last month, the two musicians released a Spanish album, and their newest single (that means an important song that will be on their next album), “Falling,” was featured on a Coca-Cola commercial. They’re getting a lot of positive attention! Their energetic yet mellow songs are sure to fit nicely into your summer memories.

Milkshake

Where: Strathmore, Backyard Theater Stage, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda.

When: July 11, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

How much? $8; age 2 and younger free. Your parents can call 301-581-5100 or go to www.strathmore.org.

This Baltimore-based band released its fifth album this year. It’s called “Got a Minute?” and it features 33 songs (in about 33 minutes.) Milkshake oldies such as “Happy Place” and “Enemies” and a new song about bullying called “Let ’Em Know” speak the truth about how hard being a kid can be.

Recess Monkey

Where: Wolf Trap Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna.

When: July 17 and July 18, 10:30 a.m.

How much? $10. Your parents can call 877-965-3872 or go to www.wolftrap.org/woods.

If you’ve been keeping up with kids bands, you’ve probably heard of these crazy guys. They’re a cross between your favorite goofy uncle and your very talented guitar teacher. They released their ninth album this summer, called “Deep Sea Diver,” with songs about things such as submarines, fish sticks, shrimp and sea gulls. It’s fun rock for a fun summer day.

WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir

Where: The National Building Museum in the Great Hall, 401 F Street NW.

When: August 4, 2 p.m.

How much? Free. Your parents can call 202-272-2448 or go to www.nbm.org.

About 25 kids from Virginia, Maryland and the District will sing gospel music, which is powerful singing that often has a religious message. The kids, who must audition to be a part of this Washington Performing Arts Society choir, will also sing American patriotic songs (that means songs that are about how great the United States is), and also tunes from musicals such as “The Wiz” and “Sister Act 2.”

Dan Zanes

Where: Wolf Trap Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna.

When: August 10, 10:30 a.m.

How much? $10. Your parents can call 877-965-3872 or go to www.wolftrap.org/woods.

Zanes and fellow musician Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays Wolf Trap on June 27 and 28, will release an album called “Turn, Turn, Turn” at the end of August. Zanes’s songs are rooted in what’s called Americana music. That means he mixes different elements of American-made music into his tunes. You might hear him finger-picking a banjo to give a song a bluegrass music feel, or you may hear him simply strumming his guitar, giving the song a folk music feel. Either way, Zanes, with his wacky hair and big smile, will have you swaying with the morning breeze.

The Diggity Dudes

Where: Jammin Java, 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna.

When: September 7, 10:30 a.m.

How much? $10. Your parents can call 703-255-1566 or go to www.jamminjava.com.

KidsPost was taken in by the Diggity Dudes’ “Presidential Physical Fitness Test,” which is a funny hip-hop song that really bounces. But the band isn’t tied to a single style of music. One of the five guys even plays the upright bass, an unusual (and huge) instrument to find in a kids band. These guys don’t seem to take themselves too seriously, but they sound like serious fun.

— Moira E. McLaughlin

 
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