It's incredible to think of any musical artist being able to release a staggering 34 full-length albums over the course of their career, but in an incredible 56 years of recording for Smithsonian Folkways, that's exactly the number that ELLA JENKINS recently reached, with the release of "123s & ABCs."
As we entered the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois on Wednesday night, I couldn't help but think that the "kid" version of me would be pretty impressed. After all, when I was but a wee lad, attending DISNEY ON ICE was a very special experience - one that I first took part in way back in 1981 (I went into detail on that here) - and something that was a rare occasion. But here we are, and "grownup" James has been to DISNEY ON ICE three times in just under a year. The kid version of me would have just as much trouble believing that as the McFly family did when Marty went back to 1955 and mentioned having television sets... "two of them." Having taken my oldest to Rockin' Ever After last January at the Allstate Arena, followed by 100 Years of Magic (with both girls) last November at United Center, it was time for a new performance with DISNEY ON ICE Presents Let's Celebrate!, which we attended courtesy of Feld Entertainment via the work I do with US Family Guide. You know what? Attending DISNEY ON ICE is still a very special experience.
They've been called "The World's Most Dangerous Kids Band," and some hail them as "The Anti-Barney." I say that they rock, and since they're from Chicago via Berwyn, they score even more points as I pen with this virtual ink here in my hidden lair known as Rock Father HQ. I'm talking, of course, about THE BOOGERS, and today this kindie pop-punk powerhouse is bringing their new music video to the masses. I give you, "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt."
Chicago's own "First Lady of Children's Music" is releasing her 34th album for Smithsonian Folkways later this month, when 123s and ABCs hits the streets. The 16-song collection features some of Jenkins' best music for helping kids learn counting and the alphabet, with songs presented in four languages - English, Spanish, Swahili, and Yiddish. Check out the full tracklisting below...
This February, some "Monster" action is headed for Chicagoland when Feld Motorsports brings MONSTER JAM to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. These roaring, 10,000 pound Monster Trucks will be featured in multiple shows from February 7-9, and as a member of U.S. Family Guide and the Feld Family Ambassador program, I'm able to share with you a discount code worth 30% off tickets! Check out the full details below...
Note: An earlier version of this article appears at Chicago Parent
Chicago friends: If you're looking for a rootin' tootin', yet rockin' good time with your little ones this weekend, it might be a prime time to pay a visit to Miss Jamie from the Farm. The Chicago-based performer will be doing three shows in and around the city to celebrate the release of her debut album, MISS JAMIE'S FARM (available now on Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby).