The Jungle Gym Jam’s New Official Picture for Fall 2014

Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam official picture Fall 2014

The Jungle Gym Jam is:
“Jersey Jason” Didner-Vocals, guitar
“Cross-Country Casey” McCleary-guitar, keyboards, vocals
“Amazing Alyssa” Menes-Bass guitar, vocals
“Rockin’ Ross” Kantor-drums, vocals

Pictures by David Nelson Photography

Taken at Lyndhurst Labor Day Weekend Antique & Craft Fair on 8/31/14

Local and Regional Businesses–Apple and U2 Changed the Game This Week–Let’s Play!

Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam kicks out his leg at Lyndhurst Labor Day Weekend Antique & Craft Fair 2014

This past Tuesday, Apple and U2 upped the bet on the way corporations and entertainers can work together. Apple treated their half-billion iTunes Store account holders to a free download of U2’s new album “Songs of Innocence.” Now, as a localĀ indie artist for kids and families, I’d have to be crazy to expect Apple to buy up 500 million licenses to my album to give out to its users, but I’m fortunate to play within a great niche in my own right! And if you market goods and services to parents of young kids in and around northern New Jersey, we share a common niche and I have an audience that might want to hear from you at my shows or in my online interactions.

I come to this game of children’s rock-n-roll at just the right time — Jeff Bogle, a children’s music critic from the Philadelphia area says this is “the golden age of children’s music.” Parents are seeking out highly entertaining and memorable experiences to share with their children. Public budgeting and funding has collapsed and not really returned since the financial meltdown of 2008. Entertainers like me have all kinds of new opportunities to perform in big public spaces if alternative funding can be raised, given that towns, townships, schools and libraries lack the mighty budgets they once wielded.

Do you think that your business can benefit from a smaller-scale version of what Apple pulled off yesterday? Maybe you can treat local kids and families to an afternoon of high energy music that carries valuable lessons over an infectious backbeat. Can you envision your company logo on a banner behind the band on the biggest stage in town? Or doing a very personable meet-and-greet with moms and their little kids as you give out coloring pages or balloons at a library show?

I’d be delighted to help you strike up those all-important relationships with the families that have the potential to use your business to meet their needs and perhaps become raving fans of yours.

You get ideas of how my existing sponsorships work and maybe get a vision for a new and unique sponsorship idea on my Sponsorships page.

Call 201-838-1205 or e-mail me: Jason [at] to see how we can play along now that Apple and U2 have changed the game together.


Tuesday 9/23 is Mommy and Me Day at Imagine That!!! Children’s Museum

Jason Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam rocks Imagine That!!! Children's Museum in Florham Park, NJA special acoustic performance of Jungle Gym Jam music at a favorite indoor destination for my family in New Jersey! I rock out in the puppet theatre at about 11:00 AM. Get there at 10:00 to give the kids plenty of playtime and meet all the vendors!

Imagine That!!! A New Jersey Children’s Museum is at

4 Vreeland Road
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Phone: 973-966-8000
Web site:

Advance purchase of tickets gets you this special half-price admission for adults and children. Click below to get your discount.

Get discount advance tickets at: or call (973) 966-8000. Tickets are limited and prices go back up to standard admission the day of the event, so get your advance tickets now!

By mingling with all the vendors and getting all their signatures on the “bingo card”, you get the chance to enter into an amazing raffle that takes place at the end of the event. Plus every parent gets a gift bag and there’s a $5.50 lunch special too!

Sat 8/23 – First Roots Grand Opening in Manville, NJ!

First Roots Music Studio, Manville, NJTomorrow is a solo acoustic performance of Jungle Gym Jam music at First Roots Music Studio in Manville, NJ.

109 South Main Street
Manville, NJ 08835

  • Ribbon cutting is at 9:00 AM.
  • A free demo class creating a parent-child music and movement experience takes place at 10:00.
  • “Queen Elsa” from the hit movie Frozen makes an appearance at 11:00.
  • After performing, Elsa leads the class in a craft inspired by Frozen.
  • I will perform lively and enriching Jungle Gym Jam music at 12:30 PM.