Monthly Archives: February 2017

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Here’s Pandagarten!

Here’s the latest Jungle Gym Jam song “Pandagarten,” celebrating the Chinese New Year with the story of one of China’s most beloved animals – the giant panda. 

Pandas raised in captivity are socialized in a panda kindergarten where they learn survival skills and how to interact with other pandas. 

This song will get its live debut in our upcoming performance at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA this coming weekend. Enjoy the video, and please share! 

Musically yours,


Hitting the Road for the Next 2 Weekends!

Jam Packed-Jason gets the minivan loaded up for a Jungle Gym Jam gigOne thing our family/band loves to do is to travel out of town to play shows. In fact, as of this writing, we’ve been to 7 states to perform – and we’ve got our eyes on #8! 

This afternoon we’ll get our minivan “jam packed” for the ride to Vienna, Virginia (suburbs of Washington, D.C.) to perform at Jammin’ Java’s Tot Rock family concert series tomorrow morning (Saturday). And we’re joined by a special guest – “Astonishing Amelia” on bass. At age 14, Amelia can do it all – sing, play, and command the stage. She’s put in lots of time and effort at School of Rock in Montclair where she’s really learned her craft – her love for The Beatles’ music really comes through in her performance. 

Jason Didner guest DJ'ing for Hilltown Family Variety Show - an hour of family radio programming. Also happening tomorrow (Saturday) – I’m the guest DJ on Hilltown Family Variety Show on western Massachusetts’ radio station WXOJ 103.3FM and live streaming from their web site. Tune in at 9AM Eastern. 

Speaking of Massachusetts, it becomes our 8th state for live performance next Saturday, February 25 when we roll into the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst to perform our songs that share inspiration among the animal world and natural universe with the famous children’s book illustrator. Doors open at 10:30 AM, showtime is at 11. 


Concert Window Highlight – Mimi the Ladybug

Yesterday when the roads got icy, our plans for the day were scrapped. So we did what we always do when we and our friends & neighbors can’t go out – we put on an online living room concert using Concert Window. 

Here’s “Mimi the Ladybug” from that performance: 

Awesome Amy is operating the adorable Mimi puppet designed by Chris Palmieri. This was one of our first Jungle Gym Jam songs, written when Holly (now almost 6) was almost 2! 

Comment below on what days of the week/times of day you’d like to catch a live Jungle Gym Jam Concert Window show. 

Icy Day Living Room Family Concert Today at 3:30!

Ice has hit New Jersey today, so our plans have been put on, well… ice! 

So we’ll stay inside and sing – for you and your family, while you’re stuck inside too. 

We’re on Concert Window at 3:30 PM Eastern today (Sun 2/12). 

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Get signed on at 3:25 PM to enjoy the whole show – we’ll be performing our interactive show for about 30 minutes. 

A live, online concert from the Jungle Gym Jam's living room to yours

We Kept a Snow Day Tradition Going Yesterday!

Yesterday when about 9″ of snow hit my hometown of Montclair, NJ, I carried on a Jungle Gym Jam snow day tradition – to play a live, online concert for those families whose kids could use some interactive indoor entertainment. 

Here’s a highlight from that show: “Your Happy Place”

Use the comments below to let me know if you were watching yesterday! I’m also curious to hear from you about what days of the week/times of day you’d like to see an interactive Concert Window show happen for your family. 

P.S.: You might also be interested to know I’ve scheduled a Concert Window show for the grown-ups – it happens Monday night 2/13 at 9:30 eastern. I’ll play originals and covers of Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Billy Joel. Check it out at