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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. 

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 http://concertwindow.com/jasondidner

 

Today (Thursday) at 10:30: Live, Online Family Concert

A live, online concert from the Jungle Gym Jam's living room to yoursWe’re on Concert Window today (Thursday 2/9) at 10:30 AM! Interactive children’s music experience to entertain your family on this snow day! Type to us during and between songs and we’ll give your family a shout-out! 

Online admission is “pay what you want.” 

Get yourself signed on at 10:25 at https://www.concertwindow.com/junglegymjam

 

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We’re back on again! New date for Light of Day Family Concert!

After snow scuttled our original plans to play a Light of Day Foundation family concert at Crossroads in Garwood in January, we have a makeup date of February 4 for the show.

Most of the lineup is the same, but Miss Nina couldn’t make the new date, so our good friend (and producer) Baze – from Baze and His Silly Friends will add his brand of zesty family fun to our lineup on the new date. Harmony supergroup The Campfire Flies (made up of members of The Cucumbers, The Thousand Pities, Speed the Plough) will headline. My own Jungle Gym Jam will bring high energy Jersey style rock-n-roll for kids & families, and Yosi will get big laughs from little people with his great stage presence and musicality. 

The Light of Day Winterfest spreads out over Asbury Park, north Jersey, Philadelphia, Rockland County and more during the month of January; our makeup date now extends the benefit concert series into a new month – at what is a new venue for the series of events.

Tickets are $15 per person; children under age 1 admitted free.

Show is at Crossroads at 78 North Avenue in Garwood, NJ on Sat. Feb. 4 at 3PM. Doors at 2:30. 

Light of Day Family Concert 2017 - new date February 4, 2017

Just around the Corner til the Light of Day Yeah!

Benefit concert to help research & treat Parkinson’s, ALS, PSP

Kids’ entertainers to rock Crossroads Jan. 7 for Light of Day Foundation

I only had a short time with Mr. Lou DeMartino but learned how passionate he was about supporting the Light of Day Foundation, traveling the U.S., Canada and Europe to give benefit performances with Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan to help combat nervous system disorders that have affected so many people, often claiming their lives. Lou joined the Jungle Gym Jam in the spring of 2015, just 4 short months before another disease, asthma, shockingly took his life.

But Lou has stayed on my mind to this day, and I’m in awe of how much of himself he gave when he had few resources of his own and had to work multiple gigs to make ends meet. So it’s only fitting that I took up the mantle to put on a Light of Day Foundation benefit concert to continue his work.

Years ago there was an annual Light of Day benefit concert for kids & families in Asbury Park, which was later replaced in the seaside city’s venues with a wider variety of rock and pop acts aimed at adult audiences, who generally spend more at the bar than their family counterparts, yielding bigger donations to Light of Day.

I figured the best bet was to put on a family-oriented concert at another NJ music venue during January, the organization’s busy month for benefit concerts – perhaps a venue not in Asbury Park but one known for great NJ concerts. I reached out to Lee at Crossroads in Garwood, where I had participated in a benefit show before.

Jay Lustig, a longtime NJ music critic and now the founder of NJArts.net, led me to an intriguing headline act for this concert – Deena Shoshkes from the new wave duo The Cucumbers, now with her new harmony-rich band The Campfire Flies. I built the supporting lineup from New Jersey’s family music scene – singers and players who have delighted kids and their grown-ups in front of me before, like Miss Nina and Yosi. Yosi has performed in those earlier versions of the Light of Day family concert before – a tradition that was winding down just as I was getting into the kids’ music game.

The show is on Saturday, January 7 at 4PM (doors open at 3:30); admission is $15 person (children under age 1 admitted free) with all proceeds going to the Light of Day Foundation.