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This Sunday: Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival

Check out the Children’s Section at Washington Street & 3rd Street!

Hoboken Spring Art & Music Festival Poster
This Sunday, May 3, a bank parking lot becomes a very happy place for lots of kids & families as it does twice a year. What’s normally the site for routine errands will be alive with bouncing, sliding, riding, laughing, face painting, balloon twisting and dancing as the Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival kicks into gear.

There will be a bouncy house, jumbo inflatable slide, carnival rides, face painters, a sand art station and balloon artists. There will also be five top-notch children’s entertainment groups on the stage in the children’s section of the festival.

At noon, Erin Lee & the Up Past Bedtime Band will delight kids and their grown-ups with a highly interactive show filled with bubbles, confetti and a fine assortment of musical styles.

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts will entertain at 1:00, with their staff of teachers and managers putting on a show that will inspire you to enroll your kids to tap into their inner performer so they can learn to jam along.

My own band Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam will start at 2:00, playing an energetic show containing some fan favorites and introducing some brand new songs that celebrate summer fun, family travel, superheroes and more. Find out why Jim Testa from NJ.com named us one of his picks for the festival. Download three of our tracks for free so you can sing along with some of our tunes!

Stick around for Michael Napolitano and Preschool of Rock, a very popular early childhood music teacher who offers classes in Hoboken. Michael’s group sold out the season opener of Maxwell’s Mini Music Mondays with a thrilling family-oriented show last winter.

At 4, Carol Lester will belt out her award-winning songs for the enjoyment of kids & families taking in the late afternoon time at the festival.

The live entertainment for kids wraps up in thrilling fashion with Little Club Heads, who will transform the kids section into a full blown dance club party perfect for children and their grown-ups, starting at 5:00.

Learn more about the Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival here on the City of Hoboken’s official web site.

A Brilliant Way of Sharing Music with Kids at First Roots Manville

junglegymjam-family-bow-firstrootsWhen the Jungle Gym Jam brought the house down last summer at Hillsborough, NJ Public Library and the rave reviews spread through the neighboring towns, Jennifer Esposito was paying attention. She reached out to me the next day and asked if I would perform at the grand opening of her new school location in Manville. I was happy to do the honors and even happier still that my daughter, now 4, would get to meet Frozen’s Queen Elsa at the event! My wife Amy, who co-writes lyrics with me, and our daughter, joined me on ukuleles for a performance of “Five Sea Lions.” A wonderful grand opening event and performance led to new ideas. And then Jennifer came up with something truly brilliant…

Jennifer had been learning by experience that the field of early childhood musical learning centers was a crowded one with lots of franchised regional and national programs that are delivered in a consistent way whether you’re in one location or another. She had been under such a franchise which wasn’t working for her way of doing business. So she went 100% independent, coming up with her own curriculum. It was a bold move, but Jennifer was missing a way of helping public easily understand what set her program apart.

Jennifer Esposito leading a First Roots music & movement activity at Hillsborough Public LibraryJennifer and I had a few back-and-forth discussions that lead to this breakthrough idea: Every semester of her school would feature the music of a working “kindie” band in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. She’d give out CD’s and songbooks from that band at the start of the semester and she’d offer special music and movement activities centered around that band’s songs. Kids attending the class would hear a combination of recorded tracks by the featured band and Jennifer covering that band’s songs. Then at the end of that semester, the band would give a live, featured performance in her studio. Brilliant! This was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in an early childhood music learning center and a great distinction to offer the area’s kids & families.

I had the honor of being the first featured kindie artist over this semester that is now drawing to a close and, on Saturday afternoon March 14, I will give a performance at First Roots Music Studio.

More kindie artists will be featured over the coming semester, including Baze and His Silly Friends.

If your family lives in or around Manville, I’d love to see you there!

– Jason

HEROES ROCK! A Family Fun Fest with Jungle Gym Jam (New Date)

Batman is coming to the Heroes Rock! event at Congregation Shomrei Emunah on 1/18/15 with a message of police-community relationship building from the Newark Police Dept.NEW DATE — Help your kids explore their inner hero at this fun family event. Kindie rock band Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam will debut their brand new song “My Superpower” and play more of their family-friendly favorites. Kids and grown-ups are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero. That bath towel at home would make a fine cape! Speaking of capes, BATMAN will be there with a message of police-community relationship building. And hell’ll have the Batmobile with him!


And to really be a hero to someone in need, bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Montclair Emergency Shelter for the Homeless (MESH) so they can better assist families in the Montclair area.

This is the make-up date for the event previously scheduled for January 18.

Early-bird tickets:
Adult: $9
Child (age 1+): $5
Child (under 1): free

These special advance ticket prices expire Thursday night, February 5 for the Sunday event. Price online and at the door becomes Adults $12, Children (age 1+) $7 starting Friday morning, Feb. 6.

Congregation Shomrei Emunah is at 67 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Cyber Monday Kids Music Blowout/Tunes for Tots

It’s Cyber Monday and we’re offering great discounts on all our products today from our own store and CD Baby! Our album “Everyone’s Invited!” makes a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift or stocking stuffer. The Parent’s Choice Foundation awarded the album its Approved seal this year, so it’s sure to please kids and parents alike!

CD Baby

Today, our physical CD is $10 on CD Baby or you can download the album for just $7. Hear the whole album below before you buy:

Tunes for Tots

Order an “Everyone’s Invited!” CD from us or CD Baby and we’ll donate another copy to Toys for Tots to benefit children whose family can’t afford nice gifts like these.