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Friday March 20th is Arts Day at PS 261 in Brooklyn. We'll be there sharing our love of rock and roll music and writing our own original blues songs with 4th graders! I think I can guess what the songs will be about on a snowy spring equinox day...

 

On Sunday March 8th, we ushered in spring with The London Souls and a little help from our friends. Thanks to the band and all of you who joined us. Here come the sun!

 

We are so excited to share the music of a band who changed popular music as we know it today, those four beloved lads from Liverpool, The Beatles. This Sunday, March 8th, The London Souls, with a little help from some friends, will rock out with the music of The Beatles as well as songs off their upcoming album. Tickets are available at BrooklynBowl.com and will be limited the day of the event. 

 

 

Huge thanks to Luther and Cody from North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne for bringing us their party time blues! Check us out in The Daily Voice and Jambands

 

 

All you need is love and The London Souls to have a rocking time! Beatles For Little Rockers on sale now at BrooklynBowl.com

 

 

Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre to host “Blues for Little Rockers,” A Children's Workshop presented by The Rock and Roll Playhouse featuring North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne

On Friday, February 27 from 3:15PM – 4:00PM, The Rock and Roll Playhouse will return to Garcia’s to teach children 10-years-old and under how to build music skills and to inspire families to continue a lifetime journey of music education and appreciation.

Parents and children will be encouraged to sing, dance, and play along, while learning songwriting skills and the fundamentals of the blues.

Founded in 1996, North Mississippi Allstars are known for their blazing blend of blues and Southern swamp-rock. They have firmly planted themselves in the roots of the rock ‘n’ roll world while continuing to grow and thrive in the music scene.

Called “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene" by Guitar Player, Anders Osborne has made frequent appearances on The Capitol Theatre's stage, including several sensational stints with Phil Lesh & Friends. His soulful voice and passionate guitar work stands out and shines brightly.

Get your tickets now on the Garcia's website

 

 

We had so much fun getting down on the dance floor with DJ Jonathan Toubin spinning 45's for all to enjoy!

the new york times Arts section 'spare times for children' listed our Dance party!

Escape the cold and come join us for an afternoon of dancing to some tunes from the 50s and 60s!  

Soul Clap FAMILY

Calling all parents and kids! Put on your dancing shoes for this very special event, brought to you by The Rock and Roll Playhouse. Famed New York Soul Dance Party DJ Jonathan Toubin will get the family grooving, as he spins 45s from the 1950s and 1960s and hosts a one-of-a-kind Family Dance Off.    

SXSW called Toubin’s New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance Off “The most popular dance party in the world.” RRPH is thrilled to bring Toubin’s dance party to the entire family and is ready to show the kids how to DJ, play records and show off some award winning dance moves for the Dance Off.  Charlotte Holst Douglas will also host an innovative vinyl art project for the kids. 

Proceeds from the event will be donated to children’s music charity, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

Jonathan Toubin’s KIDS New York Night Train Soul Clap FAMILY Dance Off, presented by The Rock and Roll Playhouse

  • Sunday, February 15th @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • Doors: 10:30am
  • Dance Party: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Art Activity for Kids with Charlotte Holst Douglas: 12:30pm-1:00pm

Tickets available on the Brooklyn Bowl website. 

*This is a children’s event and all adults must be with a child 10 years and under to attend

 

 

A special Grateful Rockers workshop with "Joe Russo's Almost Dead"

What a surprise when the entire band from Joe Russo's Almost Dead showed up bright and early to play a special set for our little rockers on Saturday morning before their sold out show that evening at Brooklyn Bowl. Tash Neal from London Souls also stopped by and sat in with the band for a few songs. The band took time to talk to us about their instruments and even let the kids take turns playing the piano, strumming the guitar and of course hitting the drum set. 

Special thanks to Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, Dave Dreiwitz, Tom Hamilton, Marco Benevento and Tash Neal for another amazing and one-of-a-kind Grateful Rockers event!

 

Grateful Rockers with JRAD

Following the memorable ‘Grateful Rockers’ workshop with Phil Lesh, The Rock and Roll Playhouse brings families yet another one-of-a-kind experience by welcoming Almost Dead’s famed drummer, Joe Russo, Brooklyn’s very own guitar master, Scott Metzger and bassist for Ween, Dave Dreiwitz for a special ‘Grateful Rockers’ Children's Music Workshop at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday, January 24th @ 11am.  

With the breaking news of the remaining members of the Grateful Dead coming together this summer to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary fresh on our minds, RRPH’s ‘Grateful Rockers’ it the perfect way to celebrate the band’s music as a family.

The intimate workshop, for children 3-8 years old, will have even the littlest fans rocking out to a whole new set list of favorites played by Russo, Metzger, Dreiwitz and some friends. Proceeds from the event will be donated to children’s music charity, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

‘Grateful Rockers’ - A Children’s Workshop Featuring Joe Russo, Scott Metzger and Dave Dreiwitz - Presented by The Rock and Roll Playhouse
Saturday, January 24th @ Brooklyn Bowl
Doors: 10:30am - 
Grateful Rockers Children’s Workshop: 11:00am-12pm

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 20th at 10am on the Brooklyn Bowl website. 

*Grateful Rockers is a children's event and all adults must be with a child to attend.

 

This exciting event from one of the members of our RRPH team offers a unique experience for the whole family! 

We are very excited about Jazz and Colors "The MASTERWORKS Edition" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art  and wanted to share it with you. The 6pm set on Friday, January 30 is the perfect Friday night activity for families. RRPH can't wait to offer evening events like this in our space, combining art and jazz music to create one-of-a-kind entertainment that is fun and educational for the entire family.

Following its critically acclaimed second edition in Central Park last fall, Jazz & Colors is back with “The MASTERWORKS Edition,” to be performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, January 30, 2015, featuring 2 sets of music at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. Jazz performances by a dozen ensembles will take place simultaneously in galleries located around the world-renowned Museum. Visitors will be invited to sample the sounds and styles of an eclectic range of groups—from small combos to larger ensembles— as they play the same program of jazz masterworks, in two sets, throughout the Met.

This one-of-a-kind event is free with Museum admission and offers an opportunity to explore the Met’s most beloved galleries—from The American Wing to the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Galleries— accompanied by a self-guided musical score. Jazz & Colors is a co-production of the independent music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro and the Metropolitan Museum. It is programmed by Brice Rosenbloom, Music Director at Le Poisson Rouge and Producer of Winter Jazzfest, and Limor Tomer, General Manager of Concerts & Lectures at the Metropolitan Museum, and curator of the Met’s live art series, Met Museum Presents.

Jazz & Colors is a unique way to experience jazz outside a club or concert hall,” Ms. Tomer said. “Our visitors are invited to explore the galleries and discover a single set list, performed live simultaneously in a dozen locations around the Museum. When Jazz & Colors took over Central Park in 2012 and 2013, its aspect of live individual engagement was brilliant. Here at the Met we have a gorgeous, vast landscape of a different sort. By reinventing Jazz & Colors for our galleries, we expect to surprise and delight our visitors.”

Mr. Shapiro commented: “The Met is one of the most remarkable museums in the world. Placing bands throughout its main building will provide an audio score, just as the leaves of Central Park from past Jazz & Colors festivals lifted the music there. Now the iconic masterworks of jazz will give new life to the Met’s stunning collection, demonstrating the fundamental power of jazz.”

“We are placing the jazz groups at different locations within the Museum, wherever we feel they fit most appropriately among the art,” said programmer Rosenbloom. “The truly great visual masterpieces, combined with a curated soundtrack of some of the finest works of jazz, performed live by New York City musicians, will augment the audience’s experience.”

Jazz & Colors is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

 

"'80s for Little Rockers" workshop featuring Howard Jones and members of Jessie's Girl, at Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre, January 9, 2015.

Mmm hmm, kids just wanna have fun…and parents too! We had fun in abundance on Friday, January 9th, when special guest Howard Jones joined our 80's for Little Rockers workshop. A big thank you to Eric and Mike from Jessie's Girl who played in our band for the day, to Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre for welcoming us and to all of you who came out ready to rock. We can't wait for the next one!

Check out this great coverage in the Daily Voice.

Howard Jones Workshop

On Friday January 9th, The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s will welcome synthesizer sensation, Howard Jones for a special ‘80s for Little Rockers’ Workshop presented by The Rock and Roll Playhouse.

The intimate after-school workshop, for children 3-7 years old, will have even the littlest fans dressing up to spin right round to some classic tunes from 1980s. Proceeds from the event will be donated to children’s music charity, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

‘80s for Little Rockers’ - A Children’s Workshop Featuring Howard Jones - Presented by The Rock and Roll Playhouse
Friday, January 9th @ Garcia’s in The Capitol Theatre
Doors: 3pm. 
Workshop 3:30 - 4:15.

Tickets go on sale Monday, January 5th at noon on The Capitol Theatre website. Please visit the website for more information about purchasing tickets.

*80s for Little Rockers is a children’s event and all adults must be with a child to attend.

 

"Grateful Rockers" Workshop featuring Phil Lesh and Tash Neal at Brooklyn Bowl, December 28, 2014.

What a way to end the year, kicking off our children's workshop series with a "Grateful Rockers" event featuring Phil Lesh! Special thanks to Tash Neal from the London Souls for joining our band for the day. It was so great to see our mission brought to life by creating a fun and memorable experience for the whole family and raising funds for Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation supporting music education in schools. 

Have a rocking new year and be the first to hear about our upcoming workshops by joining our mailing list! Our workshops are designed to be small to create a welcoming environment for children, families and our guest artists.

We were featured on Jambands.com!

Grateful Rockers with Phil Lesh

On Sunday December 28th, Brooklyn Bowl will welcome The Grateful Dead’s legendary bass player Phil Lesh for a special ‘Grateful Rockers’ Children's Music Workshop presented by The Rock and Roll Playhouse

The intimate workshop, for children 3-7 years old, will have even the littlest fans rocking out with egg shakers to “Shakedown Street” and running an obstacle course to “The Race is On.”  All proceeds from the event will be donated to children’s music charity, Mr Holland's Opus Foundation.

'Grateful Rockers' - A Children's Workshop Featuring Phil Lesh - Presented by The Rock and Roll Playhouse.

  • Sunday, December 28th @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • Doors: 11am
  • Grateful Rockers Children’s Workshop: 11:30am-12:15pm
  • Guitar Strap Art Activity for Kids with Charlotte Holst Douglas: 12:30pm-1:00pm

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, December 23rd at 10am on the Brooklyn Bowl website. Please visit the website for more information about purchasing tickets.

*Grateful Rockers is a children’s event and all adults must be with a child to attend

 

 

Thanks Mommy Poppins for mentioning us on their site as 'Coming Soon!'

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The Rock and Roll Playhouse team spent some time chatting with Erika Kuhn, a mom and NYC elementary school librarian, about music and books. 

 

How long have you been a librarian and what is the best part of your job?  

I've been a librarian for 15 years. The best part of my job is talking books with kids all day. It's such a thrill to match a child with the perfect book.

 

What are your favorite music-themed books for elementary age kids? 

When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan is an amazing story about Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.

For older kids, I really got a kick out of So Punk Rock: and Other Ways to Disappoint your Mother by Micol Ostow. Four suburban New Jersey students from the Leo R. Gittleman Jewish Day School form a rock band that becomes inexplicably popular.

 

Do you have any recommendations for our rock and roll parents?  

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, Legs McNeil

The Love You Make: an Insider's Story of the Beatles, Peter Brown and Steven Gaines

High Fidelity, Nick Hornby

 

What is your favorite rock and roll moment?  

The Replacements show at Forest Hills Stadium was pretty epic.

 

RECOMMENDED Books

 

What a little music can do

An inspiration for our Grateful Rockers class!

 

Fall Sounds with The Playhouse

We had so much fun rocking out with students, teachers and families at the Williamsburg Montessori School. We grooved to reggae tunes with the infants, jumped and jived with the toddlers and played a mean air guitar in our Yellow Submarine with the pre-k group. We can't wait for the next one! 

Classroom Supplies Arriving!

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RRPH CLASS LIST IS HERE!

We are so excited to share with you some of the classes that will be offered at The Rock and Roll Playhouse. Check out the descriptions on the new CLASSES page and get ready join us on a musical adventure! We are continually working on the curriculum and are still looking for talented and enthusiastic instructors. Please check out the JOBS page and keep sending us your awesome resumes.

 

School Days 

Fall is here and school is back in session! If you would like us to visit your school to teach a songwriting or music and movement workshop, please contact us at community@therockandrollplayhouse.com

For workshop descriptions, click here: Writing The Blues Workshop / Music and Movement Workshop

 

Summer Sounds with The Playhouse

The Rock and Roll Playhouse teamed up with Maple Street School, a preschool in Brooklyn, this summer to offer music workshops and concerts for children and parents. We kicked off the season with a concert for children, parents and teachers leading the group in songs from the RRPH curriculum. Devlin is continuing to lead Workshops each week with 3-5 year olds that include percussion, singing and movement.  It has been incredible to share our love of music with these little rockers and it has inspired some new and innovative approaches to our amazing curriculum.  RRPH looks forward to continuing our community outreach and getting back into the public elementary schools in the fall with our Writing the Blues Workshops.

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Inspiration!

One of the many reasons we are so passionate about our unique approach to music education for the whole family! For more of what makes us tick, check out the Inspiration page. 

 

The Playhouse is Taking our Classes on the Road!

We are so excited to share this incredible Blues song, The Freeing Hand Blues, written with a class of 4th graders. Take a listen!

The class incorporated Blues Music and Songwriting as part of their study on Colonial America. The integration of social studies and music is powerful. 

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"I wish it were me, myself and I under the big blue sky. I wish it were me, myself and I under the big blue sky. So I could rule the land with one big freeing hand."

 

 

We were featured on the education news site Chalkbeat.org

 Chalkbeat Link

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The Playhouse has launched our education outreach program with "Writing The Blues" workshops in NYC public schools. If you are interested in having RRPH visit a school, email us for more info at community@therockandrollplayhouse.com

 

Devlin working on the Reggae for Babies class with one of our littlest rockers!

We are currently accepting resumes for instructors and office staff. Click JOBS and email us at jobs@therockandrollplayhouse.com

 

THE ROCK AND ROLL PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL BUS

We bought an old school bus, took it apart, and our fabulous design team is transforming it  into something amazing for our little rockers. A big thank you to Serett Metalworks in Gowanus for their help!

James cutting up reclaimed beams to use for the tables and interior.

 

April was "Jazz Appreciation Month."  This wonderful piano lesson given by the late, great swing pianist, Oscar Peterson on the Dick Cavett Show in 1979, demonstrates how surprisingly simple it can be to understand the fundamental concepts and nuances of music when taught by accomplished musicians, by way of the music itself.  We are very excited to start teaching and sharing music with you!

 

Thank you for all of your support! We love reading your emails and can't wait to meet you. Be sure to sign our mailing list on our CONTACT PAGE.

“Looks like the Playhouse is going to be pretty cool for little musicians. I’m looking forward to checking it out with my little guy and maybe teaching the kids a thing or two!”.  - Olly Peacock, drummer in the band Gomez and Brooklyn dad.

"I'm a Park Slope parent of two and am thrilled THRILLED about what you are doing.  My husband is German, and we lived in Germany for three years when our kids were first born.  There are a lot of things that we miss, most notably public places where adults can do adult things and kids can do kid things SIMULTANEOUSLY."

"As a longtime resident of Carroll Garden/Gowanus, I'm thrilled to finally have a place like Rock & Roll Playhouse in the neighborhood. It's great for kids and adults. With its combination of indoor shows and outdoor green space, it's a year-round place that I'm excited to be able to hang out at. As a parent, I can't say that for a lot of places that are geared toward kids."

"Can you add me to the email list for when you announce your opening? I'm so excited and don't want to miss it!"

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General Information

The Rock and Roll Playhouse (RRPH) is a new concept in family friendly entertainment, located in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The nearly hundred-year‐old building that the RRPH occupies is currently undergoing a complete renovation, scheduled for completion later this year. In renovating, it is our goal to preserve the historic details of this beautiful building, while making a series of improvements to create a safe environment for family learning and entertainment in accordance with the RRPH MISSION.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse will offer an inclusive, hands-on education program for adults and children in a fun and safe environment for all ages that includes exceptional performance and gallery spaces, an outdoor garden and a full service restaurant. We are committed to creating a diverse community connected through a shared love of music and art. We have partnered with our friends at Blue Ribbon Restaurants to offer a full food and beverage program in the restaurant, 7 days a week, breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

 

Daytime Programming

All of our programming is designed for children and their families. Parents and caregivers will play an important role in our programming and workshops. At all times children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver at the RRPH. Our education team has created developmentally appropriate programming for four age ranges:

Babies (under 2 years old)

Little Rockers (2-4 years old)

Rockers (5-7 years old)

Big Rockers (8-10 years old)

We are excited to offer over 20 different programs for these various age groups including: Beatles for Babies, Reggae for Little Rockers, Rock and Roll Storytime, World Music, Jazz, Drawing Rock and Roll, and Introductory instrument instruction in Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Keyboards and Singing and Songwriting.

The RRPH will host birthday parties for children 10-years old and under. Parties for our youngest children will have musical themes and older children will be able to make their own music.

The RRPH is designed to be a family-friendly space. Attention has been given to the stage height and other design details such as rounded corners on dining tables, all to make the space child-friendly. Bathrooms are equipped with changing stations and child friendly accessories such as step stools for our littlest guests.

 

Food by Blue Ribbon

The RRPH will offer breakfast service by Blue Ribbon. The Lunch menu will be available after 11:30am and Family Dinner will be served from 5pm-8pm. The Blue Ribbon menu will focus on healthy and hearty options that both children and adults will enjoy.

After our family dinner service, Blue Ribbon will continue serving dinner and a light menu to adult guests. We will continue to serve food into the evening to meet demand.

A thoughtful beverage program will be offered with 3-4 beers on tap as well as quality wines. We are looking to partner with local vendors to supply these beverages. While we will offer a full-service beverage program, we will not offer bottle service.

 

Evening Theater Programming

Music, lectures and other performances appropriate to the setting and MISSION of the RRPH will be held in the indoor theater and accompany the evening programming on certain nights. The theater is a seated venue set up with tables and chairs.

Our evening music programming will feature Jazz. Our acoustician (Technological Design Studios) is an important part of our design team, and has implemented a series of elements to minimize sound transmission.

The RRPH team is excited to become a valued part of the community and eager to be good neighbors. Please sign our mailing list and direct any questions to community@therockandrollplayhouse.com.