LIVE FROM THE PLAYROOM
When the COVID-19 pandemic brought the live music industry to a screeching halt, RRPH quickly pivoted the program to continue to bring the adored concert series online for families. ”It all seemed to happen at the same time. We were postponing shows and
brainstorming about how to keep on sharing the music with kids,” said Shapiro. The Playhouse hit pause on all of our live concerts on March 14th and aired the first Live from the Playroom episode on March 30th. The Rock and Roll Playhouse has been fortunate to work with sponsors who have stepped up to support us so that we can hire musicians and keep the shows free for everyone.
Live From The Playroom offers kids and families delightfully bite-sized programs featuring 20-minutes of music that the
whole gang can dance and sing along. Live from the Playroom is an interactive concert with a team of musicians and hosts who have performed with RRPH live concerts prior to going virtual. The program includes many of the same activities families have grown to love at our live shows including freeze dances, costumes, and of course rock and roll sing songs. Kids love singing songs and completing activities centered around daily themes such as outer space or cars and parents and kids both enjoy the special guests who pop into the shows. Greg Ormont (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong), Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO), Kanika Moore (Doom Flamingo), Grahame Lesh (Terrapin Family Band, Midnight North), Joe Russo (Further, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Nicki Bluhm, and Andy Frasco are just a few of the musicians who have made guest appearances on Live From The Playroom.
ABOUT THE ROCK AND ROLL PLAYHOUSE
The Rock and Roll Playhouse is a weekly family concert series providing kids and parents a place to inspire creativity through music across the country at venues such as Brooklyn Bowl, Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, Industry City, Thalia Hall, Ardmore Music Hall, The Sinclair, Boulder Theater, Marathon Music Works, Echoplex, The UC Theatre, Mohawk, Grey Eagle, Port City Music Hall, Higher Ground and First Avenue. Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. As such, The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child’s lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll. Come play!
The Rock and Roll Playhouse knows that little ears are sensitive, so we turn down the volume at our shows. However, all kids experience music differently and you may find that your child is more comfortable wearing hearing protection earmuffs, such as Baby Banz, which are available for purchase here.
The following musicians have all sat in with The Rock and Roll Playhouse over the years; Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band), George Porter Jr, Questlove, Joe Russo (Further, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Nicki Bluhm, Ross James (Terrapin Family Band), Tash Neal (The London Souls), Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Grahame Lesh (Terrapin Family Band, Midnight North), Anders Osbourne, Holly Bowling, Jackie Greene, North Mississippi Allstars, Warren Haynes, Karina Rykman, and Eric McFadden. Who knows who will show up this weekend!
Created by entrepreneur and owner of The Capitol Theatre and co-owner of the Brooklyn Bowl, Peter Shapiro, and Amy Striem, a certified Early Childhood and Elementary teacher, The Rock and Roll Playhouse uses music to educate children and explore their creativity. The idea for The Playhouse came to Shapiro, a parent of two young children, after he discovered first-hand a lack of regular programming in New York City that combined his passion for live music and his family. He collaborated with Striem, then an administrator at his daughter’s nursery school, to help fill this void that they felt many other parents also shared.
“Not only were there so many Deadhead parents there loving the music, but there were adorable tie-dye clad toddlers bopping around, and the RRPH staff had activities like the parachute game on-hand to entertain them. My daughter was smiling ear to ear, and my husband and I felt like we could actually enjoy ourselves.”
“Children are encouraged to ‘move, play and sing’ to the music, creating a space within which they can discover new comfort zones with and around music.”
—In New York
“Regardless of the music, it’s easy to see why Rock and Roll Playhouse is so successful. Lest we forget, or try to make ourselves forget, live shows offer ecstatic communion. To be able to share that fun with your kid is, to quote a true artist, ‘a boy’s dream.'”
“For two hours, the venue is swarming with children, parents and babies rocking out to Prince, The Allman Brothers and Fleetwood Mac. Mom and dad are grooving to the songs that played when they met, while their kids are dancing alongside them. It’s quite literally fun for all ages.”
“The Rock and Roll Playhouse workshops at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl are a wild way to spend a Sunday morning. They offer unique, interactive live music experiences for little rock stars of all ages (and their parents!)”
“You take the fam to Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg because you’re all about that Blue Ribbon fried chicken. (Plus, you love those weekend concerts that are geared to kids!)”
“Small children aren’t shy about rocking out — especially if you provide the right tunes. In this series from the Rock and Roll Playhouse, geared to music fans 7 and under, young participants will move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon.”
—The New York Times