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 SinclairBoulder 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.

Can’d Aid Partnership

The fall 2019 season of The Rock and Roll Playhouse will also mark the beginning of a yearlong partnership between the Rock and Roll Playhouse and Can’d Aid, an immediate-response non-profit that helps communities rebuild after disasters, encourages creative collaboration amongst neighbors and works to teach, share and inspire through arts, music and culture-oriented events. A portion of tickets sold will go directly to Can’d Aid’s Tunes program over the course of the next year. Can’d Aid’s Tunes program supports local communities through the donation of instruments to public schools in need, one-of-a-kind music workshops taught by nationally touring musicians, scholarships for private music lessons, and more.

“Can’d Aid is thrilled to be partnering with Rock & Roll Playhouse and couldn’t ask for better alignment between our organizations,” says Executive Director Diana Ralston of the creative partnership. “Connecting with young kids as they begin their exploration with music and having the opportunity to bring awareness to their parents about our Tunes program is invaluable. The fact that every RRPH ticket sold will now help get instruments into kids hands is really exciting and will be deeply impactful.”

Speaking about the collaboration, our Executive Director Amy Striem says, “The Rock and Roll Playhouse strives to introduce, inspire, and teach children about rock ‘n’ roll music by creating a fun and safe live music experiences for families all over the country. One of our goals is to see our audience members bring that energy and curiosity about music from the RRPH experience into their homes, schools, and communities. Our partnership with Can’d Aid helps to ensure that opportunities exist for all children to find that musical inspiration in school by helping to get instruments into kid’s hands through the Can’d Aid Tunes Program. We are proud to be partnering with Can’d Aid by donating a portion of our ticket sales to help pass along the music to the next generation.”


“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 Observer

“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!)”
Mommy Nearest

“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!)”
Mommy Nearest

“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