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Family Concert Recap: The Music of Prince at Brooklyn Bowl

This Sunday March 19th, the Rock and Roll Playhouse family concert paid tribute to the music of the late Prince, joined by Adam and Paulo of the RRPH house band, Greg Gonzalez, Nic Travis, and Devin Snow, as well as Rock Bands for Kids’ Blue Lightning. Our talented house band kicked off the show with “Let’s Go Crazy” and followed with other Prince classics like “Kiss” and “Purple Rain”.

Photo Credit:  Deanna Young 

Photo Credit:  Deanna Young 

In true Rock and Roll Play House style, each song had a fun and playful nature, and the crowd danced and played along with parachutes, streamers, shakers and bells. Devin Snow prompted a wild dance party with his incredible on-stage moves, and Paolo even reimagined his tambourine as a steering wheel during “Little Red Corvette,” when he “drove” around the stage! At the end of the set, the audience was treated with Chuck Berry's “Johnny B. Goode” as a special bonus song.

Photo Credit: Deanna Young

Photo Credit: Deanna Young

Following The Rock and Roll Playhouse house band, Rock Bands for Kids’ Blue Lightning sat in to play a selection of their favorite Prince songs, and dedicated their set to rock legend, Chuck Berry, who passed away over the weekend. The band brought a fun and youthful perspective with their performance that showed an approachable side to music for the little ones in the crowd. During their set they played “I Could Never Take the Place Of Your Man”, “7”, and “Raspberry Beret”.

Photo Credit: Deanna Young

Photo Credit: Deanna Young

As always, a huge thank you to the all the families in attendance as well as The Rock and Roll Playhouse house band and Rock Bands for Kids’ Blue Lighting for turning a Sunday afternoon into a special purple celebration! Check out our photo album and Facebook live stream below to see The Rock and Roll Playhouse house band perform “Kiss”, one of the best moments from last Sunday’s show.

Don’t miss out on the fun and join us next Sunday, March 26th for the Music of Fleetwood Mac! Get tickets here.

Family Concert Recap: “A Grateful Purim Party” feat. The Terrapin Family Band and Rabbi Dan

Last Sunday, March 12,  The Rock and Roll Playhouse hosted “A Grateful Purim Party” at Brooklyn Bowl featuring The Terrapin Family Band and Rabbi Dan Ain of Because Jewish. This special celebration began with a creative Purim narration, by Rabbi Dan, set to the music of the Grateful Dead. Each song the band played related to the spirit of Purim and the celebration of Queen Esther. During the storytelling, Rabbi Dan added a whimsical spin to the original Purim story using actors, parachutes, and music by the Terrapin Family band that engaged the kids and parents alike.

After Rabbi Dan’s wonderful recount of the Purim story, families participated in a costume contest. Everyone looked great in their costumes, including the parents, their kids, and the members of The Terrapin Family Band!

Following the costume contest, parents and children were treated to a special daytime set by the one and only Terrapin Family Band, before they played with Phil Lesh later that night on the same stage.  They played countless hits during their set, like Man Smart, Women Smarter, that every generation could jam to.

The afternoon ended with a talk hosted by Mike Greenhaus, editor-in-Chief of Relix Magazine, and The Terrapin Family Band about music and spirituality. Thanks for choosing to spend your Purim with The Rock and Roll Playhouse and Brooklyn Bowl - we hope you had as much fun as we did! To see highlights from the show, check out our photo album and Instagram page. And don’t miss our next show at Brooklyn Bowl: a tribute to Prince on Sunday, March 19! Get tickets here.

“Puff the Magic Dragon Meets Ziggy Stardust”: A Re-Cap of Sunday’s STEVENSTEVEN Show

Last Sunday, STEVENSTEVEN took the Brooklyn Bowl stage for the duo's much-anticipated “Foreverywhere” album release show. Steve Burns, the original host of Blue’s Clues, and Steven Drozd, long time band member of The Flaming Lips, joined forces, recording what would become their debut collection of children’s songs. Described by the band themselves as, “Puff the Magic Dragon meets Ziggy Stardust," their songs are undeniably imaginative, wistful and fun for music-loving parents and kids alike.

Photo by Marc Millman

Photo by Marc Millman

The duo came out donning rainbow capes and used a selection of props, from sock puppets to a toilet plunger, to animate their songs and bring them to life. STEVENSTEVEN were not the only ones in costume, as a handful of the audience came dressed in their most eclectic attire for the occasion, furthering the audience participation throughout the show. It’s safe to say this show was a fun time for adults and children alike!

Photo by Marc Millman

Photo by Marc Millman

Photo by Marc Millman

Photo by Marc Millman

A huge thank you goes out to STEVENSTEVEN and each person who came out for this truly extraordinary Rock and Roll Playhouse performance. Don’t forget to check out our photo album filled with the show's best highlights, and stay tuned for even more opportunities to make unforgettable memories at our family concerts.

Photo by Marc Millman

Photo by Marc Millman

RECAP: The Rock and Roll Playhouse and Brooklyn Bowl 2nd Annual Holiday Festibowl

On Sunday, December 18th, RRPH wrapped up our second year of incredible Family Concerts at Brooklyn Bowl with a festive celebration for the whole family. RRPH turned the famed Brooklyn  venue into a winter wonderland fit for the occasion, complete with snowfall hailing from high above the packed dance floor.

Capping off an exciting year for The Rock and Roll Playhouse that featured shows including Tributes to David Bowie, The Who, and The Grateful Dead, we celebrated with the music of Taylor Swift and countless Top 40’s classics. RRPH is proud to work with such talented artists and our special guest performers from Bennett Miller Entertainment joining forces with RRPH’s Music Director Adam Roberts and RRPH Teaching Artist Paolo Perez to bring the radio hits to life on stage.  Our littlest rock stars were snuggled in baby carriers as their parents hit the dance floor, bigger kids stole the show as they danced and sang along to the lyrics and, when it came time, show some serious moves to close of the set with Shake It Off.

RRPH Family Concerts are created to bring families together to celebrate music and our mission extends beyond the younger years by helping to create opportunities for young musicians to get up on a stage and play a venue.  What could be better than playing on The Brooklyn Bowl stage in middle school!  RRPH’s favorite young talents, Blue Lightning, from the program Rock Band for Kids, proved that age is just a number when sitting in for a lively cover of “Uptown Funk” with the opening act. The energy was pulsing throughout the dancefloor as little ones jumped, danced, and sang . What made this event so memorable was the connection music creates between the performers and their young audience; a link RRPH strives to create with our Family Concert Series.

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Throughout the afternoon families took time to share in the holiday spirit and had the opportunity to take photos with Santa at our holiday photo station. Santa made note of the little ones’ Christmas lists and the moment was captured and printed as a keepsake from our final Family Concert of 2016. We gathered under the disco ball Mistletoe - a Festibowl tradition - and spread holiday cheer with a holiday sing along featuring some of our favorites. Even Santa brought his dancing shoes, leading the Macarena and taking the stage to show off his moves.

DJ Natalie of Baby DJ School closed out the event with an entertaining dance party, where she led a conga line across the dance floor and took turns letting the children participate in selecting songs. Energetic and excitement-filled, Natalie kept the kids entertained until the party was over.

The 2nd Annual Holiday Festibowl was a huge success and we are so thankful for all of you for joining us throughout the year to rock out with your families as we continue to pass along the music to future generations.   

 

Happy Holidays and May the New Year be filled with lots of Rock and Roll!

See you in 2017!

 

- The Rock and Roll Playhouse and Brooklyn Bowl