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.
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