Go. Just go and see this concert with your children. Go. They are fantastic, fun, delightful, amazing, creative, unique, entertaining – every complimentary word I can think of right now. I had so much fun at the concert because of their blend of music – they rap, salsa, funk, hip hop, ska, latin and more, more, more. Somehow this blend makes magical music which makes me want to dance and jump and shout for joy.

During the concert, Mishy and I danced and danced and danced. I had her in my arms the whole time because it was packed. There was a roped off area for children under 11 years of age to dance on, though the parents weren’t allowed to join them. Did I mind carrying Mishy in my arms and jumping up and down for sixty minutes? Not at all. It made the experience more fun because we were so close to each other and laughing and screaming in delight. It also made my arm muscles stronger. They are getting stronger every day.

If you had previously attended this Grammy Award winning group’s concert and feel it might be too loud for your children, they put the volume really low. It only got loud towards the end when one of the band members played the trumpet and then you just move back a little more.

More importantly, these musicians know how to put on a show! With simple props as a sheet, or wigs, or a Nacho Libre mask, the band and audience get into the groove. They featured some of their classic songs, some new songs and some crowd favorites. Some of their children even came up on stage and sang solos.

As I said before, go – go and hear them with your children and just enjoy being a parent who can continue to go and see amazing musicians playing.

Ozomatli will be playing at McCabe’s on March 13th at 11AM.

http://www.mccabes.com/condata.html

Want to know more details about Ozomatli oZoKidZ concerts? Check out my interview with Will-Dog

https://mjmiaoren.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/ozomatli-answers/

And here’s their website for even more information about them – with upcoming dates:

http://www.ozomatli.com/

We heard Ozomatli perform at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. While it is a little far for us, I love this space because it’s a real club. My husband and I used to attend concerts at The Canyon Club when we had friends playing. I remember clapping and screaming and dancing before parenthood. It was so wonderful to share that same excitement with my daughter and I love that they are starting a Saturday matinee series for kids concerts. I am looking forward to their next one! Thank you for thinking of the kids and the adults who still like to dance with their children, who are still minors.

The Canyon Club

http://www.canyonclub.net/

If you want to see a show that is well produced in a fun, child friendly way, full of energy and contains silly silly songs, The Pop Ups – Pasta! A Puppet Musical is the show to take your preschool aged children to. This Sunday, Mishy, Babba, and I
attended the morning show of The Pop Ups at The Highway Performing Arts Spaces in Santa Monica. This was our first time at The Highway Performing Arts and I hope they host more and more family theatre because it’s a charming space – with
a lovely tree covered in knitted wear near the entrance. Mishy wondered if the tree was cold.

The Pop Ups is the brain child of two Brooklyn based musicians, Jacob Stein and Jason Rabinowitz who have endurance triathletic endurance. They made a smash appearance last year locally, and they recently made an appearance in the Los Angeles area over the Thanksgiving holidays. This time, they were in town for a four performance showcase. They would love to be signed up to do a television show – hint hint. They have the makings of being incredibly successful children’s performers. Why? Because they love children and it’s so clear they love what they do.

What makes The Pop Ups special? Their energy and exuberance at being surrounded by children. They include all
audience members in their journey of finding ingredients to make the best pasta sauce in the world so they could get their chef’s hats. The story is of them journeying to various places in Brooklyn by different modes of transportation and their encounters with new friends. The plot is simple. The puppetry is fun and silly. Their songs are contagious and some songs are reminiscent of Coldplay – if Coldplay were Muppets.

If there were to be a sequel – The Pops Pasta! A Puppet Musical Two, or a title much more creative which I am sure they could come up with, I would love for them to go deeper and further with their message of fun and perhaps, add in some elements of education in a non pandering way. Of course, there is a place for just laughing and watching two grown men entertain
and win the hearts of children. Mishy loved this show. My husband did too.

Details:

The Pop Ups

http://www.thepopups.com/ 

For my East Coast readers, they will be performing at The Soho Playhouse from March 5th 2011 to mid April. They are performing every Saturday at 11AM.

https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/794015

For my Los Angeles based readers, The Pop Ups will be returning in the summer! I’ll keep everyone posted.