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/

Mishy, me, and Justin Roberts.

Mishy, Babba and I had the absolute pleasure of being part of the audience at the Children’s Grammy Nominee Concert at The Mint in Los Angeles. We had never been to The  Mint before and we didn’t know what to expect. We parked on a side street and arrived early only to have our dear daughter terribly thirsty so we went into the local CVS drugstore where we found her favorite protein shake. They had no straws so Babba went to the local 7-11 and asked for a straw while Mishy asked for her protein shake with a straw and all I could tell her was that she really wanted a straw and was thirsty and it was on the way while I said hello to some friends.

At the door, Grammy nominee, Judy Pancoast greeted everyone as they entered by asking the children their names and wondering if they were ready to dance. Mishy was ready to dance and so was I. I love to dance, to move my head, and feel the music. Dancing to me is re-living my late teens and early 20’s when I was so carefree. Life right now isn’t so bad either though sometimes I do miss those carefree days when I could go in a car, or bus, or train, or plane and visit friends on a moments notice.

Mishy jumping on the dance area.

The Mint was smaller than what I had expected and I was a bit worried there wouldn’t be enough room to dance – even though there was a small section of the front taped off for children to dance. But what about having room for the parents? I love to dance with Mishy and have her lead. I love watching her shake her head and jump up and down and sway and twist her body. I love being her support as she balances on one leg as she moves to the beat. All of my worries and concerns melted away once the music began and how great the music was!

Enjoying listening to the Battersby Duo

To start the show were The Battersby Duo. The Battersby Duo are considered a “National Treasure,” by Senator Bob Graham of Florida. They bring an incredibly relaxed, silly, and fun presence to the stage which made me feel yes, it was worth rushing my daughter out the door this morning to drive 20 minutes to a concert that lasts for an hour. This feeling continued as Bill Harley came on stage and told us a hilarious story about a boy waiting for his father to go fishing. The children and adults were in stitches. This man has a way with words and no wonder, he’s been called, “The Mark Twain of contemporary children’s music, by Entertainment Weekly. Continuing the show was Oran Etkin performing on his clarinet  his song, Unique Monique, with performers from the Grammy Nominated CD – Health Food For Thought. Oran Etkin is an incredibly charismatic performer whom I will be posting more about. (Mishy and I have had the pleasure of taking group classes with him while he’s in Los Angeles.)

Rounding off the performances was Judy Pancoast whose saucy blend of Mother Goose Nursery rhymes had the audience screaming in delight. And finally, there was Justin Roberts and his band, Not Ready For the Nap Time Players – who simply rock! I played Justin Roberts to Mishy when she was 4 months old. She wasn’t ready for his comical and kid perspective rock and roll. Now, she loves them and so do I. Since we go on a lot of car trips, I am incredibly thankful for this because though she doesn’t let me sing, “Momma, don’t sing!” I can sing inside my head while we drive to all our adventures. Thank you, Justin Roberts for existing and devoting your career to letting parents still enjoy rock and roll while their children do too! (Justin Roberts told me he will be headed back to Los Angeles in April for the Los Angeles Times Book Fair. Yeah!)

All net proceeds from the concert benefited  Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation(http://www.mhopus.org).

The family with Oran Etkin - after the concert

(Full disclosure: we were given one complimentary ticket for the concert. We paid for two others.)

Details:

Judy Pancoast

http://www.judypancoast.com/

The Battersby Duo

http://www.battersbyduo.com/

Bill Harley

http://www.billharley.com/

Oran Etkin

http://www.oranetkin.com/

Justin Roberts

http://www.justinroberts.org/