Monday Morning Music from Rock the Cradle

The Current’s Rock the Cradle has become a family tradition for us, and, it seems, for every other family in the metro area.  Literally, thousands of families crowded into the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Children’s Theater Company yesterday for a day of family friendly music.  It was a lot of fun, as usual, despite the crowds.

The Bunny Clogs perform to a crowd at Rock the Cradle.

We missed our favorite local kids’ band, Koo Koo Kangaroo, but we did catch a performance of the Bunny Clogs, which was new to us.  This family band described themselves as “Shel Silverstein-meets-Prince surreal dance fun.”  How could I resist such a description?   Here’s a video from a few years ago when their record More! More! More! was released (as a bonus, the song in this video is about the Midtown Greenway!) :

Another highlight from the event was the Storytime with the Current DJ’s.  We happened to catch Steve Seel from the Morning Show reading Punk Farm, which is a favorite of ours.  He was appropriately enthusiastic with the reading, which a punk version of “Old MacDonald had a Farm.”  You can download the song or watch videos here.  It’s a lot of fun for preschoolers who dream of staying up late and parents who get all the music references.  He also read Leonardo the Terrible Monster and Monkey with a Tool Belt.  Great choices!

Steve Seel reading Punk Farm.

My favorite part was the Kid’s Disco.  I love to watch the kids dance their hearts out.  As a music lover, I like to see them getting into the songs, but, as a mom, I love to watch my very active kiddo have a chance to get all her sillies out surrounded by all sorts of kids who are doing the same thing. You know, if the Current threw regular family dance parties, we would be there.  In fact, Ladybug actually said on the dance floor “Mama, this is almost like a dance party!”  Um… almost?  :)

We’ll be going to Rock the Cradle again next year, I’m sure.  Though, I think we will secretly be hoping that everyone else decides to skip it due to the crowd.  Meanwhile, we’ll be listening (and dancing) to Wonderground Radio, which is a great mix of family friendly music.

P.S. If you are interested in introducing your preschooler to music, stay tuned to this blog.  Later this week, I’ll have a guest post about just that from a music teacher/musician!

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