This week is all about the Socks. No not those Sox....
The Dirty Sock Funtime Band. We have 4
free pavilion tickets to see these guys rock out at Ravinia on
Father's Day. And we're extending our Free Ticket
Tuesday give away till noon Tuesday instead of
midnight tonight. So enter if you haven't already, and if
you have, you can enter again with every documented social media
share. We'll be announcing our winner shortly after noon
tomorrow. Also, remember our drawing for their latest CD,
Sock-A-Delic is open through midnight
Tuesday with our winner announced on Win A Disc
Here's the deal:
As seen on Nick Jr.'s 'Jack's Big Music Show'
ROCK YOUR SOCKS OFF (AND SHOE LEATHER, TOO!)
THE DIRTY SOCK FUNTIME BAND
AT RAVINIA ON JUNE 19th!
"The Dirty Sock Funtime Band: This band may have the
perfect name for dancing feet. The group's music, as exemplified on
its new album, Sock-a-Delic, is a signature mix of
rock, funk, hip-hop and country." - The New York
"Sometimes groups are as down to earth as a pair of dirty
socks. Case in point: The Dirty Sock Funtime Band, whose influences
include Zappa, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, the Muppets, and
Funkadelic." - New York Post
"This band really rocks. Songs like 'Music
Everywhere' make it hard to sit still, and I'm still smiling at the
whimsy of some of the group's lyrics. Kids' bands always say they
make music that parents can enjoy too. This band actually achieves
it." - The Morning Call
Beloved by millions of families for their high-energy music videos
on the Nick Jr.
channel's Jack's Big Music
Show, The Dirty Sock Funtime
Band will make a return visit to The Ravinia
Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park for a show
at1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June
19th. This performance is part of the Kraft Great Kids
The outrageous popularity of The Dirty Sock
Funtime Band is easy to understand from a
kid's point of view, for their shows are interactive spectacles
involving rock band, dancers, comedy, and costumes.
The band's six-to-eight members really know how to fill the stage
with action: it's better than a three-ring circus. Each member has
his or her own role to play and distinctive personality to project,
but they all come together like clockwork. And what a
Their music is polyphonic to the max with melodic lines and
supercharged rhythms weaving in and out like a Bach fugue or a
great Dixieland band with everyone wailing on the final chorus.
The action onstage is as fascinating as a perfectly timed
basketball team. The stunning impact of this stage energy is
balanced by the cleverness of the compositions and the smartness of
lyrics that offer large words and large ideas, all seasoned with
the band's own brand of belly laugh comedy. The singing, the
comedy, the playing, the dancing … it all fits together into one
big kaleidoscopic thrill.
Notes lead singer Mike Messer, "We've based our show on the idea of
taking many of the elements you would find in a big arena rock show
- a flashy lead guitarist, a front-man seriously committed to
leaping gyrations, a drummer who continuously puts on a one-man
show - all performing the entire gamut from raucous rock songs to
quiet acoustic ballads, enhanced, of course, with what we're famous
for: really clever lyrics and plenty of audience participation.
Energy wise, the level is high, but everything is presented in a
The Dirty Sock Funtime Band lays down some serious
talk when they say, "Come join the band." Everything about their
show is interactive from the moment dancer supreme Annie Elmer
invites the crowd to jump into a new experience. From there, the
action builds, with band members popping up in the audience to
share the mic with kids, "Mr. Clown" (Adam Jacobs) and Annie
showing everyone how to do the "Donut Brain Alien," Mike leading
the crowd in a dance-off, Stephen Jacobs organizing a game of
freeze dance, and Mr. Clown asking the audience for song lyric
At one point, the whole band collapses from exhaustion, and it's up
to the crowd to make the right kind of noise to wake them up.
Resuscitation takes the form of the song "Music Everywhere," an
open invitation for audience participation. The show's "eleven
o'clock" number, "No Good Reason Party," brings kids to a peaceful
state of bliss that's the calm before the storm of a family sized
ROAR wrapping up the show.
Known as the highest energy kids' rock band ever to break out of
NYC, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band was voted
"Best Kids' Band" by readers of Time Out NY Kids. According to
MTV's Evan James, the DSFB plays "some of the most innovative and
exciting children's music EVER." CNN described them as
"distinguished by rocking beats combined with silly, visual lyrics
(think Muppets take MTV)." FOX News declared, "Find out why
kids, parents and critics alike are falling in love with the first
real rock band for kids." Chris Barron, proud parent and lead
singer of the Spin Doctors enthused, "Finally, a rock band for kids
that really rocks!"
The Dirty Sock Funtime Band recently returned from
their first overseas tour, performing for Navy families in Bahrain,
Greece, Italy, and Spain, and they have shows scheduled throughout
the summer and fall. The band recently released a new
CD, Sock-A-Delic, and their first
DVD, The Dirty Sock
The next Dirty Sock Funtime Band release, in
fall 2011, will be an interactive e-book based on their song
"Treasure." November 2011 will see the release of an all-new
WHERE: The Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd.,
Highland Park, IL
WHEN: 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 19
TICKETS: $10 reserved Pavilion seating. Lawn
free (limit 6 per household)
INFO: 847-266-5100. http://www.ravinia.org
Check out The Dirty Sock Funtime Band's website
As if that's not enough, The Kraft Great Kids
Hoopla is going on from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (concert begins
at 1 p.m.). In this space families can
enjoy Ravinia's "instrument petting zoo" (an area
where kids can try out musical instruments), storytelling with
the Chicago Public Library, build an imagination playground with
Kohl Children's Museum and enjoy other activities provided by
Chicago cultural institutions.
your chance at the booty!
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
See more of Bonnie's stories here.
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