Archive | September, 2012

Ridge Romp 2012-2013 Lineup Announced!

21 Sep

We are excited to announce the lineup for the 2012-2013 Ridge Romp season. Drumroll, please…..!!!

Saturday October 6th, 10:00 AM

Son of Reptile Man

Leapin’ lizards! Son of Reptileman entertains and informs with his menacing menagerie of cold-blooded creatures. Be prepared to be amazed by slithering snakes and chomping crocs, while learning about these incredible animals in the process.

Saturday November 24th, 10:30 AM

The Harmonica Pocket

The Harmonica Pocket begins simply as the swinging songs of composer Keeth Monta Apgar. Keeth delivers storytelling lyrics accompanied by thick jazz chord progressions wrapped up into thoughtful, mature songs. Keeth’s songs are brought to life by a rotating musical pop-gang of friends. Harmonica Pocket songs are as diverse as the players who play on them. As both a recording and live performance project, The Harmonica Pocket is known for its outside-the-box, headphone-pop, and highly improvised live shows laced with unusual cover songs.  The Harmonica Pocket also has a touring children’s show which has performed in sold out theaters, clubs, classrooms and libraries, and festivals nationally and internationally.

Saturday  January 5th, 10:30 AM

The Not-Its

Meet The Not-Its!, Seattle’s most rockin’ kid-focused band. With the success of their debut album, We Are The Not-Its! released June 2009, it’s clear they are on a mission to make kids dance, with up-tempo, power-pop hits families will love. Featuring the vocals of Sarah Shannon (of lauded ‘90s indie-pop band Velocity Girl), The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four-part harmonies, all nestled within “fantastic danceable pop gems about gettin’ fancy, birthday parties, bath time and intergalactic play dates.”

Saturday February 2nd, 10:30 AM

Your Imaginary Friend

It’s not just a figment of your imagination! Your Imaginary Friend is the brainchild of Jana Vitols and Greg Ruby. Jana’s days as an early childhood music teacher brings together babies and banjos, kids and kitchen instruments. For a dozen years Seattle’s youngest have been singing, dancing and learning the fundamentals of music in Jana’s Music for Everyone classes. As a performer and teacher, Jana plays banjo, ukulele, guitar and banjo-uke. Greg brings his compositional ear and guitar skills to the stage, playings strings and keys and writing and recording  for listeners of all ages. He leads an all girls’ middle school rock-n-roll class and has recently released an album of original music, Look Both Ways, tipping his hat to the great guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Saturday March 2nd, 10:30 AM

The Purple House

Back by popular demand! Come join PNPC dad and frequent Ridge Romp emcee Tony Van Zeyl for a rocking good time singing and dancing. With his guitar, surprises, and guests he’ll get the kids and their energetic adults bouncing to unique spins on kid-centric songs like the “ABCs” or “Old MacDonald” while mixing in ageless classics like “This Little Light of Mine.” Drawing on musical influences from James Brown to LCD Soundsystem, be ready for lyrical improvisation and crowd participation. You never know what to expect from The Purple House – except a great show. Put on your best purple duds for this show and get ready to have fun!

Saturday April 6th, 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants is back to rock the Ridge with two shows! Chris Ballew, lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America, lends his wacky chops to Caspar Babypants, purveyor of simple, good time sing-along music for kids and parents to enjoy together. “It’s not much of a stretch from The Presidents,” says Ballew. “I’m still singing songs about bugs and animals. I’m still drawing upon the same influences — old folk music and blues.” For the second show, bring a picnic lunch and a blanket if you’d like!

4 Sep