Category Archives: Kid Music

Sunday, August 21: Tots-n-Tunes at Seattle Center

I’m getting really excited for Tots-N-Tunes at Seattle Center‘s Mural Amphitheater on Sunday, August 21! Not only will all six Kindiependent bands be there, but so will award-winning, critically adored family indie musician Justin Roberts!

I’m particularly excited for this event because I’ll also be playing drums for Recess Monkey as their drummer will be out of town. Luckily I already know most of the songs because their latest album and YouTube channel are on constant repeat at the Bischoff household. I did have one condition for doing the sub gig… that Garner’s favorite song “Marshmallow Farm” be on the set list.

11-11:30 Caspar Babypants

11:45-12:15 Harmonica Pocket

12:30-1:00 Johnny Bregar & the Country Dawgs (me!)

1:15-1:45 Justin Roberts and the NR4NP

2-2:30 The Not-Its!

2:45-3:15 Board of Education

3:30-4:00 Recess Monkey (me again!)

Tickets: Kids are FREE. Grownups are $10 each

Calder took this funny photo of me setting up for the Moore Theatre show in front of Recess Monkey's backdrop.

Northwest Folklife Festival

We had a great time today at the Northwest Folklife Festival playing with the Bregar/Ahearnes on the ferry and playing with Johnny on the Fountain Lawn Stage. All six Kindiependent bands played (The Harmonica Pocket, Board of Education, Recess Monkey, us, The Not-Its and Caspar Babypants). Highlights of the day were meeting all of the other bands, seeing The Not-Its (and Hank!) for the first time, and having Chris Ballew (Caspar himself and singer for the Presidents of the United States of America) join us for our whole set.

Garner rocking out to Recess Monkey.

Chris Ballew blowin' a killer melodica solo during our set.


Hey families! Come to Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center on Monday, May 30 (that’s Memorial Day) and see Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs rock the Fountain Lawn! And for an extra-special treat, we have Chris Ballew (singer for the Presidents of the United States of America, aka “Caspar Babypants”) joining us on back-up instruments and vocals. It’s gonna be sweet! We play at 1:15p.m. and are just one of six Kindiependent bands playing Monday morning/afternoon.

See you there!

Conundrum 2011 is almost here!

It’s just a little over a week until Conundrum 2011. Every year we top ourselves and this year will be no different. If you’ve never been, this event is the culmination of a year’s worth of work for each of my students. It gives each drummer a chance to show their feats in front of a supportive audience filled with friends and families while up on a real stage, with real lights, being backed by real professional musicians. My students have pushed the envelope again this year with song selections from bands as diverse as The Beach Boys, My Chemical Romance, Nirvana, Dizzy Gillespie, Green Day, and Maroon 5. Some of these drummers have been playing for years, and others only for a couple of months.

I have a few treats for the audience this year too! There is going to be a ROCK STAR COSTUME CONTEST with prizes for best student costume and best audience costume (child AND adult categories). All that plus getting treated to the sounds of Jherek Bischoff and Johnny Bregar backing these kids up.

I’ve set up a page specifically for Conundrum. I’ll start to keep an archive of videos and photos as people post them to YouTube.

Bainbridge Kids Show!

I am super excited to announce that I’m playing with Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs at the Treehouse Café on Bainbridge Island on Sunday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. I’ve yet to play this hot new venue on the island. It’s just a short walk from my house AND the show will be over by nap time. What could be better? If you’ve got kids and live on Bainbridge, I expect to see you there!

Kid’s Show at Mount Baker Community Club

My second gig with Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs last Saturday was a rockin’ good time. We had about 315 kids and parents in the hall, quite a difference from our last show! Our next show will be at the Treehouse Café on Bainbridge Island on March 20 at 10:30 a.m. Hope to see you there!

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Johnny Bregar Band, 1/22, Seattle

I’m playing a kid show with Johnny Bregar and friends at the Mount Baker Community Club Saturday, January 22. The show starts at 10:30 a.m. and is in Seattle somewhat near Seward Park. Visit their site for directions (2811 Mount Rainier Drive South).