For a few years now, Broad Street Cafe in Durham has been offering free shows for families on Sunday afternoons. They run from October through March on the first and third Sunday of each month starting around 4:30 p.m. It's all free (though the performers do appreciate tips or donations).
The series features some pretty amazing talent for families, starting off with Big Bang Boom, the Greensboro-based power pop trio that I've written about before. But you'll also find performers who play in "adult" bands hanging with the kids in this series.
If you know the local music scene, then you'll probably recognized some of these other performers. They include Lynda Dawson from the Kickin Grass Band, who plays in Little Root for families, or her musical partner Sally Mullikin from Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes. There's John Currie from Jon Shain Trio (and many other bands) in Flying Hippo for kids. And then there's Peter Holsapple of the dBs who has played with R.E.M. and Hootie and the Blowfish and sometimes plays with Baron Von Rumblebuss.
"Some of these bands have some amazing hidden talent," Broad Street's John Hite tells me. I'm going to have to agree.
Here's the schedule for BSC Kids:
Sunday, Oct. 7: Big Bang Boom
Oct. 14: The Waterlilies
Nov. 4: Mac Pankey Mac
Nov. 18: Stephen Vincent
Dec. 2: Little Root
Dec. 16: A Raffi Sampler, featuring Paul Rosenberg from The Waterlilies
Jan. 6: Flying Hippo
Jan. 20: The Buzztown Band
Feb. 3: Baron Von Rumblebuss
Feb. 17: Flying Hippo
March 3: The Waterlilies
March 17: Big Bang Boom
For details, go to Broad Street Cafe's website.
This post is part of an ongoing series on children's performance series in the Triangle. Learn about other performances for families in our gallery of posts and check back for more!