Virtual House Concert Series
There’s a whole lot of great music bottled up at home right now with nowhere to go, a mess of creativity hiding under the bed…. and it’s time to enjoy it! Kid Pan Alley presents the “Because We Have Music” series featuring some of the finest musicians mostly from Virginia — Sunday evenings at 7pm. Hosted by KPA’s Paul Reisler & Cheryl Toth, each concert will feature local artists performing from their homes in an “in-the-round” format. Past concerts have included Tom Paxton, Kathy Mattea, Darrell Scott, John McCutcheon and many others. Read the article in the Rappahannock News.
To get the intimacy of an in-person house concert, we’ll have a “virtual living room” where a small audience can ask questions and talk live with the musicians. These seats are limited, so sign up below to snag one! Everyone else can RSVP below to watch live on Facebook.
Grab a drink and some favorite snacks, put your feet up, and get inspired by the songs and the stories behind them — Sundays nights at 7pm. The concerts are free, but there will be a virtual tip jar if you’d like to show your appreciation to the musicians.
Sunday, September 27th at 7pm (EDT) • Steve Seskin • Lynn Koonce • hosts Paul Reisler & Cheryl Toth
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Sunday, October 4th at 4pm (EDT) • Special kid’s concert celebrating our Best Friends album • Bill Harley • Randy Kaplan • Silly Bus • Kid Pan Alley
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Steve Seskin has had a boatload of songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Neal McCoy, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney, Collin Raye, Peter Frampton, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Mark Wills, and Peter Paul and Mary. His song “Don’t Laugh At Me” was a finalist for CMA “Song of the Year” in 1999, and has spurred an entire tolerance movement, launched by the Don’t Laugh at Me Project. Other Seskin hits include: “I Think About You,” “Life’s A Dance,” “No Doubt About It,” “If You’ve Got Love” and “Grown Men Don’t Cry.”
He’s also an electrifying performer. “His voice has a natural lilt that can’t be learned,” writes Joel Selvin in the SF Chronicle. He’s “a really exceptional talent,” writes Alan Lewis in the SF Bay Guardian. And “the presentation is simple, affective, and effective,” writes Jim Carnes in the Sacramento Bee.
Singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Lyn Koonce mixes the sounds of alt-country and pop, with a hint of blues, to make a music that is both powerful and comforting. She was a recent winner of American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest. Her first three albums capture snapshots from the decades of life, music and stories that have led her here—to a fourth album that’s equal parts old soul and new beginnings. Throughout her music career, performing from Georgia to California, her songs have reached new communities as she’s shared the stage with the Indigo Girls, Amy Speace and other well-known musicians.
Paul Reisler is the founder of Kid Pan Alley as well as Trapezoid, Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy, and Three Good Reasons. His discovery that kids make the best song co-writers led to the founding of the Kid Pan Alley. To date, he’s helped 65,000 children write more than 2,700 songs. Thanks in part to that army of short collaborators, he has written more songs than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Foster combined—somewhere north of 3,000 compositions. His songs have been recorded by artists including Raul Malo, Lisa Loeb, Darrell Scott, Sissy Spacek, John McCutcheon, Corey Harris, and Jesse Winchester. He’ll be joined by vocalist Cheryl Toth. www.paulreisler.com
Bill Harley is a storyteller, songwriter, author and playwright best known for his work with children and families. Considered by fans and peers alike to be one of the best storytellers in the country, his work is a celebration of commonality and humanity, delivered through comic narrative songs and confessional spoken pieces.
A prolific recording artist, Bill has produced thirty-five award-winning recordings, garnering two Grammy awards, numerous Parents’ Choice awards, and recognition from the American Library Association and The National Parenting Association. Entertainment Weekly describes Harley as “the Mark Twain of contemporary kids’ music”, Publishers Weekly says, “Harley’s witty ebullient performance will have listeners laughing out loud”, and The Washington Post describes Harley as “…a champion yarn-spinner and tunesmith with a sense of wonder, whimsy and mischief…”
“Randy Kaplan is one of those happy-they-exist people you can’t quite tell is playing kids’ music. And yet he is,” according to New York Magazine. His blend of American Roots Music and Comedic Storytelling has inspired the likes of NPR, The Nashville Blues Society, and People magazine to name Randy one of the nation’s top family entertainers.
In his songs for children and their families, Kaplan blends american roots, pop, punk, jazz, hip-hop, and comedic storytelling. He fingerpicks his way through unpredictable, live shows, which in addition to his original compositions include Broadway numbers, delta Blues songs, ragtime tunes, and even his grandfather’s songs from the 1920s. “He doesn’t dumb it down for the kids. . . . He just expects them to come along for the ride. And they do,” said Time Out New York Kids).
Silly Bus inspires children of all ages to listen, laugh, and learn. Performing their Mom’s Choice Award winning fun, poppy originals with fresh takes on “classic” children’s songs, Silly Bus celebrates the past while creating new memories for the entire family. With over 7 million YouTube views and music on Sirius XM, the Today Show, and national ad campaigns, Silly Bus enjoys entertaining families worldwide.
Paul Reisler, the Founder and Artistic Director of Kid Pan Alley, has written more songs than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Foster combined—somewhere north of 3,000 compositions thanks in no small part to his army of 65,000 short collaborators as well a handful of Grammy-winning co-writers. Artists including Sissy Spacek, Raul Malo, Darrell Scott, Cracker, Corey Harris, Jesse Winchester and many others have recorded his songs. Kid Pan Alley’s 5 albums have received numerous awards including Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, a Wammie, and a Grammy nomination. He’ll be joined by Kid Pan Alley’s Cheryl Toth.