Two Brooklyn-based "kid rock" favorites, City Stomp Live and Suzi Shelton, are joining together for the first time to play a family concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at Littlefield, Brooklyn. Parents and children of all ages are invited to show their support at 2:30 pm at the Gowanus area concert hall.
"We know there are many families like ours who want to help the relief effort in some way. With small children, the opportunities can be complicated and are often limited," said Kevin MacCallum, founder of City Stomp, a music program for kids growing up in New York City and father of three. "As a band we also were looking for something we could offer to neighbors who lost so much. We decided a concert was the ideal fund-raising vehicle since it provided a tangible and family-friendly way to contribute."
All ticket proceeds will go to K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations), a non-profit organization bringing new products such as diapers, clothing and toys, to children and teens impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Concert-goers are also encouraged to bring coats for the New York Cares coat drive, which has been expanded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Nominated by Nick Jr. and Go City kids as one of the city's top music programs, City Stomp Live at Dizzy's on Fifth was named Best Place to Rock Out While Having Dinner by Time Out New York Kids last month.
Comprised of five veteran musicians, several of whom teach the City Stomp music classes held in multiple locations around Brooklyn, City Stomp is known for its rock versions of children's classic melodies and songs that celebrate the sights and sounds of New York City. Concerts and classes often weave in locally influenced cultural music -- Jewish folk music, Latin, Caribbean, Irish -- children might hear in the city.
Accompanied by her own guitar and percussionist Abby Levin, Shelton will play her original and classic pop-folk music with lyrics that range from silly to serious and feature characters such as sleeping lions, juicy jellyfish and slithering snakes. Popular with parents and kids alike, her expressive vocals have entertained at the White House Easter Egg Roll and Tree Lighting ceremony at Lincoln Center. Her CDs and DVD have won awards from Kids First, Nappa, Children's Music Web and Parent's Choice.
Doors and cash bar open at 2:30 p.m. Littlefield is located at 622 Degraw Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues in Brooklyn.
Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets are $13 for individuals aged 2 and older, or $15 at the door. To order tickets, visit http://www.littlefieldnyc.com.
Delivering essential merchandise to communities in need, K.I.D.S has provided almost $1 billion to help nearly 70 million children since 1985. A non-profit organization, K.I.D.S..brings new products to children and teens impacted by poverty and tragedy as an outcome of homelessness, military deployment of a parent, domestic abuse, major illness or natural disaster. To learn more about K.I.D.S., visit www.kidsdonations.org.
For information and clips of City Stomp Live concerts, visit www.facebook.com/citystompmusic; for City Stomp classes, visit www.citystompmusic.com. For information about Suzi Shelton and her music, visit www.suzishelton.com.