Singer-musicians Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer, collectively known as Hullabaloo, shape their new album around a message of inclusion and encouragement, and what is presumably an autobiographical story about two boys: quiet Steve--he barely makes a sound and is diagnosed with an acute case of the "shy kid blues"--and his noisy opposite, Brendan. The pair meet in kindergarten and become "Best Friends Forever (We're a mismatched pair, but that's just it/we're two pieces of a puzzle that just seem to fit)." Brendan coaxes Steve to come out of his shell, they find their calling when they join the fifth grade school band and form their own rock 'n roll duo. Their garage practice sessions don't thrill the neighbors, but "little by little, they started sounding pretty good," Brendan on drums and Steve on guitar. With a school talent show coming up, they need a singer. Or do they? With Brendan's encouragement, Steve finds his voice, Hullabaloo is a talent show hit and the pair's "You Can Do This" mantra shines through.
We've got great news! The Hullabaloo Family Music Festival has joined forces with the Natural Baby Fair and Reproductive Wellness to create one huge event. The Natural Family Fair will take place on September 14th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Hullabaloo Family Music Festival will take place right alongside the Natural Baby Fair. In addition to all the music and activities we have at our festivals, you'll also have access to all the speakers and experts in the fields of natural childbirth and fertility -- all for one admission price. It's going to be a great day. For more information, please visit http://naturalfamilyfair.com
We're super excited to be the headlining musical entertainment at LEGOLAND's 2014 4th of July celebration, Red White and Boom! We'll be doing two sets on the main stage as the sun sets. We'll play right up until the fireworks begin the we'll all ooh and ah together. Can't wait!
We're celebrating the release of our 11th album, Shy Kid Blues with a concert at the North Coast Repertory Theater in Solana Beach on May 31st at 10:30 a.m. We'll sing all the old favorites and a bunch of new songs from Shy Kid Blues. Tickets are $5/person. Kids under one year are free. We highly recommend getting your tickets in advance. Our last few shows at the NC Rep were sold out. To get your tickets, click here!
First Fridays at the Vine in 2014:
Starting this Friday, I’ll be at the Vine Theater/Bernardo Winery on the first Friday of every month at 11:00 a.m. This regular schedule will be much better than the hit-and-miss schedule we’ve had recently. And, the tamales at the farmer's market are fantastic so my resolution will be easy to keep!
More Monthly Concerts in 2014:
In addition to the monthly shows at the Vine, I’ll continue monthly shows at the Encinitas Community Center and the Scripps Mende Well Being Center in UTC. I’m also confirming dates for monthly shows at Art Soup, Kid Ventures (all three locations) and the Kensington Library.
Two Hullabaloo Festivals in 2014:
We’re planning two fabulous Hullabaloo festivals this year on May 31st and September 14th. Both festivals will be a blend of music, art, dance and more. And, we’ve got a few exciting new twists this year that we’ll announce very soon!
A New Album in 2014:
We’re heading back into the studio to record an album called Shy Kid Blues. It’s a mix of music and spoken word that tells one big story. I can’t wait to get this one out to you. I’m already calling it my favorite and it doesn’t even exist yet!
Now that the wild ride of summer has passed and the Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival has come and gone, it's time to get back into the studio and make another album! This next one is going to be quite a bit different. It's going to be a combination of songs and spoken word that tell one big story. At the moment, it's tentatively titled, Shy Kid Blues and tells the story of a very shy kid named Steve that meets an outgoing, gregarious kid named Brendan.
Over the course of 11 songs and twelve monologues Steve overcomes his shyness and Brendan learns to play rock'n'roll drums on a wooden box and the two go on to live their rock'n'roll dreams. We start recording very soon and the album will be out in early spring to coincide with the ten year anniversary of Hullabaloo.
The Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival is a one-day celebration of the arts. Join us for a full day of music, art, dance and storytelling -- all for kids and families!! Performances by Hullabaloo, Rhythm Child, Euphoria Brass Band, Kristen Cook, Charles Johnson, Joann Woolley and more!!
The Arts Festival takes place on the Paddock Green at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Tickets are just $7 per person. Kids under one year are free!! For more information visit www.hullabalooartsfest.com
A huge thanks to all of you that came out to the "Baby Kakes" Fundraiser and to those of you that have donated over the past few weeks! I thank you and the "Baby Kakes" family thanks you!!
My favorite moment of the day was when one of our little friends emptied her piggy bank and gave all her money to the family along with a note of love and encouragement. Giving doesn't get any bigger than that!
I'm so excited to announce that we have confirmed a venue for our "Baby Kakes" fundraiser concert. The Pacifica Institute has graciously donated the use of their event space. Here are the details:
A Van for Baby Kakes Concert -- July 20th at 10:30 a.m.
5945 Pacific Center Blvd. Suite 507
Admission: $5 donation
Every penny of your admission will go directly to a local family that needs a bit of financial support right now. One of their kids has some pretty tough medical challenges. Sadly, insurance doesn't cover all the costs and it's made for a tough financial road. Right now, the family is hoping to raise enough money to purchase a van to transport "Baby Kakes", his wheelchair and associated medical equipment.
I'd love to be able to take away the stress and emotional strain for this family but I can't. The one thing I know I can do -- that we all can do -- is help ease their financial situation. I hope that you will join us on July 20th at the Pacifica Institute. We'll sing, dance and stomp our feet and help a great local family at the same time.
It's official! We just booked a show at Fiesta Del Sol in Solana Beach on June 1st. We go on at 9:30 a.m. and kick off the whole festival. In other news, we booked a show at the Del Mar Fair on June 25. Brendan and I cut our teeth as musicians playing at the fair when we were in high school. We're excited to be back playing on the infield stage at 3:00 p.m.
A huge thank you to everybody that came out to the Hullabaloo Family Music Festival!! We had over 1500 friends singing and dancing on the Paddock Green for five hours. We're going to take a day or two to recover and then we'll start planning the Arts Festival that will take place on September 21st!
We are so excited for the Hullabaloo Family Music Festival coming up on April 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. We've got a great day planned for you. Hullabaloo will play two sets of music plus we've got Steve Poltz (yes, that Steve Pltz) lined up to play a set of kids music, the L.A.-based kids music group, Jambo and San Diego legends, Raggle Taggle.
In addition to the music Clif Kid will be on hand with games and healthy snacks, Art Soup has a great art project planned and Gymboree Play & Music has a great activity zone ready for your little ones. SoCal Kids brings back the ever-popular Musical Instrument Petting Zoo where kids can play real instruments. Princess Jillibean will be on hand for face-painting and crazy hairstyles!
We've also lined up 15 of the best locally owned, family-oriented vendors for your shopping and exploring pleasure. If you're hungry we'll have tacos and quesadillas (and beer & wine) by 17 Hands, tasty treats by Roxy, funnel cake, popcorn and a coffee cart.
This year we printed up the coolest Hullabaloo Family Music Festival T-Shirts! We'll have those for sale for just $10 in kid and adult sizes.
Tickets are $7 per person. Kids under 1 year are free. Discounts for families. Click here to get your tickets in advance.
For more information, visit www.hullabalooartsfest.com
We are super excited to announce that the Hullabaloo Family Music Festival (April 13) and the Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival (September 21) will be in the beautiful Paddock area of the Del Mar Fairgrounds!! Brendan and I had some of our first "real" gigs as musicians on the Paddock stage during the Del Mar Fair including being the default opening act for Milli Vanilli (how's that for a resume builder!). We're happy to bring it all around and present some good family entertainment in a beautiful setting.
A Huge thanks to Kathy O'Connell for including us in her "Best Kids CDs of 2012" feature in Metro Kids. I really like Kathy's approach. . . a twenty-way tie!!
"In a year with many candidates for "best" CD, I'm declaring this year's high quality as the new normal for kids' music. Each release is unique, both musically and educationally. Consider this alphabetical-by-artist list a 20-way tie for the Best Family CD on 2012."
It really is an honor to be included in a list with so many great albums.
Thanks again, Kathy!!
We're off to texas this week to do two shows at the Austin City Limits Festival! We're on the same bill as Neil Young, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Steve Earle and a whole bunch more amazing acts. When they list the acts alphabetically we come up just before Iggy Pop! Who would have though that our little kids music band would be on the same concert t-shirt as Iggy Pop?!
One of the fun little things about being invited to a fancy festival like this is that they are giving us the full royal treatment including sending a car for us when we arrive at the airport. I'm hoping to get a photo of our driver standing on the baggage claim area holding a Hullabaloo sign. That's definitely on the list of things I never thought I'd see happen.
Raise a RuckusFall 2012 Music
Hullabaloo duo Steve Denyes (guitar and vocals) and Brendan Kremer (drums and vocals) are joined by guest musicians on bass, fiddle, piano, ukulele, washboard and more. As always, they raise their own foot-stomping ruckus with humor, infectious energy and an appealing blend of country, folk, funk and rock rhythms. Highlights: "Dad Upside Down" ("S-I-S upside down spells sis/She's standing on her head and her face is turning red/But sis upside down still spells sis/M-O-M upside down spells wow/Be careful not to hurt her, when you invert her/Turn your mom upside down and she'll say wow") and "Say Yes," a multi-syllabic anti-whine-and-wheedle song.
We are getting pretty excited here at Hullabaloo World Headquarters! Our big Hullabaloo Family Arts is coming right up on September 22nd at Liberty Station. Thanks to our amazing event sponsors, Clif Kids, SoCal Kids San Diego and Hapa Yoga we've been able to plan an amazing day for you.
Heres a quick list of what you'll find at the festival. . . two sets of music by Hullabaloo; local songstress, Patty Hall; recycled folksters, Bucket Ruckus, LA's finest family band, the Hollow Trees; stories by Charles Johnson, Joann Woolley of Sign4Baby, Yoga classes by Hapa Yoga; hands-on art projects by Art Soup; a dress up costume zone by Mon Petite Chateau, dance classes by Dance to EvOLvE, a musical petting zoo, food trucks and a great gathering of family-friendly vendors. All this for just $7/person (kids under one year are free).
We just got a really nice review from Parenting Magazine! It says:
If you like Taylor Swift, then Listen to Hullabaloo. You'll find an eclectic mix of country, folk, and blues on Raise a Ruckus, with hook-laden songs that you and your kids will want to sing over and over again.
The good folks at People.com included us in their online feature about kids music and had this to say about Raise a Ruckus:
There are only so many silly songs a parent can take. And for those who have reached their kid-music max, a healthy dose of Hullabaloo's family-friendly tunes are the perfect balance. With the upcoming release of Raise a Ruckus, the two-man band have hit another home run with their cool collection of instant classics featuring all the folk, funk and rock inspirations parents (and kids!) are sure to appreciate.
I guess it’s kindie-folk summer! Quick. Grab an acoustic guitar and find a campfire ’cause “we’re gonna raise a ruckus tonight!” For their tenth release (whew, that’s a lot of campfires!), the kid-folk duo spares no expense. With guest artists including Grammy winners Buck Howdy (king of kindie country) and Marcy Marxer (queen of kindie-folk), the regal indie party has truly begun. Complete your royal s’more with Steve Denyes’s Johnny Cash–alike vocals, and you’ll be ready to unholster the kid in you and sling this high-energy album for a road trip—or a run through your backyard sprinklers. The music spans the American landscape: The title track hearkens to the sounds of the Grand Ole Opry; “Look At You” takes us to the swamps of New Orleans; and “Favorite Day” is like skipping a stone on a back road in Oklahoma. Most wonderfully, the songs are filled with that dual-level humor that’ll make a kid belly laugh and a parent smirk. So what are you waiting for? Go gather your kindling before it gets dark! Available September 4.
This great review from Common Sense Media just arrived on our cyber doorstep!
Parents need to know that Raise a Ruckus, from acclaimed and beloved children's musiciansHullabaloo, continues to raise the bar on songs for kids that not only encourage lots of movement and giggles, but also include mini-lessons the whole family can appreciate.
Hullabaloo continues their acclaimed storytelling songs with their 10th studio album, RAISE A RUCKUS. The 12 folk-country tracks from this beloved southern California band raise the roof on fun in the sun and rain, silly spelling, and even rocket shoes.
Whether it's swingin' like a chimpanzee or flying to the moon in fancy rocket shoes, Hullabalooknows how to capture the essence of childhood moments and put them to upbeat country beats that kids and parents can dance, giggle, and sing to. "Dad Upside Down" makes spelling silly and "Say Yes" proves the value of a good vocabulary, even for a preschooler. Musical storytelling and funny lyrics make Raise a Ruckus the perfect soundtrack for anytime fun.
Almost exactly 100 years ago today my musical hero, Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma. Woody wrote hundreds of songs including This Land is Your Land. As a young folk music geek, I studied his recordings hoping that just a little of his pure, honest magic would rub off on me.
I'll be singing a few of Woody's songs at my shows this week to celebrate his centennial and I'll also be a small part of a great tribute concert on Saturday night. One way or another, I hope we'll get a chance to raise or voices together this week and make Woody proud!
We're working hard behind the scenes to bring you another amazing Hullabaloo Family Arts Festival. Just yesterday we confirmed that the Hollow Trees, our friends from L.A. will come down and share some of their amazing music with us at the festival on September 22nd!!
Last weekend I was the guest DJ on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. I chose a bunch of my favorite American folk songs as my theme and had a great time talking a little bit about them. I just love these old songs. In many ways, they are the foundation for the country and rock'n'roll music that we know today. You can download and listen to a podcast of my little show by clicking here.
Happy Father's Day!! I was lucky to have an amazing dad. Always there with a smile, a joke or words of encouragement. The soccer team coach and the proud surf-dad. Maker of fine breakfasts before school. Stern enough when I was off track. A friend I loved to talk to. He left too soon but I still count myself as lucky.
Here we are goofing around in Australia.
We're making a new video for the song, "Dad Upside Down" from our new album Raise a Ruckus and we're looking for a few stars. We're looking for a family that can play the part of "mom," "dad" and "sis." You can hear the song by clicking on the music player to the right of this post.
If you live in San Diego County, have a somewhat flexible schedule and think being in a Hullabaloo video sounds like fun send me an email and we'll work out the details. There won't be any auditions or anything like that. If there are lots of replies, I'll pick a name out of a hat!
We are super excited about our new album, Raise a Ruckus! We've been working on it for something like six months now and it is finally finished.
The official release isn't until September 4th, 2012 but we will have copies for sale at our live shows.
If you want to hear what it sounds like, click the music player to the right of this post. We've got four songs from Raise a Ruckus loaded up for you to hear. Enjoy!
You may have noticed we did a little website makeover here at Hullabaloo World Headquarters. We're sad to say goodbye to our polka-spotted old site but we couldn't resist some of the nice, new technology here in the new century!
To the right of this post is a fancy music player. Just click it and we'll sing for you!
The calendar section is now a bit easier to read and our music videos have their own page here on the site.
It's all very fancy! I hope you like it.