Welcome to Saturday Morning Tunes, an award-winning, family friendly concert series!

When we were growing up, kids’ music — let alone kids’ concerts — was pretty lame. Our mission: To present concerts you can enjoy with your kids — not just for your kids. The shows are every month, September through June, on Saturday mornings, broadcast live on the radio with a live audience. We’ve had members of They Might Be Giants, Barry Louis Polisar (who wrote the theme song to “Juno”), Latin Grammy winner 1,2,3, Andres, world music star Falu, Baltimore kids rock stars Milkshake and Baby Beats, and many more.

2020 Season

Saturday Morning Tunes Livestream Concerts

If you’re stuck at home with the kids and looking to entertain them with something other than “Frozen 2” for the 12th time, we’ve got you covered. 

Saturday Morning Tunes Livestream Concerts bring stars of the kids music scene to your smartphone, laptop and TV Saturdays at 9 a.m. on the WTMD Facebook Page. They’re free, and sure to get your little ones dancing. 

Sponsored in part by Garrison Forest School, Race Pace Bicycles, The Music Space, Tropicool Italian Ice, The Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University and (cool) progeny.

Here is the lineup of shows:

9 a.m. Saturday May 23: Grammy award winner Jon Samson

Jon Samson is the first board certified music therapist in history to receive a Grammy, and the first native South African to win for Best Children’s Album. Jon resides in Brooklyn, NY and founded CoCreative Music in 2005 where he offers a unique combination of music therapy, audio/video production, artistic mentoring and life coaching to inspire “The Child Archetype” in all ages.

9 a.m. Saturday May 30: bilingual kindie star Sonia De Los Santos

Sonia was nominated in 2019 for a Latin Grammy® with her second family music album titled ¡Alegría! and has been hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” and “Best Latin Children’s Music.” She has made numerous appearances as a singer and guitarist on TV shows like ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “The Early Show,” and Sprout’s “The Sunny Side up Show,” and has performed with her band in renowned venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, The Getty Museum, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and many more.

9 a.m. Saturday June 6: Jamaal “Mr. Root” Collier from Baby Beats
One half of the incredible beatboxing and hip-hop for kids group Baby Beats, Jamaal is a longtime friend of WTMD’s. He and his various bands have performed at several Saturday Morning Tunes shows, including the Schoolhouse Rock tribute and the “Moana” and “Lion King” Movie Soundtrack Shows. He’s a Young Audiences teaching artist and a father.
9 a.m. Saturday June 13: Josh Lovelace (of NEEDTOBREATHE)
Josh Lovelace, a member of the Grammy-nominated band NEEDTOBREATHE, took his first step into the family music scene with the album “Young Folk:” in 2017 after a life-long appreciation of children’s music. Now, a few more years into parenthood, he released his second kindie album, “Growing Up.” The album captures the amazing and complex feelings of being in a family, including the struggles of daily life and the importance of looking forward with positivity. With a soothing voice and nourishing lyrics, Lovelace taps into the earnest feelings of nostalgia from our own childhoods and how we collectively navigate it all.

Tickets are a donation to WTMD, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and are non-refundable. Proceeds from this concert help support children’s programming on-air and in our community.

About the series

When we were growing up, kids music kinda sucked. That’s why, in January 2017, the Baltimore NPR affiliate music station WTMD launched Saturday Morning Tunes — to create concerts that parents actually want to see with their kids, at times that all ages can enjoy. Since then, more than 8,000 parents, kids and grandparents have been to a Saturday Morning Tunes show. Last year, the series expanded to Annapolis, and this is the first Saturday Morning Tunes show in D.C. All of the Saturday Morning Tunes illustrations are by the Baltimore artist and children’s book author Kevin Sherry.

About the band

The vocal pop duo Outcalls has been dubbed the “electronic opera queens” of Baltimore. Led by Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish, both classically-trained musicians, Outcalls creates genre-defying pop music that counters the tired narratives pervading much of today’s popular songs. With compelling live shows that feature melodic and harmonic surprises, their voices can tickle your ear hairs one second and shake your teeth the next. The duo’s latest single “Keep Falling Over” was voted the #1 Song of 2018 by 89.7 WTMD radio listeners in Baltimore.

“With their glittering get-ups, engaging social media presence, and ambitious attitude, Peabody grads Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish have catapulted themselves onto the local arts scene and created their very own genre along the way.” – Baltimore Magazine

About the venue

The Miracle Theatre is located on Capitol Hill in the historic Barracks Row neighborhood. The original building, the Meader Theater, opened on December 27, 1909 as a vaudeville theatre with a mix of entertainment, including motion pictures and live performances. The building continued to operate as a movie theatre under several names until 1960: Meader, New Meader, Family and Academy. During the theatre’s many transitions and renovations it showed a variety of films including silent, triple-feature westerns and in the late 1950s, foreign films.

On March 23, 2011, National Community Church purchased it and embarked on a mission to revive the building’s rich history as a movie house and live entertainment destination. Today, the Miracle Theatre is a second-run movie theater and live performance venue, and the oldest movie theater in Washington, DC.

(Note: Our new logo and all of the Saturday Morning Tunes posters are by the incredible Baltimore artist and children’s book author Kevin Sherry. Check him out!)

2019-2020
Lineup

  • Feb. 22: “Frozen” live in concert at the Miracle Theater

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