When we were growing up, “kids music” was pretty lame. These days, there’s a whole genre of music called “kindie” or “kids rock,” and it’s full of really great musicians making songs you and your little ones can enjoy together. That’s our mission: To present concerts you can enjoy with your kids — not just for your kids.
The shows are every month on Saturday mornings, broadcast live on the radio with a live studio 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, Baltimore kids rock stars Milkshake and Baby Beats, and more. We put a band together to play all the theme songs from our favorite cartoons, and hosted a super funky “Schoolhouse Rock” tribute.
Doors open at 9 a.m. and the music runs from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Each performance has an opening act as well as a headliner.
We have snacks (organic fig bars and fruit strips) as well as drinks (Horizon milk and Honest juice) from Eddie’s of Roland Park, which are included in the ticket price for all kids. Race Pace Bicycles also sets up bicycles with training wheels for children to ride around the enclosed plaza outside our studio, and we have coffee and arts and crafts from Garrison Forest School. And many thanks to our other sponsors: (cool) progeny, ClimbZone White Marsh, Maryland Excels, The Walters Art Museum, Ukazoo Books and Baltimore Magazine.
The WTMD performance studio is a bright, clean environment with comfy furniture that’s ideal for climbing and sitting. Both our men’s and women’s bathrooms have stainless steel changing tables, and stools for our bathroom sinks.
Also — kids under 2 are free! However, please reserve a free spot for your kid(s) under 2 so we know how many little ones to expect.
This year, Baltimore Magazine for naming Saturday Morning Tunes a Best of Baltimore award winner! They wrote, “Kids can rejoice at this awesome new concert series, tailored just for them. Tip back a juice box and get ready to rock out.”
A few years ago, Grammy-award winning musicians Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer published “Sing To Your Baby,” a picture book with songs which was featured on NPR and won a Parent’s Choice Gold Award. This past fall, they followed it up with “Cantale A Tu Bebe,” the Spanish edition of “Sing To Your Baby,” lovingly translated by bilingual artists and native Spanish speakers Sonia De Los Santos and Jorge Anaya.
We are thrilled to host Cathy & Marcy with special guest Sonia De Los Santos for this bilingual performance of “Sing To Your Baby” at WTMD!
Cathy & Marcy have won two Grammys, and are master musicians with a career spanning over 35 years. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the guitar, five-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, cello-banjo, and many other instruments. Cathy & Marcy have performed at hundreds of bluegrass and folk festivals and taught at close to 100 music camps. The Washington Area Music Association has recognized the duo with over 60 WAMMIE Awards for folk, bluegrass and children’s music. They have performed with Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Tom Paxton, Patsy Montana, Riders in the Sky and a wide range of musical luminaries.
Led by singer Alex Mitnick, Alex and the Kaleidoscope is an Emmy award-winning interactive music experience, which encourages and inspires kids to celebrate and learn through the power of songs, fun facts and adventures to interesting places around the world.
Alex has been a professional musician and teacher for more than a decade, and has released three albums. In addition to performing live concerts, he hosts his own show, which won an Emmy in 2015 for Best Children’s Programming.
Alex has been featured in People Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his music has received a Silver Honor from the Parents’ Choice Foundation.
A native of Bombay, India, Falu is a world music star. She has collaborated with a who’s who of the music industry, including Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef Jean, Philip Glass, Ricky Martin, Blues Traveler and A.R. Rahman. Falu has performed at the White House for then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and was appointed Carnegie Hall’s ambassador of Indian Music.
After having her own son, Falu set out to create “Falu’s Bazaar,” a musical journey through South Asian culture and beyond. Her live performances celebrate the instruments, languages, sights and humanities of a diverse world.
Through Falu’s Bazaar, children can learn about introducing themselves in Hindi, obeying traffic signals, counting, spices, cooking and more.
The New York Times describes Falu as “East and West, ancient and modern,” and Billboard Magazine calls her “Ethereal and transcendent.” Her first album, “Falu,” was featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History “Beyond Bollywood” exhibition as representative of the voice of Indian American trendsetting artists. In 2015, the Economic Times of India named Falu one of the 20 most influential global Indian women. She has also been featured in Vogue and Rolling Stone, among others.
“Bringing her trademark ‘indie-Hindi’ style to family music, Falu’s transcendent voice and ensemble are without compare. Falu has created a remarkable program, taking audiences on an exploration of traditions and humanity of a diverse world.” — Lincoln Center Education