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.

2019 Fall Season Announced!

Sept. 21 – Movie Soundtrack Show Feat. Songs From “Aladdin” & “The Lion King” At Power Plant Live

We’re thrilled to present a concert of songs from two of the greatest kids’ movies ever. Black Root Underground will perform songs from “The Lion King,” and Kristen Toedtman & Matt Hutchison and their band will do songs from “Aladdin.” This show is rain or shine, held at Power Plant Live’s enclosed outdoor plaza stage, where we held our Phish tribute for kids in June 2019 (check out this video from that show). Parents and kids — dress up as your favorite character from either movie! Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the show starts at 11 a.m. at 34 Market Place in Baltimore. $5 validated parking is available at the Pier V Garage at 711 E. Pratt St.

More about the performers: Kristen Toedtman has sung on the soundtracks to “Frozen,” “Minions,” Despicable Me 3″ and others, and has shared the stage as soloist or in small ensemble with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philip Glass Ensemble and Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Matt Hutchison spent years singing and writing songs for the popular Baltimore rock band Fool & HorsesBlack Root Underground is a funk & hip-hop band from Baltimore featuring singer and songwriter Jamaal “Mr Root” Collier, a Young Audiences teaching artist who is one half of the kid-friendly beatboxing duo Baby Beats.

Oct. 26 – Headbangers Ball For Kids At WTMD

Join us for our first hard rock show for the whole family! Bring your little ones and get ready to rock out to classic and contemporary hard rock tunes from Baltimore Rock Opera Society musicians. Plus, the opening band is All Access, the winner of (cool) progeny & WTMD’s Battle of the Bands: Kids Edition at Hard Rock Cafe.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the music starts at 9:30 a.m. at WTMD’s performance studio, 1 Olympic Place in Towson.

Nov. 16 – Beatles Family Festival With Yellow Dubmarine

The Beatles are the ultimate kids rock band — the one that kids, parents and grandparents can all enjoy together. And the Baltimore-based band Yellow Dubmarine does reggae versions of classic Beatles tunes, complete with a full horns section! Tickets for this show will be on sale soon. Location TBD. Stay tuned!

Dec. 14 – Mini Holiday Spectacular At Towson University

Do your kids like “Frozen?” Of course they do. And if you’re also sick of hearing the soundtrack on endless repeat in the car and at home, bring your family to see the classically trained chamber pop group Outcalls take on the “Frozen” soundtrack. It is awesome. We’ll have other live music, as well as arts & crafts, Santa Claus and more. This show is at Towson University’s West Village Commons Ballroom. Princessess Anna and Elsa will be meeting and greeting fans after the show. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the music starts at 9:30 a.m.

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

About the series

Since Saturday Morning Tunes launched in January 2017, more than 6,000 different parents and kids from all across Maryland and beyond have come to one of our concerts for the whole family. We had 1,200 parents and kids at our Phish show alone!

NEW: you can now purchase gift tickets which are good for any of our upcoming kids’ concerts. Because why not give someone an experience instead of a thing? You’ll receive e-tickets which can be printed and presented at the front door.

**Family Four Packs are good for any combination of four people. Also, even though it’s free for them, please be sure to reserve a spot for your under 2-year-old. so we have an accurate head count.**

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.

2019-2020
Lineup

  • Sept. 21: Movie Soundtrack Show at Power Plant Live!

  • Oct. 26: Headbangers Ball for kids at WTMD

  • Nov. 16: Beatles Family Festival location TBD

  • Dec. 14: Mini Holiday Spectacular at Towson University’s West Village Commons Ballroom

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SATURDAY MORNING TUNES FAQ

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the concerts start at 9:30 a.m. Our usual shows at WTMD run until 11 a.m., with an opener and a headliner. But our Beatles Family Festival will feature a headliner (Yellow Dubmarine) playing two sets, and different musicians on the outdoor stage performing acoustic Beatles tunes.

Very! 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.

Yes, they are included in the ticket price, thanks to Eddie’s of Roland Park. We have fig bars and organic fruit strips as well as Horizon organic regular and chocolate milk and Honest juice. Each kid can have one two-pack of fig bars, a fruit strip and either a juice or milk carton.

Race Pace Bicycles sets up bicycles with training wheels for children to ride around the enclosed plaza outside our studio. They are trained professionals, and provide helmets and bicycles for children who are just learning how to ride to children who are a little older and more experienced. It’s a blast!

It changes from concert to concert, but generally speaking, 0-7 years old is our sweet spot. Also, we keep the music at a reasonable volume level, and offer earplugs for toddlers and adults.

Last year, Baltimore Magazine named 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.”

There is a free visitor lot across the street from the station, and plenty of street and garage parking in Towson.

Yes, you can park outside with your blinkers on, load your stroller into the street-level elevator, take it up one floor and park the stroller on the plaza outside the studio. But honestly it might just be easier to carry your baby in.

Our performance studio is only a few years old, and the bathrooms are still nice and new. Both the men’s and women’s bathrooms have stainless steel infant changing tables in them.

There are some soft, comfy tiered romper chairs around the perimeter of the performance studio, but most of the kids and parents sit or stand on our wooden floors. We’ve found that fixed seating and kids at a concert generally don’t mix.

Garrison Forest School includes coffee in the price of all tickets. And they have all the fixin’s. It’s just what us parents need. You can find them in the conference room, adjacent to the main performance studio.

Sadly, no. But we’ll let you know if anything changes!

Great question! You can email our membership director, Kristin Laporte, at klaporte@wtmd.org

Baltimore magazine’s Reading Corner mixes musical merriment with some reading fun! Be sure to participate in their take a book, leave a book station and share some literature love with Reading Rock Stars of all ages. Don’t worry, parents are reading rock stars too and can read along with a complimentary issue of Baltimore.