Saturday Morning Tunes

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Concert that kids and adults can agree on!

Welcome to Saturday Morning Tunes, an award-winning, family friendly concert series, hosted at the WTMD performance studio in Towson!

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, world music star Falu, Baltimore kids rock stars Milkshake and Baby Beats, and more.

Tickets include organic snacks, juice and milk (for the kids), coffee (for the adults), bicycle rides, arts & crafts and more.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Jan. 12 – Sonia De Los Santos (bilingual show!)

We’re thrilled to host the award-winning Sonia De Los Santos for a bilingual Saturday Morning Tunes at WTMD’s performance studio in Towson. Sonia was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico and in 2007 started touring the world, singing in English and Spanish, playing guitar and jarana and lighting up the stage with Grammy Award winning group Dan Zanes And Friends.

In 2015 she released her first solo family music album titled Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island  (Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award Winner) a collection of songs that reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage.

Sonia has been hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” and her music has been featured on NBC’s VisionesSirius XM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner among others. She has been featured in the New York Times and also 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, Symphony Space, The Getty Museum, Austin City Limits, Madison Square Park, Battery Park, Central Park Summer Stage Kids and many more.

Recently, Sonia gave voice to the Spanish version of the acclaimed book/CD Sing To Your Baby (Cántale A Tu Bebé) created by Grammy Award Winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, and is touring with her band across the United States promoting the release her second family music album titled ¡Alegría!.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Feb. 2 – Grateful Dead show for kids at AVAM!

If you’re a Grateful Dead fan with young kids, you’ve probably wanted to bring them with you to share your love of this incredible band. Now you can — at the American Visionary Arts Museum, one of Baltimore’s most iconic museums — with Ed Hough’s Dead Collective, who are some of Baltimore’s best roots and Americana musicians.

As a founding member of Smooth Kentucky, Ed Hough has been on the Baltimore music scene for decades as a singer and drummer. He has channeled the  music of the Grateful Dead many times with his friend Cris Jacobs, who also plays in the Bridge. For this show, Ed’s joined by:

Keyboardist Mookie Seigel, who has played with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh & Friends as well as Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir’s Rat Dog

Bassist David Markowitz, who is also a member of Baltimore roots rock/Americana mainstays The Bridge

Guitarist Tim Pruitt, who has performed with a long list of D.C.- and Baltimore-based musicians over more than three decades

Admission to this show includes organic snacks and juice for kids, coffee for adults, and admission to the first two floors of AVAM’s banquet hall, where tons of colorful, engaging artwork are on display.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the show starts at 9:30 a.m. so you can be home in time for (family) naptime. Tickets are available below.

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Adult12.00
Kids 2 and up10.00
Family Four-Pack40.00
Kids under 20.00
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address for the Saturday Morning Tunes Grateful Dead show for kids with Ed Hough and Friends at the American Visionary Arts Museum.

2018-2019
Lineup

  • Dec. 15: Mini Holiday Spectacular at Towson University

  • Jan. 12: Sonia De Los Santos at WTMD’s performance studio

  • Feb. 2: Grateful Dead for kids with Ed Hough & Friends at the American Visionary Arts Museum

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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