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.
**Admission includes organic snacks for kids (fig bars & honest juice) from Eddie’s of Roland Park, coffee (for adults) from Garrison Forest School, bicycle rides (for kids) from Race Pace Bicycles and more! We’re also happy to welcome our latest sponsor, the B&O Railroad Museum.**
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, Creative City Public Charter School in Northwest Baltimore City and (cool) progeny.
Here is the lineup of shows:
9 a.m. Saturday June 13: Jimi HaHa (of Jimmie’s Chicken Shack)
In his youth, Jimi HaHa (Jimi Davies) was a bed wetter and thumb sucker. He’s been peeling the labels off crayons and creating art since he was three. He spent the last twenty years of his life dodging employment by touring the world with his multi-aluminum selling rock band Jimmie’s Chicken Shack. He also plays in Jarflys. He is a not so disappointing son, adequate husband and anxious father. He ekes out a living selling paintings, playing music and publishing the quarterly art publication Up.St.ART Annapolis.
April 25 – Dan + Claudia Zanes at WTMD
***UPDATE: Following the recent announcement and guidance by Towson University, WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes show featuring Dan + Claudia Zanes on March 14 will be postponed to Saturday April 25. It’s our shared desire to protect the public health and safety of the Baltimore community and families from the spread of COVID-19. We thank you for your understanding.***
We’re excited to welcome the Grammy-winning musician Dan Zanes and his wife, Claudia, for their first Saturday Morning Tunes show!
Dan and Claudia Zanes recently moved to Baltimore, and are some of the best kindie performers out there. Dan’s first album for children and adults, “Rocket Ship Beach,” came out in 2000, and was an immediate hit. His albums have featured guest performances from Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega, Lou Reed, Aimee Mann, Dar Williams and others.
In 2007, Zanes received the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children for Catch That Train! (2006) and produced a children’s reggae CD with Father Goose called “Its a Bam Bam Diddly”, which also features Sister Carol and Sheryl Crow.
In early 2009, Zanes’ ¡Nueva York! (featuring Saturday Morning Tunes alum Sonia De Los Santos) won in The 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Children’s Music Album. His seventh album, “76 Trombones” was a Broadway/Showtune themed album, featuring guest vocalists Matthew Broderick, Carol Channing, and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Doors open at 9 a.m., and the music starts at 9:30 a.m. with an opening act Mr. Will & Friends. Dan and Claudia go live at 10 a.m. at WTMD’s peformance studio, 1 Olympic Place in Towson. Admission includes coffee (for the adults) from Garrison Forest School, bicycle rides (for the kids) from Race Pace Bicycles, an instrument petting zoo from The Music Space and organic snacks. Other sponsors include the Maryland Institute College of Art and the B&O Railroad Museum.