Thanks to everyone who came out and danced and sang with us at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. See you on December 25 at the JCCSF!
This Sunday, the place to be with your preschooler will be the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Singer-songwriter Alison Faith Levy and her Big Time Tot Rock band will be doing three shows, headlining the Yerba Buena Family Day Festival.
Levy is a local phenomenon, a veteran entertainer whose first solo CD, World of Wonder
(2012) hits you with great songwriting and unexpectedly full
production, which had rock critic Greil Marcus invoking Phil Spector’s
“Wall of Sound.”
The Big Time Tot Rock band played to our biggest crowd yet - 650 rockin' kids and families at the Mountain View Library. Laurie Peck, the librarian "impresario" who organized the show, had these kind words:"Thank
you for a really lovely concert. Karin and I agreed it was your best
yet! From the first notes you had the children engaged and dancing.
It‘s truly a family show –
lots of participation with old favorites and fun new songs for the
little ones, sophisticated musically for grownups. Big Time Tot Rock
When singer-songwriter Alison Faith Levy performs, her audience's receptiveness is quite obvious.She
tells The Daily News, "When I see a huge crowd all crawling around on
the ground like zoo animals, that thrills me to no end."Among the
5-and-under set, Levy is a superstar. "If they're having fun, jumping
around, laughing, dancing and being silly, then I know I'm doing my
job," Levy says, laughing. Levy became well known for her role in
the immensely popular kids music band, The Sippy Cups. Now she has her
I got a call from Alison Faith Levy
in the fall of 2011 regarding me producing an album of new tunes for
her. Unlike the moody, arty rock records she’d been making on her own
over the previous decade, this was going to be a kids’ album. It made
sense: Alison was a lead member of the kindie-rock phenomenon known as
the Sippy Cups: a psychedelic, theatrical roadshow dream for parents and
kids during the 2000s.
I have to admit, I was fascinated. My wife, Jill Pries, is the
The Big Time Tot Rock band will be everywhere this summer and fall, we have some incredible shows coming up. Check the Shows page for details!!
Our January Starry Day Matinee show with The Hipwaders was off-the-hook fun, these girls were beyond adorable! Hope to see you all March 24 at Ashkenaz for the last show of our winter/spring season!!
Librarians take note: World of Wonder is now available through two school & library distributors in the US - Midwest Tape and AV Cafe. Stock up now!
The prestigious School Library Journal chose World
of Wonder as their Pick of the Day - here's what they had to say: "San
Francisco-based singer/songwriter Alison Faith Levy, formerly the lead singer
of the kindie band The Sippy Cups, returns to the kid music scene with her
first solo album. Each song has Levy’s trademark big production sound, whether
a sensitive ballad, an up-tempo rocking number, or a middle-of-the-road tune.
Lyrics of the ten original songs are smart and have lots of kid appeal.
Alison and her Sippy Cups bandmate Rudy Trubitt were recently tapped to write and record a song for Science Fair, a compilation released by Spare the Rock Records to benefit science and engineering education for girls, which recently won the Parents' Choice Gold Award. They came up with “Déjà Vu”, a witty little ditty about that very strange psychic phenomenon. The CD features such kindie rock luminaries as Elizabeth Mitchell, Lunch Money, Laura Veirs, Frances England, and indie rock superstars Mates of State.