Are YOU Happy? Check out this super fun new music video, captured live at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center Preschool Picnic! The Big Time Tot Rock Band performs the song "Are You Happy?" with some extremely happy, dancing preschoolers! Good Times!! Click HERE to watch!
I am honored to have been invited by the San Francisco Public Library to present a series of five performances for their Middle Eastern Heritage Month, focusing on Jewish and Israeli music for children and families - "Alison Faith Levy Sings Shalom"! Having taught Early Childhood music in Jewish setting for several years, this is a dream come true. I will be introducing simple Hebrew words and Jewish concepts for a general audience, including some originals, some traditional songs, and of course - lots of dancing and silliness, too.
Monsters, Schemes & Wild Dreams is this year's brilliant theatrical production from Stage Write, with musical numbers written by Alison Faith Levy! Stage Write is an organization that teaches playwriting and theater skills to elementary school kids in the SF public schools. Five young playwrights are then chosen to have their plays produced, performed by professional actors, with songs and live musical accompaniment for two nights at the Brava. It's an incredible show on all levels, great fun for the whole family!
The Start of Things finished strong on some pretty incredible year end lists for children's music in 2015:
#8 on Zooglobble's Best Kids Music of 2015
#7 on Musical Merry-Go-Round’s Favorite Family Music Releases of 2015
Kids Can Groove Top 20 Family Albums for 2015
Our last Big Time Tot Rock show of 2015 will be on Christmas Day, December 25 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum for their Community Free Day! We play two shows, at 1pm and 2:30 pm, and there will also be art activities, shadow puppet making, and delicious food from Wise Sons Deli. Join us for this free family dance party! Festivities and activities start at 11am. For more info, visit www.thecjm.org.
The Start of Things is on the ballot for the 58th annual Grammy Awards, in the Children's category! This was such a labor of love, recorded at Mystery Lawn Mountain with producer Allen Clapp, and we're so excited and proud to see it on the ballot! If you are a NARAS voter or know someone who is (you certainly don't need to be a children's musician to vote), give it a listen and judge for yourself! Here is a SOUNDCLOUD stream to listen to the whole album. Wish us luck - see you on the red carpet!
Happy Halloween everyone - enjoy this little alt-country ditty, "Ballad of Boo Ghosty" about a sweet, lost ghost who befriends a child on his way home from school, and winds up becoming a part of his family! And make sure to join us for Scaregrove, San Francisco Rec & Park's wild Halloween event at Sigmund Stern Grove, on Friday, October 23, from 3 to 9 p.m. This family-friendly event features carnival rides, a haunted house, costume