We have exciting news about a great family music event coming up on April 29 and May 1, run by a Shanghai Mamas member and her musician husband. Even better, they are offering a special discount for Shanghai Mamas members (see below for details)!
Date: April 29, May 1
Times: Early Show: 10-11:30am, Afternoon Show 1-2:30 pm (Performance Time: 90 minutes)
Venue: YiHai Theater/Shanghai Art Theater
Address: Jing An District, 466 Jiangning Lu, near Kangding Lu
All Ages Show, perfect for kids 1 and up
Tickets: RMB 160/260/360/560 (Ticket price is per person)
Buy through https://yoopay.cn/event/54332416 or scan the QR code below. This code is unique to Shanghai Mamas, with a built-in 10% discount for members- no need to use any coupon codes!
Ticket Pickup: Pick up your tickets at the ticket counter using your phone number and name or your order form. Your order form can be found in Wechat, Alipay or text message.
Note: Show begins promptly so make sure to arrive early.
More Info: www.handinhandchina.com
Shanghai Mamas member Rebecca Kanthor and her husband Liu Jian love live music. They met in a bar when he was performing on stage. Before their two kids arrived on the scene, they were always going to music festivals and live gigs. But after they started a family, it became harder to get out to shows. One trip to a music festival where Liu Jian was performing at was particularly hard: their daughter started screaming because it was too noisy and there was nowhere to change her diaper. And of course it rained that day. That frustrating experience made him wonder why there wasn’t a festival meant for families. Neither of them wanted to give up their love of live music, and they also wanted to find a way to share music with their kids.
When Rebecca introduced Liu Jian to the amazing array of children’s music from around the world, he was inspired. The two dreamed up a music festival meant for families, with bands from around the world playing great music that kids and parents could enjoy together. And that’s how Hand in Hand came to be. Over the next five years, they plan to bring the best bands for kids from ten countries to tour 100 cities in China.
This month Rebecca and Liu Jian are putting on their third Hand in Hand Festival, which will travel to 8 cities. Latin Grammy and Emmy award-winning surf rockers Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band from the United States and kindie rock band Hippe Gasten from the Netherlands will perform in Shanghai on April 29th and May 1. The festival is designed for families in mind, with nursing and changing stations, the lyrics projected up on huge screens so that everyone can sing along, and sound levels adjusted for little ears.
The bands are:
Husband and wife duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis are Latin Grammy and Emmy award winners who have been named ‘THE face of kindie music’ by The Washington Post, ‘SUPERSTARS’ by Red Tricycle, and ‘The Rolling Stones of Kids Music’ by the Style Network. They are the stars of PBS program ‘Lishy Lou and Lucky Too’ – a color-splashed, family-friendly variety show ala Peewee’s Playhouse. Their hit song “Thingamajig” was named “Song of the Year,” and “A smash hit!” by several parenting publications. Their song and lyrics appeal to young children, especially songs such as “Pretty Princess” – what young girl doesn’t want to dance to a song like that?
Hippe Gasten is a rock band made for kids. They take kids seriously and use their creativity to make music that kids love and parents enjoy too. They want to create great memories for the kids who come to their shows, especially as it’s often their young fans’ first rock concert. Their show is energetic and interactive, with the band members getting kids up on stage to show them how to be rock stars. Through their songs, they emphasize that everyone is unique and tell kids, “Don’t try to be anybody but yourself.” They appeal to kids and adults alike with their rockin’ beats and lyrics written from a child’s point of view.