On Saturday, November 6th the Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey will be hosting a musical concert for the entire family featuring the talents of Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, with Nina Music as a very special Guest Artist. The concert, which will be held at the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, will begin at 4:00 PM. All tickets are $12.00 per person.
2009 Children’s GRAMMY nominee Brady Rymer toured and recorded with RCA roots-rock band From Good Homes for thirteen years, sharing the stage with the likes of Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, before parenthood expanded the scope of his music to include young and old alike. Since then, he’s forged a career with Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – they “might just be the best-sounding band in children’s music,” according to NPR’s All Things Considered – releasing five acclaimed albums and bringing energetic, rockin’ live music to kids and families across the country.
First class, all-American roots-rock with a feel-good R&B foundation is Rymer’s calling card – his music creates a warm, optimistic, rollicking back-porch vibe that gets children and their families up and dancing, and smiling from ear to ear. Kids love the energy and Rymer’s magnetic, good-times-guy charm, and his musicianship is something even the most discerning music-loving parent can appreciate.
Rymer grew up in rural northwestern New Jersey, living among hippies and horses in a quiet lakeside community. The first hint of young Brady’s future is evident in a photo of the 5-year-old at his own birthday party, guitar slung stylishly across the jacket of his neat suit.
In spring of 1995, RCA Records released “Open Up the Sky” and FGH spent a solid year touring behind its first major label record. “We opened for Dylan, played with David Byrne, did two tours with Bob Weir’s Ratdog. When you’re on the move, working on the music and connecting with audiences, and you have an artist you really admire, like David Byrne, coming out to listen to your set, it feels like everything is happening.” But another force was tugging at Rymer. “One thing we’d seen touring with Bob Weir is that he was constantly on the road,” Rymer says. “When my son Gus was born, I realized that a couple, maybe three weeks away from home was my limit. I needed that time with my family.”
By the time FGH disbanded in 1999, Gus was ready for preschool and his dad was ready for a career change. “Good Morning, Gus,” a collection of tunes Rymer had written for his son, marked his entry into the kids’ music field. With a classroom teacher, he started a music program at Gus’ preschool, introducing his new material to an enthusiastic young audience. He found inspiration in his growing family (daughter Daisy followed Gus in 1998), in memories of his own childhood, and in the children and families that comprised his audience; CDs “Look At My Belly,” “I Found It!” and “Every Day Is A Birthday” followed, garnering praise from critics and picking up multiple national awards including Parents’ Choice Gold and NAPPA Gold honors.
Rymer formed a band, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, and took his infectious, rockin’, rootsy family music on the road. He built a following just as he’d done with FGH, releasing great records, playing live shows and connecting with fans of all ages. He released his latest CD, “Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could,” to the strongest reviews yet, culminating in a 2009 GRAMMY nomination for Best Children’s Musical Album. Brady remarks on his career in family music, “what’s coolest for me is looking out at an audience of all ages and feeling everyone – moms, dads, little kids and big ones, grandmas, grandpas, aunts and uncles – smiling, dancing and singing all together. Then funny enough, it all seems familiar and right – like it always did on a good night. Just like back when I was 14 years old, playing “Ramblin’ Man” with my buddies on a Sunday evening for a bunch of boisterous bikers down at the local Jersey bar, where my dad gave his blessing that we play under one condition– he sit in the audience for every show.”
Also performing will be Nina Music. Nina Music returns to The Growing Stage Theatre where her career as a children’s musician began nearly 3 years ago. Since that time Nina has released a critically acclaimed CD called “Shake, Shake, Shake,”; performed for thousands of kids at libraries and schools, headlined at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Theatre in Jim Thorpe, PA; been interviewed by numerous TV, Radio and Newspaper outlets; and most recently was a featured children’s performer at Musikfest, one of the country’s largest music festivals. It’s clear that Nina’s blending of sign language, movement and music has been a big hit in live performances.
The Growing Stage was founded in 1982, with a Mission to nurture the development of the performing arts through education, and to create, produce, and perform works that engage the entire family. The Growing Stage’s home, the Historic Palace Theater, is the only theater solely dedicated to professional theater for young audiences in New Jersey. More information on The Growing Stage is available on its website: www.growingstage.com. To place a reservation for Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could contact The Growing Stage Box Office at (973) 347-4946 or online firstname.lastname@example.org.