The following is by contributor Jennifer Brown.
This week, I imagine there are so many of you who are, like me, thinking about the start of school. Either you recently have or are about to abandon your summer schedule for the routine of learning. It’s a bittersweet time this changing of seasons. There’s a little bit of childlike joy and carefree days that comes with the summer season. At the same time there’s a lot of comfort and familiarity with the routine of fall and back to school days.
But today, I’m putting those thoughts aside for just a minute to relive one of my favorite memories from this past summer — a summer concert date with my five year old son (who will be starting kindergarten this week).
We spent a good part of our summer staying with grandparents in North Carolina while our family moved from California to Florida. My two boys and I spent a lot of time “staycationing” in my childhood home city where I got to discover and rediscover so many of the fun kid things the city had to offer.
One of the places we frequented was the children’s library, where I had an awesome moment of serendipity: Lunch Money, one of the guest bands on Recess Monkey’s recent album “In Tents” that I wanted to check out, was giving a free concert!
I couldn’t contain my excitement at the prospect of a) taking my kid to his first real concert, b) seeing my first kids concert as a kids music blogger and c) meeting the band!
I was not disappointed.
Lunch Money’s summer tour to promote their latest release “Spicy Kid” was a show worth far more than the price of admission. It was an awesome in person experience! The band interacted with the audience in such a genuine way that suited the kids as well as the adults who had come to see them. They got everyone up and dancing—even one dad in a suit who came straight from work.
My date and I got a front row seat experience where we sang and danced alongside the band’s number one groupies: the lead singer Molly Ledford’s two very own spicy kids. They knew the words to every song and the moves to every dance, so we followed along.
After the show we hung around to meet Molly and her bandmates Jay Barry, J.P. Stephens and Russell Ramirez; who graciously sent us home with spicy kid stickers, a copy of the album and smiles on our faces.
We’ve had “Spicy Kid “on heavy play for the rest of the summer.
Want to know more about Lunch Money?
If you like original songs, if you appreciate good songwriting, if you want to discover a children’s music group that you just might mistake as one of your own—check them out. Listen to cut number three “You Were a Basket of Flowers” and you’ll see what I mean.
I think parents and kids both will especially enjoy “S.P.E.L.L.” as well as the title track “Spicy Kid.” Which brings me to the question: what is a spicy kid? Well if you have one or you know one … you know it. They’re a little bit of sass, a tad bit of spunk, a good dose of smart and run just on the edge of trouble, but a WHOLE lot of fun.
I ended my memorable night by treating my own little spicy kid to dinner out complete with his very own Southern sweet iced tea.
Visit Lunch Money’s Website for music sampling, photos, and videos.