Family Music Night at Know Thy Food Cooperative

Red Yarn & the Critters are thrilled to return to our beloved old stomping grounds, Know Thy Food Cooperative, for their Family Music Night – Mon, Jan 8, 5:30-6:30pm. Food, kombucha, beer & wine available through the co-op. Hope to see you there!

Portland Old Time Music Gathering

We are so excited to be a part of the Portland Old Time Music Gathering again this year! We’re performing a special string band set at 2pm on Saturday, January 13 at the Tiffany Center. POTMG is hosting awesome events all weekend, but here are the special family events on Saturday afternoon:

FAMILY EVENTS – 4th Floor Emerald Room  — Free!

12:00  –  2:00 PM      Instrument Petting Zoo, (in the foyer) Host: Sara Ells
12:00  – 12:50 PM     Kids’/family jam, Host: Kate O’Brien
12:45  –  1:00 PM      Sign up for Kid’s Open Mic with Annalisa at the stage
 1:00  –  1:50 PM       Kids’ Open Mic – Host: Annalisa Tornfelt
 2:00  –  2:50 PM       Kids’ show – Red Yarn – Featuring Andy Furgeson & Friends
 3:00  –  3:50 PM       Family square dance, Caller Caroline Oakley, Band: Old Time Highway
 4:00  –  4:50 PM       Slow Jam – Hosts – Portland String Band Class
 5:00  –  6:00 PM       Appalachian Clogging class – Evie Ladin

Mount Baker Community Clubhouse (SEATTLE)

We are so excited to be a part of Seattle’s Kindiependent Series at Mt. Baker Community Clubhouse this year! Kindiependent is a group of rockin’ Seattle musicians who are passionate about creating a vibrant kids’ and family music scene in the Pacific Northwest. All winter long the best Seattle kids’ bands perform on Saturday mornings at the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse. Check out http://www.mountbaker.org/kindiependent/ for the full line-up.

This family pass is good for up to 4 people.
Full series passes are also available at: http://kindie.bpt.me

Santa (and Red Yarn) at the Overlook House!

Santa is coming to Overlook House Sunday, Dec. 3rd from 11AM to 1PM – and Red Yarn & the Critters will be there too! Jolly St. Nick is arriving via firetruck at 11AM. Whisper what you want for Christmas as you have your picture taken by the fire with Santa. Red Yarn will perform on the lower level from 11:15-11:45 and from 12:00-12:30. This popular visit from Santa is sponsored for the neighborhood by the Friends of Overlook House.

Rainy Day Family – Winter Show!

The Rainy Day Family returns! This unique collaboration between Portland family performers Penny’s Puppets, the Alphabeticians, Pointed Man Band, Tallulah’s Daddy & Red Yarn puts on multimedia shows only once or twice per year. This year’s show will be winter & holiday themed!

Idaho Family Reading Week

Red Yarn & the Critters are excited to perform in Idaho for the first time for Idaho Family Reading Week! This year’s theme is “Tell Me a Tale” and we’ll join the Community Library Network at the Silver Lake Mall on Saturday, November 18 for two performances of our “Deep Woods” show — at noon and at 3:30 p.m. — with fun Super Librarian-led activities for the whole family between shows. Both performances are free with no registration required.

Red & Bob in the woods (photo by Aaron Hewitt)

 

Upper Westside Play Gym

Red Yarn & the Critters are excited to return to Upper Westside Play Gym on Second Fridays in October, November, January & March!

The Secret Society

We’re excited to be a part of the Not-So-Secret Family Show series, each Sunday afternoon at NE Portland’s Secret Society. Each week will feature a local family performer with special guests from Portland’s music scene. Red Yarn will perform every 1st Sunday afternoon during the ’17-’18 school year!

The Fambly Ramble w/ Jazzy Ash

The Fambly Ramble returns with special guest Jazzy Ash from LA and an opening set by Red Yarn, Miss Jessie & the Critters!

The Fambly Ramble is a unique Portland concert series that pairs acclaimed national “kindie” (kids + indie) acts with local entertainers to create engaging experiences for Portland families. Each event also features interactive art projects, activities, and delicious food & drink from McMenamins Mission Theater.
About Jazzy Ash

Jazzy Ash grew up with her mother from New Orleans and her father from Trinidad. Music infused her home life every day, from jazz to Caribbean rhythms to the lively children’s music which was playing all the time for the kids in her mother’s home day care. She often spent summers in New Orleans with her aunts and grandparents, enjoying the culture and music that permeated their West Bank neighborhood.

​Later on, after becoming mom to two sons, she earned a degree in early childhood development and embarked on her music education program, Leaping Lizards Music.

Jazzy Ash’s NOLA visits, especially during Mardi Gras, reaffirmed the importance of exploring this part of her heritage.

“Learning about  this music and performing it gives me a foundation. Truly, I’ve found myself through this experience. Even though I was born in California, I see myself as a second-generation New Orleanean, since New Orleans is so much a part of my family’s experience, going back at least seven generations.”

Ash and her band, Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, have had the pleasure of performing at Lincoln Center and Symphony Space in New York, Getty Center in California, and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and Ann Arbor Summer Festival, among other prestigious venues. 

Additionally, Jazzy Ash continues to focus on education, regularly teaching performing arts to children and music education to educators. Most recently, Jazzy Ash has hosted workshops for National HeadStart, NAEYC, and MaxFunCon. 

Her music has been featured by LA Times and NPR, and continues to top the Children’s Music Charts. Her fourth album, Swing Set, will be released in July 2017. 

The Fambly Ramble w/ Joanie Leeds

The Fambly Ramble returns with special guest Joanie Leeds from Brooklyn, NY and an opening set by Red Yarn, Miss Jessie & the Critters!

The Fambly Ramble is a unique Portland concert series that pairs acclaimed national “kindie” (kids + indie) acts with local entertainers to create engaging experiences for Portland families. Each event also features interactive art projects, activities, and delicious food & drink from McMenamins Mission Theater.
Joanie Leeds
As one of the top nationally touring kindie rock singers, Brooklyn-based Joanie Leeds has played for thousands of families all across the country. As a singer/songwriter, Joanie has won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, Gold Parents’ Choice Award, NAPPA Gold Award and she has been a John Lennon Songwriting Award Finalist and an International Songwriting Competition Finalist. Her original music with her band Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights has been featured in People Magazine, USA Today, Parents Magazine, New York Times and Washington Post.  She is currently touring the USA promoting her 8th children’s CD, ‘Brooklyn Baby’. Her songs are played on many radio stations nationwide climbing up the chart to #1 on Sirius-XM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner.  Check out a music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G71i8yXgrA