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Stroller Grooves

Tuesdays, February 5–March 26, 2019 / Crystal Gardens

Join us in the Crystal Gardens Tuesdays in February and March for Stroller Grooves, a free children’s music series presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum. Stroller Grooves will take place every Tuesday, from February 5th through March 26th. See below for details on upcoming events in this series.

Upcoming Dates

Stroller Grooves: Little Miss Ann

Free Public Program

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Crystal Gardens

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

Little Miss Ann

Ann Torralba aka Little Miss Ann is an award winning kids musician, a former Chicago Public School teacher, a mom, a veteran instructor at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and a first generation Filipina-American.

She has made 5 kids cd’s including her latest, “Keep On” with Amy D. “Keep On” was produced byGrammy award winning producer, Dean Jones. Ann is an award winning kids musician and has received a Silver Parent’s Choice Award and aNAPPA for her music.

Little Miss Ann’s songs have been featured on Sirius XM Kids Place Live, WXPN Kids Corner, WTMD Young at Heart, WXRT Local Anesthetic,and on the NAEYC Featured songs page. Little Miss Ann and her band have brought their down-to-earth, yet upbeat, interactive and energetic performances to Millennium Park, Old Town School of Folk Music, SXSW, Lollapalooza, Pilgrimage Music Festival outside of Nashville, TN,92Y Tribeca and Brookfield Place in NYC, Overture Center, Strathmore Theater, and more.

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Wendy & DB

Free Public Program

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Crystal Gardens

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Wendy & DB at Stoller Grooves, a free children's music series at Navy Pier

Wendy + DB

The Funn band is a group of musicians that back up Wendy and DB – they include Dean Rolando on Piano, Geoffrey Lowe on Bass and Dennis Calito on  percussion/drum sounds from around the world!

Wendy Morgan has been performing children’s music on the North Shore for over 10 years and a singer/songwriter for over 20 years. She started with a program at the Wilmette Park District, making music with kids, and it blossomed into a fun music show which the whole community can enjoy! She loves performing children’s music because she feels it is suited to her energy. Recently, Wendy and DB’s CD, Pockets Seasons Rhymes & Reasons, was released. Wendy’s lyrics for the album were inspired by the kids she plays with everyday and being a mother.

Darryl Boggs has been making music professionally for over 30 years. He has worked in the private and public school systems where he has taught band, choir and classroom music. Presently, he is doing all of these in his district. Special attention has been given to his primary level classes where he found his love of creating songs for young children. Pockets, Seasons, Rhymes & Reasons is his first CD as a composer and lyricist.

Dean Rolando has been an in-demand pianist in the Chicago area for 40 years. He has had the pleasure of working with and backing up the likes of Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, and The Manhattan Transfer, just to name a few. Dean regularly works with Wendy at The Vocal Gymnasium as her pianist for many children’s programs.

Geoffrey Lowe grew up in Colorado learning a variety of  instruments. Since moving to Chicago, he’s been busy playing bass in jazz, R&B, blues, and classical ensembles. He’s toured around the world, and played in studio for more than a dozen albums. Geoffrey is proud to join Wendy & DB in showing young children how amazing music can be.

Dennis Calito has been a percussionist since the age of ten. He has the distinction of playing with Latin greats Grupo Niche, Willy Torres, Kevin Ceballo, and many more. He has taught percussion for Columbia College Chicago, and currently runs percusion clinics for Chicago Public Schools, teaching kids about percussion instruments and rhythms from around the world.


Video: Walla Walla Tree from “It’s A Doo Da Day”

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: The Q Brothers

Free Public Program

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Crystal Gardens

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

Read More

Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

The Q Brothers at Stoller Grooves, a free children's music program at Navy Pier

The Q Brothers

Award-winning and internationally acclaimed theater artists, the Q Brothers generate original work fusing hip hop and theater, adapting classic stories to a wholly original, entertaining and fast-paced style of comedic performance that has been energizing audiences for over two decades. The Q Brothers conceived the term add-RAP-tation in 1999 with their Off-Broadway hit “The Bomb-itty of Errors.” MTV has called the Q Brother’s “Nothing short of brilliant” and Time Out London says “The rhymes—and the energy— just don’t stop…”

A perennial highlight of Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, The Q Brothers’ Hip Hop for Beginners workshop allows kids to lay down their very own hip hop track, featuring the Q’s, in a matter of minutes. The track is then emailed to their parents as an mp3. Some kids have been to the booth 10 years straight and have an entire album they made with the Q Brothers!

Video: The Q Brothers at Austin City Limits 2017

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Deep Fried Pickle Project

Free Public Program

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Crystal Gardens

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

The Deep Fried Pickle Project to perform at Stoller Grooves, a free children's music series at Navy Pier

Deep Fried Pickle Project

In 2002 a mysterious green iceberg was discovered by a band of pirates in Lake Michigan . Frozen inside were the Pickles, cold solid in a chunk of sour brine. The DFPP were hoisted aboard, chiseled free and re-animated by the ships crude pirate scientist chef using a combination of spirits and pickle juice. As the DFPP awoke from their icy slumber they started singing and have never stopped. Where the Pickles came from and where they are going remains a mystery

From outhouse to henhouse to waffle house to public house both hither and yon the Pickles have caused a rafter-shaking ruckus wherever they roll, dreaming a hobo’s knapsack of stories and songs along the way.

These Pickle folks have wobbled their magical musical gypsy medicine wagon from one end of this here country to t’other, with stops including LOLLAPALOOZA, WAKARUSA and TELLURIDE along the way.

What fanciful fuel powers this bubbling band of minstrels you say? Why, it is Pickle Power- the power to make mutant musical instruments and sea shanties. The power to shatter a bar full of whisky glasses with sonic ferocity one night, then serenade a giggling group of itty bitty kids the next morning. From the great Depression to the Great Recession, the Pickles run the gamut of old timey styles while grabbing an occasional 80’s pop tune and turning it into a flap happy chicken scratchy 78 RPM tune.

Armed with a Frankenststonian array of homemade monster instruments, their recipe is flavored with Jug Band, Hokum and Honkeytonk spices. You’ll relish the Pickles!

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Animal Farm

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Crystal Gardens

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a group of musician-educators who perform original songs and sketches for children and families. Inspired by the challenges and triumphs of the children they have taught, David Ladon (Farmer Dave) and Seth Adams (The Sheriff) write songs exploring themes of social and emotional learning, community, and self-expression through the eyes of our furry, feathered, scaly, and shell-dwelling friends.

Blending music, educational comedy, and audience participation, they bring their energetic live performances to libraries, parks, schools, and other cultural institutions throughout Illinois. Farmer Dave and The Sheriff are often joined on stage by Thor Bremer (Drums) and Stephanie “Sly” Young (Violin).

Video: “Cranky Pants” from We Are One

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Future Hits

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Crystal Gardens

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Future Hits

Matt Baron worked in logistics sales for years until he realized cold-calling in business parks wasn’t his calling. He decided to pursue teaching to share his love of learning with students of all language backgrounds (plus some structured time off to write and perform music!).

In his first year teaching for Chicago Public Schools, Baron began writing standards-based songs with corresponding activities to teach his English as a New Language students as well as the general population of kids at his school.

This led to Future Hits, a heartfelt (yet secretly educational) band whose sound has been likened to what Yo La Tengo and the Velvet Underground would sound like if they started a band whose main audience was children, and more simply as “Death Cab for Kindergarten.”

Since 2011, Matt and his bandmates Emma Hospelhorn, Ben Sutherland, and Nick Kabat have written nearly 70 songs, released two albums (with a third one slated for a 2018 release), presented and led professional development, provided Future Hits Enrichment programs in countless classrooms and after-school settings, and played shows in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, China, and even the Galápagos Islands.

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Bollywood Groove

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Crystal Gardens

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Bollywood Groove

Bollywood Groove

Bollywood Groove is a Bollywood Dance, Fitness & Entertainment company. We have about 35 classes around Chicagoland including Chicago (West Loop, Lakeview, River North, Loop, Bucktown), Evanston, Hoffman Estates and Willowbrook.

Our Bollywood Groove Kids program combines active movement with cultural concepts in a unique way. Each age group focuses on age-appropriate goals in a globalized educational environment where they learn about a rich culture while simultaneously growing into strong dancers with coordination, posture, grace and other movement fundamentals.

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: The Lucky Trikes

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Crystal Gardens

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

The Lucky Trikes

The Lucky Trikes is a storytelling chamber band that performs for groups of all ages anywhere there is a gathering space and a few pairs of open ears. We grew out of a chamber band, The Lucky Bikes, in 2014 while performing Stories Wrapped in String at the William Harris Lee & Co. luthier shops in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building and Wilmette, where they still perform monthly. Each story time is curated around a theme and includes well-known and award-winning books, new publications, improvised and classical music, original stories and songs. Musicians from Chicago’s thriving new music and free jazz scenes join storyteller-musicians Deirdre and Kyle for each performance.

The Trikes have performed every Tuesday evening June-August in a Chicago Park District park as part of the 2017 and 2018 Night Out in the Parks initiative, every year of the annual Thirsty Ears Classical Music Street Festival and for hundreds of children and adults over 12 hours from Loyal to McKinley Parks for Make Music Chicago. In 2017 The Lucky Trikes rounded out a two-year monthly residency at CityLit Books in Logan Square and moved down the road to Jimmy Beans Coffee for first Saturdays.

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

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