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The Rock and Roll Playhouse Announces 2019 Winter Line-up in 17 Cities, 18 Venues Nationwide

Feat. The Music of Queen, Willie Nelson, The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Marley & More for Kids

Today, The Rock and Roll Playhouse announced its winter 2019 line-up with its biggest expansion yet. 7 new cities were added to the line-up, bringing the total count to 17 cities across the country. The interactive concert that rocks for both kids and parents will debut in Austin (TX), Portland (ME), Burlington (VT), Asheville (NC), Boca Raton (FL), Mill Valley (CA) and Asbury Park (NJ) this winter. This season will include the music of The Rolling Stones, ABBA, The Ramones, Phish, Willie Nelson, Queen, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Madonna, and more. In addition, a memorable Father’s Day Celebration concert featuring the Music of The Grateful Dead For Kids will be offered on June 16 at select locations.

Upcoming guests are: Uncle Ebenezer, Soul Inscribed, David Langlois and the Brooklyners, Stella Blue’s Band, Black Tie Brass, Thin Air and Loving the Alien. Past special guests who have joined the Playhouse in performing, educating, inspiring and dancing with young music fans include: Questlove, Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Joe Russo, Ross James, DJ Cochon De Lait, Alyssa Cowitt, The Terrapin Family Band, Stella Blues Band, and StevenSteven (Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips and Steve Burns, original host of Blues Clues).


About the Rock and Roll Playhouse:

The Rock and Roll Playhouse is a weekly concert series for families where kids can “move, play and sing while listening to works form the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). The Playhouse was founded in 2013 at its flagship venue, Brooklyn Bowl, by Peter Shapiro, entrepreneur and co-owner of the Bowl and owner of The Capitol Theatre, and Amy Striem, a certified Early Childhood and Elementary teacher, who were looking to create opportunities for families to experience live music together in historic music venues. Playhouse shows use music from the most iconic musicians in rock history to inspire the next generation of children. Its core audience of kids under 10 explore their creativity dancing to live music from curated local bands, listening to stories, and playing interactive activities. With over 50,000 concert attendees in 2018 and 600 shows to date, The Rock and Roll Playhouse hosts concerts in 18 venues across 17 cities and explores the music of 5 generations and diverse genres, while giving back to local communities. The program has donated to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Can’d Aid Foundation’s Tunes Programs, and Keep the Music Alive, as well as ticket donations to local school fundraisers and auctions. 


Read co-founder Peter Shapiro’s interview about the Playhouse’s birth at the Brooklyn Bowl:


Check out the full Winter line-up here:

Brooklyn Bowl: Brooklyn, NY

Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre: Port Chester, NY

Industry City: Brooklyn, NY

Thalia Hall: Chicago, IL

Ardmore Music Hall: Philadelphia, PA

The Sinclair: Boston, MA

Boulder Theater: Boulder, CO

Marathon Music Works: Nashville, TN

UC Theatre: Berkeley, CA

Echoplex: Los Angeles, CA

First Avenue: Minneapolis, MN

Mohawk: Austin, TX

Portland City Music Hall: Portland, ME

Higher Ground: Burlington, VT

Grey Eagle: Asheville, NC

Funky Biscuit: Boca Raton, FL

Sweetwater Music Hall: Mill Valley, CA

Stone Pony: Asbury Park, NJ

Praise for the Rock and Roll Playhouse:


“Children are encouraged to ‘move, play and sing’ to the music, creating a space within which they can discover new comfort zones with and around music.” - In New York

“They offer unique, interactive live music experiences for little rock stars of all ages (and their parents!)” - Mommy Nearest

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Shapiro ( at 718.522.7171