Tuesday, August 14, 2018

EARWORM: Chicago based Animal Farm releases 2nd Kindie album: We Are One

Chicago Kindie band Animal Farm is getting ready to release their second album for kids and families, We Are One.  They are celebrating that fact with a joy-filled live show at 11 am on   Sunday, August 26th at The Den Theatre  (1331 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622)

Pre-order the album on Amazon.

The band uses animal characters to tell stories and get their message across.  Sometimes the message is humorous and fun-filled and sometimes it's a positive life-lesson or even a lesson about fairness or the environment.  Through songs, skits, stories, and audience participation, Animal Farm gives kids and their families positive messages and fun times.

Animal Farm features David Ladon and Seth Adams, who originally met in Boston in 2008.  They started the band in 2010 and by 2013 they had both moved to Chicago, and added husband and wife team Thor Bremer and Stephanie Young to fill out their sound.    I met David Ladon last year when he became my son's teacher at the Workmen's Circle Sunday school.  I can attest that David and his compadres are full of energy, joie de vivre, and equal amounts education and entertainment.  They are good people to have around your kids!

I've listened to their latest album, and I really enjoy their ability to meld characters and music together.  They have a number of influences, including novelty music, klezmer, rock and roll, jazz, and Latin music, to name a few.

Below, I've included a video of the band performing one of their crowd favorite songs, Cranky Pants, which is on the new album.

Some of my favorite tracks off their latest album including Totes McGoat about an angry goat who needs to let some stuff go, which has a little bit of a Beatles feel, and It Always Could Be Worse, about a kid whose problems are always being one-upped by different animals, including a giraffe with a 6 foot long sore throat.

This song has a vaudeville feeling.  I also really like the song The Abyss , about what is going on way down under the ocean.  Other songs that are great include Awesome Possum, Cranky Pants, and the title track We Are One.

Here's a video of the band performing Awesome Possum, which has an old-school Elvis Costello feeling.


Animal Farm is an official touring artist for Urban Gateways, the premier community arts programming organization for youth in Chicago, and is a recipient of the 2018 Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Individual Artist Program Grant.

We Are One will be released on August 24 and will be available at CDBaby, iTunes, bandcamp, and other major outlets.  It will also be available at the event on Sunday August 26.

Animal Farm painting by Amanda Atkins
Fans will be able to pick up copies of We Are One and the previous Animal Farm CD, Run Free, along with stickers, t-shirts, and temporary tattoos. There will also be coloring stations with free coloring pages where kids can color in their favorite Animal Farm characters.

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. Sunday, August 26, 2018.
WHERE: The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
ADMISSION: $5 for kids 12 and under. $10 for humans over 12.
MORE INFORMATION: 303-908-8732  or Visit the Animal Farm website

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