Long Island musicians who usually perform for kids banned the sippy cups on Saturday night when they played for grown-ups and each other in Brooklyn at what was called “Hootenanny 2,” a gathering of dozens of kindie rockers.
Performers who took the stage at the Jalopy Tavern included Best Children’s Album Grammy past nominee Brady Rymer of Southold, winner Danny Weinkauf of Lynbrook and current Grammy nominee Tim Kubart, who grew up in Farmingdale.
“It’s always great when this community gets together,” Rymer said. The last time the bands met up for a “Hootenanny” was in 2007.
Paired randomly in sets of two, the performers, some of whom had never met and had traveled from as far away as California, took turns playing songs by Phish, a medley of songs by Journey, The Bangles and The Go-Gos, a rendition of Amazing Grace, and more.
Rymer, for instance, was paired with Mexico-born Sonia de los Santos, who sings for kids in Spanish. They did a bilingual duet of “If I Had a Hammer.”
“There’s a lot of people here whose music I really respect and like who I’ve never met,” said Weinkauf, including, for instance, the kid hip-hop musician Secret Agent 23 Skidoo of North Carolina. Other kid artists performing included Dan Zanes, Morgan Taylor (a.k.a. Gustafer Yellowgold), members of the Deedle Deedle Dees and more.
The groups also warbled humorous original songs penned for the occasion that will likely never be recorded, they said, with lyrics that lamented not becoming rock stars but happily finding they could “live off the parents and their babies” and explaining that their job was providing relief for parents during long car rides, “Something that will take them out of hell that isn’t Adele.”
Other Long Islanders in the business of children also were spectators, including Jim Packard, theater manager of the Long Island Children’s Museum, songwriter Lena Pennino-Smith of Long Island’s Happy Clam Band, and former East Meadow resident and children’s performer Bari Koral.
The event was put together by the same people who organized the first Hootenanny, Stephanie Mayers and Bill Childs.