Austin loves families! Especially families who want to get out and into the mix with the cool kids during big festivals and events like ACL and SXSW. There's no shortage of family-frienldy activities during those events and we take advantage of them every time.
This year we were invited out to the MyMusicRx YOU WHO Rock Show For Kids at Fader Fort again. Just like last year, we laissez le bon temps rouler'ed and rode the Capital Metro Rail downtown from the burbs much to my son's pleasure. His favorite part of the event last time was getting to see Aloe Blacc live. The highlight for me last time was finding out Aloe Blacc was black. True story...
This year was a bit different since I was the one enjoying the bands and he mostly enjoyed two hours of beachball soccer pick-up games outside the tent. True story...
When The Zombies came out and became my living and breathing soft rock easy listening car radio station in front of me, inside, I flicked a lighter, held it high and sang along at the top of my lungs with my head back and eyes closed whilst swaying from side to side. In reality I sang along way under my breath and smiled until my cheeks hurt whilst doing a subtle sway-bounce from side to side as if to convey to anyone who might glance my way-- hey, I recognize those songs--cool--nothing major.
I totally enjoyed Edward Sharpe, who I hadn't heard of until just about every parent I chatted with said they couldn't wait to see him. He turned out to be a BUNCH of good-looking guys playing cool instruments. It was so cool of them to play family friendly songs for a great cause. I googled them after the concert, and totally get the fandom.
My son dropped everything on the makeshift beachball soccer field and made a beeline for the kid mosh pit when Koo Koo Kangaroo hit the stage. He can't resist a hip hop beat and normally he pop-locks almost involuntarily. When that happens, as a parent, I feel like I have done at least one thing right. This time he just stood there and watched a bit entranced. After their performance he found me towards the back of the crowd and very seriously asked, "What's a fanny pack?" Then I knew I had clearly failed as a parent on at least one front. Parents, if you've never heard of Koo Koo Kangaroo, check out their video for "Fanny Pack" and it might leave you a bit entranced as well.
After the show, we walked back down to the Plaza Saltillo train stop en route to the park and ride in the suburbs. To my credit...my...credit...my son doesn't roll without something to read. While I continued my reading of the Game of Thrones series, my son got into James Patterson's latest, Public School Superhero. True story...
Way better than driving back out to the suburbs. Riding #CapMetro rail home from #mymusicrx #sxsw kids rock concert at #FaderFort #Austin. Just went hashtag crazy. Reading James Patterson's latest, Public School Superhero-- about a black boy who plays chess and whose superhero "friend" is named Stainlezz Steele. @jamespattersonbooks is a master of getting kids turning and dog-earing pages. @weneeddiversebooks.
This was the third year for the MyMusicRx: YOU WHO Rock Show For Kids at Fader Fort during SXSW. If you missed it this time, or have never been, don't make the same mistake next year. I know some people skip it because of the ticket cost, but consider that one hundred percent of the ticket proceeds benefit an insanely amazing cause based on the healing power of music.
MyMusicRx is a Portland-based program that provides bedside and online music programs to kids facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
About MyMusicRx (from their website)
MyMusicRx.org is a "music medicine" site for kids and teens facing cancer and other serious illnesses. We invite kids to feel the music and feel better, by exploring our exclusive artist greetings, concerts, music lessons, digital instruments, and games. MyMusicRx is a program of the Children's Cancer Association. We believe that joys matters and music heals. For two decades, CCA has delivered innovative, free-of-charge programming to hospitalized kids, teens and their family members. MyMusicRx.org extends our bedside music program to an online platform, enabling seriously ill kids and teens access to the healing power of music anytime, anywhere. See our music programs in action here.
If you didn't donate to MyMusicRx by buying tickets to the SXSW event, you can donate 24/7 online here. #MusicHeals