The Concord Conservatory of Music presents Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could on Saturday, February 29, 2020 for two shows at 11 am and at 2 pm.
For Brady Rymer, moving into children’s music wasn’t a career strategy. It came about naturally. In 2006, his son, Gus, was born. Rymer began writing songs for him.
“Then I just wanted to record and preserve them as gifts to my family and kids,” says Rymer, 55, who lives on Long Island with his wife, Georgie, Gus and daughter Daisy. “That turned into the first two CDs – “Good Morning Gus” and “Look at My Belly” – and then the kids grow up and you see their pre-school doesn’t have a music department. And then because I didn’t have the grown-up band, this is my new career, I guess.”
Rymer isn’t the first former rocker – he grew up listening to Chuck Berry and Little Richard, saw Kiss on the band’s “Destroyer” tour for his first concert – to find himself singing about new shoes and new teeth. Former Del Fuegos front man Dan Zanes has released more than a dozen kid’s albums, landed on the Disney Channel, and Rymer has been playing bass in children’s music star Laurie Berkner’s band. The genre actually has its own name, “kindie rock,” meant to describe music for children that isn’t dumbed down or a novelty. (Sorry, Chipmunks.)
And like other musicians in the field, Rymer spent years in a more conventional rock band, the jam-centric Good Homes. He has also always been a fan of the Grateful Dead, who always embraced a wide-range of musical styles, whether free jazz or ‘50s rock. In that spirit, Rymer and The Little Band That Could isn’t afraid to drop an O’Jays or Diana Ross song into their set of largely originals.
“There’s a core and a groove and a feeling that is in the music that is fun, whether it’s disco, funk or bluegrass or rock n roll,” says Rymer. “I think Dylan’s the one who said, there’s either good music or bad music. There’s a spirit and feeling there or not. So whatever seems to communicate and reach out and touch you is fair game.”
One important note: The show at the Concord Conservatory of Music is not just for children but designed as part of the sensory friendly musical movement. Lights will be kept soft and consistent. There will be no strobes. The music isn’t as loud. And there’s room for children to roam instead of being stuck in their seats.
The Brady Rymer concert is part of the 2019-2020 CCM Concert Series. This year’s diverse line-up of the Concord Conservatory of Music Concert Series includes jazz, bluegrass, and children’s music. Generous donors, our Key Sponsors—The Dewey Rosenfield Foundation and Reasons to Be Cheerful, Supporting Sponsor Middlesex Savings Bank, and Music Supporter Cambridge Savings Bank have made it possible to bring the concert series to our community. Purchase tickets in advance at https://bradyrymer.bpt.me/ $20 for all tickets or at the door at 1317 Main Street, Concord, MA. For more information call 978-369-0010 or email info@ConcordConservatory.org.
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