Springfest! – Tickets – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – March 19th, 2017


Concerts For Kids Presents!


Future Hits, Deep Fried Pickle Project, Ice Cream Vendors, Mary Macaroni

Sun, March 19, 2017

Doors: 11:00 am / Show: 12:00 pm


This event is all ages

Future Hits
Future Hits
Uniquely adaptable for a classroom, library, or rock club setting, Future Hits defies the laws of family music.Founded by rock musician, Coach House Sounds organizerand Chicago Public School teacher Matt Baron, Future Hits intertwines rock music with language arts curriculum into tunes that transmit a wealth of relevance embedded in poppy, fuzzy tones.

Future Hits’ songs are steeped in educational standards, but they don’t make it obvious (on first listen) to the audience: spelling words, literacy themes, Common Core standards and social emotional learning outcomes are engrained in the lyrics. Activities, differentiated assessments, and lesson plans were also developed to complement the music; they can be used inside or outside of a school to enrich and accommodate any child’s learning experience.

In summer 2011, Matt teamed up with Emma Hospelhorn (Hollows, New Millennium Orchestra) and Ben Sutherland (assistant professor of audio arts at Columbia College) to form Future Hits. The band exists as a natural extension of the music Matt started writing for teaching with at Chicago Public Schools. Future Hits recorded their debut album, Songs for Learning, with Mark Greenberg (Coctails, Wilco, Andrew Bird).
Deep Fried Pickle Project
Deep Fried Pickle Project
The Deep Fried Pickles are a delectable musical treat. They pride themselves on making JUGaBilly HOKUM music. Founded in '00 as a jug band, 'DFPP' now mixes other American roots forms into the breading batter as well. Bluegrass, Hokum, Folk, Rockabilly, Blues and Honky-Tonk tunes pepper their set lists.

Recent performance venues include Wakarusa, TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, High Sierra and SUNSHINE DAYDREAMS in West Virginia, as well as picnics, bars, baptisms, theaters, bathtubs and festivals across North America.

The Pickles have appeared with Nickel Creek, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Gov't Mule, Umphrey's McGee, BELA FLECK, Buckethead, String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, George Clinton, Derek Trucks Band and ANI DE FRANCO, among many others on their festival tours.

The band has been featured in SPIN, NO DEPRESSION and RELIX music magazines, as well as the online 'zines such as Jambase and Glide. The DFPP has performed on national TV in their PBS kids debut.

What sets the Pickles apart as a band is the fact that they can play kids shows, adult shows and then host a "KinderMusic " kids instrument building workshop all in the same day. Their flexibility and devotion to music education have made them a popular act to book for festival promoters and talent buyers.

The band was featured in an episode of 'Postcards From Buster', a spin-off of "Arthur" on PBS Kids, which has millions of viewers worldwide. The show aired on October 11th. The episode was entitled, 'Meet Me at the Fair'. (..101) Check your local listings for re-broadcast airtimes.

The DFPP's second album, 'Attack of the Pickles', was released in September of 2003. Its single, 'Picklejuice' won a John Lennon Songwriting Contest Finalist Award for 2003. The Pickles also make an appearance on new new Fred Eaglesmith tribute album, '20 Odd Hollers II'. The latest DFPP album to surface is named 'Live from the Trailer Trash Tour', and was released in the Spring of 2005. The band is currently recording a new album, 'Whitewood Creek', which will be available just before their Summer 2006 U.S. tour. CD's are available for sale on CDbaby.com.
Ice Cream Vendors
Ice Cream Vendors
Born out of a modest home recording studio buried deep within the Chicago suburbs, it’s hard to believe the unique musical institution known as The Ice Cream Vendors was originally conceived over twenty years ago. What was founded in friendship has over time produced several cassette tapes and a CD, live performances with a full band and horn section, and a road-less-traveled approach to songwriting that has become the pride of Westmont, IL.

The Ice Cream Vendors (ICV), made up of longtime pals Jon Kostal and Greg Barnett, is not just a musical duo but a mysterious life force. Those familiar with Jon and Greg know that boy meets girl lyrics and verse/verse/chorus clichés are simply not in their genetic makeup. Defying classification, ICV examines its subjects through a sometimes-surreal lens, but always with fondness and curiosity. Topics include absurd musings about high school janitors, edible birds, deep-sea divers without limbs, and a boy with a plant growing out of his head. More stream of consciousness than satire, ICV is interested in taking the stranger-than-fiction world we inhabit and turning it on its head; that the lyrics tend to reflect ordinary, everyday occurrences only points out the Neo-Dada genius of two guys who never indulged the self-loathing irony so often found in modern pop. Perhaps ICV trombonist Mike Kinnavy put it best: “When you hear ICV singing about riding to a jazz band meeting in the rain, that’s exactly what was happening.”

After recording some demos and cutting their teeth on the high school talent show circuit, ICV first peaked around the time late 80’s hair bands had officially succumbed to thrift store flannel and the emerging coffee shop culture of Seattle. In fact, it was just as the guitar-driven angst of Kurt Cobain had become fully absorbed by the mainstream that Jon and Greg released On Ice, ICV’s first full-length CD. Railing against trend, ICV delivered a diverse musical hybrid that drew from numerous offbeat sources: Polka beats collided with rap. Synthetic clarinets happily replaced electric guitars. Devoesque electronica was unabashedly front and center at a time when most people were reluctant to admit any past association with eye makeup, Energy Domes, and other Post-punk oddities. With aggressive word of mouth and a DIY marketing campaign, On Ice quickly became a cult favorite amongst hip suburbanites, college students, and anyone brave enough to unleash their inner geek and try something new. It helped that the tunes were, well . . . catchy. Ask any band nerd who attended EIU in 1994 if they remember singing along with that “underwear song” from some darkly nebulous, student apartment moment in time. If they say no they are lying. In fact, it’s probably in their head already: “Ai yi yi yi!”

Like many bands, ICV had a great first run, but eventually sought hiatus due to the pressure of college pursuits, jobs, relationships, and the practical challenge of long distance. Though the group never officially disbanded, songwriting endeavors were put on long-term hold as Jon and Greg got older and gradually settled into domestic bliss. For nearly 15 years ICV sat dormant, much like a paralyzed scuba diver figurine slowly collecting algae at the bottom of a lonely tank. Oftentimes, it seemed like nostalgic quips from the “where are they now?” file might be all that remained of Westmont’s original merging of music and dairy-infused performance art. However, like so many shelved creative endeavors that are pure of heart, the ICV philosophy could not be ignored forever. The cocooning algae that began as feculent aquatic straight jacket eventually began to thrive of its own volition, spreading like a leafy green signal, nagging, nay begging to be put under a microscope and reexamined, the constant reminder of a need to liberate the auto-tuned twenty-first century of homogenized downloadable drivel. In early 2010, when the prospect of an ICV reunion performance came knocking, Jon and Greg realized it was at long last time to consider bringing their wet-suited muse to surface. With the encouragement of friends and former band mates, plus newfound confidence instilled by live dates at an outdoor music festival and Christmas parade, ICV began diligently working on songs for a new CD. At present we are just months away from ICV’s first studio release in over a decade, one that promises to be darker, funkier, and more abstract than Jackson Pollock getting over with a gallon of rocky road. Featuring a brave new arsenal of digital gadgetry and over 20 combined years of life experience culled from the most remote fringes of the Information Superhighway, ICV tackles the modern age with poise and finesse. More stories. More Westmont. More Atari. More Speak & Spell. More Dog Barks. More bizarre. More better than ever.
Mary Macaroni
Mary Macaroni
Mary Macaroni has entertained audiences on Carnival cruise ships, amusement parks, Navy Pier special events, Chicago Bulls games, and countless birthday parties and family events throughout Chicagoland.

She will delight, mystify, and entertain children and parents alike at your next picnic, celebration, gathering or party.

My shows incorporate balloon art and face painting, magic, music, and games. Many characters and costumes are available to suit the theme of your event and the wishes of your child.

"Thank you for sharing your talents at the Special Olympics. Your energy was contagious!" --Barbara, Entertainment Director
Venue Information:
Beat Kitchen
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618

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