They came by the dozens, tiny and under two, wearing headbands and Mohawks alike, their tiny fists raised to the air with index and pink fingers extended towards the sky, miniature rockers coming together to find truth in something other than the Wiggles.
At The Downtown Sunday, the Little Rockers, a locally-based music outfit that teaches rock and performs for the fine motor skills-challenged, jammed along with a sellout crowd of about 200 toddlers and their parents, playing classic tunes and originals that invited everyone to clap and dance along.
Little Rockers, a regular fixture at the venue, consistently draw sellout crowds with music the spans all of Rock and Roll’s decades beginning with the 1950’s and appeals to both children and their parents. And, Sunday’s afternoon show, naptime be damned, was no different.
Families from throughout the county took the stairs sans strollers to the Downtown’s second floor, where the Little Rocker’s four-piece ensemble delivered a show of eclectic and upbeat tunes from the stage to a crowd of toddlers all at the same time sitting, legs crossed on the brightly colored rug beneath them, standing, or hopping up and down with a rhythm truly their own.
Founded in 2008 by music teachers Jessie Aquino and Chris Guice, both of Atlantic Highlands, the group holds music classes for families throughout Monmouth County the tri-state area. Currently Little Rockers hold classes several areas, including Freehold, Marlboro, Freehold, and, in Red Bank, at Summit Music on Monmouth Street.
Teaching Artists Liam Moroney of Freehold, Andy Letke of Highlands, and Sally Allstadt of Long Branch have come together to give kids a first taste of Rock and Roll designed just for them.
For more information about performances or classes, or to purchase the Little Rocker’s albums, visit Little Rockers Music.