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Emily Who & Rogue Projects to Premiere 2nd Kids Couch Concert May 1st
After the successful launch of the first Kids Couch Concert in March, children’s entertainer Emily McKnight (Jay’s Jungle, Gravity Guts) is back as her preschool alter ego Emily Who to host an all-new concert that will premiere with facebook watch party on Friday, 1st May 2020.
Kids Couch Concert #2 features an all-new lineup of independent children's entertainers, united to create a new opportunity for young audiences to enjoy Australian songs and dances during isolation (and when life returns to 'normal')
The first concert – a compilation of new original songs, dances and performers for kids 2-5 – was created by McKnight in response to the covid-19 crisis which saw all of the artists involved lose the majority of their work.
A combination of professionally filmed scenes and captured live-streams, it was launched on video platform Vimeo on March 30th to a great response from parents and little ones alike.
The response from artists who wanted to be involved prompted McKnight to make a second concert a reality. The new concert features indie-kindie band TipToe Giants, world-renowned bubble artist Dr Hubble and kids music rock stars the Mik Maks, who are watched by over 4 million families on YouTube every day. They join returning favourites from the first concert Lizzy Loo, Van Sereno and BMinor.
Produced in partnership with Sydney-based arts makers Rogue Projects, McKnight’s goal is for Kids Couch Concert to become another source of both support and entertainment for artists and the children they love entertaining.
“I was really touched that so many kid’s entertainers wanted to be involved with a second concert”, said Emily, “We’ve lost gigs, but we’ve also the chance to connect with the audiences we love. I’ve been delighted by the response to the concerts and can’t wait to host kids and families live on Facebook for the premiere.”
The Facebook Watch Party premiere will be hosted live by Emily Who with surprise live-streamed guest appearances from featured performers. Viewers will need to purchase or rent the concert to participate in the full experience. 95% of profits will go directly to the artists involved.
“Emily Who’s songs capture the joys of singing, dancing and movement.”
Matt Smith, Music Director Kids Audio, ABC Kids Listen
Aussie Kids Couch Concert
Premiere Watch Party – Friday 1st May, 2pm AEST
Purchase: $11.95 / Rent $5.95
Available via Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/kidscouchconcert2
Facebook: @EmilyWho.kids @KidsCouchConcert
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Aussie Kids Couch Concert is an original concept from Emily McKnight, produced in association with arts maker Rogue Projects, to generate support and income streams for Australia’s independent preschool performers. All profits (95% of box office after platform fee 10%) will be distributed evenly among the artists participating.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Bree from B Minor Music is an early childhood educator and trained performer who loves educating children through her child led music program. Her original music is available in online music stores and you can find her videos on her YouTube channel.
CHEEKY MONKEY CLUB
Created in 2004 by performer Juanita Ryder. The original live shows have since grown into a popular YouTube channel and website. Where fun learning never stops, everyone is welcome to hang out at Cheeky Monkey Club on YouTube and Facebook. Join in an Interactive Musical Adventure with Juanita, Cheeky Monkey and their friends.
Dr Hubble is Australia favourite bubble man. He performs at hundreds of schools, pre-schools and festivals all over Australia every year. He can make bubbles do things that you will have never seen before. Every week Dr Hubble is doing a live on line show, every show is different, you will love it and you'll never look at bubbles the same way again.
Emily Who is a new creation from Sydney-based actor and musician Emily McKnight, who can be seen on the 7 Network’s Jay’s Jungle. Emily writes and presents the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra’s Kids’ Proms, children’s shows for the Acacia Quartet, and children’s activities at Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s family concerts. Emily released her first album of songs for kids in early 2020, produced by Robin Gist (The Wiggles) and Peter Bailey (C’Mon Kids, Hop-a-long’s School House). In 2019 Emily received the NIDA Most Outstanding Emerging Artist Award at the Sydney Fringe Festival for her performance in Gravity Guts.
Lizzyloo creates original, fun and educational musical content for young bodies and minds! Drawing on her background in Early Learning Years education, Music, Dance and Children’s Entertainment, Lizzyloo music is created with a view to engage children in topics for their age development and interests, that their parents and educators will enjoy too!
The Mik Maks are putting the ‘Rock’ into kids music. Brothers Joel and Al and their lovable friend ‘Drums the Panda’ have enormous fun performing their catchy songs to young audiences around the world. Their shows are engaging and entertaining while educating young audiences about family values such as respect for elders, caring for each other and team work. Watched by over 4 million families around the world daily the Mik Maks are quickly becoming a favourite in household entertainment.
Musical Sprouts is a children’s musical adventure trio created by Bridget a’Beckett and Sharni Page - a family of little plant-like people that live in a big garden and sing their way through the daily adventures of growing up. They make music and theatre for children from 0 - 8, and you can catch them in theatres across Australia! (when they open up again.)
Created by independent artists and educators Leanne King, Megan Lipworth and Vanessa Couper, TipToe Giants have been building a loyal following with Australian families from coast to coast. This Indie-kindie band plays original, high quality songs for children and their families to enjoy together... singing about the BIG and SMALL things in life.
Guitarist Van Sereno has been recording music since 2005. He's supported Australian acts including Christine Anu, Marcia Hines, Richard Clapton, Vanessa Amarosi, and Diesel and US blues legend John Hammond, UK soul artist Andrew Roachford and US RnB artist John Legend. His most recent work is Hush, a collection of children’s tunes grounded in his extensive experience as a blues and funk artist.
The Vegetable Plot are an award-winning bunch of roots musicians who have sprung from the underground on a radical mission: to get kids to fall in love with vegetables! They’re all about getting you and your kids to your “5 a day” - by any funky means necessary. With multiple awards for their original music and shows The Vegetable Plot has been featured on Channel 9, Channel 7, ABC News, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph.