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Fall concert preview for NYC kids

Seven concerts your crew won't want to miss.

  • Cat and A Bird

  • Photograph: Gala Narezo

    Dan Zanes

  • Photograph: Fandl Photography

    Little Miss Ann

  • Photograph: Laura Heffington

    Randy Kaplan

  • Photograph: Bitten By A Zebra Photography

    Shine and the Moonbeams

  • Photograph: Leslie Zaslower

    The Jimmies

  • Photograph: E. Lippe

    The Trachtenburg Family trachtenburg family, music, band

Cat and A Bird

The Jimmies
Fans of lead singer--songwriter Ashley Albert's high-energy power-pop band have been eager for new tunes since 2007's Make Your Own Someday. The wait is finally over: Practically Ridiculous, the band's sophomore CD, gets an outlandish release show complete with a hamster petting zoo, a giant piata, the chance for kids to be in a music video—and an attempt to set a world record for the longest macaroni necklace. Sept 17 noon--2pm. The National Underground, 159 E Houston St between Allen and Eldridge Sts (212-475-0611, thenationalunderground.com). Advance $5, day of show $10.

Dan Zanes
After forays into genres like gospel and show tunes, kids' music legend and local family favorite Dan Zanes returns to the eclectic, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink style of 2006's Catch That Train with his brand-new CD, Little Nut Tree. Celebrate with Zanes and a slate of surprise guests at this not-to-be-missed release party. Oct 2 at 3pm. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Pl at Washington Sq South (212-352-3101, skirballcenter.nyu.edu). $25.

Little Miss Ann
Groovy preschool folk-rock blows in from the Windy City as Ann Torralba (a.k.a. Little Miss Ann) performs standards like "You Are My Sunshine" as well as her spirited, 1960s-inspired originals. East Coast buddies Suzi Shelton and Marc Bazerman will join her onstage. Oct 9 at 12:30pm. Southpaw, 125 Fifth Ave between St. Johns and Sterling Pls, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-230-0236, spsounds.com). $10.

Randy Kaplan
Never one to shy away from decades-old material, the singer-songwriter returns with an album of revamped, Depression-era country-blues and ragtime songs. Kaplan's new CD, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie, won't hit stores until 2012, but you can nab an early copy for your kids at his downtown concert. Expect to hear Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson tunes as well as Kaplan classics. Oct 16 at 11am. 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St at Canal St (212-601-1000, 92ytribeca.org). $15, children under 2 free.

Shine and the Moonbeams
This fresh, New York--based quartet dazzles audiences of all ages with authentic, rump-shaking R&B reminiscent of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Singer Shawana Kemp's confident, sincere delivery will have kids jumping for joy along with her. Catch the band ahead of its debut CD release in late 2011. Oct 22 at 3pm. Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave at 135th St (212-281-9240, ext 19; harlemstage.org). $10.

Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
The mom-dad-daughter trio writes quirky pop songs inspired by found photographs, and projects the vintage images onto a screen behind them while they perform. Adults will chuckle at the regrettable hairdos, while their own children dream of being as cool as Trachtenburg daughter Rachel. Dad Jason's big-band jazz outfit, Pendulum Swings, backs the family as they perform songs from Lost and Found, their new CD. Nov 19 at 11am. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St (212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org). $20, children under 12 $13.

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