Kidzapalooza 2012 | Friday preview

It's here! Friday's the first day of Kidzapalooza, and there's already tons for you and your family to check out. 

Here are our picks from the day's music lineup:

Get a sweet start when hometown fave Laura Doherty kicks things off at 11:30am with fun, folsky kiddie pop. Next, 13-year-old Harrison Ivaz takes the stage. The singer/songwriter/guitarist has gotten a lot of attention for his anti-bullying song "Sweet and Sunny." At 2:30pm, Purple Apple plays. The Chicago-based rock band, made up of three teen girls and their twentysomething babysitter on drums, were the youngest band to ever headline at Metro. Check out their music now to see why you need to see this show.

A special guest is on the schedule at 3:45pm, and while we don't have any hints about who it might be, in past years, Patti Smith, Slash, Jeff Tweedy, LeAnn Rimes and Perry Farrell have taken the stage. Just sayin'. Another local teen, 17-year-old Andrew Christopoulos, closes the first day at Kidza with songs he wrote when he and his dad spent a month in the California redwoods, secluded from technology. 

Offstage and between sets, there's all the other good stuff Kidza offers: John Yosts's drum circle, the Q Brothers' hip-hop workshop, free temporary tattoos, rockstar hairdos and healthy snacks. Shady and idyllic as it is, we suggest venturing outside the Kidzpalooza area to check out some of the other fam-friendly fest offerings, such as PlayStation Society, where you can play games on the new PlayStation Vita, and the Toyota Prius Family Playground, where—we can't wait to try this—you can play Whac-A-Hipster (think Whac-a-Mole, but way more fun).



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