Train Rolls On Productions
17 September 2013
**We're giving away 20 Kindie CDs, 10 books, 2 Blu-Ray/DVD Combos nationwide, and lots of Chicago theatre & music tickets. So check back like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often.**
COME ON DOWN TO THE FIREHOUSE FOR
AN OLD-FASHIONED, CHICAGO-STYLE 'BLOCK PARTY!' with POOCHAMUNGAS
"Poochamungas, an Americana rock-n-roll outfit from the second city, rocks a clean electric guitar and a jumpy piano on their canine-centric self-titled track from their brilliantly named kindie debut, Mud, Mommies, and Mayhem." -- Jeff Bogle, Out With The Kids
"A great blend of blues, folk and Americana. With lyrics that talk straight to the kids and music sophisticated enough for the whole family to enjoy, Poochamungas will get toes tapping and bodies moving," -- Dave Loftin, The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl
Led into action by a real-life, full-time Chicago firefighter, kindie rock band Poochamungas is all set to blaze a trail on the national scene with the September 17 release of their second kids'/family CD, Block Party!
Block Party! follows hot on the heels of Poochamungas' NAPPA award winning debut album, Mud, Mommies and Mayhem, continuing the band's tradition of "musically diverse, rockin', angst-free music." There's nothing pretentious about this group. Block Party! cooks up a down-home, musical celebration with friends and family. This CD is about fun and sharing good times, pure and simple.
The straightforward, uncomplicated musical charm of Block Party! harkens back to Poochamungas' firehouse origins, when John Joyce, a 17-year veteran of the Chicago Fire department, teamed up with fellow firefighter Pete Cunningham to see how far they could go with their musical talents. The pair had always enjoyed each other's company since their days together in the Chicago Fire Academy, and their mutual love of music soon began to consume a big part of their lives. In 2008, Poochamungas was born!
Block Party! revs up the fun-o-meter with "Around the World," a bit of rocking '50s style topped off by a driving honky tonk piano reminiscent of early Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley, followed by a great action song about bike riding, "Till the Sun Goes Down." In contrast to the driving intensity of the first two numbers, "My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party)" is a kind of hometown, Americana nostalgic reverie of neighborhood good times from the perspective of a young parent -- something of a rock 'n' roll Rockwell. Another highlight, reflecting the band's firehouse connection, is a spiffy rhythmic ode to the fire truck, "Big Red Fire Engine/Truck."
POOCHAMUNGAS IN PERFORMANCE
Highlights - Summer/Fall 2013
July 28 Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival, Chicago IL
August 10 Peanut Butter & Jams for Kids, Kenosha, WI
August 25 St. Helen's Carnival, Chicago, IL
September 21 Voce, St. Louis, MO
October 31 Trunk or Treat, Chicago, IL
November 16 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA