Sixth Annual Tricycle Music Fest Kicks Off Sept. 13

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Sept. 3, 2014


Michelle Jeffers

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Sixth Annual Tricycle Music Fest Kicks Off Sept. 13

Kindie Rockers Perform at San Mateo County and San Francisco Public Libraries

Grammy winners rally for early literacy during the Library’s sixth annual free Tricycle Music Fest. Alison Faith Levy gets the party started early in San Mateo County with the Foster City Library–the roaring outdoor show in the Leo J. Ryan amphitheater on Saturday Sept. 13 will include acrobats and caricature portraits. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, known as “the faces of kindie music” by The Washington Post and winners of the 2013 Latin Grammy Award for children’s music, kick off the family rock concert series in San Francisco at the Bayview Branch on Sept. 27. Their two week long engagement with Tricycle closes at the Brisbane Library on Oct.  5.

Don’t miss the all-star line-up representing the best local and national talent on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Excelsior Branch, in partnership with Sunday Streets. Alphabet Rockers and Alison Faith Levy join Lucky Diaz for hours of dancing in the streets.

It’s a dream come true for little rockers and their parents – a tiny tot takeover of the Main Library’s atrium before open hours! On Sunday, Oct. 5, Lucky Diaz and band will transform the atrium into a live version of their new PBS show, Lishy Lou and Lucky, Too, including full band, ensemble and epic dance party. Show starts at 10 a.m. with free tickets:

All the San Mateo County Library events feature not only incredibly talented artists, but hands-on activities like Imagination Playground and other family programming to extend the fun. Be sure to wear your costumes to the Halloween finale event with The Pop Ups—there will be a Halloween Dance Party at Pacifica Sharp Park on Oct. 25 and a Halloween Costume Parade in Belmont on Oct. 26 with festive seasonal crafts.

Tricycle Music Fest is presented jointly by the San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Library. San Francisco performances are funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Together we bring the biggest and best kindie rock music to Bay Area families. And, because playing is as critical as singing in early childhood learning, we will be raffling off one tricycle to a lucky concertgoer at every event. Skip the nap, grab your boogie shoes and catch unforgettable shows–only at the library!

Please see the full schedule of events at and

The Bands

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Despite their Latin Grammy win for ¡Fantastico!, as well as a nomination for Aqui Alla, and a new PBS show, Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis always make time for libraries. As they team up with the cast from Lishy Lou and Lucky Too, get ready for hearty jokes and laughs, pop rock beats, and a jump-jiving dance party. Hear award-winning tunes live at their four remaining shows, including a VIP Before Hours Dance Party at the Main Library.

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River inspired their Grammy Award-winning album, Can You Canoe? Their trek along the Appalachian Trail is the subject of their latest release, Through the Woods. With songs written by the campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music. The Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.

Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock

Kindie music trailblazer and founding member of The Sippy Cups, Alison Faith Levy knows how to get the entire family moving and grooving. With her Big Time Tot Rock Band, she brings dynamic musicianship and live beats from World of Wonder, her forthcoming album. From Lollapalooza to Austin City Limits, Alison loves performing, and the San Francisco Public Library is her favorite performance venue.

The Pop Ups

Brooklyn-based Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein will be here for the finale weekend with a whole new electro-pop show inspired by their new release, Appetite for Construction. Another Grammy nomination or win is wildly anticipated. Experience what happens as The Pop Ups mix indie rock, hand-painted sets and puppets. Inspired by their Costume Party anthem, come dressed in your favorite costume and get ready to dance.

The Corner Laughers

Relying on clever wordplay and reinforced by their wonderful harmonies, the California based band The Corner Laughers use comedy to instill a love of learning for their small listeners. With their heavenly vocals, the Corner Laughers are also accompanied by guitars, ukuleles, and a heart-pounding rhythm section. More information on the band and their albums can be found here.

Alphabet Rockers

The Alphabet Rockers, recognized for being “the premiere Bay Area hip hop collective for families,” was founded by singer-songwriter Kaitlin McGaw, hip hop theater veteran Tommy Shepherd, and beatboxer Stefanie Liang. The Alphabet Rockers mission is to produce high quality, authentic and engaging hip hop productions for young audiences that make learning come alive through beats, rhymes and movement. The Rockers also deals with many social issues, such as bullying, that children come across in schools.

The Schedule
SFPL events are hosted in San Francisco by San Francisco Public Library; SMCL events are hosted in San Mateo County by San Mateo County Library.

Allison Faith Levy Big Time Tot Rock
Saturday, Sept. 13
Foster City Library, 11:30 a.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Sept. 28
Sunday Streets Dance Party– Excelsior Branch, 1 p.m. (SFPL)

Sunday, Oct. 19
Ortega Branch, 2 p.m. (SFPL)

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Saturday, Sept. 27
Millbrae Library, 10 a.m (SMCL)
East Palo Alto Library, 1 p.m. (SMCL)
Bayview Branch, 4:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Sunday, Sept.28
Sunday Streets Dance Party – Excelsior Branch, 12 p.m. (SFPL)

Tuesday, Sept.30
Mission Creek Park, 10:30 a.m. (SFPL)
Golden Gate Valley Branch, 3:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Thursday, Oct.2
Parkside Branch, 10 a.m. (SFPL)
Eureka Valley Branch, 3:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Friday, Oct. 3
Richmond Branch, 3:30 p.m. (SFPL)

Saturday, Oct. 4
Half Moon Bay Library, 10:30 a.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Oct. 5
Before Hours Dance Party – Main Library, 10 a.m. (SFPL)
Brisbane Library, 2 p.m. (SMCL)

Corner Laughers
Saturday, Sept. 21
Portola Valley Library, 3 p.m. (SMCL)


The Alphabet Rockers
Sunday, Sept. 28
Sunday Streets Dance Party – Excelsior Library, 11 a.m. (SFPL)

Saturday, Oct. 18
Atherton Library, 2 p.m. (SMCL)


The Okee Dokee Brothers
Saturday, Oct. 11
San Carlos Library, 10:30 a.m. (SMCL)
Bernal Heights Branch, 4 p.m. (SFPL)
Woodside Library, 1 p.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Oct. 12
Marina Library, 1:30 p.m. (SFPL)


The Pop Ups
Halloween Finale Shows

Saturday, Oct. 25
Eureka Valley Branch, 1 p.m. (SFPL)
Pacifica Sharp Park Library, 4 p.m. (SMCL)

Sunday, Oct. 26 Belmont Library, 11 a.m. (SMCL)
Potrero Branch, 3 p.m. (SFPL)