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Junior JetSet: Heading to Kidzapalooza

If you spent your summers before children rocking out to Sonic Youth, Soundgarden and A Tribe Called Quest at Lollapalooza festivals, you can now pass your mosh pit tendencies on to your tot at Kidzapalooza, the three-day event being held in conjunction with this year’s Lollapalooza in Chicago.

GenXers unite as they join their offspring to hear a dozen of the hottest kiddie bands, including one of our favorites, former Jane’s Addiction front-man Perry Farrell. Throughout the festival, tikes will learn about the alternative music scene at tents that teach them “how to play, look and pose like a rocker,” the fundamentals of breakdancing and how to create the perfect mo (or faux) hawk, using environmentally friendly products.

To see who’ll be on stage, and what other activities kids can participate in at the festival,


The three-day Kidzapalooza festival begins on August 1st in Chicago’s Grant Park and will feature main stage music by:

  • Paul Green School of Rock All Stars
  • Peter DiStefano and Tor
  • G Love
  • Tiny Masters of Today
  • Homemade Jamz' Blues Band
  • The Terrible Two's
  • The Jimmies
  • The Dream Jam Band
  • The Q Brothers
  • Perry Farrell
  • Suzy Brack & the New Jack Lords
  • John Yost's Rhythm Revolution

When not enjoying the main stage attractions, attendees can visit the dozen or so tents that will feature, among other activities:

  • Paul Green's School of Rock workshops - The Shred Seminar, Songwriting seminar and the Guitar God Workshop
  • Dance workshops with the Brickheadz and the Libby Lion's Double Dutch Team – learn the fundamentals of breakdancing or jumping in rhythm while swinging through ropes
  • Hip Hop Workshop with the Q Brothers – learn to scratch, beatbox and rhyme
  • Rock & Roll Hairdooz – rock-style hairdos with environmentally kid-friendly products
  • Tattooz by Small Paul - customized 'tattoo' or face and body painting courtesy of the Small Paul artists
  • Photoshootz – a place to capture your rock star look
  • Arts at Play - making recycled instruments
  • Mobile Inferno – a mobile studio to record sounds from recycled material

If you are looking for a memorable summer trip, consider making your way to Chicago.

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