The Wanna Bees to hold a release party for second album Nov. 2Written by Chase Will | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Local kids indie rock band The Wanna Bees will hold a release party for their second album Nov. 2 at Martini n Nuzzi’s.
This event will kick off a series of monthly kids concerts at the venue, and fans will have a chance to purchase the CD before street release Nov. 11.
Singer Chuck Riepenhoff created the band to make kids think of what they want to be when they grow up.
“This second album, Dream Big, is structured the same way as our debut, with our theme song and then four career characters with a friend who has a song too. This one’s got Mallory Vet and Stephanie Stethoscope, Pilot Pete and Penny Plane, and so on,” said Riepenhoff.
Local children’s authors Nick Rokicki and Joe Kelley will open the CD release party with a reading of their book “Pete the Popcorn.”
The release party will include raffle giveaways, including CDs, T-shirts, hats and bracelets.
Dream Big will include 10 local guest musicians, including Josh Whitney, guitarist for The Eight Fifteens.
“It was interesting to work with Chuck on this because I’ve often thought about doing kids music myself,” said Whitney. “ He’d ask my ideas for a song, I’d lay down some guitar tracks and maybe take it in a different direction than he’d originally thought up, and it worked quite well that way.”
Whitney previously worked with Riepenhoff on the Make-A-Wish Foundation benefit album Holiday Wishes.
The Wanna Bees are styled after bands like The Barenaked Ladies, Weezer and The Cars. Riepenhoff said that although the lyrical content is aimed at kids, the songs also appeal to parents.
“In the end, that’s who actually pays for the CD and merch. That’s why we aim to have the style of the music catchy and rockin’ enough for parents,” said Riepenhoff. “We see whole families out there enjoying it. It’s very rocked up.”
Riepenhoff started the band 12 years ago when his kids were young enough to watch The Wiggles. As he watched his boys grow up to their songs, he continued researching the kids music world.
“I thought, ‘Hey, I could do something like that,’” said Riepenhoff. “The market we’re in, commonly referred to as ‘Kindie music,’ has become its own genre over the last few years. It’s really blossoming.”
Riepenhoff said the most rewarding aspect of kindie music is hearing kids at concerts sing back.
“These kids are jumping and dancing around to the songs we wrote, and in a lot of cases they’re familiar with the songs,” Riepenhoff said. “With 150 kids who know the words singing back at us, it’s very cool to see.”
Upcoming shows in the Martini n Nuzzi’s kids concert series include Mr. Selley on Dec. 7, Wilson Lake and The Rock Bass on Jan. 4 and PlayDate on Feb. 1.
The CD release party will take place Nov. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Martini n Nuzzis, located at 6023 Manley Road.