They're back! The award-winning kindie music tour-de-force known as Play Date invites kids to get sweet, get silly, get moving, and join the party with the July 24th release of the duo's second album of empowering, positive, spunky songs, We All Shine.
Critics came together voicing universal accolades for Play Date's 2012 debut album, Imagination, which Cool Mom Picks called "fantastic kids' music that will make your own indie-music-loving soul happy!"
Play Date is the husband-and-wife team of Greg Attonito (lead vocalist and founding member of punk legends The Bouncing Souls) and singer/songwriter Shanti Wintergate. The couple's positive take on life shines throughout all their artistic efforts.
Says Shanti Wintergate, "It's important to Greg and myself that we convey a sense of sweetness and the care that we feel for each other in every song. Treating one another with love, care, and compassion is one of the most important things that children -- along with the rest of us -- can learn."
Guests on We All Shine include former Bouncing Souls drummer Michael McDermott, underground hip hop artist P.O.S, and legendary jazz musician Brian Auger.
Filled with soulful, stylish, and unforgettable tunes, We All Shine is crafted with a sophistication that will surprise even the grumpiest of grownups. Listeners will hear flecks of garage rock, dancehall, pop, and synth, with influences ranging from Patsy Cline to They Might Be Giants. To add to the ambience of sometimes-mischievous fun, four lighthearted, one-minute "PSAs" about the virtues of fruits and vegetables are interspersed throughout the album.
Play Date tours coast to coast, bringing its magical music to performing arts centers, schools, libraries, and community centers, while also rocking some of the biggest, most notable music events of the year, including Austin City Limits, Treefort Music Fest, Yo Gabba Gabba Live, Lollapalooza, and Kindiecomm.
WHERE TO BUY: We All Shine will be available as a CD at funfunrecords.com, iloveplaydate.com, amazon.com, and select independent record stores. The album will also be available for digital download on iTunes, amazon.com, and all major online outlets.
Play Date - Performance Highlights - July 2015
July 12 - Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Bridge Park
July 15 - Yonkers, NY (Riverwalk Series)
July 18 - Asbury Park, NJ (Porta Pizza/Album Release Party!)
July 19 - Bronx, NY (Bronx Zoo)
July 22 - Metuchen, NJ (Sunflower Series)
July 23 - Rockville, MD (Strathmore Backyard Series)
July 24 - Philadelphia, PA (Kidchella)
July 27 - Bremerton, WA (Seattle area library)
July 28 - Kingston, WA (Seattle area library)
July 30 - Everett, WA (Children's Concerts at Silver Lake)
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