The Laurie Berkner Band

Dan Zanes & Friends

Ralph's World

Candy Band

The Verve Pipe

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  • Jun 22 , 2013
  • 10:00 AM
  • $25 pavilion and $25 lawn
  • A limited number of pavilion and lawn family four-packs at $75 will also be available. 

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Recess! Family Music Festival

with The Laurie Berkner Band, Dan Zanes & Friends, Ralph's World, Candy Band, The Verve Pipe and the School of Rock

Jun 22 , 2013 Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

You loved recess and now we’re bringing it to you! The daylong Recess! Family Music Festival is coming to Meadow Brook Music Festival Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets for $25 in the pavilion and on the lawn are on sale at, The Palace Ticket Store and all Ticketmaster locations, including The Locker Room Store at Great Lakes Crossing. Tickets may be purchased with American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 800.745.3000. Family four-packs are also available for $75.

The Recess Festival will feature some of the biggest family-friendly acts The Laurie Berkner Band, Dan Zanes & Friends, Ralph's World, Candy Band, The Verve Pipe and the School of Rock – in addition to other performers and deejays, games, interactive activities, storytelling, and fun workshops.

Born from the creator of Kidzapalooza, the inaugural Recess Family Music Festival is also the first collaboration between Recess creator Tor Hyams and Palace Sports & Entertainment.

“Music is the most powerful language in the world and we want children and their families to enjoy and explore that at the Recess Festival,” said Hyams, co-founder of Kidzapalooza and producer of The Kiddie Limits stage for Austin City Limits. “There’s integrity to music that helps children discover themselves.”

The festival is designed to actively engage the imaginations of children, ranging in age from 4-9, and their parents where families can visit various creative spaces on the Meadow Brook grounds to write and record a song, take a dance class, do arts and crafts or get a “rock star” makeover.

“There are lots of music festivals out there and children love music, so we are pleased to present a dedicated music festival for kids and their families,” said Adam Schneider, Palace Sports & Entertainment senior vice president for Events and Booking.

Learn more about the Recess Family Music Festival and get your tickets at We’ll see you there! 

About Recess!

Designed to be socially and environmentally responsible, Recess! will teach by example. It is a multicultural playground where singers, storytellers, artists and "movers" share their vision of the world through music, movement and art. Recess! is designed as an alternative to throw-away consumer culture for children born into a world of iPods, Xbox and YouTube. A music festival for the whole family, Recess! embodies the most positive and visionary trends for American youth.

Creative Spaces


Children and parents will have fun at a hip hop workshop, where kids will learn to rhyme, beat box, and scratch. Kids will take home their very own hip hop track on CD.


A day-long drum circle will empower families to make music together. Instructors will teach children and parents to use percussion instruments along with the instruments they make in the arts & crafts space.


Throughout the day, kids will participate in various movement and dance workshops, which include breakdancing, double-dutch jump roping, and tumbling.


An instrument petting zoo and a place of musical discovery, a complete "rock band" will be set up where kids can play any and all instruments, from drums and guitars to lead vocals. The basics of songwriting, including lyric and melody, will be taught in playful workshops.


Children will be guided through the process of making their own instruments out of wood, which they will be able to play in the rhythm space and take home with them.


Throughout the festival, kids will have the chance to "Become a Rockstar" by getting temporary tattoos and punk-rock hair-dos. Once all done up, the little "Rock Stars" can stop by the photo booth to get their picture taken.

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