With Jam in Your Toes and Fingers Up Your….

[ 2 ] July 25, 2008 |


 Media TomvinI don’t think I’m sharing anything off the “best-kept secret” list here. Actually, I’m beginning to believe that the Toe Jam Puppet Band is edging up there with the Big Blue Bug as part of Rhode Island’s popular culture. But I urge you, if you haven’t brought your little ones to a Toe Jam show, it’s time!

The Toe Jam Puppet Band will surely be a hit for kids (and adults) of all ages. Their shows are fully interactive, encouraging kids and parents to sing, dance, and participate in storytelling and finger plays. Their masterful shadow puppetry and original songs have made our family loyal followers, five years and going strong.

Their lively performances are spearheaded by fan favorites Tom & Vinny, with frequent guest musicians including bass guitarists, fiddlers, tuba players, and more. Vinny acts as emcee and directs the troupe’s impromptu shenanigans, such as misting the audience with squirt guns during The Car Wash Song. Tom, otherwise known as the Lad in Plaid, writes the band’s original music mainly inspired by his own children. Worth noting for the old-school scenesters, Tom was the bassist for the locally-based punk rock band The Gluons back in “the day.” So, don’t hesitate to request those old favorites (I highly recommend Rockaway Beach, always a hit with our kids)!

Img 0395-1 on kid o infoYou can catch the Toe Jam Puppet Band at Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford every Monday at 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. In addition, they perform at various locations around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This summer, dates include shows in Coventry, Pawtucket, Newport, Narragansett, and elsewhere. Check out the Toe Jam Puppet Band website for a full listing of this summer’s shows.

More:
Buttonwood Park Zoo
425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA
Shows at 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. every Monday
Cost: Zoo admission plus $5

Category: music, nature/science


Jaci Arnone

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Having grown up in Southeastern Massachusetts, Jaci chose the Ocean State to raise her family after stints on the West Coast, Southern Florida, and a few cities in between. Jaci is a freelance writer and part-time researcher in the nonprofit world, although spends most of her time as a chauffeur, activities coordinator, and conflict mediator for her four children. Her hobbies include combing thrift stores for treasures, competing in triathlons, and surfing at local and not so local beaches with her husband and kids. Jaci also blogs here: http://spiderbyte.typepad.com/

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  1. calendar Katy says:

    i love tom & vinny and had no idea about tom’s punk past.

    have you heard this one? when they ask who has a pet, and who has a pet dog, a pet cat, and the kids are raising their hands? who has a pet guinea pig? a pet bird? etc. and the kids raise their hands. then they ask, “who has a pet peeve?” and vinny says, “oh, what a surprise, only of the adults.” it’s just a sweet little throw away joke he does, and the adults laugh.

  2. Jane Tougas says:

    Adore “Toe Jam,” proudly wear their t-shirt! Perfect place for grandparents to share a good time with the grands. The kids adore them and as a “Gram,” I love the time with the kids and truly enjoy the music..Good job Jaci and keep up the good work “Toe Jam!”

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