Toddlerbilly Riot! Whether solo, or with his band, the Outside Toys, Matt Heaton brings a rockabilly flair to familiar and original family music.
Willing to travel with additional fees; band fees are greater than solo.
Our members thoroughly enjoyed the music stylings of Matt Heaton! He was very engaging with the kids.
Matt was wonderful- flexible, funny and warm! He kept the kids (and parents) happy and entertained a large crowd of preschoolers and their families! Thanks Matt!
Matt's musicianship, sense of humor, tone with the group and overall show quality is some of the best I've seen with adult/child audiences. We look forward to including him in our music events and education as we grow. A real pro.
Response from Matt Heaton:
Thanks Marni! It was great being a part of the event.
We had such a wonderful time with Matt yesterday! He easily engaged with all the children and the parents raved about him!
Matt performed at my son's first birthday. He was great. His music was fun and upbeat. Both the kids and adults really enjoyed him. He was also extremely professional. He checked in with me a few times before the event so I never felt unsure about the booking. I would definitely have Matt perform at another event and recommend him for a kids birthday party.
Response from Matt Heaton:
Thanks so much, Jessica!
Price Range: $200 and up
What to Expect
High energy, rock and roll flavored music for the whole family. Matt can tailor his setlist to different age groups; whether playing an outdoor concert with his band, or a birthday party for a one year old, or anything in between.
Music for kids can be entertaining and enjoyable for both children and their parents.
This is the mandate behind Matt Heaton's kid music, a style he calls "toddlerbilly." His songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, american roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun. Matt performs solo and also with his three-piece band, The Outside Toys. Children and adults respond to his musicianship and variety. And the parents and caregivers particularly appreciate the Muppet-esque touches of humor and observations of kid behavior.
Matt's background includes several types of professional music endeavors. He has toured as a traditional Irish guitarist for 20+ years (in a duo with flute player wife, Shannon and other acclaimed Irish acts). He holds a Master's degree in classical guitar from Northwestern University. And he has played with surf rock bands in Chicago and Boston, including the currently active Electric Heaters.
When his son was born, Matt began attending sing-alongs at local libraries. Inspired to give it a try himself, he soon discovered that he truly enjoyed connecting with kids musically.
"Growing up, the main children's music I listened to was 'Free to Be You & Me,' 'Sesame Street,' and of course, 'The Muppets,'" he says of his own childhood. "The amazing thing about all those projects is how listenable they are today. In particular, The Muppet albums are full of great songs and musicianship with jokes aimed at adults. I try to bring some of those elements to my own music."
Matt performs on a big orange hollowbody electric guitar, and occasional tenor banjo. Already a favorite on the robust Boston sing-along circuit, he assembled his band, The Outside Toys for bigger shows and outdoor festivals. Adding bass and drums rounds out the "toddlerbilly" sound, with twangy guitar over rock solid bass lines and surf drum grooves.
With ample recording experience from past professional projects, Matt's CDs for kids feature stellar guest performances. "Happy You Made It," the 2013 debut and "Toddlerbilly Riot!" released in February 2016 brim with fun and clever songs, expert playing and arranging and just a touch of retro rock attitude. Whether you call it children's music, family music, kindie or toddlerbilly it's sure to please listeners of all ages.
Additional Booking Notes
For small performances, all I need is one outlet.
For larger stages, please contact me.
Past Booked Events
|July 21, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|June 22, 2018 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Graduation|
|May 17, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||School Assembly|
|February 18, 2017 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Birthday (Child)|
|December 14, 2016 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm||Nonprofit Event|
|October 01, 2016 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Anniversary Party|
|August 27, 2016 • 10:30am - 11:30am||Grand Opening|
|June 03, 2016 • 5:30pm - 6:15pm||Birthday (Child)|
|May 28, 2016 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Birthday (Child)|
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