Arts and Entertainment

Kids' rock in concert series spotlight


Staff Writer

Kids take center stage at the second Steel Lake Park summer concert series performance next Wednesday.

The free concert for all ages will feature the children's band, the Rockaroos, led by singer and guitarist Dave Kern. The show will start at 6:30 p.m.

The Rockaroos play rock music aimed at children, and at its concerts, the children are the stars, Kern said.

"We get them on stage and they love it, and their parents and grandparents are thrilled," he said.

Kern began the band in 1989, switching from a rock and roll singer to a children's musician.

"I had played in bands and noticed how my son, Michael, enjoyed rock more than his toddler cassette tapes," Kern said. "So I decided to try to blend children's music themes to rock and pop."

The band also includes Letha Brandenburg, who sings and encourages children to come up on the stage, and Jim Fischer, who also sings and plays keyboard.

The Rockaroos have traveled all over the Northwest and have been on a two-month tour of Europe. They have released three albums, including their latest, “Keep Rockin.’”

This is not the first time the Rockaroos have played in Federal Way, and Kern hopes that the kids will not forget the show. He said he wants them to go away saying, “‘That was the best show we've ever been to. It was great fun.’”

"We promise a great performance," he said.

Janica Lockhart is a news intern. She can be reached at 925-5565 and

Park tunes

Six shows remain in the city of Federal Way-sponsored summer concert series:

• Rockaroos (children’s music) July 17.

• Little Green Men (rock) July 24.

• The Smilin’ Scandinavians (polka) July 31.

• The Yes, Yes Boys, (swing band) Aug. 7.

• Rainbow of Hawaii (Hawaiian/Polynesian) Aug. 14.

• Bottomline Duo (classical) Aug. 21.

All shows are scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Steel Lake Park. On rainy days, they’ll be indoors at Klahanee Lake Community Center at 33901 Ninth Ave. S.

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