See You Soon San Francisco

Hello dear friends! You may have noticed that it has been very quiet over here at KK Music Headquarters for quite some time now. That is because I have just completed a huge and lengthy transition of moving from San Francisco to a small town in Santa Barbara County. With so much going on plus a lot of uncertainty and stress, it was difficult for me to focus on sharing my music with my wonderful fans. But my guitar is finally out of it’s case and it’s time to start rockin’!

I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures in SB County as I explore the area and hopefully find lots of inspiration for new songs! In the meantime I would like to say a huge thank you to all my friends and fans in the Bay Area for your support over the years. I have had the most fun performing Obstacle Course all over the Bay Area and rockin’ out with your little ones.

I have shared this video before but it seems appropriate to share again with it’s San Francisco theme. I love you SF! I definitely left a piece of my heart with you. Keep rockin’ and see you soon.

Farmers’ Market Fun! Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Only two farmers’ market gigs remain on my calendar and the next one is this Saturday at Serramonte! Join me from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Saturday, June 13th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Daly City Farmers’ Market at Serramonte Center
Serramonte Center – in the parking lot near Macy’s
Daly City, CA 94015
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Next Show: Sunday, December 7th – Mill Valley

On Sunday, December 7th I will be performing at the Mill Valley Library for their monthly family event Special Sundays! I am so excited for this show! The Mill Valley Library has wonderful programs for kids and families including this monthly event! Past Special Sundays include performances by the SF Opera, dancers, magicians, marionettes and awesome children’s musicians such as Randy Kaplan, Asheba, and coming this December…ME!

I hope to see you there for some rock ‘n’ rolling family fun!

Sunday, December 7th
11:00 am – 11:45 am
Sunday Special: Rock, Bop, and Roll with Kristin Kellner
Mill Valley Public Library
Main Reading Rooom
375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, California 94941


Next Show: Saturday, October 4

Hi Friends!

Just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be at the Daly City Farmers’ Market this Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Hope to see you.




Saturday, October 4th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Daly City Farmers’ Market at Serramonte Center ‎
Serramonte Center – in the parking lot near Macy’s
Daly City, CA 94015
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Next Show: September 13 – Kids Day at the Daly City Farmers’ Market

DALY-CITY-KIDS-DAY I am super excited to perform at the Daly City Farmers’ Market this Saturday, September 13th! The market is hosting their annual Kid’s Day at the Market. In addition to farm fresh produce, there will be many fun activities for the kids – puppet shows, crafts, face painting and kid’s music (that’s me!)

Hope to see you at Kid’s Day at the Daly City Farmers’ Market.

Saturday, September 13th
Kids Day at the Daly City Farmers’ Market!
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Daly City Farmers’ Market at Serramonte Center
Serramonte Center – parking lot near Macy’s
Daly City, CA 94015
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Video Premiere: Rock ‘n Roll ABCs

Here it is! A new song and video from my album Obstacle Course.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll” ABCs” is for the little ones that like to rock!

Obstacle Course is out August 5, 2014. Click here to pre-order your copy today and receive an immediate download of the title track “Obstacle Course”.

Animation by Jovanna Tosello

Enjoy the music!


Upcoming Show: May 18th – Blossom Hill Farmers’ Market

On Sunday, May 18th I will be playing at the Blossom Hill (San Jose) Farmers’ Market. Woo hoo! Come on by and shop for fresh fruits and veggies while I entertain you! Bring the little ones because I’ll be playing my family friendly tunes.

Sunday, May 18th
9am – 1pm
Blossom Hill Farmers’ Market
Ohlone-Chynoweth Light Rail Station
San Jose, CA 95136
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Yum Strawberries! We love organic fruits and veggies!


Owen’s Picks

I love when a song catches Owen’s attention. He’ll stop whatever he’s doing, tilt his head to the side and ask “What’s that song?” and then declare happily, “I like it!”

Here are four songs that recently received my opinionated three-year-old’s nod of approval and, thankfully, are all fun songs the entire family will enjoy!

We heard this song on a Sunday drive out to Oma and Opa’s house. Moments after it started Owen declared “I like this song.” Although I much prefer the German version this tickled me to my 80’s core.

99 Red Balloons  – Nena

This song comes on at the end of the movie “Marmaduke”. Owen and I have watched “Marmaduke” three times, yes three times. Every time this song started Owen popped up from behind the couch (he’d lost interest in the movie by this point – sadly I was still glued to the TV) and asked, “What’s that song?” Another 80’s gem.

What I Like About You – The Romantics

This is a sweet and beautiful song from a new family album by Walter Martin (available May 13th – can’t wait!). Owen heard it for the first time one Saturday morning on Spare the Rock Spoil the Child (we listen most Saturdays via As soon as it came on he stopped, listened and asked “What’s that song?” then declared that he liked it!  I like it too, I like it a lot.

Sing to Me – Walter Martin featuring Karen O

We heard this next one also while listening to Spare the Rock Spoil the Child. It was Owen’s top pick from the 3/22 show. This made me very happy because it totally ROCKS! We listened to it five times and danced all over the living room. I’m definitely going to check out ScribbleMonster and see what else they’ve got going on.

A Monster Goes Rrraargh!- ScribbleMonster

What songs has your little one responded to lately?

15 Family Friendly Rock Songs

I often come across people looking for music suggestions for a project involving kids; a playlist for a child’s birthday party, a slideshow intended for kids. “But I don’t want to use children’s music” they say.  Doh! Ok, that’s fine. There are plenty of great non-children’s music rock songs for everyone to enjoy. But I promise to share information on the fabulous kindie artists out there and the fantastic music they are creating in upcoming posts.

Here is a list of family friendly rock ‘n’ roll songs. It’s a little Queen heavy because my son loves Queen. He also loves AC/DC but it’s difficult to find appropriate Bon Scott era AC/DC to place on this list. I did include two so proceed at your own risk!

1. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen
This is one of the first songs my son Owen responded to. It will be on every kid friendly playlist I make. Both this clip and the next are from Queen’s 1985 performance at Live Aid.

2/3. “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” – Queen

I loved these songs as a kid. I imagine today’s kids will as well. The stomp clap of “We Will Rock You” into the dramatic “We Are the Champions” I mean, c’mon!

4. “Peek-A-Boo” – Devo
I think this song is fun. It may have a creepy underlying meaning but to me it’s just about playing Peek-A-Boo. The music video is super creepy and would probably scare young children so I have linked to this live audio with a static image so you only have to look at one somewhat creepy picture.

5. “Sir Duke” – Stevie Wonder
This song ALWAYS makes me smile. It’s about music and dancing. “You can tell right away a letter A when the people start to move.” This song is a letter A all the way. Who doesn’t dance to this song? I used to think it was weird when I watched concert footage and saw people crying in the crowd. I cried when I saw Stevie Wonder. Partly because there was a huge traffic jam and it took us hours to get there but mostly because, well, because it was Stevie.

6. “It Must Be Love” – Madness or the original by Labi Siffre
This song is just oozing with sweetness. How cute is this video of Labi Siffre? How cute is Labi Siffre? I learned to play this song on guitar from this video. Thanks Labi!

7. “Rock Around the Clock” – Bill Haley
I read somewhere that this song is considered to be the first rock song but Wikipedia says no. Wikipedia does credit the song as “widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world.” Why not play this song for your kids or teach them to play it in their band?  Counting, rocking and a little music history.

8. “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen
A beautiful anthem to love and friendship. I used this for a slideshow I made for my grandma’s 90th birthday. It would be great for a kid’s slideshow as well.

9. “Three Little Birds” – Bob Marley
Repetitive lyrics, positive message, birds…perfect for kids.

10. “We’ve Got the Beat” – The Go-Go’s
Your twelve year old daughter is starting a band? This song should definitely be on the set list. Everyone gets to sing there’s a cool bridge with clapping.

11. “Rock Lobster” – The B52s
“Down, Down”.  Get those kids moving.

12. “Let My Love Open the Door” – Pete Townshend
I just love this song.

13. “Rock This Town” – The Stray Cats
I love this song! It does have lyrics that mention drinking and getting in a fight so it might not be an option for everyone. I substitute the line about drinking with “I order a juice in a box”. Clever right? But juice in a box could upset people too. You know, all that sugar. The line about fighting? Well, it’s pretty much the best part of the song with the stops and the attitude. “Look at me once, Look at me twice, Look at me again and there’s going to be a fight”. I think you have to let that be.

14. “High Voltage” – AC/DC
At eighteen months old this was Owen’s favorite song. He would request it by name. We’ve heard it probably 300 times and have never tired of it. To me that is a huge testament to the awesomeness of AC/DC. This will always and forever be a favorite of mine.

15. “Let There Be Rock” – AC/DC
This song is what it’s all about…ROCK!! The following lyric, “The white man has the schmaltz”, might be questionable to some.  It doesn’t bother me but we listen to the entire early AC/DC catalog…a lot.

Owen Loves: AC/DC

Owen loves AC/DC. Actually he loves early AC/DC and early AC/DC only. Seriously. He started crying when his daddy played a song off of Back in Black. He only wants Bon Scott! Ask him what his favorite song is and without hesitation he will tell you “High Voltage”. His other favorites are “T.N.T” and “Let There be Rock”. Owen and his daddy watched some concert footage together and after seeing Angus Young’s energetic and physical guitar style he started standing with his guitar and moving around the room. I definitely think he picked up some moves.

Owen, 17 months, getting his rock on with AC/DC