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Tot Rock

Little ones twist and shout at a concert especially for them.

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Local indie-rockers the Helper T-Cells help kick off the new Arts Collinwood Kids’ Concert series at the Beachland Ballroom today. Tots shake, rattle, and roll to songs like “Grilled Cheese” and “Bugs in the Butter,” while Mom and Dad sip beers. “The kids put together this mosh pit with a bunch of blankets,” says Sarah Gyorki, director of Arts Collinwood. “Those three-year-olds go wild!”

Doors open at 1 p.m., and the action begins immediately. Sort of. There’s a pre-show lunch and games for little ones. The band takes the stage an hour later. “This gets kids used to going to a concert,” says Gyorki. “When they get older, [standing around and waiting for the band] won’t seem so foreign to them.” Today’s performance is the first in a series of child-friendly shows that double as promotion for Arts Collinwood’s various programs for kids. The afternoon concerts -- including one by grown-up faves Los Straitjackets later this month -- also encourage art education outside of the classroom. “Art is not about an elite, ivory-tower kind of thing,” says Gyorki. “Make it user-friendly and something that Mom, Dad, and Grandma can do with the kids. Once you do that, people won’t treat art like a different species. They’ll treat it as a necessary part of living well.”
Sun., April 15, 1-4 p.m.

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