Taffy Presents is teaming up with Kids Really Rock in Boston to offer a series of new, free performances to area hospitals, shelters, Head Start programs, and underserved communities and schools. The new joint program will be called “Taffy Presents in Boston.”
Kids Really Rock began in 2013, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Inspired to do something to help heal the city, event producer Karen Kalafatas (of Karen K & the Jitterbugs) brought together a group of performers, local businesses, and other supporters for a free, one-day family music festival that collected over $23,000 in donations for the One Fund Boston.
Since the success of that first event, Kids Really Rock has grown into the Boston area’s largest family concert series. An annual fall concert at the Lawn on D downtown has attracted crowds of over 10,000 people per year to see national and local family acts like Grammy winner Dan Zanes, Latin Grammy Winner Mister G, Grammy nominees The Alphabet Rockers and Alastair Moock, and many more.
In 2018, Kids Really Rock received an $1800 grant from Club Passim’s Iguana Fund to begin offering outreach programs to underserved communities in Boston. Those funds provided twelve concerts to Head Start centers in East Boston, reaching a total of around 500 children.
Performer Matt Heaton at East Boston Head Start
Performer Alastair Moock at East Boston Head Start
Now Kids Really Rock and Taffy Presents are joining forces and pooling resources to reach even more underserved populations around Boston. We’ve applied for another round of funding from the Iguana Grant, and Boston-area do-gooder Ken Krilla is heading up his own fundraising event for the new partnership.
TAFFY Presents in Boston will be part of TAFFY's East Coast Programming directed by Irene Light.
Taffy Presents in Boston will be coordinated locally by Alastair Moock.