Monday, October 20, 2014

Rock-n-Romp compilation set for release at Nov. 1 season finale

Rock-n-Romp’s Nov. 1 season finale at Overton Park will serve as the release show for the first-ever Rock-n-Romp Comp, a CD compilation of local artists, most of which have played the family friendly concert series at some point during its nine-year run.

The compilation features up-and-coming artists Mark Edgar Stuart, James and the Ultrasounds, American Fiction and Myla Smith alongside scene stalwarts Al Kapone, Snowglobe, Pezz, Vending Machine and the Grifters’ Dave Shouse. Even recently reformed Memphis punk godfathers the Modifiers contribute a track to the eclectic mix.

“It’s a great snapshot of our music scene, which is what families get when they come to Rock-n-Romp throughout the year,” said Rock-n-Romp board member Jeff Hulett, who curated the album, contributed a song of his own and played on the Slowglobe track. “The comp is just another way for parents to stay connected to the vital music that’s coming out of our city. Now they’ve got something to jam to in the minivan.”

The Rock-n-Romp Comp will first be available at the Nov. 1 Rock-n-Romp in Overton Park’s Greensward, near the Rainbow Lake playground. Copies are $10 each, and all proceeds will go toward producing future Rock-n-Romps or the group’s annual rock camp. The show will run from 2 to 5 p.m. with Marcella and Her Lovers, the MaĆ®tre D’s and Triceratops set to perform. Adults must be accompanied by children to attend. Each show features three bands, free Central BBQ and Whole Foods snacks for everyone, plus free beer for adults.

Rock-n-Romp Comp full track list:

1. Mark Edgar Stuart – Peroxide
2. Snowglobe – Birthday
3. Vending Machine – I Love My Bike
4. Dave Shouse – The Casio Theme Song
5. Myla Smith – Slow Down
6. Cotton & Coal – The Whole World
7. American Fiction – Crystal Key
8. Al Kapone – Feelin’ Good
9. James and the Ultrasounds – Cash Saver Blues
10. The Modifiers – Got No Phone
11. The Rough Hearts – Disappear
12. Wind vs. Sun – Make Progress
13. J.D. Reager – Back Off
14. Pezz – Don’t Walk Away
15. The Harmony Brothers – No Man Can Hold You
16. Jeff Hulett – Road Map
17. Perfect Vessels – No Good
18. Chad Nixon – The Funeral
19. Triceratops – Sitting on the Top of the Train
20. Macho B - Oxford

Since 2006, Memphis Rock-n-Romp has hosted family-friendly concerts on five or six Saturday afternoons (and the occasional Sunday) from April to November in different locations throughout the Memphis area. Adults are asked to donate $5 at the door, but children are admitted free. All proceeds go toward costs of producing Rock-n-Romps and the annual Rock-n-Romp Rock Camp for children. Memphis Rock-n-Romp is a registered non-profit with the State of Tennessee. Each Rock-n-Romp draws between 900-1,400 parents and children.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

November 1st Rock-n-Romp at Overton Park

It's our last show of the season and we want to see you! Join us on the Greensward in Overton Park for an afternoon of music and fun on November 1st from 2-5pm.

Marcella and her Lovers, Maitre D’s, & Triceratops will be playing. Per usual we will have free CBBQ, Tom's Tiny Kitchen pimento cheese, snacks from Whole Foods and Memphis Made beer while supplies last.

Adults are asked to donate $5 each; kids are free.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 27th Rock-n-Romp at the Mid-South Maze 2-5pm

Come Rock-n-Romp with us at the Mid-South Maze on September 27th from 2-5pm. We'll have Le Tumulte Noir, Switchblade Kid and Forklift playing. $5 Adults/kids free. Adults MUST be accompanied by children.

As always bring a blanket or a chair, a snack to share, and earplugs for the little ones. There will be free Memphis Made beer, Central BBQ and snacks from Whole Foods & Tom's Tiny Kitchen. (Please be considerate of others when partaking of the free food. We do run out!)

The Mid-South Maze will give the following discounts: Maze admission-$4/adult and $2/kid, 5 and under free. The Jumping Pillow will be $2/person and you can jump all you want. Identify yourself as a Rock-n-Romper when paying and they will give you the appropriate discount.

The Maze takes about an hour, so we ask that you come early or stay late. The Jumping Pillow is adjacent to the bands, so kids can enjoy it during the show. (It is supervised.)

We look forward to seeing you!

For directions, click here.

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 18th (Sunday) Rock-n-Romp at Rhodes College 2-5pm

Join us at Rhodes College for a special Sunday edition of Rock-n-Romp! Emma Webb, Myla Smith, and American Fiction will be rockin' the lawn near Buckman Hall. We'll have free food from Central Barbeque, Whole Foods, Tom's Tiny Kitchen & HappyMama Organic Foods. Beer for those over 21 provided by Memphis Made Brewing & The Bluff City Brewers. Bricks for Kidz will have LEGO activities and Immaculate Conception Cathedral School will also be leading a special craft for the kiddos. We will also have a "Baby Rest Stop" tent!

Bring a blanket and chair, a snack to share, and ear plugs for the littles. Tell your friends! See you there!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rock-n-Romp Camp Registration is Open

Rock-n-Romp Camp is back!


This year there is only one session, July 7-11 at Rozelle Elementary in Midtown. Camp will run from 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F, plus there will be a showcase Sunday evening, July 13, at the Young Avenue Deli. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 1-7. The cost for the week is $200. Kids will be asked to bring a sack lunch, but we will provide snacks.

Click here for the camper application. (You have to download it for it to become fillable.)  Get it in soon, before we're all full!

We are also looking for staff members to teach an instrument and volunteers in grades 8-12 to assist at the camp. Email us at if interested.

Click here or here for a peek at previous camp sessions!

Introducing Rock-n-Chomp

We are so excited to announce that we have partnered with Whole Foods to bring you Rock-n-Chomp!

Rock-n-Chomp will be a mini Rock-n-Romp located at Whole Foods Market the third Tuesday of each month. There will be a family friendly concert by local musicians followed by a healthy snack. Best part? It is free for all.

Today was the first show, featuring Caleb Sweazy. Caleb is an amazing musician, awesome dad, and Rock-n-Romp board member, among other things.

About fifteen families attended the inaugural show.

In addition to great music, everyone had a healthy snack. Today it was make your own parfaits!

Thanks to everyone who attended the show, and huge props to Emily Lux at Whole Foods for making it happen!

Join us next month on April 15th at 9:00am.

Monday, October 28, 2013

November 2nd Rock-n-Romp, 2-5pm

This will be our last Rock-n-Romp of the season! Please join us at Overton Park next to the new playground on Saturday, November 2nd from 2-5pm.

We have four bands this time--J.D. Reager & the Cold-Blooded Three, The Monday Night Card, Abbey West Pates, and Katie Ives.

We will have free food while it lasts from Central BBQ, Tom's Tiny Kitchen, and the Trolley Stop Market.

The Bluff City Homebrewers will be on hand with their delicious handcrafted beer. We will also have a keg of Memphis Made Brewing Company's beer!

Grace-St. Luke's staff will be leading a craft for kids. There will be a hula hoop jam with Co-Motion studio (opening December in Crosstown). Livable Memphis will be leading bike-centric crafts to promote the Hampline.

All this for $5 per adult. Kids are free.

Bring a blanket or a chair, ear plugs for the little ones, a snack to share and enjoy an amazing afternoon of music and fun!

Friday, October 04, 2013

9/21 Show Recap

 Back to the Mid-South Maze! This is always one of our favorite spots to romp. Saturday was just a picture-perfect day-- clear skies, temps in the mid 70s. Add to that three great bands, some gourmet beer, some of the best barbecue in the city, some of the best pizza in the city, and healthy snacks from Whole Foods, and you have a pretty perfect day.

First up was Wind vs. Sun. Dirk rocked a TV appearance with me earlier in the week to promote this show--thanks Dirk! It was great to hear his full band.

Next up was Mighty Souls Brass Band, which blew everyone away. Literally. (Ahem.) Jeremy Schrader, on trumpet, is a RnR veteran, having played our shows in several different bands. 

A dude who can rock the sousaphone like this really makes me way too excited. (Personal confession: extensive band nerd past, played tuba.)

As usual, Central BBQ provided awesome 'cue. Thanks a million, yet again, to those folks.

We also had Bluff City Brewers and Connoisseurs back. So awesome to have fresh craft brew at our shows!

Last up was the raucous post-punk band Tanks. Serious rocking going on from these guys.

We even managed to get the RnR board together for a new photo! These are the folks who make it happen, cap'n.  
(L to R, Bianca Burks, Graham Burks, Aimee Lewis, Corey Crowder, Chip Chockley, Caleb Sweazy, Stacey Greenberg, Marvin Stockwell, Kate Crowder and Launa Morris. Slacker board member Jeff Hulett wasn't at this show. Kidding, we love Jeff.)

In addition to Central and the Brewers, thanks to Whole Foods for providing awesome healthy snacks and to Trolley Stop Market for contributing some of the best pizza in town. And thanks to Tom's Tiny Kitchen for again loading us up with the the undisputed champion pimento cheese of all pimento cheeses. And we always appreciate the rocking sound from Charlie Lawing at Memphis Sound Lab.

And most of all, thanks to the Mid South Maze for having us again-- you guys rule.

Seeya in a few weeks for the 2013 finale show at Overton Park on November 2nd!

Check out all the photos from this show by Chip Chockley Photography by clicking here.