Baby Beats is headlining WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes event on Saturday — for a very special reason: they’re launching their first album! We’re excited that that we’ll be able to listen to Baltimore’s favorite beatboxing dads at home and on the go.
Baby Beats features Jamaal “Black Root” Collier and Max Bent — local musicians that aren’t strangers to the Baltimore music scene. The two have a passion for good music and a Hip-Hop frame of mind — but realized the pint-sized hip hop options in Charm City were lacking. So in 2015 they got together and formed “Baby Beats,” a Hip-Hop based-performance show for families.
“The Baby Beats repertoire grew out of entertaining our own children,” said Max. “They were and continue to be our sound boards for what catches the ear, what moves the body, and what sparks the imagination.” Listeners will get a taste of the raw, beatbox-rapper dynamic they’re used to seeing during live performances as well as “layered, more composed pieces.”
Max and Jamaal have been huge supporters of WTMD, so it’s a no-brainer that WTMD would be excited to help them launch their first album, aptly named Play Mode, as part of Saturday Morning Tunes.
“Beatboxing is irresistible to kids, and nobody does it better than Baby Beats. I’ve seen kids just stand still in awe of Max and Jamaal at these shows, and we’re thrilled to have them back at WTMD for this album release concert,” said Sam Sessa of WTMD.
Don’t let the name fool you — the beats just aren’t for babies! Kids of all ages love these guys and, since their own kids are getting older, the Baby Beats brand is evolving.
“As our children have grown older, we find ourselves wanting to create music to meet them where they are. Goin forwards, we expect the songs to gain complexity and our themes to speak to an older audience. We are becoming… the Beatbox Dads.”
Opening up their Saturday show is Stages All Access band, the kid-powered band that won (cool) progeny’s Kids Battle of the Bands in May. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the music starts at 9:30 a.m. at WTMD’s performance studio, 1 Olympic Place in Towson. Tickets are $15/adult, $10/kid or $40 for a family of four.
Congrats, Max and Root! We can’t wait to see what you do next!
Editor’s Note: (cool) progeny is a proud partner of WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes.
WTMD Saturday Morning Tunes Featuring Baby Beats
Saturday, October 26
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
1 Olympic Place
Towson, MD 21204