Reviews: Playground Hootenanny


A little bit of love reviewers have shared with us about "Playground Hootenanny": 

"The Plaza family Band's new CD 'Playground Hootenanny' is as much fun for adults as kids. These are not your run-of-the-mill versions of traditional kid's songs, but ultra cool arrangements that make you want to listen and sing along again and again.  This project is reminiscent of the James Taylor and company's 'In Harmony' record."

-- John Tosco, Founder of long-running Tosco Music Parties

"Mike Strauss and the many members of the Plaza Family Band have proven again that children’s music doesn’t have to be cheesy. It just needs to musically accessible to all ages."

-- Gaston Alive Magazine

"Like the children and parents who have walked through the doors of the Presbyterian Weekday School, each song has its own flair of individuality and is worth listening to."

-- Nicole Pietrantonio, Creative Loafing

"The Playground Hootenanny CD features classic children's tunes, recorded in a variety of styles from folk to hip-hop.  Thankfully, it avoids that overly-produced, sweet sound found in so many other children's music albums."

-- Jessica Daitch,


Heard the CD?  What'd ya think?  Please share your comments and help us demonstrate the awesomeness.


For at least a year this CD has stayed in my ACTIVE car CD rotation and we play the music over and over AND learn the words...what a fun way to experience close quarters in the car with my grandhildren Genevieve and Ia....what a gift...thanks guys and gals!!!

July 12, 2012 | Jane Getsinger

This CD is on constant rotation in our cars and house. It's possibly the best kids CD ever (take that, They Might Be Giants!).

July 25, 2010 | Jacob

So proud to have been a part of this project! Thank you for visiting our website and hope that you enjoy the music. It is amazing the number of talented (and generous) Moms and Dads we have here in Plaza-Midwood. Thanks to everyone who made it happen (that includes YOU for listening to it!)

March 31, 2010 | Clifton Castelloe

Love this CD! I enjoy listening to it as much as my kids do. The songs are fun and catchy and there are a lot of cool twists to classic kids songs we all know plus some really neat originals. There's something on there for everyone!

January 29, 2010 | Cindy McInnes, former Plaza parent