Fans of Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band, grab your stripy socks and get ready to rock – the musical mayhem that has made Lah-Lah a firm favourite for the Under-5s is coming to town with a live stage show near you!
Making musical waves on TV shows on ABC KIDS, CBeebies, and the Seven Network and performing sell-out concerts across Australia, Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band continues to delight little – and big! – music fans. Grab your tickets now and get the whole family up singing and dancing.
We caught up with Lah-Lah ahead of the band’s upcoming tour for a haven-exclusive Q&A:
Tell us what audiences can expect at your upcoming Gold Coast and Brisbane shows.
Oh goodness, I’m so excited about these shows, I just don’t know where to start. Firstly if you’ve seen Lah-Lah’s Adventures on ABC TV or CBeebies then you will recognise everyone on stage because these are the real Tom Tom, Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy, Buzz and Lah-Lah. I always get asked this – “is it the real cast?” – of course! The show is jam packed with song after song after song. Everything onstage is exciting and it’s all live music, no backing tracks. Parents often tell me after the show they are amazed how much they enjoyed the music. It’s not just for the kids, this is a family show.
Why is Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band so compelling for primary and pre-primary kids?
Lah-Lah is all about introducing kids and their families to music and musical instruments. It sounds simple and it is, but I think that’s why it works. Our musicians are real musicians; they love what they do, they love playing and they are just amazing. This energy and passion is felt by the kids, it’s exciting and new.
You have classical musical training and switched careers from performing with Opera Australia to creating ‘Lah-Lah’. Why?
After our two daughters were born, I, like so many mums, had a re-think about what would work with my family now that my priorities had changed. It’s a strange feeling and I know so many of my friends have had a similar journey – it’s like your passion shifts. A friend at the Opera suggested I teach early childhood music classes, so I started a class, which turned into a school, and then four schools and that’s how it all began.
How has music consumption changed since we were kids, and what are the best responses you get from kids at the live shows?
I think today we hear so much music on TV, the radio and the internet but at our live show it’s an opportunity to see how music is made, played by real instruments. This cause and effect is a real “aha” moment for kids. After the show we do a meet and greet with families and this is something I love because every child gets to touch the double bass or saxophone, they get to make a sound out of a real musical instrument and I feel this is one of the most valuable take-home experiences from our show.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened on tour?
Squeezy Sneezy is so wonderful and a character in real life too. He’s a little forgetful and on every tour the catch phrase with the band is “Squeezy!” When we did the St Kilda Festival a few years ago Squeezy left the two pins that hold his piano accordion together at home so it was in two pieces. We had to buy kangaroo pins from the airport and try and pin the accordion together. This is typical Squeezy!
Music bands are notorious for their ‘riders’ – white lilies, blue M&Ms, Jo Malone candles. What’s on the Lah-Lah rider?
Oh, I wish! We ask for water and a cuppa. Sometimes we get fruit or sandwiches and everybody gets really excited. Our big thing during sound check is coffee. This is a band of performing jazz musicians so the 7am starts are early for them, so Lah-Lah is coffee girl running around getting orders to wake up the band.
Ready for some family fun? Lah-Lah Live In Concert plays Tweed Heads to the Sunny Coast from 27 September. Check out the dates below, and jump online to book. Tickets are selling fast!
What // Lah-Lah Live in Concert
27 September – Sunshine Coast
28 September – Tweed Heads
29 September – Gold Coast
30 September to 2 October – Brisbane
Tickets // www.lah-lah.com/live-shows
WIN! haven are giving away ONE FAMILY PASS to see Lah-Lah live in concert in Brisbane on Friday 2 October at 2pm. Tickets will be claimed at the box office and please note you must be able to attend this show time. Click here to enter and only winners will be notified. Entries close Sunday 20 September at midnight. Tickets will be non transferable or redeemable for cash.