Danny, Sarah, Michael, Jennie, & Tom.
For more than six years now, The Not-Its! have rocked kids and families with their up-tempo albums and live concerts that give children their first "rock show" experience. With the release of their fifth album, Raise Your Hand, this Seattle "Kindie Rock" quintet will have children and their parents on their feet Raising Their Hands for more from the moment they hit the dance floor!
They are Sarah Shannon (former singer Sub Pop band Velocity Girl), Danny Adamson (rhythm guitar), Tom Baisden (lead guitar), Jennie Helman (bass player) and Michael Welke (former drummer of Harvey Danger). As parents, they add 10 children to the crowd, ranging in ages 3-11. Since 2008 they have been poised to keep their families and yours dancing along at their live shows as well as to their recorded albums, and with their much anticipated fifth album, Raise Your Hand, it is clear they have no intention of slowing down!
So grab your pink & black tutus and skinny ties and join The Not-Its! Nation!
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Name: Sarah Shannon
Hobbies: Gardening & Exercise
Pets: A Cat Named Jolene
Children: Josie (age 6) and Norah (age 8)
Every band you've ever been in: Velocity Girl, Sarah Shannon solo. The Not-Its! - funnest yet!
Favorite albums of all time: Pavement -Slanted and Enchanted. Michael Jackson-Off The Wall
Worst haircut you've had: Highlighted crunchy "mall claw" with mullet
Favorite book: A Room With a View E.M. Forster
Favorite show you've played with The Not-Its!: Teatro Zinzanni Big Top Rock
Other Day Job besides awesome parent: Music Teacher
Name: Danny Adamson
Hobbies: Basketball, Hiking & Travelling
Pets: Jetson the spaz dog
Children: Henry (age 11) & Elliott (age 9)
Every band you've ever been in: The Not-Its!, Kentucky Pistol, Kill Sadie, Waffle Stomper, The Green, Merkin, The Terrorists, 80s Head
Favorite albums of all time: The Cure-Head On The Door, Operation Ivy-Energy, Joni Mitchell-Blue, Air Supply-Greatest Hits
Worst haircut you've had: Brain Handle for sure-the 1992 shaved all around the sides and back, but really long on top. Must be accompanied by a flannel shirt.
Favorite book: The Mole People by Jennifer Toth-about the tens of thousands of people who live in the abandoned utility tunnels beneath New York City.
Favorite show you've played with The Not-Its!: I love out of town shows-great ones have been Strings Music Fest in Steamboat Springs, CO or Lollapalooza in Chicago. Great local ones are when fun & free Folklife ends up being sunny or Everett Silver Lake or Kirkland family series.
Other Day Job besides rad parent:Realtor-www.realestateisablast.com
Name: Thomas P. Baisden
Hobbies: Dragging my children to do any of the following: skateboarding, record store scavenger hunts, pinball, camping and hiking, riding bikes.
Pets: Johnny cashew (dog- age 6), kong the mighty (milksnake- age ?, he is mighty big though!), Bluebeard the greenbottle blue tarantula (age 3)
Children: Watson (age 10) Camilla (age 7)
Every band you've ever been in: Action Patrol, the low earth orbits, the episode, out, mostly dimes, the banyans, cataldo,
Favorite albums of all time: Fugazi- Repeater;Iron Maiden- Live After Death; Van Morrison- Astral Weeks; Mississippi Fred McDowell - Amazing Grace
Worst haircut you've had: many competitors -- bowl cut (thanks mom) - all the other winners are on are me: mullet, middle part shoulder length grade 7 metal head locks, shaved head with bangs to chin, brain handle (ask your dad). This list could continue for a while, but these are the gems.
Favorite book: Adult book- confederacy of dunces by John Kennedy Toole; kid book- the BFG (Big Friendly Giant)- Roald Dahl. Any Roald Dahl makes for an excellent read aloud!
Favorite show you've played with The Not-Its!: I love all the free outdoor festivals that we get to play! Folklife in Seattle is amazing!
Other Day Job besides amazing parent: Soccer practice delivery system, play date schedule manager, oh, and special education teacher, grades 3-5.
Name: Jennie Helman
Hobbies: The Not-Its!; Book Club (been going since just after college); CrossFit (a.k.a. training for jumping with bass on stage); outdoor everything such as camping, skiing, biking, hiking; family time. I love cooking and entertaining!
Pets: Cats named Watson and Zelda
Children: Jaden (age 9), Kira (age 7), Camryn (age 3)
Every band you've ever been in: Micro Mini; Porter, both Seattle band and the Eisenhower Marching Band from Yakima, WA
Favorite albums of all time: Air Supply, Eurythmics & Neil Diamond Greatest Hits!; The Police-Every Breathe You Take; REM-Out Of Time; Morphine-Cure For Pain; Jackson Browne-I'm Alive; Lyle Lovett-Road To Ensenada, Fountains Of Wayne, Nil Lara....Umm. How many can I list? Did I mention Jon Denver?
Worst haircut you've had: The classic short Dorothy Hamill cut by a stylist in training when I was 10; with curly hair it turned into a fluffed version of Annie!
Favorite book: Favorite book to read to my kids, Miss Rumphius (Cooney)...And for me? Ahab's Wife (Naslund), Lonesome Dove (McMurty) and The Alchemist (Coelho)...just to name a few!
Favorite show you've played with The Not-Its!: Oh, that's hard. Every show has its sweet moments. My favorite is when the adults 'get down' with the kids-creating space for that to happen gets me most jazzed! I also love the pro-bono shows we each select each year to benefit an organization or cause; is a great way to give back to the community.
Other Day Job besides sensational parent: HR Consultant
Name: Michael Welke
Hobbies: Snowboarding, bike rides with the family, reading, cooking
Pets: English Bulldog named Delilah who loves the smell of scabs
Children: Oliver (age 6)
Every band you've ever been in: Packhorse, Heather Duby, No. 226, Apple Maggot Quarantine, Eastern Grip, Harvey Danger
Favorite albums of all time: There are too many to list.
Worst haircut you've had: Perm-mullet
Favorite book: Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
Favorite show you've played with The Not-Its!: Lollapalooza - Kidzapalooza stage 2013
Other Day Job besides super cool parent: project manger - design firm