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"Zooboogie CD Reviews"



Steve Pullara's new CD entitled Zooboogie has just won 2009 "NAPPA Honors" & a 2008 national "Parent's Choice Approved Award." It's currently available for sale at the numerous direct sales page links that are listed below these reviews. You can also purchase Zooboogie through your library, ask your librarian for assistance.

Here's some reviews:

This joyously upbeat performance about all things animal is a veritable musical mélange of fur, feathers, fluff and leather in a plethora of styles, from rock to swing. A little bit of musical comedy and a little bit of tin pan alley brings elephants, penguins, mice and ponies to life. Special kudos go to the outstanding track, "The Elephant Who Couldn't Pay Her Rent."

-- John Wood and Tor Hyams © 2009 NAPPA Awards

"Zooboogie" is way fun. Steve clearly knows kids and how to get them moving and learning with fun music.
-- Cathy Fink
GRAMMY Award winner and lover of great children's music

Steve Pullara and his Cool Beans Band provide a fun-filled, animal-focused musical extravaganza on his fifth and latest album. Energetic, dance-inducing tunes include "Dance Like a Duck," "Doctor Mindy (The Vet)," "Migration Sensation," and the swinging "All Creatures Were Babies." Other musical highlights include the snortin' Cajun romp "A Big Fat Pig," and the Celtic-inspired "Penguin Rescue." The wonderfully silly "The Elephant Who Couldn't Pay Her Rent" sounds like it was performed by a pachyderm version of Men at Work. The over-thirty set will enjoy Pullara's new renditions of "The Mouse," first sung by Soupy Sales in the early sixties and "High Hopes," originally made famous by none other than Frank Sinatra.

--Lahri Bond ©2008 Parents' Choice

Lahri Bond is a father, a writer and the art director for Dirty Linen: The Magazine of Folk and World Music. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

PreS-Gr 3-Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band begin this animal tribute with a boogie-woogie number about animals dancing at the zoo. The other 11 bouncy, toe-tapping songs are about veterinarians, migration, mice, pigs, ducks, elephants, penguins, ponies, and other animals. All of the songs are originals by Pullara except "The Mouse" and "High Hopes." "Dance Like a Duck," to the tune of "Chicken Dance," encourages listeners to flap, waddle, and quack like a duck. Performing in a variety of musical styles, including boogie, jazz, rock, bluegrass, folk, and polka, Pullara and the other musicians perform effortlessly on guitar, banjo, flute, harmonica, jaw harp, bass, drums, keyboards, sax, and tambourine. This fun, entertaining album will be a valuable resource for animal story times.

--Beverly Bixler, San Antonio Public Library, TX

School Library Journal

Zoo Parade; "Zooboogie" (Cool Beans Music) Warminster resident, Steve Pullara, serves up a frisky set of kids' tunes themed on animals large and small, enlivened with jazz, swing, country and world music-flavors. Some are just plain silly like his remake of Soupy Sales' "The Mouse" and " Dance Like A Duck." But, Pullara also gets the kids thinking about the grand order with "Migration Sensation" and his lengthy list of animal attributes we all use in common speech. "Metaphor Menagerie." You'll hear this music roaring, soaring and selling at (where else?) the Philadelphia Zoo.

--Jonathan Takiff

Music Reviewer, Philadelphia Daily News

Pullara's Broadway-like tunes celebrate a veritable encyclopedia of animals on Zooboogie! This Pennsylvania-based kids' music veteran covers habitats, animal features, and animal baby names, as well as getting in a little metaphor and simile practice. And listen for covers of Sammy Kahn and Jimmy Van Heusan's "High Hopes" and "The Mouse" written by Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer for Soupy Sales!

--Warren Truit

Senior Children's Librarian at the New York City Public Library's Donnell Central Children's Room

"Veteran children s musician Steve Pullara does it again with an animal-focused musical romp for kids. Lively, toe-tapping animal dance tunes, such as The Mouse, Dance Like a Duck, and the title tune will have boys and girls up and moving. Pullara also provides topics not covered by other performers, such as Doctor Mindy (The Vet), possibly the only children s song about veterinarians, Migration Sensation, and All Creatures Were Babies, which teaches young children about animals babies. Other musical highlights include A Big Fat Pig, Penguin Rescue, a cover of the classic song High Hopes, and The Elephant Who Couldn t Pay Her Rent, complete with messy (and fun) elephant-trumpeting noises. The musical arrangements are top-notch and the cover photo of Pullara with dozens of animals is extremely eye-catching. This is a great addition to the classroom, the library, and the home." I defy any family member not to immediately tap their feet and sing with Steve Pullara s catchy tunes. All Creatures Were Babies in particular is an amazingly fun way to learn about animal growth (a topic not covered by other children s musicians) and Zooboogie will have the kids and parents bopping along with the animals in the song. Steve Pullara is in the top echelon of professional children s musicians in North America!"

--Rob Reid,

Author of: Children's Jukebox published by The American Library Association

"Steve Pullara claims a place as one of the descendants of Soupy Sales with his updating of Soupy's "The Mouse" on his new cd, Zooboogie. It's good stuff. He has continually delivered quality, amusing songs in perfect bite-size nuggets, designed to entertain and energize kids, no matter what their age! Zooboogie, follows in the footsteps of his previous works, creating a theme to transport the listener into the most magical zoo there is - the one in every child's mind! Another winner! "

--Kathy O'Connell & Robert Drake
Host & Producer
Kids Corner
WXPN-FM, Philadelphia PA
Peabody Award Winner

"Zooboogie! offers a collection of thoughtful songs with a variety of well-chosen arrangements and entertaining lyrics that kids and adults can enjoy together. Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band offer something for everyone in this new release."

--Larry Berger
Executive Director, SLB Radio Productions, Inc.
The Saturday Light Brigade, Award Winning Public Radio for Kids and Adults

"Steve's gone to the dogs this time-but in a good way. Steve Pullara and the Cool Beans Band have created beautiful bestiary of bouncy music and fun sing along songs-with an important message for kids, adults and other animals too."

--George Stewart,

Shokus Internet Radio

"You have probably heard of Laurie Berkner or the Wiggles, but have you ever heard of Steve Pullara And His Cool Beans Band? When I was recently introduced to Steve Pullara's music and his newest CD called Zooboogie I thought, "How have I been missing out on this?" As a Mom of an almost 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son, I really love it. Not to mention, his upbeat music has my kids dancing in our kitchen everytime! His tunes such as "Dance Like a Duck", "A Big Fat Pig", "Penguin Rescue" and "Zooboogie" bring out the ultimate dance moves, silly giggles and ear to ear smiles in our home. His music even has my husband and I groov'n on our kitchen dance floor. I would describe Steve's music as upbeat, fun, and unique, yet it is also educational. Just look at the cover on his new CD and you can get a feel for how fun his music is. His musical arrangements are professionally put together with creativity & pizazz! I would recommend Steve Pullara's music and especially his Zooboogie CD to any family or school looking for smiles, laughs and fun entertainment."

--Kristie Finnan
Author of: Mommy's High Heel Shoes
"Mommy's Shoes are tricky to walk in. They flip and flop. Sometimes they fall off!"
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Song titles include:

1. Zooboogie 3:21
2. Doctor Mindy (The Vet) 2:48
3. All Creatures Were Babies 3:29
4. The Mouse 2:48
5. Migration Sensation 2:55
6. A Big Fat Pig 2:27
7. Dance Like A Duck 3:19
8. The Elephant Who Couldn't Pay Her Rent 3:37
9. Metaphor & Simile Menagerie 3:43
10. Penguin Rescue 2:39
11. High Hopes 3:31
12. I'd Really Like A Pony 3:06

To hear this CD for free, read reviews and then purchase it on CD Baby, go to "Zooboogie" Free Music Samples. Just Click! - Various


Discography

"Alien Babies and Beyond" *(1991)

"One Potato, Two Potato" (1995)

"Hop Like A Frog!" (1997)

"Spinning Tails" (2001)

"A Big Bowl Of Musicroni" (2005) Parents' Choice Award Winner and N.A.P.P.A Winner

"Zooboogie" (2008) Parents' Choice Award Winner and N.A.P.P.A Winner

All of Steve's albums above have been Grammy submitted and cleared for elegibility to the children's category. Submission is not an award, but is only a clearance to eligibility and inclusion into the voting process. (* means not submitted that cycle)

"Children's Jukebox 2" by Rob Reid is an updated collection of children's recorded music grouped by dozens of subject headings. Topics range from the alphabet to zoos, plus songs sung in different languages, emotions, animals, self-esteem, concepts, movement - you name it, it's here. Children's artists represented include Raffi, Sharon Lois and Bram, Dan Zanes, Laurie Berkner, Bill Harley, Dr. Jean, Riders in the Sky, and many, many more - including, of course, Steve Pullara.

"Shake and Shout" by Rob Reid features 16 noisy, lively story program lesson plans - all designed to make literature come alive for children. The opening chapter is titled "African Animals" and is built around Steve Pullara's song "The Elephant Who Couldn't Pay Her Rent." Pair this funny, upbeat, noisy song with the picture book If You're Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition by James Warhola. Other musicians featured in this collection include Bill Harley, Dan Zanes, Billy Jonas, Sarah Barchas, The Learning Station, Riders in the Sky, and more.

Both of these children's text books are available at this link: Rapnrob.com

Special CD Projects and Compilation Song Inclusions are:

"Eat your Vegetables," had a song inclusion of "The Snap of a Carrot" in a top tier line-up.

"Brush Your Teeth" had a song inclusion of "The Snap of a Carrot" in an all star top tier line-up.

"Brush Your Teeth" had a song inclusion of "Gargle and Spit" & "Don't Forget to Floss" in an all star top tier line-up.

"All The Wild Wonders" had a song inclusion of "Pasta Pasta" in an all star top tier line-up.

"Serenity House" had a song inclusion of "Don Cheech's Pizzeria" in an all star top tier line-up which included Jethro Tull and Asia.

"Kids' Corner's 20th Anniversary" had a song inclusion of "Lot's of Cousins" in an all star top tier line-up.

"Live and in Curlers" had a song inclusion of "Make Believe Town" in an all star top tier line-up.

"I am a Jelly Donut" had a song inclusion of "One Potato" in an all star top tier line-up.

"Kids Corner Family Faves, Vol. 1" had a song inclusion of "Alien Babies" in an all star top tier line-up.

"Kids Corner Family Faves, Vol. 2" had a song inclusion of "Eh Cumpari" in an all star top tier line-up.

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Bio

Steve Pullara is a top tier, Philadelphia based, New Jersey born singer/songwriter/artist for children, whose musical roots go deep within many cultural traditions. In his music you can hear influences from his Grandfather Giuseppe to Soupy Sales to Louis Prima. His mix of *drawing into his concerts and singing harken the days of the Gene London and the Sandy Becker TV shows from the 50's & 60's. With many years of entertaining kids and families under his belt in the Philly area, he is comfortable with this niche and very at home with his audience. Often, Steve is seen entertaining at commercial and non commercal venues such as: television, large amphitheaters, zoos, township parks, schools, hospitals and festivals. At these numerous bookings you can hear him in concert with his popular musical group called "Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band" or "solo." He's also entertained on "NBC's Children's Miracle Network Telethon," at "Give the Kids the World" in Kissimmee, Florida, "The American Lung Association" and "The March Of Dimes"; putting smiles on faces and helping them to raise money for their particular causes. Steve also hosts and produces a popular children's TV show entitled "The Cool Beans Music and Art Show" shown in 70 cities, soon to be in all 50 states by 2011.

Steve Pullara And Cool Beans Music® presents national award winning music. Give us a call for a bid. We are competitive among our peers with an eye to your economics.

They've sold-out four concerts for such venues as "The Delaware Association for The Education of Young Children" at the Wilmington School of Music's theater (1400 seats.)

Other notable places that Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Music® have presented performances at are:

-The Kimmel Center For Performing Arts
-The Philadelphia Grammy Organization
-The Statue Of Liberty Park
- Longwood Gardens
- The Crayola Factory
- Bethlehem Musikfest
- Hershey Chocolate Town
- WXPN Kids Corner Radio Festival
- The Philadelphia Folk Festival
- The World Cafe' Live
- NJ Aquarium
- Please Touch Museum
- Philadelphia Zoo
- Merry Meade Farm
- Corporate Events

and many more...

Aside from regular airplay on Children's radio, Steve Pullara's songs have been used by Philadelphia, national and international disc jockeys in other genre's to break up their formats with his list of topics ranging from Potatoes to Bananas and from Aliens to Elephants. His songs have ranked as year-end top ten achievers among listeners and fans for 6 years on WXPN's Kids Corner. He's now also been expanded into satellite and cable music formats such as Sirius & XM Radio, Comcast Kids Club, etc.

Typically, Steve's music is spirited and zany crossing over into many diverse avenues ranging from Folk to Bluegrass. This eclectic diversity makes his music very appealing to a wide audience from kids to adults.

Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band have released five children's albums. They are entitled: One Potato Two Potato, Hop Like a Frog!, Spinning Tails, A Big Bowl Of Musicroni and Zooboogie on the Cool Beans Music® label.

Two of Steve's CDs "Zooboogie" & "A Big Bowl Of Musicroni," each garnered two major national awards:

- A Parents' Choice Approved Award

- N.A.P.PA. Honors In Best Audio For Children.

They're easily available by many web retailers, wholesalers and national outlets. His CD's can also be purchased by going to his website www.coolbeansmusic.com which has his ongoing concert schedule and other fun info too!

Performances have been booking throughout the region well in advance of the upcoming season. It is our hope that you'll consider one of his concerts for your developing events this year.

(*drawing & music mixes are mostly booked in Steve's solo concerts or upon request to be included into the full band presentation according to your booking needs and inquiries.)

Many more endorsements, than shown below, are available at www.coolbeansmusic.com.

Have fun reading these samplings:

This joyously upbeat performance about all things animal is a veritable musical mélange of fur, feathers, fluff and leather in a plethora of styles, from rock to swing. A little bit of musical comedy and a little bit of tin pan alley brings elephants, penguins, mice and ponies to life. Special kudos go to the outstanding track, "The Elephant Who Couldn't Pay Her Rent."

-- John Wood and Tor Hyams © 2009 NAPPA Awards

"STEVE PULLARA. ----There is something about a Steve Pullara show that connects with kids in a special way. Maybe it's the infectious joy in his performance. Maybe it's the way he brings together music and art and kids. Maybe it's the good feeling he gives their parents. Parents know that a Steve Pullara show is a friendly, safe, fun experience that their kids will be talking about for days. I often joke that Steve Pullara will show up at the opening of an envelope. The truth is that Steve Pullara's commitment to bringing good music