The fan base of married singing duo Sean and Karen Slavin is getting younger.
Having released a CD of original songs, “Moodswings,” last year, the Woodstock couple has been performing throughout the area and in Chicago. They’re now targeting a different audience.
“No one’s doing any type of kids’ performances around here or this kind of thing,” Sean Slavin said.
The couple have three children, ages 3, 5 and 17, who have grown up exposed to music. Other children aren’t so fortunate, Sean Slavin said.
For this reason and others, he and Karen will perform “Swing Set” with the Slavins: Interactive Performance for Kids & Parents at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Listening Room at Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake.
The show will feature child favorites and some originals with live instruments. Children and parents are encouraged to dance, sway, move and groove. The show gives parents a chance to de-stress and connect with their children, they said.
“It’s kind of like a Stray Cats meets Johnny Cash sound,” Sean Slavin said of the music. “It’s a lot of fun.”
It is the couple’s hope the performance is the start of many geared toward children in the area.
“Kids are the future – that’s just the bottom line. So if you can impact that in a positive way, it’s not inconceivable that you can change the world,” Sean Slavin said. “I know that’s a lofty goal and some people would scoff at that, but I’m not that skeptical.”
Karen Slavin previously worked with children, putting on performances for parents, caregivers and children as part of Wiggleworms, a Chicago-based music program.
Having met and formed a group in 2005, the Slavins played gigs off and on for awhile, including children’s shows, before putting their music on hold to focus on kids, jobs and other life changes.
In the past year, they’ve returned to their music, ranking in the Top 10 in the 2013 Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition. They’ve described their music as a cross between Johnny Cash and June Carter and the Beatles. Comparisons also have been made to Brandi Carlile, Ray Lamontagne and Little Big Town.
They’d like to find locations in both Crystal Lake and Woodstock to host their children’s performances monthly, said Sean Slavin, who also teaches music lessons for area park districts.
“One way or another, it’ll happen,” he said.