Danny, Sarah, Michael, Jennie, & Tom.
We are The Not-Its! - We give kids their very first, epic rock show experience. Our high-energy performances make the ENTIRE family want to dance along with us and jump up and down. We have created a movement - a family connection that brings out the kid power in all of us.... The Not-Its! Nation!!
We are Sarah Shannon (former singer of 90's 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, we add 10 children amongst us to the crowd, ranging from ages 2 through 10. Since 2008 we have been poised to keep our families and yours dancing along at our live shows as well as to our recorded albums, and with our much anticipated fourth album, "KidQuake!", it is clear we have no intention of slowing down!!
So grab your pink & black tutus and skinny ties and join The Not-Its! Nation! A "KidQuake!" is coming to a city near you. We are ready to rock, are you?
Name: Sarah Shannon
Favorite Food: Quinoa
Favorite Color: Pink!!
Pets: A Cat Named Jolene
Children: Josie (age 4) and Norah (age 7)
Musical History: High school show choir (called Showstoppers! give me your jazz hands all you Gleeks!), Studied opera at University of Maryland, 3 albums with Velocity Girl on Sub Pop, 2 solo albums, The Not-Its! is the most fun yet!!
Top 5 Favorite Bands: Michael Jackson, Pavement, The Beatles, Rufus Wainright, Vampire Weekend
Other Day Job: Mom!! Developing a Pre-K music program
Name: Danny Adamson
Favorite Food: Pizza & Milk Duds
Favorite Color: Pink
Pets: Jetson the dog (nicknames: Muffin Top & Dennis)
Children: Henry (age 10) and Elliott (age 8)
Musical History: Played guitar since 8th grade. Some of the bands from my past are: The Green, Waffle Stomper & Kentucky Pistol.
Top 5 Favorite Bands: The Cure, Neil Diamond, Fugazi, Joni Mitchell & The Beatles.
Other Day Job: Realtor (www.realestateisablast.com)
Name: Thomas P. Baisden
Favorite Food: Thai: Rama Garden with tofu!
Favorite Color: Why limit yourself to just one?
Pets: Lucky and Johnny Cashew (dogs), Fang and Kong the Mighty (Milksnakes), and Bluebeard the Greenbottle blue tarantula
Children: Watson (age 9) and Camilla (age 6)
Musical History: Lots of bands you never heard of. You can look up Action Patrol if you want to see some funny stuff!
Top 5 Favorite Bands: Fugazi, Jawbreaker, Memphis Jug Band, Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy.
Other Day Job: Special Educator! Oh Yeah!
Name: Jennie Helman
Favorite Food: Mexican cuisine
Favorite Color: Blue
Pets: Cat named Watson
Children: Jaden (age 8), Kira (age 6), Camryn (age 2)
Musical History: Porter, (Denny Porter) 2000-2003; Micro Mini, 1996-1999.
Top 5 Favorite Bands: The Waifs, Fountains of Wayne, Lyle Lovett, Avett Brothers, Nil Lara/Gypsy Kings style
Other Day Job: HR Consultant and "Mom"
Name: Michael Welke
Favorite Food: fish tacos
Favorite Color: blue
Pets: English bulldog (Delilah)
Children: Oliver (age 5)
Musical History: Grew up playing piano. Moved to Seattle and started playing drums in 1996. Played in a number of bands throughout the years, most notably, Harvey Danger.
Top 5 Favorite Bands: Pearl Jam, Four Tet, Minute Men, Radiohead, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Other Day Job: Conference and Events Manager