Thunder and Sunshine,a rock band for kids,was created by MC Esto, aka Esther Crow, (The Electric Mess, Auto Bonfire, DEVA) in the fall of 2015. After writing and performing music for over a decade, she had a kid (Vincent Otto Crow!) in August, 2013, and became inspired to write material for children. The songs came quickly, and she soon assembled a band chock full of local talent.
The goal was to create powerful, funky music with a strong message. The rhythm and melodies get those hands and feet moving while the lyrics make you think: If there were no "bad things", no obstacles in life, we wouldn't appreciate the good things, and the things that come easy. You can't have light without shadow, happiness without sadness, sunshine without a little thunder. Don't fear challenges; don't sulk on rainy days. There's so much to do! Just use your imagination. Believe in change. Nothing stays the same. But watch out for that monster in the closet....
Esther is influenced by many genres, and you'll hear lots of nods to the 70's and 80's era of popular music, and children's television. Inspirations include: Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Schoolhouse Rock, The Magic Garden, They Might be Giants, Carole King, The Sugarhill Gang, The Meters, Sly and the Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, The Beatles, The Temptations, The Jacksons, and much more!
Our debut show was May 7th, 2016, at the West End Lounge on the Upper West Side, and was well-received by parents
and kids alike! On June 28th, we got the kids, and counselors, moving and grooving at the opening assembly for A.C.T.
(at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine) Day Camp. Our last show of the summer was a special, acoustic gig
at The Paper House on Governor's Island on August 21st. Even as a four-piece- without bass and drums- we rocked it!
On January 29th, we packed Joe’s Pub with a local release party for our Album, “This is Thunder and Sunshine”. See some fun photos by Ebet Roberts on our photo gallery page! Esther (MC Esto) also performs at Bank Street Book Store at 10:30 a.m. every other Thursday morning! Thunder and Sunshine is available for private parties as a full band, acoustic (4-piece) band, or Esther as a solo performer. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability!
Our next show is October 28th at 12 noon, at Joe's Pub. It's a SPOOKY Halloween show! More details soon! And keep your eyes peeled for our first animated video, coming soon!
Our mission statement is: The message is for kids, the music is for everyone! Take a listen, and we hope you'll agree…