Kids get ready to sing and dance with children’s music group Hot Peas ‘N Butter Winners of the 2006 AND the 2008 "Parent's Choice Awards"

Style News Wire | 4/20/2009, 5:42 p.m.
Society for the Performing Arts <> (SPA), bringing the world’s best to Houston, presents the Houston debut of Hot Peas ...>  (SPA), bringing the world’s best to Houston, presents the Houston debut of Hot Peas ‘N Butter <> on Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater.

The popular children’s musical group, featured on Noggin’s “Jack’s Big Music Show” and Nickelodeon’s “Move to the Music,” will entertain Houston audience members of all ages. Hot Peas ’N Butter excites children with their multicultural and interactive lyrics, while entertaining parents with their unique sound born of a mixture of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, traditional Latin music, jazz, R&B, folk and rock. The program will feature favorites from their four albums including their most recent, The Pod Squad.

Hot Peas ’N Butter was established in 2000 by childhood friends Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto, both professional musicians based in New York. Though born in different countries (Lapidus in Belgium, and Cotto in Puerto Rico), the guys grew up in New York and attended the City’s High School of Performing Arts. Both are now dads and believe that good music should be fun enough for the young ones to get up and dance to, yet sophisticated enough that their parents will enjoy listening as well.

Solo artists in their own right, Lapidus’ personal tie to children’s music inspired him to create a joint venture. His father’s best friend was pioneering children’s musician Professor Louie, who revealed to him the magical ability to relate to young children through music. When Lapidus was ready to begin his own children’s project, he knew Cotto would make the perfect partner. The duo formed Hot Peas ’N Butter on the premise that it is possible to reach kids through music without lowering musical standards. With this idea, a revolutionary form of children’s music, appreciated by kids and adults was born.

The band, which also includes drummer Rich Mercurio, guitarist Oz Noy and percussionist Jorge “Georgie” Vazquez, performs weekly at venues large and small. In less than a decade, the musicians have released four albums and created several hit videos including, “Number 1,” “Deep Stuff” and “Different Spokes for Different Folks.” In addition to their television presence, Hot Peas ’N Butter’s songs are played regularly on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio’s kids’ channels.

Part of SPA’s Family Fun Series, this performance is generously sponsored by Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Continental Airlines, H-E-B and Inveso Aim.

Tickets range from $20-$40 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 713-227-4772 or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615 Louisiana St. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday and 10a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. For groups of 15 or more, call 713-635-8113.