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Hot Peas 'n Butter

Music for Every Nation & Generation

Hot Peas 'n Butter is an award-winning, multicultural family music band that wows thousands of young audiences across the nation every year with their highly energetic and interactive musical style. With eight award-winning albums and numerous music videos (some of which have been featured on Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon TV), Hot Peas ‘n Butter makes new friends everywhere they go.

Named for the playground game they played as kids, Hot Peas ‘n Butter incorporates many languages into their performances - English, Spanish, French, Korean and Hebrew just to name a few. 

Lauded for their “hot and mellow multicultural groove” by the Los Angeles Times, Hot Peas ‘n Butter mixes a tasty combination of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, bluegrass, country, and rock, bringing fans of all ages to their feet. Indeed, “This serving is the kind that will please musical appetites” (New York Times); and “Their music is a rainbow of color and sound” (NY 1 TV).

Led by Danny Lapidus, the touring band also includes Rich Mercurio (drums), Jorge Vazquez (vocals and percussion) and Steve Jabas (vocals and guitar).  Ian Jesse (vocals and bass), Lisette Santiago (vocals and percussion) and Chris Tedesco (fiddle) are recent additions to the band. Each album also invites an array of musical guests to round out the sound.

Songs like “Number 1” and their signature Latin beat tracks “Somos Familia,” “Amistad,” “Que Llueva,” and “Round the World” enjoy radio play nationwide. 

The band continues to grow their relationships with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, by creating bicycle safety songs and videos (including the hit “Different Spokes for Different Folks”) for the St. Jude Trike-a-thon. Adding to the success of their Parents’ Choice Award-winning catalog of albums, the band will release Back to the Land with special guests Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes and Peter Yarrow in summer 2018.

"Hot Peas ‘n Butter's hot show in Laredo, Texas had over 12,000 kids on their feet dancing and singing. The show's success is still being talked about today at the schools!”  -- Mary Capello, C.E.O, TMC / Laredo Entertainment Center

"Even if your kids don't like peas, there's no way they can resist Hot Peas 'n Butter!"  -- Charlotte Bohn, Baltimore's Child Magazine

"Holidays from Around the World"

The Hot Peas 'N Butter's show, “Holidays from Around The World”, will provide families with an appreciation of the similarities and differences of their global neighbors. With songs in Spanish, French, Hebrew, Ladino, Korean, Portuguese, and of course English, there’s something for everyone this holiday season!

The group will intermittently discuss the idea that culture may be understood as a collection of symbols, patterns, systems and meanings that are shared by groups of people. For example, inviting you to think about the various countries around the world through their song, “Que Bonita Bandera!”, “What a Beautiful Flag!.”

Traditions: Hot Peas ‘N Butter will take you on a musical trip around the world exploring traditions specific to native peoples. There will be demonstrations of traditional instruments and folkloric dances.  For example, through their song, "Que Llueva" and the traditional Zulu chant, "Where is the Rain," Hot Peas 'N Butter teaches children about the similarities between cultures. In this example, both songs convey the importance of rain to both cultures. 

And of course, Hot Peas ‘N Butter will sing about being a global family in their original song “Somos Familia”, “We’re All a Family”.


Que Bonita Bandera! - Spanish
Sevivon - Hebrew
Toumbalalaika - Yiddish
Ochos Candelas - Ladino
Children Go Where I Send Thee
Baila - Spanish
Lir’chod - Hebrew
Where is the Rain? - Zulu, South African
Nabiya - Korean
Paranaue - Brazilian
So Glad I’m Here (this Holiday Season)
Que Llueva - Spanish
Garcon et Filles - French
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Official Video Release October 2015 for "Amistad" with Dan Zanes
Get ready for Hot Peas ‘N Butter’s upcoming video release of their single “Amistad,” which is a duet between Danny Lapidus and Kindie-Rock superstar Dan Zanes! The two superstars of family music had so much fun recording the song that they decided to make a music video involving dozens of fans to celebrate the joy of longtime friendship. “Amistad” is also the single from the upcoming Hot Peas ‘N Butter album release, Put Our Heads Together.

Official Album Release September 25, 2015 for Put Our Heads Together
Includes the single “Amistad” with Dan Zanes; available on September 25, 2015       

This fall, Hot Peas ‘N Butter reinvents itself with fresh talent and a multilayered sound as they release their 7th studio album, Put Our Heads Together. The album (September 25) features kindie rock superstar Dan Zanes on the bilingual single “Amistad.” More information is available at .

With rhythms ranging from hip-hop to world-pop, reggaeton and dance hall, Put Our Heads Together offers a new sound for kids and their parents to share together. The album evolved over two years, beginning with singles “Here at Last,” “Graduation Day” and “Fresh Spokes.”  As band leader Danny Lapidus recalls, “Each song we wrote led us toward a theme, which became the enduring nature of friendship and how we all need to look out for one another.” The “king of kids’ music” Dan Zanes joins the band for the single and forthcoming music video “Amistad,” which includes some of the best musicians in NYC including Clifford Carter (Paul Simon and James Taylor’s band) and the legendary Lew Soloff (Machito, Miles Davis, Blood Sweat and Tears and on and on!) as well as a host of lifelong friends who appear on the video. A chorus of vibrant kids’ voices grace a new arrangement of “Hot Peas ‘n Butter!” the group’s “theme” song on the album.

In another case of putting heads together, Lapidus and renowned drummer Rich Mercurio (Broadway’s “Finding Neverland”, Idina Menzel and Sarah Bareilles) also run POD Noise, a NYC recording studio. Mercurio performs on the encouraging retro-pop styled “No Bullies” and other tracks on the album and is a touring member of Hot Peas ‘n Butter!.

Put Our Heads Together features two new renditions of the song Hot Peas ‘N Butter wrote for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Trike-A-Thon a few years ago.  “Different Spokes for Different Folks” becomes “Fresh Spokes” on the new album, as well as in both acoustic and dance re-mix versions. The album includes a dance-happy note with the animated pop title track and the bilingual “Seasons” (bachata/reggaeton). Both include kids’ voices inviting us to “put our heads together” for active and friendly good times.

Hot Peas ‘N Butter will debut songs from the new album during their upcoming touring season and beyond.



  • Brings the message of Hot Peas ‘n Butter home by celebrating diversity.
  • Students develop an understanding of, and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles. 
  • Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.           
  • Hot Peas N’ Butter will perform songs and music from around the globe that demonstrate how different people share the same traditions.
  • Aligns with national language arts standards.
  • Students learn how to be a respectful and responsive audience member.

SCHOOL AUDIENCE: Pre-K – 2nd Grade (Ages 2 – 7)


Hot Peas 'N Butter's song "Different Spokes for Different Folks" - promoting bicycle safety - was commissioned by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their “Trike-a-Thon” program. Since its inception, the St. Jude “Trike-a-Thon” has raised over $90 million dollars, and $45 million of that since Hot Peas ‘N Butter have become their music and video partners.

Hot Peas 'N Butter are winners of the 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2012 Parent's Choice Awards.