Jeanie B


When Jeanie B! had her two sons around the turn of the century, she found that a lot of the available children’s music was very primitive sounding, stripped down. In her experience, kids love rock ‘n’ roll. They love to dance and laugh. She wanted to provide her kids with music that they could all enjoy together. She then put her adult music career on hold to focus on providing songs for her children. When her youngest son (at age 3) started a bedtime game where he would give her a topic and then ask her to sing a song about it, the songs just started pouring out of her. And from her folk/rock roots, Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans were born.

Solo or with her amazing band The Jelly Beans, Jeanie B! has been packing venues in and around Chicago. From Millennium Park to Oak Park, they come in large numbers to dance and enjoy this engaging performer.

“I try to engage children on many levels with my music. Many of my songs are just plain fun (“The Bootay Dance”, “Nose Bubbles”), but I also try to teach the kids about themselves and the world (“Five Fingers”, “Colorblind”, “The Tooth Fairy Rap”). Of course, I can’t help writing love songs from this Mommy’s heart (“Superhero”, “I Love You Song”)”.

The Jelly Beans consist of 4 seasoned pros hailing from such bands as Dolly VardenThe Honeybeesand Angel Paint. The mostly female group features Jeanie B! on lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitar; Lisa Crowe on bass guitar and harmony vocals; Theresa Drda on drums, Manny Guevara on electric & acoustic guitar, Raul Amezquita on keyboards; and finally Jeanie B!’s husband and musical partner of 3 decades  Jay Bonansinga on harmonica. Jay also helps demonstrate the many silly dance moves that accompany many of Jeanie’s songs! The kids love seeing a group of people who look like their parents playing Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Jeanie B! is available solo or with The Jelly Beans to play in Schools, Churches, Festivals, Concert Halls, Conferences, Libraries, Block Parties, Fundraisers and even Birthday Parties! Whatever your need, a good time is guaranteed.



“Jeanie B! is one of the best things to happen to Chicago children in the last decade!” – TIME OUT CHICAGO

“I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful concert! Once again, everyone was thrilled with your performance. It is so fun to see kids of all ages dance, clap and sing to your high-energy music. I am looking forward to having you perform at the park district again and again.” – Amber Blake, Supervisor of Cultural Arts, Glenview Park District

“Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans provided an entertaining, high octane performance not soon to be forgotten. Parents and children alike could not stop dancing and tapping their toes. Jeanie B! sang original material that was easy to sing along with and kept children engaged for two full hours! We look forward to having Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans back to our stage soon!” – Chicago Botanic Gardens