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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. 

Adding to the success of their Parents’ Choice Award-winning catalog of albums, the band’s 2018 release, “Back to the Land”, features special guests, Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes, and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), plus so many amazing people (including kids!) who participated in the making of this album. This rootsy new album celebrates our connections to one another as a society, as well as our connection to our planet and its health.

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. 

"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” and the liberian folk song of welcome “Funga Alafia”.



Que Bonita Bandera! - Spanish
Sevivon - Hebrew
Toumbalalaika - Yiddish
Ochos Candelas – Ladino

Funga Alafia - Liberian
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
Deep Down


Official Album Release July 27, 2018 for the rootsy “Back to the Land”

"There are certain ways that music can inspire us and tell us, 'we are together'. It can tell us that we have to love the land, to get 'back to the land.' That's the priority!"  

~ Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary)


Hot Peas ‘n Butter put a lot of heart and soul into this recording, and were honored to have special guests, Dan Zanes, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary) and Laurie Berkner, plus so many amazing people (including kids!) who participated in the making of this album. This rootsy new album celebrates our connections to one another as a society, as well as our connection to our planet and it’s health.

CLICK HERE to watch a video album trailer

CLICK HERE to download the album and liner notes

CLICK HERE to stream on Spotify 

CLICK HERE to stream on Soundcloud 

CLICK HERE to watch legendary Peter Yarrow talk about getting Back to the Land!


The title track is a rousing bluegrass tune with special guests Laurie Berkner, Peter Yarrow, (Peter Paul & Mary) and Dan Zanes, recognizing the environmental challenges for our Earth, with hopeful lyrics encouraging listeners to find their way... 
“Back to the Land.”


"Back to the Land is a song that combines a beautiful message with well-produced music." ~ Laurie Berkner


The messages of peace and hope extend throughout the album, which ranges from country and bluegrass, to brassy Dixieland jazz and to a rhythmic South African folk song. The album ends with two tracks that reflect the signature Hot Peas ‘n Butter Latin sound.


The optimistic tone of Back to the Land is musically reminiscent of some of the classics of children’s albums by artists like Doc Watson and Pete Seeger. “I wanted us to get back to the kind of music I grew up with,” says producer and HPNB band leader Danny Lapidus. “We wanted these new songs to honor the great tradition of children’s music where families could all sing along and share the experience.” Both insightful and entertaining, the lyrics highlight the importance of coming together to respect and protect the Earth.


The band has developed a new stage show for 2019, featuring these beautiful new songs.

Official Lyric Video Release for "Rainbow in your Eyes"



  • 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.