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Hot Peas 'n Butter

Music for Every Nation & Generation



Led by Danny Lapidus, the award-winning family music band, Hot Peas 'n Butter, wows thousands of young audiences across the nation every year with their interactive, roots music from around the world. 

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!

Lauded for their “hot and mellow multicultural groove” (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).

Watch Hot Peas ‘n Butter in action!


Watch the making of their latest, multi award-winning album, “Back to the Land” featuring Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes, Perter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) and many others!

Take a trip around the world with Hot Peas ‘n Butter in their magic theatre!

"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, 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. 


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," Hot Peas 'N Butter demonstrates Caribbean rhythms like Bomba and Plena using, traditional Batá drums.


Hot Peas ‘N Butter will also sing about being a global family in their original song “Around the World” and the Liberian folk song of welcome “Funga Alafia.”


The show includes a large range of holiday music from a Dixieland version of “Little Drummer Boy” all the way to a Ladino Channukah song “Ocho Candelikas.”


Hot Peas ‘n Butter looks forward to joining your community this holiday season!


Hot Peas and 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

"Hot Peas n' Butter hit all the right notes in Lufkin! The show attracted a diverse audience and they loved every song they sang. We had people on their feet, singing, clapping and dancing most of the show. It was a great experience!" - Jennifer Allen, Executive Director / Angelina Arts Alliance

Hot Peas and Butter have a knack for getting kids moving!  These guys serve up a diverse show with interactive and multicultural themes that not only make their show educational, they make it fun.  It’s a show that encompasses a truly unique and inspiring day out with the family!
—    Michele Rizzo, Director of Talent Buying, YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts

"Hot Peas 'N Butter have been delighting audiences for several years now as a part of our kids music series at The Jewish Museum. Their unique and eclectic sound appeals to all ages with its wonderful multi-cultural flavor.  Not only are they talented musicians, they clearly know how to move an audience with their contagious rhythms!  Families get inspired every time to dance and groove during their fantastic and lively shows. They have sung everything from a Hanukkah song in Spanish to a great Puerto Rican folk tune. Hot Peas offers something quite special and original amongst all the kids bands out there." - Rachel Katz, Senior Manager of Family Programs, The Jewish Museum    

"Hot Peas N Butter put together a joyful, colorful, and thrilling performance at Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Ghouls and Gourds event. Families were caught up into the excitement and began singing and clapping along with the music after just a few choruses." - Anita Jacobs, Director of Public Programs, Brooklyn Botanic Garden    

Your spirited and enthusiastic performance was a hit with our family audiences. The children were very excited to be on stage and the parents loved watching their kids having so much fun. We were very honored to have you with us. - Mona Z. Smith, Manager of Adult Programs, Brooklyn Museum of Art

“Packed with energy, this family-friendly recording features a clear, full sound of rousing, folksy songs with environmental messages.” - American Library Association Notable Recordings of 2019 (

“I want to teach my children to love, to cooperate, to forge connections with each other and with nature. I find all of that in the lyrics of this album and I’m sure you will too.” - Cherry Blossoms/The Blog (



  • 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.