Best NYC Kids’ Concerts for Fall 2011: Anna Banana Band - Her years playing bass for David Weinstone’s Music for Aardvarks concerts taught Anna Banana exactly what kids love best; robots, dinosaurs, monsters and parades. Now she writes perky pop songs about all of that and more with her own group, and we’re big fans.
— Jeff Bogle for MommyPoppins, New York City
Anna started out as a bass player for kiddie music god David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band before striking out on her own. We’re so glad she did! Anna recently released her self-titled debut album which features awesome tunes for the preschool set. My four-year-old insisted on listening to her “Dinosong” over and over, and by the fifth play I still didn’t want to tear my hair out! Instead I was singing along. My other favorite track is “The Little Monster,” about a scared creature in a closet. Perfection.
— Heather Chaet for MommyPoppins, New York City
A punky rock band just for children, Anna Banana Band is packed full of great fun songs for your children to dance around to. Songs with fun lyrics and a good beat, this is perfect for tots who love to boogie.
— Mindful Mum, mindfulmum.co.uk
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Anna Bohichik, known to the two-to-six year old set by her stage surname “Banana”, has spent half a decade as the touring bass player for the Music for Aardvarks band. When not onstage with the group, Ms. Banana covers a slew of kiddie subjects on her debut disc, including dreamy dinosaurs and timid monsters.
— Jay Ruttenberg for TimeOutNYKids HOT TOPICS
The Anna Banana Band is my son’s FAVORITE CD right now, that’s right Fresh Beat Band moved to number two, and I have to give out a big HOORAY because I honestly LOVE this CD. I first heard of this band while writing a preview for Circle Line Cruises, where they are performing on the kids cruise spring series. When I went to link the band up a DINOSAUR song started playing and my son was instantly in love. I was amazed at his reaction which was a loud “WHAT IS THAT” the minute you heard Anna roar and we had to refresh her page over and over again until I finally had to say, “Ok, that’s enough for tonight”. With punk rock overtones along with a nice mixture of rock, reggae, pop, and folk music, this is the ultimate “Punky rock band for children” and I have to say the perfect children’s album for adults as well. The music is wonderfully interactive and the changing music tones keep your kids interested and you from losing your mind. A lot of kids albums have one strained voice repeating the same harmonies and adding different words, not so with the Anna Banana Band. Dinosong, the go-to tune that we listen to literally every sing day, has my favorite line “I may even get a Barney tattoo” lol. My favorite, “Little Monster”, tells a story about a monster that is afraid of the child in the song, and Five Punky Monkeys is also on our repeat play as well as the ROBOT DANCE! Dude, how could my son or anyone else’s child not be IN LOVE with this album? The album titled The Anna Banana Band is a thirteen song CD, that is available on the band’s site or for download on i-tunes. It is well worth every cent - this chick Anna knows what she is doing. A singer and songwriter that lives in Brooklyn, Anna has toured with the Music for Aardvarks in 2006 as bassist and female vocalist, and that is where she found her calling in kids music. I am happy that she did because this album rocks, and has helped us with long and short car rides, made cleaning up more fun, and has helped me finally have a go-to kid friendly album that doesn’t make me lose my mind after ten minutes!
— The Mommy's Guide... Anna Banana Band Review by Maureen Jenny Aucone
I was lucky enough to be asked to review the Anna Banana Band’s debut album. This self titled album is full of fun songs like The Little Monster, Punky Monkey Theme Song, and my fav, Dinosong that you will certainly be sining along to. The album also tackles kiddie subjects like getting no attention after a new sibling is born in Baby Brother Max. My little punky monkey and I have been jamming to this album all week. I promise you and your kids will enjoy this album from start to finish. But I’m going to warn you that these songs will be stuck in your head. Don’t be shocked if you find yourself shouting “Dino, dino, dino, dinosaur” on line at the grocery store. And hello, did I mention Anna is from Brooklyn too. I like this album so much I might even consider a Barney tattoo.
— Michele Assini for Macaroni Kid
Artwork by artist Erik Rosner

Artwork by artist Erik Rosner

Anna Banana has partnered as a featured artist with Daisy Rock Guitars

Anna Banana has partnered as a featured artist with Daisy Rock Guitars