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We’re not sure if child labor laws apply to punk rockers, but the parents of the bands performing at Southpaw’s “Tiny Smooshy Sunday on Fire” had better watch out — these kids are doing plenty of work.

The three bands playing — Smoosh, Tiny Masters of Today and Care Bears on Fire (pictured) — are all preteens and are, in this case, rocking out to help other youngsters.

The concert benefits 826Brooklyn, a non-profit founded by former literary heartthrob Dave Eggers to help local kids improve their reading and writing skills.

“Every project we have, whether it’s tutoring or workshops, gets kids to see the physical manifestation of their writing,” said Jen Snow, 826Brooklyn’s director of development. “And because we’re dedicated to the skills of kids ages 6 to 18, we realized [this concert] just made sense.”

And, unlike taking out the trash or washing dishes, the kids don’t seem to mind helping with the chore.

“I thought it’d be cool to be able to help other kids,” said Isadora “Izzy” Schappell-Spillman, vocalist and drummer of Care Bares on Fire. “It’s a really cool thing for kids to have the opportunity to do, so we wanted to help keep that going.”

“Tiny Smooshy Sunday on Fire” will take place at 2 pm on June 3 at Southpaw (125 Fifth Ave., between Sterling and St. Johns places in Park Slope). Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids 16 and younger. For information, visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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