The Kids Were Alright In 2022

Watch the children of musicians showcase the next generation of talent.

By Andy Kahn Dec 29, 2022 10:24 am PST

One of the uplifting trends of 2022 was the emergence of a new generation of musicians following in the footsteps of their talented parents. From youngsters to adolescents to teens to young adults, children whose parents have last names like Grohl, Hawkins, Carlile, Simonett, Isbell and Shires stood in front of welcoming and encouraging audiences throughout the year.

Looking back at what occurred in 2022, it is clear that the future is bright and that the kids are indeed, alright. Scroll on to revisit some of the memorable live concert moments featuring performances by the children of musicians that went down this year.


Taylor Hawkins’ Son Shane Hawkins

The death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins in March at age 50 was a tragic loss that was felt throughout the music community. Hawkins’ bandmates, led by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, staged two all-star concerts honoring Hawkins’ life and career which were held on September 3 in London and on September 27 in Los Angeles.

Among the many participants in the pair of shows was Hawkins’ 16-year-old son Shane Hawkins, who made clear he is more than competent behind a drum kit. Shane joined Grohl and the Foo Fighters on “My Hero” at both shows, and “I’ll Stick Around” in L.A.


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Dave Grohl’s Daughter Violet Grohl

Shane Hawkins was not the only child of a Foo Fighter to participate in the tribute concerts as Grohl’s daughter, 16-year-old Violet Grohl, showed off her talents as vocalist. In London, Violet sang the Amy Winehouse popularized “Valerie” as well as Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye” and “Grace.” Violet opened the Los Angeles concert with a solo version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”


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Brandi Carlile’s Daughter Evangeline

One of singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s best-known and most heartfelt songs is “The Mother” from her 2018 album, By The Way, I Forgive You. In the song, Carlile explains that she is “the mother of Evangeline,” which is the name of her 8-year-old daughter. Carlile also has a younger daughter with her wife Catherine Shepherd (who is a talented musician in her own right).

Evangeline shared the stage with Brandi a few times this year, including during performances of “Hold Out Your Hand” this summer during shows at The Gorge in Washington State and in Chicago at Northerly Island. Prior to that, in February, Carlile hosted her Girls Just Wanna Weekend destination event in Mexico. As part of one of her sets, Carlile brought out Evangeline for a sweet cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.” The mother-daughter duo also teamed up on the Evangeline-inspired “The Mother.”


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Dave Simonett’s Step-Daughter Eden Avila

One of the adorable moments that took place between parent and child this year happened midway through Trampled by Turtles’ concert at Red Rocks in July. Frontman Dave Simonett introduced his step-daughter Eden Avila, who helped the band sing a cover of the Grateful Dead classic “Brown-Eyed Women.”

“Well, we’re going to play this old song that somebody else wrote,” Simonett told the Red Rocks crowd. “My step-daughter Eden would love to come up here and sing it with us, if that’s ok with you.”

The Red Rocks audience roared in approval when TBT hit the song’s chorus and Eden stepped up to the microphone to show off her pipes.

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Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires’ Daughter Mercy Shires

Jason Isbell held his annual residency at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville once again in October of this year. As is customary, this year again saw a different opener perform ahead of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Isbell’s wife, singer-songwriter Amanda Shires (who also performs with The 400 Unit), opened the show on October 21 with a set featuring songs from her excellent 2022 album, Take It Like A Man.

Shires’ ended her set with “My Own Galaxy,” featuring Isbell on guitar sitting in with her band. The finale also saw 7-year-old Mercy Shires helping her mother sing the Take It Like A Man closing track.


Bonus: Jovi Joins Trey Anastasio

When Phish plays their song “Bug,” the audience now pumps their fists in the air when guitarist Trey Anastasio sings the “bug!” lyric in the chorus. That started after Anastasio played a solo acoustic concert on June 20 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Only 7 years old at the time, young fan Jovi Crusen held a sign asking to help Trey sing “Bug.” After making sure it was ok with Jovi’s parents, Trey brought the youngster up onstage and she belted out “Bug” while the guitarist happily sang along.

“I wasn’t nervous but I had to take a big breath just to keep the tears away,” Jovi Crusen told JamBase about her experience singing with Trey. “I like ‘Bug’ because I get to raise my voice and sometimes yell ‘bug!’ It’s fun to sing.”

Though Jovi’s parents are not well-known musicians, revisiting the year of kids performing could not be complete without taking another look at Jovi and her joyous fist pumps.


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