Saturday, February 26, 2011

Imagination Movers at Mesa Arts Center

At my first concert, back in the 80's, I was rocking out to Bon Jovi with my big hair piled on top of my head with the 'glue of the decade', Aqua Net.  It never swayed even though my neck would be cramped up for days after the enormous amount of head banging I was doing.  I was so excited and even a little teary when he first took the stage, I couldn't believe I was actually in the same room as him, secretely wishing that I had the 'magic seat number' that would pull me on stage.

Standing there in the smokey arena, among the hoards of skinny tight white washed jeans, chained belts and fish net shirts, I never thought 20 years later I would be head banging yet again, but this time to a fuzzy mouse with hundreds of 2 to 7 year old screaming children around me.

The Imagination Movers is a rock band that have their own show on the Disney Junior channel.  It's a show about 4 movers, Smitty, Dave, Rich and Scott that solve problems from their Think Tank in the Idea Warehouse.  They are originally from New Orleans where they all suffered from Hurricane Katrina.   Three of them had their houses flooded while Mover Smitty (the one with the cowboy hat) helped with rescue as a firefighter.

Aubrie has loved the Imagination Movers from the first time she saw them, and I myself think that with all the other music-playing kiddie shows out there, the Imagination Movers have better music, better themes, not to mention they put on a really good show.

The show opened up with another Disney Channel show called Choo Choo Soul.  It comes on between regular programs singing counting and ABC songs.  They announced that they are going to have a full hour show on Disney Junior starting in October.  Their 123 song is the song that I would sing to Aubrie to teach her to count up to 20.

Genevieve and DC from Choo Choo Soul.

Aubrie didn't know what to think.  She just sat there taking it all in.  We weren't sure if she was into it or not. But when the Movers took the stage, she lit up just as I did when I first saw Bon Jovi open up with Shot Through the Heart.

Movers Dave and Smitty

Mover Rich

Mover Scott

The highlight of the evening was when the Movers jumped down off the stage and ran throughout the audience.  Aubrie got a high five from Mover Dave.  They also had special guests Nina, Warehouse Mouse, and Eddie the Monster.

The music really was good and the place was jumping.  Here is a video I took.  The camera didn't pick up the sound real well, but you get the idea...

The show started at 7pm and a little after 8pm instead of ear popping pyrotechnic cannons popping like at a heavy metal concert from the 80's, confetti cannons blasted the audience...everyone scrambled to get a piece.

The Movers didn't just play songs from their show.  To keep all us "old" people interested they played riffs and sang choruses from songs of my generation from Van Halen, Beastie Boys, AC/DC and they even played current pop songs as well. 

So I've traded in my hair krimper for pony tail holders, and snake skin mini-skirts for sweats.  This is a show that I would recommend to anyone who has a child that loves the Imagination Movers.  It was definitely worth it and we would go back again.  How long this Mover phase will last I can't tell, Aubrie certainly moves from one show to another at the drop of a hat.  I'm hoping she'll remember this experience, and hold a special place for the Movers as she gets older...I mean, I still think Bon Jovi is hot!

1 comment:

  1. How much fun!!! It sounds like you guys had a BLAST!


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