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The Imagination Movers @ Central Library!

Imagination Movers in ConcertThursday, October 18 at 11 a.m.
Central Library, Clowes Auditorium
40 E. St. Clair Street
Free to the public

Preschoolers and their families are invited to a free concert by the Imagination Movers, whose popular music and comedy series can be seen on the Disney Junior television channel. Their high-energy songs, which have sold on nearly 250,000 CDs (on the Razor & Tie label) and DVDs to date, are prized by parents for their non-condescending lyrics and music that evoke the Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers more than Barney or the Wiggles.

Their programs puzzle out solutions to practical and fantastical challenges, such as how to move a giant pumpkin or stop a sneezing attack while demonstrating the band members' lively comedic talents. Their television program has earned a Daytime Emmy Award. The band has appeared on such national TV programs as "Good Morning America" and "Regis & Kelly." In 2003, four New Orleans friends – Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott "Smitty" Smith – started gathering after their kids' bedtimes to write songs and brainstorm ideas about a children's television show. Two years later, they had become the latest sensation of their musical city, attracting parents and children alike with an eclectic pop sensibility and lyrical turns about healthy snacks and playing catch and conquering childhood fears of bedtime. Lines to the Movers' shows stretched down blocks.

The Imagination Movers have become a force to be reckoned with in the concert business. Their 2011 "In a Big Warehouse" tour attracted 150,000 fans and was one of Pollstar magazine's top 100 tours of the year. They received stellar reviews from concert-goers thanks to their highly interactive music and winning ways with an audience.

Songs inspired by the band members' kids at home also reveal a far-reaching musical sensibility, from hip-hop to country and numerous points in between. Next up for the group is new CD/DVD titled "Rock-O-Matic." During their current massive 2012 North American concert tour, the group's goal is to make many kids' first concert experience also one of their parents' most memorable experiences, leaving everyone needing a nap!

Call 275-4099 for more information about this free Library program.