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Thursday, April 14, 2011
 

You can't really bring your young children to a KISS concert.

The Imagination Movers -- who are coming to the Benedum Center on Wednesday with their "In a Big Warehouse" Tour -- say that they give the perfect family concert, with the energy and excitement of an adult show, but with clean music and a family-friendly atmosphere. The band even created its own version of the KISS classic "Rock and Roll All Nite," with the kid-oriented "Rock and Roll All Day and Sleep Every Night."

"It's like a rock show that, hopefully, is the first rock concert experience for a family to share together," says Scott Durbin, one of the four founding members of the New Orleans-based children's entertainers. "It has the feeling of a 1979 Van Halen tour."

Members of the Imagination Movers -- a children's band that also stars on a Disney Channel show -- wear blue jumpsuits, making them look like warehouse workers. It's the perfect metaphor to illustrate what the brain is: a giant warehouse full of things and possibilities.

"The whole concept for the show was the physical manifestation of the creative process," Durbin says.

The late Fred Rogers inspired the Imagination Movers television show, Durbin says. Durbin and his three friends in New Orleans wanted to create a local, live-action children's show. A station in Louisiana took interest in the band in 2003. In 2008, Walt Disney Records released the Imagination Movers' first national album, "Juice Box Heroes," and the same year, the Disney Channel began airing 30-minute episodes during the preschool programming block called "Playhouse Disney."

In episodes of the television show, and in this live show, the Imagination Movers encounter problems, or "idea emergencies," and they brainstorm ways to solve the dilemmas. In the live show, the band feeds off of the energy of the kids in the audience, who are dancing, singing and clapping, and sometimes shouting out advice for solving the problem, Durbin says.

Additional Information:

Imagination Movers

When: 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday

Admission: $27.25-$39.25

Where: Benedum Center, Downtown

Details: 412-456-6666 or www.pgharts.org

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