The Imagination Movers Rock-O-Matic Tour – A Concert Review

As Scott Durbin, from the Imagination Movers famously says – we all have three instruments on us at all times – one is our hands (as he claps joyously), the other is our feet (as he stomps loudly) and the third is our mouth (as he shouts at the audience gleefully). The audience of little movers and their parents all clapped, yelled, and stomped their feet along with Scott and the other three Movers – Rich, Dave, and Smitty. It was a loud, jubilant, and rock-in-your-face kind of concert that even the most bashful kid will get up and boogie with the crowd. And since we absolutely love the Imagination Movers, their concert was not an event to be missed.

The first thing that caught our attention was Mover Rich’s new hairdo. I mean, after seeing years of him in that ultra-suave short do, he suddenly sprouted a mushroom top. Okay, maybe not quite as big as a mushroom cap, but his curly black hair certainly grew since the last time we saw him. Although it was a bit fluffier, he was still adorable. This year’s concert definitely had a different feel than last year’s. Instead of opening with a band from the Disney network, it was all Movers this time – and that meant no Nina and no Warehouse Mouse. Where was Warehouse Mouse? My son scanned the entire stage and audience and could not find Warehouse Mouse. Perhaps he was out on one of his escapades this time. The only guest that popped up was Genevieve from Choo Choo Soul towards the end of the concert.

This year’s concert venue was at Club Nokia which was a bit smaller than last year’s Nokia Theater. But we found out why – there was a President Obama fundraising campaign at the bigger venue. Either way, I felt the smaller setting was a bit more intimate and it was definitely a lot easier to see the Movers and the stage. There was even an open area up front that’s standing room only where you’re close enough to actually touch the Movers – just like a real adult concert!What was really interesting this time around was that the Movers sang a lot of cover songs from other bands. Some were geared towards the younger, more teenage crowd and some were for adults – the little kids probably hadn’t heard most of the songs, but everyone seemed to have enjoyed them regardless. And with every feet-stomping song that they sang, kids and adults danced and moved to the groove and shouted with glee whenever one of the Movers came downstage to interact with the audience. There were spectacular special effects, unique dance moves, and even an Einstein-like stagehand that constantly moved around the stage as the Movers played on.

The Imagination Movers played a few of their favorite songs like “Rock-O-Matic”, “Mother In You”, and “Playing Catch” but all in all, it was a fairly shorter concert than it was last year. Perhaps because there were no other bands opening for them and there were no special guests. However, I think they made up for it by actually visiting the audience a bit more. They high-fived little kids, they threw beach balls and streamers into the audience, and they had unique photo ops. And in reality, The Imagination Movers aren’t really creations of Disney. No, they are their own creations from their own hometown of New Orleans and have been best friends and bandmembers for 10 years.

It was a total blast for me, my son, and my husband at the Imagination Movers. We were given really cool seats by their PR team and can’t thank them enough. This year’s concert was a thrill and although a bit shorter than last year’s, it was still filled with loud music, crazy dancing, and jumping around (something your kids will love to do no doubt). So if you’re interested in some good old fashioned fun with the kids where there are lots of innocence and singing and dancing, then be sure to check out their concert for yourself! And definitely check them out on the Disney Jr. channel and pick up a few of their CD’s too! They’ll be heading to the Midwest pretty soon so check out their concert dates and venues here: http://www.imaginationmovers.com/events/. And to purchase their goods: http://www.imaginationmovers.com/shop/.

I want to give a special thanks to Jessi and Josh for the tickets and experience and the Imagination Movers for their wonderful work and performance! Keep it up guys!

Disclosure: Happymomblogger received concert tickets to The Imagination Movers in conjunction to the review of their concert.

Imagination Movers – You Rock!: A concert review

I absolutely love the Imagination Movers – well, okay, maybe my son loves them a bit more. But with the both of us combined, our admiration for the Imagination Movers can fill up an entire auditorium, and in this case, the Nokia Center. If you have kids that are between the ages of 1-100, then you’ve probabaly heard of the Imagination Movers. They weren’t always big time performers, but ever since they signed a contract with Disney to have their own show, kids and adults can enjoy the lively bunch of quartet friends virtually anywhere.

Imagination Movers orginated in Louisiana and still resides there although sometimes I’ve seen photos of them in Los Angeles, San Diego, and many other places. They are after all, just regular guys who likes to do regular things and have fun. But their biggest joy of all, besides their kids (I presume), is writing music and performing. And you can definitely tell that they enjoy being the Imagination Movers through their live concert performances and on television. And we love the Imagination Movers because they are a bunch of entertaining, down-to-earth guys who truly love what they do.

The Imagination Movers consists of Rich Collins (aka Mover Rich), Scott Durbin (aka Mover Scott), Dave Poche (aka Mover Dave) and Scott “Smitty” Smith (aka Mover Smitty). On their Disney Show also with the same name, they are joined on a regular basis by Nina and Warehouse Mouse. I think their Disney show is fun even without any guests or special guests, but it does add a bit of punch to their already intoxicating repertoire of gigles and silliness. But don’t think that their show is just for frivolous entertainment. No, their show emphasizes the importance of eating healthy, living a healthy lifestyle, and preserving the planet. And in their Warehouse on the show, through their brainstorming, they dream up the best solutions to everyday problems that we may all encounter. And towards the end of the show, somehow, with the help of Nina and Warehouse Mouse, their problems don’t seem so problematic after all.

We were able to see the Imagination Movers in concert for the first time, feeling that our son was old enough to sit through a concert without getting bored. After all, we were going to see his favorite people performing LIVE! He had talked about the concert nonstop ever since we had told him we were taking him to see the Movers and then he was doubly overjoyed when he found out that Warehouse Mouse was going to be at the concert too. Warehouse Mouse is the Warehouse’s mascot, so to speak, Mover Smitty’s best pal, and their often mischievous and clever little fuzzy friend. Ofcourse he’s not a real mouse on the show, but a puppet voiced by an extremely talented actor. At the concert, Warehouse Mouse appeared larger than life and entertained us with his usual crazy love of cheese. Nina, their neighbor (who at one time had an Uncle Knit Knots with her), enchanted everyone as usual with her grace, beauty, and her mesmerizing dance moves. And personally, I think she’s much prettier in person than on TV. Other guests that appeared at the concert were Eddie the Monster (my favorite monster) and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, which I’m guessing weren’t really “surprise” guests. I can safely assume that at different venues of their concert, they all had a “surprise” guest.

Their concert at the Nokia Center opened up with Choo Choo Soul, another Disney concoction, whom I have to say, are much better live than in a video on the Disney channel. It was definitely a brilliant decision to include a female singer who actually sings well in person and a D.J. who can rap, breakdance, pop, lock, and sing as well. But the best part of the entire concert is watching the Movers, Nina, and Choo Choo Soul come down to the audience and interact with them. My son desperately wanted to go up to the Movers and hug them, but he was only able to give Mover Dave and Mover Scott a high-five as everyone crowded around us wanting to touch, hug, and give high-fives. I was actually lucky enough and giddy to have been able to shake Mover Scott’s hand. My son wanted to hug Warehouse Mouse too, but the Mouse was too busy backstage devouring his cheese.

Overall I have to say the Imagination Movers concert was the best concert I’ve ever attended. Even my husband (who’s not as inclined to watch Disney shows as I am) enjoyed it and even commented on attending another “Disney show”. Go figure. And the most heartwarming thing was that our son who was so tired from not sleeping well in anticipation of the concert, troopered up and jumped and sang throughout the entire concert. The three of us had a fantastic time and we didn’t need a “brainstorm” to tell us what a success the concert was.