It would be easy to lump Imagination Movers in with the myriad musical acts geared toward kids. This New Orleans quartet offers a broader appeal. "When we started, our sensibilities were informed not only by Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers, but by Monty Python, Benny Hill, and Bill Murray movies," explains the band's Scott Durbin. "Plus our musical influences are the Police, U2, Van Halen, and now we listen to such a variety of music." The four Movers, who have been friends for years, got together originally to pitch a children's show to their local PBS affiliate. The station liked the idea, but lacked the funds. The Movers, however, found friends and family requesting copies of the songs they'd written for the program. Now the Imagination Movers have a TV show on the Disney Channel. "The music is what kind of carried us, and then it went full circle," Durbin notes. So catchy are the band's tunes that many parents have requested a grown-up album from the group. "We were having a powwow," says Durbin, "and Rich (Collins) said the songs we write are really kind of life songs. Our first three independent releases reflect us and our personal lives. Our songs aren't necessarily about heartbreak, or lost love, but they're more realistic in the sense of where we are in our lives."
Sat., Oct. 24, 1 p.m., 2009