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WonderFall: "You Know, For The Kids!"

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Reviews of Justin Roberts:


"The Paul McCartney of kids' music." USA Today


"Deft lyrics and beautiful sound." Los Angeles Times


"As a kids' performer, Roberts is in a league of his own." Chicago Tribune

Justin Roberts & The Not Ready For Naptime Players
Live in concert: Oct. 9, 2010 at Wealthy Theatre


GR Children's Museum, in partnership with GR Community Media Center (CMC), happily presents a family concert Oct. 9 at Wealthy Theatre, featuring Justin Roberts & The Not Ready For Naptime Players.

Tickets are available online here or at the Wealthy Theatre box office 2-7pm weekdays (459-4788x130).

The Oct. 9 Justin Roberts concert kicks of a three-part family series at Wealthy Theatre titled, "WonderFall: You Know, For The Kids!"

WonderFall events start at 11am. Future dates include:

  • The Candy Band ("punk rock for kids!") Nov. 6
  • The Wizard Of Oz HD Sing-A-Long version, Nov. 20. 

Wealthy Theatre featured Justin Roberts on the mainstage in early 2010 - it was a huge hit with the audience, kids and parents alike! Kids danced like crazy up front, the entire show. When their parents took them home, they had quite a bit less energy for the afternoon!

We interviewed one young attendee of the March 14 Justin Roberts concert, named Riley Wilson (age: 9 years.) Young Master Riley is the son of Wealthy Theatre Director Erin Wilson, which is mighty convenient, isn't it!

Riley received no coaching on his responses, nor was he compensated - but we believe he is open to discussing compensation.

First and foremost, Young Master Riley said he fully intends to come back for the Oct. 9 Justin Roberts concert, primarily because the March 14 show was "awesome," he said.

"My Papi pretty much owns the theatre, so I'm sure we'll go," Riley said.

When asked if he "owned" Wealthy Theatre, Director Erin Wilson gave a sort of crazy, half squinting response, but no actual words.

We asked Young Master Riley about Justin Roberts songs, and why he thought kids liked them so much.

"All the songs have some kind of a moral, like this song called 'Imaginary Rhino,'" Riley said. "Its moral is that you can have your own imaginary friend without people saying 'he/she is not real.'"

[These are the verbatim, written interview responses from Young Master Riley, which also appear on his blog site - the responses have been edited for grammar, only. He really does talk like this.]

Riley said his favorite Justin Roberts song is "Meltdown," because "it's a rock and roll kid song, and it is saying when you are really angry, it is normal to have a 'meltdown.'"

[Here is a video of Mr. Roberts performing "Meltdown" on NBC's "The Today Show."]

Riley said he loved the concert and "all the great songs." He said he was "not the only person that loved it: everybody that was there was getting up and dancing, it was really awesome."

Staff at Wealthy Theatre noticed a common denominator in comments received weeks and months later: First, people asked staff to please bring Mr. Roberts back to the theatre; Second, parents were saying they liked the songs, as well. They said they bought the CD for their kids (who asked constantly to listen to it in the car) and they were knocked out by Justin Roberts' musical quality and songwriting.

This event is fun for all ages, children under 1yr old get in free - tickets and more information are available here.

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