Children and Italians love Sugar Free Allstars. They’re a band even a mother could love for their witty lyrics, infectious grooves and goofy subject matter.
This local two-man band is taking the kid’s music scene by storm. This weekend, they’ll play alongside "They Might Be Giants” at Jiggle Jam in Kansas City, Mo. Early in June, their first kids concert DVD, "Getting’ Funky With the Sugar Free Allstars,” will release. And this summer, they’ll embark on a 56-show library tour. "When we play kids’ shows, they’re usually 40 to 45 minutes long. ... They kick the door in, and they’re ready to rock,” said Chris Wiser, the band’s founder and front man. He plays organ and sax, and sings lead vocals. Rob Martin, aka Dr. Rock, plays drums and sings backup. The main difference between playing children’s gigs and grown-up gigs? "The audience members’ average height,” Wiser said. Sugar Free Allstars hasn’t always been a kids band. They started out in 2003 as a three-man band playing original tunes such as "He’s Okay (The Spider Song)” at local clubs and music festivals. When fans started telling them that their kids loved the music, an idea sparked that the younger-than-10 set could be an untapped market for their music. "I wouldn’t say it was a fluke. It wasn’t something that we set out and said, ‘Hey, we’re going to be a really successful kids music band.’ It was like, let’s put out an album and write songs the way we do, just change the subject matter,” Wiser said. So they wrote and recorded "Dos Ninos” in 2007, the same year they released their third "grown-up” album, "Return of Dos Machos.
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Sugar Free Allstars Library tour
The Sugar Free Allstars will launch a 56-show library tour this summer, visiting libraries in Oklahoma and surrounding states. Here are Metropolitan Library System tour dates: June 15 →10:30 a.m.: Ralph Ellison Public Library, Oklahoma City. →1 p.m.: Capitol Hill Public Library, Oklahoma City. →3 p.m.: Midwest City Public Library. June 16 →9:30 and 10:30 a.m.: Bethany Public Library. →1 p.m.: Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, Oklahoma City. →3 p.m.: Southern Oaks Public Library, Oklahoma City. June 17 →10:30 a.m.: Del City Public Library. →2 p.m.: Warr Acres Public Library. June 18 →9:30 and 10:30 a.m.: Edmond Public Library. →1 p.m.: The Village Public Library. →3 p.m.: Belle Isle Public Library. June 19 →10:30 a.m.: Harrah Public Library. →1 p.m.: Choctaw Public Library. →3 p.m.: Nicoma Park Public Library.