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Sugar Free Allstars's show promotes children's museum in Oklahoma City

The Grammy Award winning band from Oklahoma performed a concert Sunday in downtown Oklahoma City to support the plan to transform the architecturally acclaimed Stage Center into a state-of-the-art children's museum.
BY VALLERY BROWN vbrown@opubco.com Published: February 27, 2012

The Sugar Free Allstars, a band that got its start playing organ-driven jams for college and adult audiences and now also performs for children, rocked Myriad Botanical Gardens on Sunday to help raise awareness of efforts for a new children's museum downtown.

Kids and adults alike jumped and danced and giggled on the lawn near the band shell, where architectural drawings were on display in front of the stage promoting a concept that would recreate Stage Center into a museum for kids and families.

“We wanted to be involved in any way we could, said keyboardist and vocalist Chris Wiser. “Oklahoma City is growing in every other way, why not have more places for families?”

Wiser and drummer Rob Martin released “All About Bullies … Big and Small,” an album that won a Grammy Award this year for best children's album.

Wiser said a new children's museum would be an indoor place where families could hear more “kindie” rock and a place in the heart of the city where children's entertainment and education would be a top priority.

It would also be a boon for the city, he said.

“We love this band and wanted to come out and support this effort,” said Tina Crider, of Norman. Her 12-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter were with her at the concert.

“There's not a whole lot for kids to do down here, and I think it will bring in families from all over,” she added.

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