Kidz Bop brought the live version of its long-running album series to Pinewood Bowl on Sunday afternoon with four tweens singing and dancing to pop hits.
About 2,300 people, well over half kids, made their way to the Pioneers Park amphitheater on a hot sunny afternoon for the show that took place in front of a giant video screen that projected outer space scenes and geometric colors behind the enthusiastic young performers.
“They’re pretty good, especially for kids my age,” said my 12-year-old niece Lily, who recognized every song. “They’re all on the radio recently.”
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The Kidz Bop kids did their best to get everyone involved in the show, encouraging parents to get up and move to Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” and later hauling some dads on stage for a Father’s Day dance-off.
For adult ears, it’s a bit odd to hear "Uptown Funk,” “Despacito” and “Havana” coming from the youthful voices. But the songs, costume changes and dancing connected with the kids, a couple dozen who danced the show away behind the sound tent.
Near the end of Lion Babe’s Lincoln Calling closing set Saturday, Jillian Hervey began to sway and swoop her hands back and forth, leading into “The Wave,” Lion Babe’s ‘70s funk infused R&B song of the summer.