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Nickelodeon's Emmy Award-winning TV show band on tour at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena

Oct. 08, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- What do you do when your child is too old for Barney and too young for Hannah Montana or Justin Bieber?

That was the question facing Scott Kraft and Nadine Van Der Zelde when they developed Nickelodeon's Emmy Award-winning television show, "The Fresh Beat Band."

"Out of a place of love, these parents made this show for their (6-year-old) child," said Tommy Hobson, who plays Shout on the show.

On Oct. 10, families in the Tri-State can treat their little ones to a performance from The Fresh Beat Band on tour at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

"Most kids' shows do almost like an episode onstage, but what we do is an actual concert," says Hobson, who promises lots of fan favorites, such as "Bananas" and "Just Like a Rock Star," at Wednesday's show.

"It's high-octane, and the funniest thing is seeing a mom and dad and their child singing along, knowing all the dance steps and coming up to us after the show and saying they had as much fun as their kids did."

Wednesday's performance begins at 6:30 p.m. and will last about an hour, with a brief intermission. Parents and kids can expect a night of singing and dancing, and the band members are even known to sometimes stick around after the show to rub elbows with the fans.

"I don't mind when you tell me you love Twist more, and here let me introduce you to him," Hobson said of meeting little ones who prefer other members of the band. He's just happy to see the audience get excited about the show.

"When you actually hook a kid, and they are screaming your character's name and singing and dancing to a song, it's not because you tell 'em they have to. It's a pure kind of love."

Tickets range in price from $32.50-$118.50. And if you can't make it to the show, don't worry. "The Fresh Beat Band: More Music from the Hit TV Show Vol. 2" is slated for release Oct. 9, the day before the band's Huntington show, so you can rock out at home with your kids, too.

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