Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon, FREE Live Target Children's Stage Performances at 2010 L.A. Times Book Festival This Weekend

by Janis Brett Elspas

Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band
In-Person April 24-25
Free Concert at 10 a.m. Both Days

At the L.A. Times Festival of Books
Target Children's Stage on the UCLA Campus
Autograph Sessions After Each Performance

If your family is lucky enough to be in Southern California this weekend you are indeed in luck.  That's because The Fresh Beat Band is giving free LIVE performances on both Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25, from 10 - 10:30 a.m. at the 2010 L.A. Times Festival of Books - Target Children's Stage on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles.

A Kid-Friendly Studio Tour Behind the Scenes of The Fresh Beat Band Set
Recently we spent the afternoon at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, where The Fresh Beat Band is shot.  In my own words as a mom of triplets plus one more and as creator of MommyBlogExpert, the blog you are now reading, I think Fresh Beat Band can best be described as a High School Musical-type program for younger children.  In fact, I personally believe that the program's initial success can be attributed largely to its wholesome musical format featuring age-appropriate original pop music along with an important message.

What's makes Fresh Beat Band even more of a stand-out in children's programming is that it helps kids grasp the fundamentals of music while at the same time modeling positive character traits for kids to emulate that teach about friendship, working together, and respecting what makes each of us unique individuals.  I can't think of another program on any cable channel or the major networks that comes even close to filling this niche.

About The Fresh Beat Band

A new FBB episode called "Bubble Blast" will be broadcast tomorrow that was created for Nickelodeon's green-themed Earth Day programming.  This special edition of the show can be viewed on Thursday, April 22 at 12 noon ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

The Fresh Beat Band, airs weekdays on Nickelodeon, regularly at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT
This kids' program is the brain-child of co-creators Nadine Van Der Velde and Scott Kraft, a husband-wife team raising two daughters of their own: Bea and Gabi.  This duo, two parents who sincerely advocate for appropriate programming for youngsters, also serve as the project's executive producers.

Filmed on the lot at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, this show features a brilliant cast including:  Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Twist (Jon Beavers), Marina (Shayna Rose), and fall guy Shout (Thomas Hobson), all who do comedy, acting, dancing, singing and playing of musical instruments in each episode.  FBB, which brings a different but important message to kids in each week's episode, is presently in production on their second season. The band's first two singles -- "Great Day" and "The Fresh Beat Band Theme Song" -- are currently on iTunes.

Stop by the show's official website on 24/7 for lots of fun activities you and your kids can do online together, like desktop wall paper downloads, arts & craft ideas, coloring pages, themed recipes, videos and more.

FTC Disclosure:  For this story and several other related posts, MommyBlogExpert and family were invited to a behind-the-scenes tour event at Paramount Studios where The Fresh Beat Band is filmed as well as received the opportunity to view an advanced copy of the final cut of FBB's "Bubble Blast" episode.  We further disclose that we received autographed pictures of the cast, coloring pages, and stickers on set.  However, MommyBlogExpert and family did not receive any payment or other compensation to write this review.  See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.   

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