To be honest, I didn't know much about the Imagination Movers before I had the chance to review their new CD/DVD release, Rock-O-Matic.  I only knew there were a bunch of guys in blue coveralls and some kind of mouse in the mix, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the foursome of Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche, and Scott "Smitty" Smith are actually talented performers and musicians who write their own parent- and kid-friendly songs.

Rock-O-Matic features 18 songs. all upbeat with great grooves.  The album kicks off with the super hi-octane "Dance Kung Fu," and has lots of fun, sing-alongable songs like "Little Red Wagon, " "Firetruck, " and my favorite song on the album, "Everybody Sing."  The music is a mix of styles, mostly rock with a few dance and even ska touches thrown in.

The accompanying DVD is a compilation of music videos for many of the songs on the CD as well as skits and comic interludes.  The DVD reminded me a bit of both The Muppets and The Monkees --a blend of smart humor, music, and a touch of wackiness.  I found myself laughing out loud at a number of points while watching the DVD, so the humor is definitely the kind that parents can appreciate along with their little ones.

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Imagination Movers will bring their mix of music, hijinks, and hilarity to the area on May 3 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, on May 5 at the Best Buy Theater in NYC, and on May 10 at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank. 

Imagination Movers - Rock-O-Matic (Razor & Tie, $9.99)


Jennifer Niederhoffer is the founder of Impress Media, an independent lifestyle & entertainment public relations and editorial services firm.  You can follow her on twitter @impressmedia.