Imagination Movers bring broad-based appeal to shows

10/11/2012 3:11 PM

10/11/2012 3:11 PM

Fathers often are left out of the picture when it comes to kid-rock. The Imagination Movers, a clever children’s pop-rock act, has noticed. While taking meetings for its Disney television show, dads didn’t even earn a mention.

“It was always about mom and the kids,” bassist Dave Poche said while calling from his New Orleans home. “Never once were men mentioned. It’s as if men didn’t know what was going on with their children.”

That’s ironic since each member of the quartet is a deeply involved parent. If it weren’t for their kids, there would never have been a band.

“We have 19 children collectively,” Poche said. “We certainly care about children. But we noticed that so much was geared toward moms and kids that we came up with the concept of a children’s band that appeals to everyone.”

A big reason the colorful, engaging Imagination Movers — who perform Friday at Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre — has succeeded likely is because of its inclusive approach. Their playful music often is silly, which appeals to tykes, and is clever, which pleases adults.

“Everyone is dialed into what we do,” Poche said. “Not just children. We are a children’s act, but we appeal to parents and grandparents, as well. We thought it would be better to offer something for everyone.”

The band’s songs are positive and educational, which is great for kids. But the melodies are strong, and there actually are big hooks in the songs.

“I think moms and dads like that,” Poche said. “I think they like songs that their kids can enjoy and they’ll like as well. We’re into making the best songs possible.”

Imagination Movers is touring behind its latest album, “Rock-O-Matic,” which includes the cute paean to fathers, “Dear Old Dad.” The group can focus intently on its tunes since production on its loose but educational and eponymous show was not renewed by Disney for a fourth season. However, there are a number of episodes that have yet to air on Disney Junior.

“There is an upside to the show ending after all of these (75) episodes,” Poche said. “The good thing is that we can really focus on making music and touring. This is the first album in which we wrote songs, which didn’t serve the show. We had more freedom, and we really enjoyed it. There’s nothing I like more than being in this group.”

Poche was a New Orleans architect who designed some Big Easy banks, office buildings and hotels.

“I’ve led two very different lives,” Poche said. “I can say that I don’t miss the 9-to-5 experience at all. I enjoy the creativity in the band and that we can touch so many children with our music. It’s been very satisfying.”

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