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    I Took My Kids To A Kidz Bop Concert And This Is What Happened

    Screaming, so much screaming.

    Hi, I'm Mike, and these are my kiddos, Annie and James. As you may be able to tell, they are way into music — especially Kidz Bop.

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    Kidz Bop — as anyone who was (or had) a kid in the last 20 years knows — is a music franchise known for compilation albums where "Kidz Bop Kids" sing kid-friendly versions of the latest and greatest hit pop songs.

    The first Kidz Bop album was released on October 9, 2001, and they've kept coming ever since. This July 14, the latest, Kidz Bop 35 (!!!), will be released.

    What you might not know is that the Kidz Bop Kids put on actual concerts, and they're currently on tour! When I found out, I decided to blow my kids' minds and take them to check it out.

    Now, before we went to the actual show, a very cool thing happened: Annie got an opportunity to interview the Kidz Bop Kids for BuzzFeed! Was Annie excited to do this? Well, this is a photo of her in the middle of the interview:


    Here are a couple excerpts:

    Annie: "How did you get to be in Kidz Bop?"

    Julianna: "KIDZ BOP had a nationwide casting call where we all sent in video submissions, and then they brought the finalists out to Hollywood, and then they picked us to be the Kidz Bop Kids!"

    Annie: "How do you go to school?"

    Freddy: "We do school online and have two great teachers who go everywhere with us and help us to keep our grades up."

    The more you know!

    On the big day, we made our way to the Greek Theatre, which was about an hour away. Annie and James wanted to listen to Kidz Bop the whole way there, which was either a great way to get ready for the show, or made me reach my quota of Kidz Bop before we even arrived — I won't tell you which.


    But this Amy Poehler GIF might give you some idea.

    Once we arrived, we got in line for a meet and greet, which Annie was VERY excited about. James was also excited — but was perhaps more concerned about whether we would be getting dessert while there. (We did: cannolis.)

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    When it was our turn to meet the Kidz Bop Kids, Annie was quick to tell them, "I was the kid who interviewed you on the phone!" Julianna replied, "Ooh, you had such great questions!" Perhaps unsurprisingly, Julianna is now Annie's favorite.

    Soon we settled into our seats to wait for the show to begin.

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    A big screen played preshow entertainment (Kidz Bop music videos, interview footage, an "eat it or wear it" food challenge), and James was enthralled. Honestly, since this was his first concert, I think he thought this WAS what a concert is — watching YouTube-style videos on a big screen.

    Soon the concert started and the kids in the audience went crazy.

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    Okay, that kid in the center of the frame didn't go crazy, but believe me — it got loud in there with kid screaming.

    My wife was clearly glad to have had a glass of wine.


    Now you might be wondering — do the Kidz Bop Kids pull off being pop stars? Well, considering they entered riding high-handlebar bikes while wearing gold lamé jackets, I'd say the answer is "yes."

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    They opened with Bruno Mars' "24K Magic," and worked their way through their versions of other up-tempo recent hits like "Can't Stop the Feeling!" and "Crank That (Soulja Boy)."

    To keep the young audience's attention, the Kidz Bop Kids did a lot of interactive stuff, like this "dad dance-off."

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    The dad second from the right won. You can even tell from this photo he had the moves. Mad dad props to you, sir.

    They also led kids in doing the wave, shot T-shirts into the crowd, and tossed giant beach balls around.

    Top: Vivien Killilea / Getty Images for KIDZ BOP, Bottom: Spohr

    Adults have seen this kind of stuff before (at baseball games and other events), but it went over like gangbusters with the kids. Seriously, I'm pretty sure a beach ball could have sold out the Greek on its own based on the way kids reacted to it.

    After about half an hour, an intermission was announced, which threw some of us in the audience. I heard someone say, "An intermission after 30 minutes? What's that about? Child labor laws?"

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    Whatever the reason was for the quick intermission, it worked out, because these two (and pretty much every other kid there) had to use the restroom.

    Annie and James also loved the intermission because on the way back from the restroom they ran into Kidz Bop Kid Cooper, who was watching the show from the audience.


    There are six Kidz Bop Kids, but only four perform at each show.

    After the intermission, the Kidz Bop Kids returned riding on scooters. "They're not wearing helmets!" Annie said, shocked. They're badasses, those Kidz Bop Kids.

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    Toward the end of the concert, they played their original song "Best Time Ever," then closed with an extended jam of "Uptown Funk." James — who has been obsessed with the song for like two years — was here for it.

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    Both Annie and James LOVED the concert and had a total blast.

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    These shows are really terrific for kids, especially those who have aged out of the shows aimed at the toddler set. Kids get to experience the feel of a pop/rock concert, but without any of the age-inappropriate stuff that often happens at those shows.

    The show was pretty fun from a parent's perspective, too — as this awkward photo my wife sneaked of me feeling the music attests to.

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    Basically, the concert was tolerable in the same way the CDs are — it features all of the latest hit songs you enjoy listening to (just sung by kids instead of the adult artists).

    I also have to say how good the Kidz Bop Kids were as performers. I was impressed — especially by how they managed to dance up a storm while singing live (well).

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    You may not leave as on-cloud-nine as you would after, say, a Beyoncé concert, but you won't feel as dead to the world as you do after Barney on Ice. No, offense, Barney...those shows are great for toddlers...but, yeah.

    Most importantly, your own little pop stars will have the time of their life, and that is the whole point of going, isn't it?

    Kidz Bop is on tour now and will be through the fall! You can find tour dates and ticket information here.

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