They’re Back! After an absence of three years the Altus Public Library is thrilled to welcome back that dynamic duo of children’s music, the Sugar Free Allstars. Chris and Rob will be performing at 2 p.m. at the library Thursday, July 3.
Imagine Deep Purple and Sly and the Family Stone had a love child who grew up in New Orleans listening to Ray Charles, Black Sabbath and Booker T. The love child would be the Sugar Free Allstars. With their diverse musical influences and unusual instrumentation, this funky organ/drum duo from Oklahoma City can be hard to classify. The music blends New Orleans funk, Memphis soul and Hammond organ-drenched gospel, wrapped in a colorful rock and roll package. Add to the mix a touch of pop songwriting sensibilities, humor and a high-energy live show and you’ve got the Sugar Free Allstars.
Chris “Boom!” Wiser (Hammond B-3 organ, lead vocals, saxophone) and Rob “Dr. Rock” Martin (drums, back up vocals) make up the dynamic duo of Sugar Free Allstars. As Wiser multi tasks the outfit covering bass lines on the B-3 and cranking out soulful sax solos, Martin lays down a rock-solid beat that keeps the heads bopping and hips shaking. The connection and fire between the two musicians is obvious in their live performance. “We try to provide a good mix of humor and a tight performance,” explains Wiser. “Even in our kids’ shows, it’s meant to be a rock and roll party for all ages.”
Chris and Rob have garnered national critical acclaim and accolades. Time Magazine is quoted as saying, “The witty duo blends blues, New Orleans funk and gospel to create an original, high energy sound.” They have been mentioned in People and Parents magazines. They have received starred reviews in School Library Journal and two number one hits on SiriusXM’s Kid’s Place Live. They received national recognition from the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award and their song “All About Bullies Big and Small” was on an album of songs about bullying and the album won the 2012 Grammy for Best Children’s Album.
SFA is always on the road and have performed at venues all over the United States and Italy. Since beginning their foray into family music in 2007 they have played the Jiggle Jam Family Fest in Kansas City, the Little Rocker’s Stage at the Norman Music Festival in Oklahoma, the Kindiefest Family Music Conference in Brooklyn, NY, the Austin Kiddie Limits kid’s stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, Symphony Space in Manhattan, NY, McCabe’s in Santa Monica, CA and the Rumpus Room at SiriusXM’s Kid’s Place Live studios in Washington D.C. The educational aspect of their music shines through at elementary school performances and library summer reading programs all over the country. SFA is listed on the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Touring Roster as well as the Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist Registry.
For information about the program, contact the library at 477-2890. Visit their Web Site: http://www.spls.lib.ok.us or on Face Book: Southern Prairie Library System. “Fizz, Boom Read” is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council. In addition, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people and information.