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Wiggle Out Loud: OKC’s Family Music Festival

by M.A. Smith

Oklahoma City children are movin’ and grovin’ at the second annual Wiggle Out Loud music festival.

Chris Wiser, Wiggle Out Loud founder and event chair, says he started the annual event to get children moving and have a little fun at the same time.

“We wanted to host a festival where people could come and have a great time and do things together as a family. As a member of the Sugar Free Allstars, I have played many family music festivals all over the country and wanted to be able to provide that same kind of experience in our community as well.

In addition to providing high quality music for the entire family we are also promoting healthy lifestyles and creativity with a variety of healthier food truck options, exercise and movement activities and art and music activities,” Wiser said.

Wiggle Out Loud runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Bicentennial Park in downtown Oklahoma City.

Genevieve Goings and the Choo Choo Crew Dancers

Genevieve Goings is getting wiggly with it in Oklahoma City. Wiggle Out Loud recently announced the Disney Junior performer would headline this year’s festival.

Known best as the hip-hop train conductor from Choo Choo Soul, Goings and the Choo Choo Crew Dancers will perform familiar Disney songs from Choo Choo’s soundtrack.

“We are good friends with Genevieve and she puts on a great show,” Wiser said. “Also a lot of kids watch her on Disney Jr and would be super excited to have the opportunity to see her in person.”

Choo Choo Soul is the brainchild of “ToeJam & Earl” game developer Greg Johnson. While recording audio for his new game, he met Goings, and they recorded “Choo Choo Soul.”

Disney heard the album and invited her to be the voice for a new Disney Junior show. Now Goings performs around the nation, encouraging children to get on their feet and have a little fun.

Children will have a chance to meet Goings and her crew at a meet and greet immediately following the performance.

Oklahoma City’s Sugar Free Allstars and Adam and Kizzie also will perform main from Los Angeles and the Doo Dads from Kansas City and Monty Harper from Stillwater, Okla., also will entertain during the main stage events.

Movin’ and Grovin’

Wiggle Out Loud continues its party themed event with tents that encourage a love for music and healthy living.

“It’s important to us to show people that it is possible to have a fun family event with interactive activities that promote movement and enrichment of minds, and that the typical fried ‘fair food’ type concessions don’t have to be their only options,” Wiser said.

Tents include an Instrument Playground, a hands-on activity-offering child kids the chance to play real orchestral instruments; Garage Band, a recreation of what it’s like to be in a real rock band and Stomp Experience, the chance for children to get loud and jump around – without annoying their parents.

“Music enriches our lives and makes us smarter, and we want folks to see that there is so much more variety in the kids/family music genre than ever before,” Wiser said.

Wiggle Out Loud also will feature hands-on art and crafts activities, including a tent dedicate just to body art, balloons and bubbles.

The Mini Deluxe Arts Fair will sell local arts and crafts from The Little Bubble, California Jane, The Okay See and Bumblefluff.

Local food vendors join the fun this year with healthier menu selections. Vendors attending this year’s festival include MotoChef, Urban Agrarian, Crepe Brewers, Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, Big Truck Tacos, The Loaded, t, an urban teahouse, Elemental Coffee and Organic Squeeze.

Peach Crest Farm and The Wedge Pizzaria will provide courtesy fresh cantaloupe. And Organic Squeeze will offer a “make your own lemonade” stand.

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