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Electric Wiggles

On January 13, a group of San Diego indie rockers, including guitarist Dylan Martinez (Rookie Card), drummer Mike Kamoo (the Stereotypes), keyboardist Kelly Duley (the Kite Flying Society), and bassist Justin Bryant (Static Halo) performed a back-yard show dedicated to the music of the Wiggles, an Australian quartet that performs kid-friendly music.

Though a survey of local toy retailers found that only Toys "R" Us carries Wiggles products, the band has become so popular that Six Flags Great America will open new areas of its theme parks -- called Wiggles Worlds -- beginning in May.

"I was inspired to do this for my one-year-old son's birthday," explains Martinez. "[The Wiggles] are a lot cooler than most music groups that do this sort of thing. They are the Beatles of the kids' world."

Once word got out, the group ended up performing for a dozen children and their families in a Bonita back yard. The four musicians opted against naming their group but did dress up in their characters' signature primary colors. One big difference between the originators and the sound-alikes is their use of electric instruments.

"We are fully amplified and include a full drum set," says Martinez. "But because of the audience we're playing for, we make sure it's not loud.... It would be nice to do it again."

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On January 13, a group of San Diego indie rockers, including guitarist Dylan Martinez (Rookie Card), drummer Mike Kamoo (the Stereotypes), keyboardist Kelly Duley (the Kite Flying Society), and bassist Justin Bryant (Static Halo) performed a back-yard show dedicated to the music of the Wiggles, an Australian quartet that performs kid-friendly music.

Though a survey of local toy retailers found that only Toys "R" Us carries Wiggles products, the band has become so popular that Six Flags Great America will open new areas of its theme parks -- called Wiggles Worlds -- beginning in May.

"I was inspired to do this for my one-year-old son's birthday," explains Martinez. "[The Wiggles] are a lot cooler than most music groups that do this sort of thing. They are the Beatles of the kids' world."

Once word got out, the group ended up performing for a dozen children and their families in a Bonita back yard. The four musicians opted against naming their group but did dress up in their characters' signature primary colors. One big difference between the originators and the sound-alikes is their use of electric instruments.

"We are fully amplified and include a full drum set," says Martinez. "But because of the audience we're playing for, we make sure it's not loud.... It would be nice to do it again."

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