We were back at 409 S. Main, which is one of our favorite indoor spots. This show, like our past holiday shows, was sponsored by Downtown Memphis Commission. (There wasn't a holiday parade to coincide with our show this year, but do check out DMC's Howliday Pet and Kids Parade next Saturday, 12/10. Should be lots of fun!)
The weather was so nice, we totally could have been outside! Some of our rambunctious boys made the most of our "stay on the sidewalk" rule.
The BEST thing about 409 S. Main is that it was once an art gallery, so it was perfect for our first ever Rock-n-Romp Photo Exhibit!
It was REALLY hard for us to narrow down hundreds of amazing photos to just 31 to display, but we were thrilled with how the show turned out! Thanks a bunch to Sophorn McRae for helping us get the show set up. We are thinking about doing another exhibit in the next few weeks, so don't fret if you missed your chance to see it. There are plenty of prints left for sale! Contact us if you're interested.
Our first performer was Keia Johnson, who was the cutest, sweetest, most energetic performer ever. She brought along a really tight band too.
On the third floor we had movies, hula hoops, and sit-n-spins. Chloe has been practicing her moves all season!
Downstairs we also had a craft for the kids and a lovely spread from Central BBQ and Whole Foods. The kids could make cork reindeer or any crazy cork design of their own.
I don't know if it was the lovely weather, the marathon traffic, or the lack of a holiday parade this year, but it was definitely the smallest December show we've ever had! It was kind of nice though. It had a very cozy vibe, and everyone enjoyed having some room to spread out. This guy even managed a nap! (My youngest slept through the entirety of season two!)
Star & Micey was up second and they really got everyone on their feet. Beautiful harmonies and lots of energy. Even board members were seen dancing!
I think it's safe to say that these guys are popular with the ladies. Ladies of all ages!
I love it when our tweens have fun!
And I REALLY love it when local rock stars have babies and bring them to shows!
These two gals were my favorites of the day. Their moms said they had to get ready together and that a LOT of time went into their outfits.
Last up was Vending Machine, with Robby Grant, one of Rock-n-Romp's founding board members at the helm. I love that he turned his sweater into a Christmas Tree.
Heck, the whole band was festive!
I love Vending Machine's special Christmas songs. You can download them for $5 here! They are sure to make you smile. See?
Another great thing about their set was seeing Robby's son, Five, play along for a song or two. He came up to me after the show and said, "How long have we been doing Rock-n-Romp?" And I replied, "Long enough for you to go from running around to sitting in with the band!"
It was such a lovely afternoon. So nice to see plenty of old and new friends. Thanks as always to our sponsors, Whole Foods and Central BBQ, for keeping our bellies happy while we rock. Please support these businesses-- they obviously care about the community. Also thanks again to all our volunteers-- they really keep the shows running smoothly.
And most of all, thanks to YOU guys for coming out. Thanks for a really awesome 2011 season. Can't wait for next year!
See a slideshow of show photos from staff photog Chip Chockley by clicking here.