Conductor Jack, accompanied by DJ Kitty, will navigate kids on a free magical train ride, blaring with hip-hop and electro dance music, for The Zinghoppers' concert at The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville on Saturday.
With music aimed at kids between the ages of 2 and 8, The Zinghoppers band has been dishing out a positive message to children across the globe, thanks to their aggressive tours and Emmy Award-winning TV series, "Totally, Zinghoppers," which airs across the United States on more than 100 PBS member stations. The show is also broadcast in more than 175 countries.
The Zinghoppers ham it up with their upbeat catalog of zany originals such as the dance tune "Food Rainbow," the poppy "Hello Song" and Reggae-inspired "Chicken Banana." While 90-percent of its repertoire includes homemade tunes, the band also pays homage to the old school with its remixed renditions of kid's classics like "The Wheels on the Bus."
In addition to DJ Kitty (Kitty Norton) and Conductor Jack (Jack Norton), a husband-and-wife tandem who founded The Zinghoppers and played their debut gig in 2007, the whimsical band also consists of the lovable characters Penelope Funky Possum (her favorite shape is "hearts"), Coconuts The Kangaroo (he loves breakdancing) and Olo The Donkey ("Hee! Haw" is his catchphrase).
However, Kitty (who makes the band's beats and rocks cat-shape headphones) and Jack (the group's roped-chain-wearing songwriter) will be the only two Zinghoppers on The Freeman Stage Saturday.
"We work really well together," Norton, 33, of Nashville, Tenn., said about he and Kitty, who are high-school sweethearts.
True road warriors
Since 2007, The Zinghoppers have played more than 7,500 shows (an average of 600-plus per year), across 19 countries. This month alone, the band will play more than 60 shows, meaning they're triple-booked on multiple dates.
The personification of road warriors, Norton and Kitty tour so much that they choose to not own a set of wheels.
"We don't even have a car," admitted Norton. "We rent a van."
IF YOU GO
WHAT Zinghoppers in concert
WHEN 10 a.m., Saturday
WHERE The Freeman Stage at Bayside, 31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville
INFO freemanstage.org or call (302) 436-3015