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Little Starz, Big Fun

Kids musical troupe welcomes new members

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Thirteen-year-old Freddy Pomee with Kidz Bop Kids says Adam Levine of Maroon 5 is one of his favorite singers and sometimes his fellow Kidz compare him to the superstar when he’s performing.

How many of us dreamed of the glamorous life we'd live when we grew up? Maybe we'd be a heroic police officer or firefighter saving others in danger; or maybe we'd be a graceful ballerina or energetic pop star touching others with our gift. We all had larger-than-life dreams when we were young. But a handful of talented kids are living their dreams now.

Thirteen-year-old Freddy Pomee is part of the new lineup of Kidz Bop Kids and is in the middle of a tour around the country performing some of the most popular music today.

FAQ

Kidz Bop

‘The Best Time Ever Tour’

WHEN — 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE — Walmart AMP in Rogers

COST — $25-$45

INFO — 443-5600, arkansasmusicpavilion.com

"I just wanted to make people happy, and it looked like it was going to be a really fun experience," Freddy says of joining the group.

Six kids were chosen from thousands of auditions to be part of "The Best Time Ever Tour" and join the Kidz Bop family. Their latest album "Kidz Bop 34" includes hits like Bruno Mars' "24K Magic" and Sia's "The Greatest" -- all with a family-friendly twist.

"The stage is an all new stage, we have all new dance moves, all new songs," Freddy says. "And it's really cool because the stage kind of looks like a playground -- we have a slide, we have a ladder, and we have a tunnel that goes through our stage -- it's super fun seeing everybody's happy smiles when we're on stage performing for them, and it's really exhilarating doing all of the moves and having fun!"

The energetic show will be at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion on Sunday, where Freddy says both kids and parents will enjoy the performance. And to any kids who look at Freddy and wonder how they might be able to land such a cool gig, he's got a few words of encouragement:

"The advice I would give is probably to follow your dreams and keep going, keep working at it, and you can do anything you put your mind to."

-- JOCELYN MURPHY

JMURPHY@NWADG.COM

NAN What's Up on 05/19/2017

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