Raggs Kid Club Band on tour in Pacific
Who let the dogs in? A furry, colorful canine kids group called Raggs Kids Club Band will scratch and sniff its way into base theaters for a series of free concerts this month.
The group sings and dances for 2- to 8-year-olds, featuring their special rendition of “Who Let the Dogs Out” and providing furry fun blended with education, according to band promoters.
Armed Forces Entertainment and base Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Services departments are hosting the group at bases across the region.
“We are very proud to provide a rock ’n patriotic entertainment program for our military families abroad,” tour manager Jason Priest said in a written statement. “Our show will incorporate several of the band’s award-winning songs plus two songs from the band’s latest release, ‘Red, White & Raggs.’”
The group will perform “Freedom Rocks,” an original Raggs song, and “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie.
The band, from Charlotte, N.C., is led by Raggs — the guitar-playing leader described by promoters as “an enthusiastic tail chaser, a passionate flea scratcher and a compulsive sniffer.”
He’s joined by the well-dressed and sporty Trilby, the organized Razzles, food-loving Pido and problem-solver B.Max, who uses a wheelchair.
The group has earned awards from several parenting organizations and this year was nominated for two Emmys, according to a publicity statement.
The performances focus on themes such as literacy, nutrition and safety.
The group was to visit U.S. bases throughout Asia during its tour, which started Oct. 24 and wraps up Nov. 19, including in South Korea, Okinawa, Guam, Hawaii and Kwajalein, promoters said.
The base events are free and open to all.
Show timesYokota Air Base, Japan: 3:30 p.m. Friday in the East Youth Center
Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan: 1 p.m. Saturday, Cinema 77
Misawa Air Base, Japan: 3 p.m. Sunday, Mokuteki Community Center
Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Bennie Decker Theater
Sasebo Naval Base, Japan: 6 p.m., Nov. 10, Hario Village Movie Theater
Andersen Air Force Base, Guam: 2 p.m., Nov. 12, Dragon Theater at Andersen Elementary School. Following the performance, the Youth Center will hold a free barbecue and cookout from 4 to 6 p.m.
U.S. Naval Base Guam: 11 a.m., Nov. 13, Top O’ The Mar restaurant. Performance held during brunch; the show is free but the meal is not.
For more information on shows, contact the venues listed; for information about the band, visit: www.raggs.com.
— Juliana Gittler