If you were standing outside the doors of Blackrock Elementary School's gymnasium on Thursday, you may have thought there was a rock concert going on inside. To the school's, Pre-K through fifth grade students, this very well may have been the case when they were visited by the "Toe Jam Puppet Band" for two one-hour performances.
The two-man band featured Tom Poitras as the plaid-suited singer and songwriter and Vinny Lovegrove as the silly emcee. Poitras played acoustic guitar and banjo while singing original songs like "I Need a Car Wash", "Green Light A Go-Go" and "Don't Scare the Aliens". Lovegrove got the kids on their feet while singing, dancing and acting out the songs with student volunteers and a seemingly endless supply of props, wigs the occasional bubble machine and spray bottle of water.
During the afternoon performance, the crowd of lively, squealing students ranging from Pre-K through fourth grade were all actively engaged together, while they participated in a puppet show, danced like monkeys and sang along to silly songs.
The Toe Jam Puppet Band's visit was provided by the Blackrock PTA as one of the school's cultural arts events. Click here to learn more about the band at their official website.