When many people think of Walt Disney World they think of rides and shows that are geared towards children. Luckily a wide variety of entertainment can be found for some of the “older” kids. One such entertainment offering can be found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. Every day park guests are taken back to the great rock and roll sounds of the 80s and 90s. A group known as Mulch, Sweat and Shears can be seen several times daily preforming in the park.
When this group first comes out into the park they appear to be landscapers but as they get closer you can see they’ve altered their truck’s logo to say “bandscaping”. After seeing the array of interesting items on their mobile stage guests know they are going to be in for a very fun show. Usually the band can be found in two areas, the Streets of America or in front of the Sorcerer Mickey hat. Make sure to check your times guides upon entering the park so you know when and where to look for the band.
Once the group gets their mobile stage situated the band’s “manager” Morris Mulch proceeds to do a quick intro of the group. During this time he will take time to pick out some of the audience members to interact with. Morris sometimes gets very up close and personal so if you aren’t a fan of this type of interaction I’d suggest not standing up front. If you do, however, enjoy interacting and goofing off, then this is the place for you to be. On my recent visit we were one of the first people to show up for the band’s show so of course we were singled out. About half way through their set I was actually pulled up to “play” with the band. Luckily I was only handed a pink inflatable guitar and all I needed to do was dance along with the group. It was a blast to get up there and play along especially with friends cheering me on in the crowd. On other occasions I’ve also seen guests pulled up to play a cowbell which can turn into quite the show!
Mulch, Sweat and Shears plays covers of 80s and 90s songs so they are perfect for the adult crowd to dance and sing along to. Usually once the group starts they can be heard from fairly far away and will pull in quite the crowd with the popular songs. In addition to their daily sets the group also has special gigs throughout the year. Recently they’ve had a full stage set up in front of the Sorcerer’s Hat during the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve, and evenings during the busy summer season in 2010. In this type of setting you really feel like you are attending a full concert accompanied by lights, smoke and pyrotechnics.
Next time you are in Hollywood Studios take time out from running from attraction to attraction and catch this lively and interactive show. If you really enjoy the band they can also be seen outside of the Disney parks where they are known as the Los Lawn Boys and can be booked for special events. Check out their website for more information on how to contract the group or purchase their album.
Contributed by: Shalon Given (NDI#167) Shalon is the DDL Music Blogger.