Kidz Bop plans free Anchorage show on Sunday

Mike Dunham

The Kidz Bop kids will give a free performance in Anchorage at the Dena’ina Center on Sunday. The performance will be filmed for a commercial promoting the group’s next album.

“Kidz Bop records kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop hits as performed by kids,” said Lauren Wilkinson Trawver, casting director Sprocketheads, which is facilitating the Anchorage event. “It’s a group of five kids who sing kid-appropriate rock songs.”

The ever-evolving ensemble has released 25 albums and several compilation CDs since 2001. They’ve been Billboard’s No. 1 kids album artists for the past four years and had 18 Top 10 debuts. 

“If you have a kid between the age of 7 and 14, they know who Kidz Bop is,” Trawer said.

But the group also has a strong adult following, with recent albums charting No. 2 in overall numbers. Their latest, “Kidz Bop 25,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart in January. 

Best known for Top 40 songs — recent albums included hits made famous by the likes of Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake — they also dip into other genres from time to time, like country and Christmas songs.

The group is undertaking a national tour this year, dubbed “Dream Big, Sing Loud.” Tickets for the upcoming show at the House of Blues in San Diego cost $30. 

But the Anchorage show will be free because it’s a commercial shoot and members of the audience may wind up in the ad for the new CD. 

Kidz Bop fans and their parents are asked to check in no earlier than 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, in the 3rd floor lobby of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 W. 7th Ave.