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The Wiggles Party Time Tour | Seattle, WA 07.27.19

Paramount Theatre | Seattle, WA 7.27.19 |

Photos and Review by Josh.
for Backbeat Seattle



I’m a dad of a 3-year-old whose 2nd birthday party was Wiggle-themed, so you can rest assured that I was anxiously sitting at my desk, mouse hovering over the ticketmaster link in the sweaty seconds before sales for the group’s first US tour of her lifetime went live. Months later, here we were: she and Ali in their yellow bow-and-tutu combos and me lugging my camera gear, all of us equally excited to finally witness the spectacle of these international superstars live and in-person.

Hailing from Australia, the current iteration of this world-renowned children’s music group is in it’s 6th year performing together, but I would believe it if you told me they’d been doing this since they were children (that’s actually a spinoff series, but I digress). Through what had to be a grueling 90 minutes of acrobatics, singing, instrument swapping, costume donning and child entertaining, Anthony, Lachy, Simon and Emma Wiggle never seemed to break a sweat through their blue, purple, red and yellow outfits (respectively).

The Wiggles crossed the Pacific to kick off the Party Time Tour at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle on Saturday, July 27th in support of their newest release of the same name. Their 17th album together, Party Time!  is an excellent compilation of new tracks and fresh, Wiggly takes on some classics. It’s all of the regular high-energy stuff we’ve come to expect from the group, with a fun familiarity that promises to keep the kids engaged as well.

While we weren’t sure what to expect from their traveling performance, my family has been exposed to many a live recording of the group, as those videos made up a significant chunk of their first big series together Ready, Steady Wiggle!, which is nearly all of the Wiggly content we were able to get our hands on, aside from a couple more recent (and dare I say, Avant Garde) releases: Wiggle Town and Carnival of the Animals.

Turns out, they are nearly identical.



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Adios, 2014 | Our Thailand Adventure



Waking up to chanting monks. Sending a floating lantern into the night sky off a Ko Lanta beach. Falling off of an elephant. Getting stung by a jellyfish. Cuddling a street monkey. Making new friends from all over the world. Snorkeling and nearly drowning in rough waves. Swimming blind through a pitch black cave. Being handed a Thai baby (and left holding her for an hour). Floating in turquoise waters.  Becoming “regulars” at a coffee shop in Chiang Mai. Near death experiences on tuk tuks, longtail boats, in cabs and one terrifying hour in a van. Lots of plane rides, ferry rides, and cramped songthaew rides. Being applauded for learning some of the language. Giving my bracelet to a 5 year old who wanted our DSLR. Riding our motor bike through rolling hills. Eating life-changing street food and falling in love with meat on a stick and rice in a bag. A day spent with expats. Finding treasures in night markets. Watching fire dancers and fireworks on the beach with sand between our toes. Getting lost at night and finding hidden gems. The adventure of getting Josh his Sak Yant (tattoo). Experiencing the Chinese New Year festival and Flower Festival. Going to many beautiful islands (fav.: Phra Nang). Watching the SuperBowl at 3 a.m. in a random bar in Chiang Mai (Go Hawks!). Getting dizzy on the rooftop bar Vertigo in Bankok. Fresh seafood bbq on the beach. Seeing Muay Thai and teaching the announcer new words in English. The food. Did we mention the food? Railay (a favorite spot) and a pretty day at Phi Phi. Pad Thai for $1 served from a huge wok outside of a temple. Speaking with friendly Thai people eager to practice their English and share their culture. Massages for $5. Pictures taken with sweet, complimentary strangers astounded by Ali’s transparent skin. Coconuts…a bamboo mat, and the shallow beaches in a wide range of blue. Visiting ornate golden temples. Random 80′s cover bands. Rasta bars. Feeling entirely out of our element and entirely happy. Conversations with fellow travelers, sandwiched together in sweaty songthaews. No shoes allowed…anywhere, really. The (alarming/nice) “no problem” laid-back Thai attitude. Etc.etc.etc.


We had a lot of amazing experiences in 2014 and many moments of pride in the growth our business, but our month in Thailand was truly the best part of our year. Bankok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Railay, Phra Nang Beach, Ko Lanta, Lanta Old Town, Phi Phi, Trang Province, Ko Muk…Thanks for reliving it with us! Here’s to more adventures in 2015! //Josh+Ali


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Happy Birthday, Josh!

Happy Birthday to our very own talented, dashing, hard-working, and fun-loving Josh!! 

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Seaside + Cannon Beach | Getaway

Seaside, Oregon + Cannon Beach, Oregon + a short stop in Portland= the perfect little getaway. Mid-July, we were lucky enough to have a few free days, so we decided to take a short trip! We stayed at an incredible beach-side guesthouse, ate lots of great food, became master kite flyers, laughed at Rufus as he ran freely on the beach, and had some s'mores at sunset (with the beach all to ourselves!). We came back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated for weddings galore! //Josh+Ali(+Rufus the dog)

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