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Justin Roberts in Cambridge

by Amber on July 26, 2010

Justin Roberts in concert

When we heard that Justin Roberts was coming to town we were ecstatic—how could we possibly miss this?

When I saw that the concert was at 4:30 in the afternoon I had to reconsider. That’s prime just-woke-up-from-nap-and-ready-to-scream time for Ivan. Would this really work?

We decided to go for it. This is Justin Roberts after all, and if anyone can get Ivan out of his afternoon funk it has to be Justin and his Not Ready for Naptime Players, right?

The concert was held at the Regattabar in Harvard Square, a new venue for us. The room is on the third floor of the posh Charles Hotel and has a very open ballroom feel with lots of huge windows overlooking the square. The stage is at the same level as the audience, giving the show a very intimate feel, even though the room was packed. There were tables here and there, but most families were sitting or dancing. Actually, most of us were moving about quite a bit!

Ivan at the Justin Roberts concert

Ivan perked up immediately and got right into the groove—what had I been worried about? Ivan is a natural rocker! Justin played an hour’s worth of songs from past albums with a few new songs from Jungle Gym thrown in for good measure. He opened with Cardboard Box, which used to just be my favorite song on the new album, but is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite songs overall.

Justin has so many awesome songs that you can’t help but get excited when they launch into Stay-At-Home Dad or Yellow Bus. Probably the hardest part of a Justin Roberts concert is that there are simply too many good songs to choose from; there are bound to be one or two that you wished he had played but just couldn’t get to. I know one little girl who really missed Willy Was a Whale. But Willy was there to talk to the audience!


Yesterday’s show was delightful. If you missed out on this one, be sure to catch Justin when he’s in town next. Justin Roberts and his band have a wonderful way of interacting with the audience and moving the show from song to song, up and down, and playing with the energy level in the room superbly.

We danced, we swayed, we jumped, we laughed, and everyone had a great time. I’m always amazed by how much fun kids have at concerts and by how well performers are at engaging and directing the audience. It’s a group effort, a game played with band and audience, and the final product is a beautiful thing.

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Alysia July 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Sounds like a great show! We love him, but just couldn’t make it all the way in to Cambridge. Maybe his next trip! Thanks for the review so we know it’s worth it next time!

Lisa Monet July 26, 2010 at 11:29 pm

“Not Ready for Naptime Players”!! Funny! I’m sure glad you made it to this one, because even though I don’t know the artists or the venue and am on the other side of the continent, your review is so delightful to read and makes me want to know more! And I love the photos!

Amber July 27, 2010 at 10:14 am

All our photos from the day are here:

Unfortunately none of the videos came out well.

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