Shout It Out: Hanson plays Chameleon Oct. 17

by: Kelly Leighton
October 10, 2011

Hanson plays Chameleon Club in Lancaster on Monday, Oct. 17 I'm sure you remember Hanson, the three blond long-haired brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who swept the nation in 1997 with their infectious #1 single, "MMMBop."

However, while "MMMBop" may make you smile in nostalgia or cringe in annoyance, Hanson has much more to offer than just that.

They've actually released four more studio albums since 1997: This Time Around (2000), Underneath (2004), The Walk (2007) and Shout It Out (2010), plus a Christmas album and several live albums.

While they have never regained the commercial success they once had, fear not, they are still selling out shows and making their mark on the Billboard charts.

Hanson has been my favorite band since I was 11 years old. While my musical tastes have developed since then, so has Hanson's sound. They still play the crowd-pleasing "MMMBop" in concert, but they also have a catalog of material to choose from. Into a more bluesy sound? Check out "If Only," one of their singles from 2000. This song reached #1 on TRL (Remember that?) multiple times and was even "retired." You can’t deny the catchiness of this song, especially the harmonica parts.

And my favorite song for road trips is "Penny and Me," a single from Underneath. Try to not sing along about rolling down the windows and turning up the radio.

Hanson is not just passionate about music. Did you know the brothers are involved in raising money to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa? Their 2007 album, The Walk, was influenced by the pandemic and poverty there, and their goal is to provide access to medical care, medical treatment, shoes, clean water and education to residents. They do this by hosting one-mile walks through cities they visit and also partnering with TOMS shoes to provide shoes to children in Africa. All the profits from their first single, "The Great Divide," went to this cause.

Still not convinced? Have a listen to "Give a Little," their most recent single. I always find myself tapping my feet along and drumming on my steering wheel (only when completely stopped at a red light, Mom).

Hanson1 And for all my fellow cardio-lovers out there, add "Runaway Run" to your workout mix. I promise you won't regret it. I always pick up the pace when that comes on.

I've been fortunate enough to see Hanson live six times over the years – and I even met them twice. I feel like I've grown up with them, as I am the same age as the drummer, Zac. I've watched them mature musically from "MMMBop" to their latest album, Shout It Out.

You can say what you want about them – but you can't take away their talent. All three of the brothers have spent their entire lives playing their instruments and writing these songs. They even started their own record label, 3CG. They have something that so many musical artists lack today – passion.

Did I do a happy dance when I found out they are playing at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster on Monday, Oct. 17? I won't answer that. But I can promise you that they will put on a great show. And I know the crowd won't leave disappointed.

If you're interested in attending (you know I'll be there!), you can still get tickets here.

To say I am overly excited for this show would be an understatement. But, please, don't judge me for purchasing a new poster for my bedroom. I consider it "modern art."

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