Another option for a baseline rock star jacket has been spotted at CWDkids.com. This jacket is currently on sale for $39 (regular $64) and is ONLY available in Size 4, so if you want one you'd better hurry! Click here for more information.
The jacket that has been selling at KMart (click here for details) is temporarily unavailable online, but you may be able to find it in your local store. I'll post as soon as I see it up again.
There is a comment to this post about a person who is making the jackets for the hefty price of $80 also. Too much for my tastes, but if you have the money, go for it!
ADDITION 12/21/2011 - Alright...it's official that an audio CD WILL be available on January 31st, 2012. You can use the link below to pre-order your copy for $9.00 (price guaranteed) from Amazon.com.
Also... for those of you (the MANY OF YOU!) looking for Rockstar Jackets, I've heard that the closest match is at KMart under the brand Route 66 (without stars, of course). Click here for details!
The Fresh Beat Band is also featured in the recent Nickelodeon Dance game for the Wii.
ADDITION 4/21/2011 - It should be noted that since writing this post two months ago, at least 7 visitors have come to this page per day by googling the words, "Fresh Beat Band Merchandise." We are not alone! Comment below on what products you'd love to see.
Nick Jr. used to just be a couple hours of preschool based programming on Nickelodeon in the morning hours. With shows like Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer, the company has built an entire franchise (and channel) around toddler shows, including an entire preschool curriculum that parents can follow online. Not to mention the kid-friendly recipes, print-outs, games and activities that keep the kiddos riveted even when the TV isn't on.
Nick Jr. has recently become a staple in our home. Since our daughter turned one, we started letting her watch a show on Nick Jr. before bedtime (prior to this she'd only watched shows on PBS Kids). She fell in love with The Fresh Beat Band.
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From the Nick Jr. website:
For the Fresh Beats, just about any situation can lead to a full-blown song-and-dance performance. From the moment they wake up, everything that the Fresh Beats do is infused with musical fun. All songs embody an upbeat, contemporary format with preschool-friendly lyrics that the whole family will enjoy.
In Every Episode:
-There are four upbeat, kid-friendly songs in every Fresh Beat Band episode.
-Children will sing and dance along as they help the Fresh Beats solve a preschool-relatable problem.
-The Fresh Beat Band kicks off each episode with an energetic performance of one of their signature songs.
-When a preschool-appropriate problem arises, The Fresh Beat Band sings a song about how to confront it.
-When the problem is solved, The Fresh Beat Band performs their big number--with the solution incorporated into the lyrics.
-Each episode concludes with a version of The Fresh Beat Band's show-stopping "Great Day!" song.
-Incorporated into each episode is a musical curriculum and proper examples of pro-social behavior.
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As a parent, I also love The Fresh Beat Band. Why? Yes, they are talented young musicians/actors who are fun, optimistic, and always working together as a team - traits I'd love my toddler to pick up. But forget that. When The Fresh Beat Band is on I don't worry about what she is learning, simply because I cannot get past the immense joy that it brings her. When the show begins, she is up off her chair dancing and smiling, and it literally doesn't stop until the show is over and she exclaims, "all done!"
I never thought that I would be an advocate of children's television merchandise, but if I have to buy something I'd love to buy her something from her favorite show. On the market right now they have everything from Yo Gabba Gabba bath squirters to a Dora the Explorer Memory Game to Blue's Clues No. 2 pencils (seriously).
When AJ started exclaiming "Kiki!!" when The Fresh Beat Band came on I decided that I just had to get her their CD or DVD, or something! (I should mention that Kiki is on the list of her first 10 words... it's so incredibly sweet. This should be an easy task, right?
Wrong! Nick Jr. - seriously? Where is The Fresh Beat Band merchandise? Not even a CD? I mean... it'd be one thing if they were brand new, but they've been around since 2009. I worked for awhile in the children's merchandise industry, and I can tell you first hand that we probably would have started watching the show earlier had I not just randomly come across it one day while channel surfing.
I have searched high and low for CDs, DVDs, shirts, books, anything! I seriously cannot believe that the ONLY piece of Fresh Beat fan love that I found was this coloring book on Amazon.com, which itself doesn't even come out until May of this year. Yeesh - get on it Nick. Jr!