Mulch, Sweat, and Shears at Disney Hollywood Studios

Saying farewell after 11 years - Mulch, Sweat, and Shears at Disney Hollywood Studios

This weekend we bid farewell to one of the best hidden secrets in Hollywood Studios… Mulch, Sweat, and Shears.  For 11 years they treated guests to great classic rock daily along the Streets of America.   Within minutes you could easily find yourself playing an air guitar or on stage giving ‘more cow bell‘.

So as we say farewell lets take one look back…


The Shtick

just a humble landscaping crew

As you wandered the Streets of America taking corny photos and looking for hidden Mickey’s a landscape crew would come around.  If you had never seen them before you wondered why Disney allowed a work truck to be in the park in the middle of the day.

this landscaping vehicle does not look normal (photo courtesy of allears.net)

this landscaping vehicle does not look normal (photo courtesy of allears.net)

You also took note that this truck was a little over the top with decorations.

interesting stickers

interesting stickers

what is that on the hub cap

what is that on the hub cap

Then the truck breaks down and the driver hops out, opens the hood and starts fixing the engine.  Something just wasn’t right here.

could it have really broke down

could it have really broke down

The other workers hop off the truck to ‘take a break’.  They begin creating a stage, unloading guitars, setting up a drum set… What is going on here!

is it really the right time for a break?

is it really the right time for a break?

Then they start singing and it will be some of the great rock of the ’80s and ’90s.  You settle in to watch the 15 minutes show and catch music.  Everything from the Rolling Stones to Journey. Happy to have stuck around.

let's get this party started

let’s get this party started

Were you wondering about the ‘broken’ truck… this is a slick bit of Disney magic.  The worker ‘fixing the engine’ was actually manning the sound board.

doesn't look like a broken engine to me

doesn’t look like a broken engine to me




The Crew

a family with an odd and ever growing tree

The workers always referred to themselves as brothers.  As time went on the brothers changed (but wore the same clothing as other member) and soon we even met a sister.  They crew may have changed from time to time but the energy of the music remained the same.

Tony Mann (keyboards and vocal)

Tony Mann (keyboards and vocal)

The core family included:

    CC Dixion (Hedge Shears) – Bass, Vocals
    Angelo Jannotti (Axe Mulch) – Guitar, Vocals
    Luke Davids (Buzz Sweat) – Keyboard, Vocals
    Matt Bloodwell (Sticks Mulch) – Drums, Vocals
    Jim Doyle (Morris Mulch) – Vocals
Scott Distelhurst (bass and vocal)

Scott Distelhurst (bass and vocal)

Mulch Sweat and Shears at Hollywood Studios on the Streets of America

At times some more distant family members would join in or were past members:

    Nicole Piro, Tony Manna, , Scott Smith, James Woodrich, Eric van Lugo, Jaime Barnes, Scott Distelhurst, Paul Smith

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favorite shot of Nicole Piro (vocals)

favorite shot of Nicole Piro (vocals)



Audience Participation

you never knew you could dance

This jam session was not just for the band.  They would take the time to include the audience in their gig.

Over the years I have seen audience members play the triangle, ring a cow bell and show off some dance moves. The cowbell is a standard and it is amazing how many people do not have rhythm. Myself included.

Some of the best moments were when kids were brought up for a guitar solo. It’s an air guitar but it sure makes a statement.

Part of the fun was seeing what they would do next.



Some Favorite Memories

jammin’ the air guitar

When Sam was around 13 we stopped to watch Mulch, Sweat, and Shears multiple times over our trip to Walt Disney World.

Sam was just discovering classic rock and would star rockin’ along with the music.  He might head bang, sing along or even play the infamous air guitar.

On one occasion Axe, guitarist Paul Smith, saw him and  came over to finish the set with him. Sam was tickled pink to be included in the show!!

Sam jammin' with Angelo Jannotti (guitarist and vocals)

Sam jammin’ with Angelo Jannotti (guitarist and vocals)

getting up close and personal

On a solo trip I camped out to catch an set with Mulch, Sweat, and Shears.  My goal was to get some good photos so I set up shop with my DSLR and was ready to go.

Sister, vocalist Nicole Piro, saw myself and a couple of others taking photos or shooting video.  So she decided to have some fun and started playing to the lens.

Let’s just say I got to see a lot of her that day.

the band tormenting the photgraphers

the band tormenting the photgraphers


The Last Shows

live on Periscope

There is still time to catch one of the last shows in the park or on Periscope.  There last day is tomorrow, October 10 and they will be Periscoping all of their sets.

Live on Periscope daily – the final shows https://www.periscope.tv/loslawnboys
11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30 daily till October 10th unless it is raining or the phone over heats from all that RAWK!

Muclh Sweat and Shears on Periscope


Goodbye For Now

hoping they will be reinvented

With the advent of Star Wars and Toy Story land and the removal of the Streets of America Mulch, Sweat, and Shears no longer fit with the theming of the park.

The good news is that the boys have been known to participate in other events.  Like the Monstrous Summer

But I still have hope we will see them again.  Maybe as the musical act in the Star Wars Cantina or along the waterways of Disney Springs.

I don’t think we have seen the last of them yet.

well at least Sparky finally fixed the truck

well at least Sparky finally fixed the truck

Saying farewell after 11 years - Mulch, Sweat, and Shears at Disney Hollywood Studios
Saying farewell after 11 years - Mulch, Sweat, and Shears at Disney Hollywood Studios

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