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…
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)
You also took note that this truck was a little over the top with decorations.
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
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?
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
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
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)
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)
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
favorite shot of Nicole Piro (vocals)
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.
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