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Interview with Bryan of Koo Koo Kanga Roo (& a giveaway for concert tickets!!)

KooPress1wideTell us a little bit about yourselves. Where you're from?  Your interests?  Do you have kids? Your favorite flavor of ice cream?

We are Minnesota boys.

I like Caesar salad and intense board games. Neil's all about the NBA and raw denim.

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Cookie dough forever.

KooPress3How did Koo Koo Kangaroo come to be?  Can you give a brief history of how you guys met and how your band formed?  How did you become Bryan of Koo Koo Kanga Roo when you grew up?

We were college roommates and were in a pop/rock band together.  We played with other bands experimenting with drum machines and synths and working the crowd, so we wanted to take a stab, so we made some songs for the ipod. We got our start by playing silly songs in bars, trying to get people to dance and yell.

IMG_7132You guys have been on tour all summer - tell us about a funny/interesting story or adventure you have had in the process.

Its been more boring than funny. In the minivan a lot and trying to eat healthy so we dont get sick.  This is our first headline tour of the USA since more families have found out about our band.  We played the Vans Warped Tour last summer, but thats tough to bring a 6 year old too.

We have love seeing all the different kinds of people that have showed up to the shows.  Its awesome to see the mix and watch how they interpret the show and who we are.

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As a kindergarten teacher,  your videos on GoNoodle have been a go-to resource for movement breaks and fun both in my classroom and at home with my own 4 kids....even when those goofy tunes stuck in my head for hours!  Tell us a little bit about your involvement with GoNoodle and what new things we can expect to see in the upcoming school year.

We made a workout DVD about 4 years ago as a joke for our merch table. We used the Fox 9 weather green screen. We put the videos on youtube and teachers started using the videos during the day in the classroom. GoNoodle started a while after that and put the first workout DVD videos on their site.  They went well so that we started to make a few more.

Who knows what will happen in the future. Probably more videos!

KooKooPizzaWhat can we look forward to seeing at your show at Fest du Nord in Ely, MN?

Lots of sweating on your neighbor. Lots of non acoustic dance beats. Lots of happiness hopefully.
 
People just have to be ready to dance/yell.  Theres not an excuse you can give us to sit out. 
 
Thanks Bryan!  Our whole family is excited to see Koo Koo Kanga Roo live at Fest Du Nord! Fest Concert Poster 2016
 
Now for more fun!  The organizers of Fest du Nord are generously offering one Kids and Eggs reader their choice of:
 
2 all-day passes to the Saturday 9/3 show
or
 2 Fest du Nord T-shirts
 

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post, and if your comment is selected by the random number generator, you'll win!  Giveaway ends 8/26/16 7:00 a.m CST

*Want even more chances?  Follow Kids and Eggs on Instagram, and/or Facebook.  You can also give yourself another shot by sharing a link to this giveaway on your social media as well.  Just make sure, whatever you do, you come back here and leave a comment letting me know how you shared.

Good luck!!  I hope to see you at Fest du Nord!  

....and the winner is:

Jere

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See you at Fest du Nord!

 

Okee Dokee Brothers - Saddle Up Giveaway!

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 We are big fans of the Okee Dokee Brothers at our house - and we are thrilled to share in the excitement of the release of their brand new album:

Saddle Up: A Western Adventure 

a CD/DVD combo pack that debuts TODAY!

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A little bit about the album:

Saddle Up is the third in the Okee Dokee Brother's Adventure Album Series.  This album was created on a month long horse packing trip where band members Joe Mailander & Justin Lansing rode horses, camped out, told stories and wrote the songs that make up this album.  Check out some  videos of songs from this new album and be sure to take a listen to some of the other great tunes from Grammy Award Winner Can You Canoe? A Mississippi River Adventure and Through the Woods – An Appalachian Adventure.

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We recently got to see Joe and Justin live in concert sharing songs from their new album Saddle Up along with some old favorites.  At the concert our whole family caught the Okee Dokee bug and we have been singing along to their songs for weeks! Like all of their music, their new album has some really fun and catchy tunes. Some of our favorites songs so far are:  Saddle Up, Don't Fence Me in, & Jackalope

We could not resist getting their new book Can You Canoe? And Other Adventure Songs (which has all of the lyrics of its companion CD printed with lively illustrations - great for the car!).  

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We think these guys are pretty awesome!

I am excited to have the opportunity to GIVEAWAY a copy of Saddle Up to one lucky Kids and Eggs reader!

Earn entries by:

*posting a comment on this post

*commenting, or tagging a friend on my instagram post about this giveaway @megtdevine with the album cover

*sharing, commenting, and/or tagging a friend in this Facebook post

I will pick a lucky winner by Monday, April 16th.

*this giveaway is restricted to those with U.S. mailing addresses

Good Luck!

Giveaway closed

 


Good Tunes - The Okee Dokee Brothers

 

 

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Do you like Bluegrass Music?

Do you have kids?

Check out the Okee Dokee Brothers!

Yesterday our family got to see this great family-friendly band at a local music festival and I wanted to take this opportunity to share them with you on Kids and Eggs!

The Okee Dokee Brothers band is made up of Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, childhood friends who share their passion for music and the outdoors.  

According to their website Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and experience nature. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a
greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.

In our family's opinion - their music is pretty awesome.

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Standing-on-water

 

They have three albums - Through the Woods, Can you Canoe?, and Take It Outside.  

Their album Can you Canoe? won a Grammy for Best Children's Music Album in the 55th Grammy Awards!

So if you haven't already - Check these guys out!

 

*images and video from http://okeedokee.org