Okee Dokee Brothers play concert [UPDATED]Published 9:23am Friday, June 21, 2013 Updated 11:27am Friday, June 21, 2013
A fun, fresh, folky, and free family concert is coming your way. FFPL is happy to announce that the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers will be playing at NP Park on Tuesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m.
This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund and is sponsored by the Fergus Falls Public Library and Viking Library System.
Band members Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander grew up as childhood friends in Colorado and now reside in Minneapolis. Their latest CD, “Can You Canoe?” won a Grammy for Best Children’s Music Album earlier this year.
If you haven’t had a chance to hear their music yet, I highly recommend doing so. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them in concert at the Phelps Mill Festival as well as in Duluth in 2011, and both shows were fantastic. They were entertaining for all ages–everyone from 2 to 92 had a toe-tapping, knee-slapping good time. Guitars, banjos, and witty banter help make this bluegrass act one you won’t forget.
If you’d like to sample their style, you can borrow their CDs from the library’s collection. Besides “Can You Canoe?” (2012), we also have “Take it Outside” (2010) and “¡Excelente Fabuloso!” (2010). Some of their songs are available to stream on their website, www.okeedokee.org. Be sure to check out their wonderful videos on the site as well.
Besides being talented songwriters and musicians, The Okee Dokee Brothers promote a love of the outdoors, old-fashioned play, and connecting with nature. Consider these lines from the song “Can You Canoe?”
“We don’t need no outlets / We don’t need no wires / Primetime entertainment will be lightnin’ bugs and fires / Let’s just keep it simple, unplugged, and outside / Sound waves on the water don’t need to be amplified.”
Isn’t that what summer is all about–letting Mother Nature entertain us?
We hope you’ll join us outdoors for this upcoming show, which promises to be a crowd-pleasing, rollicking good time for all! Make sure to bring your camping chairs, blankets, water, snacks, bug spray, and sunscreen to NP Park for this free library concert.
In case of rain, the band will play at the same time inside the Fergus Falls Public Library. Let’s hope for great weather to go along with the great music.
Arielle Krohn is the youth librarian at the Fergus Falls Public Library.