After years of touring the Midwest with their bluegrass band, childhood best friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, originally of Denver, Colorado, decided to return to where it all began: childhood imagination. That’s when they moved to Minneapolis to start their family music band called The Okee Dokee Brothers. They will be here to delight and inspire you on Thursday, May 17th at 3:30pm at the Brainerd Public Library. And the best part is it’s all free of charge, affordable for any family.
The Okee Dokee Brothers have a mission to remind children – and adults – of their intrinsic ability to discover, imagine, and create through music. By appealing to the musical needs of the entire family and recognizing that kids deserve quality music, they are working full-time to regain the integrity of the children’s music genre. They believe that music should be an energetic, interactive, and fun experience where kids can enjoy dancing, singing, and playing instruments with their families.
Joe and Justin are now accomplished musicians whose original music is inspired by their own backyard adventures – and as you listen to them, they will have you remembering your own make-believe adventures and tree-house pretendings. As you hear their witty lyrics, off-the-wall humor, and unique folk style, the image that may come to mind is of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer whitewater rafting down the Mississippi with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger!
Their songs will give you opportunities to be both silly and serious. And their show will serve as a wonderful connecting point for families as every song makes room for kids to dance, parents to feel like kids again, and everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.
This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.