OWTK Kid's Concert Reviews

An afternoon with Recess Monkey

OWTK was inside the cavernous New York Public Library on 42nd and 5th this past Saturday afternoon. We passed through the imposing pair of Library Lions not to read or be silent, oh no. We were there to rock, dance and, in general, be merry along with Seattle’s finest kiddie rock trio, Recess Monkey.

Jack, Drew and Daron flew cross country for a string of East Coast dates and it all began at the Library on Saturday. They boys are in Brooklyn for 3 library shows on Wednesday July 15th and then visit GA, VA and MD to close out the week – see ’em if you’re anywhere near ’em.

They played a mix of tunes, mostly from Tabby Road and Field Trip, making two trips back in time for “Aquarium” from “Animal House” and “I Got A Toy (but I Played with the Box) from “Welcome to Monkey Town”. The band was tight, energetic and hilarious – as always.

Mayor Monkey, the band’s outstanding manager and the monkey most responsible for the trio’s success, sat front and center behind his brand new desk. During the hour long set, he endured the grabby fingers of numerous Manhattan children and came away a bit dazed, but overall, in good spirits.

Check out a couple highlights from the show.

“Bubble Factory” – one of the best cuts from “Field Trip”. This disco-infused number should be a staple of Recess Monkey live shows for many years to come. A Robbert Bobbert style bubble machine would be a nice addition to the performance of this cool tune.

“Aquarium” – this one goes back a ways, to the “Animal House” disc. It’s most enjoyable to hear Jack and Daron singing “Aquarium” as if they’re under water.

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