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Family Fun with The Okee Dokee Brothers

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It rarely rains in Southern California, but when it does, we look for indoor fun; our destination today, the Segerstrom Center of the Arts to listen to the musical styling of the Okee Dokee Brothers.

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Grammy-award and two time Parents’ Choice Award winners, Joe and Justin are the Okee Dokee Brothers. The guys have been friends since the age of 3 and get their inspiration for folk-bluegrass songs from experiencing the great outdoors together. The Okee Dokee brothers recent Grammy Award winning CD was written during the guys’ month long canoe float down the Mississippi River, which they talked about during the show.

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We arrived an hour early to partake in the free creative music and craft activities. Musicians from Guitar Center were there to allow the kids to experience playing the banjo and various sized guitars, they even demonstrated had to tune a guitar. They also had supplies for the children to make musical spoons which were assembled from two plastic spoons, decorated and made into a necklace. The Okee Dokee Brothers incorporated these handmade instruments into the show which allowed everyone a chance to be musical, a nice touch.

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The one hour long show is age appropriate and recommended for children 4 – 8 years old; all three of my kids fit this age range and they really enjoyed the concert. The music is “make-you-want-to tap your foot” fun and humorous. The guys had the children in the audience come down in front to dance, enjoy a conga-style train and were interactive throughout the show; Griffin, my almost 7 year old was chosen to play the triangle on stage with the band, his personal highlight.

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This unique, family friendly band is made up of various musical instruments, including a clogger …. YES, a clogger! Justin sings and plays the banjo, Joe sings and plays guitar, Rebecca was on fiddle, Liz jammed on stand-up bass, and Andy worked tirelessly clogging, playing spoons and wash board.

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We had the opportunity to stay after the show so the kids could purchase a CD, have it signed by Joe and Justin, photo op’s and the guys’ permitted a mini Q&A session conducted by my three, I’m not sure who enjoyed that part more!

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This show is such fun and mom-approved. The Okee Dokee Brothers will be performing two more shows Sunday, December 8 at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. (the 1:00 p.m. show will be sign language interpreted). Tickets are $20 and available in person at the box office, online SCFTA.org or via telephone (714) 5566-2787. Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosted a Family Series, look online for further information.

Wendy is a wife and mom of three that lives in Ladera Ranch. She enjoys experiencing life through the eyes of her kids, party planning, exercising, and cooking.
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