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BRIEF: Recess Monkey gives kids, parents a musical break

August 2, 2014

By Alfred Diaz, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Wash.

Aug. 02--WALLA WALLA -- For the third consecutive year, kids of all ages got a free recess on Friday.

"Every year we look at our budget and say what are we going to do," Moms' Network President Beth Swanson said. "And Recess Monkey is what we want to do."

The highly acclaimed Seattle-based children's band, Recess Monkey, gave three free concerts on Friday, paid for by The Moms' Network of Walla Walla and its sponsors.

It was the third year the group came to town to lead children and their parents in whimsical songs like Fishsticks or Tambourine Submarine.

Friday's performances were at the Walla Walla Public Library in the morning, the YMCA in the afternoon and a street concert at First Avenue between Main and Alder streets in the evening.

"We play a wide range of venues, everything from libraries to outdoor parks," vocalist and guitarist Drew Holloway said.

Many of the members have been playing in bands for years. But as they got older and became parents, Holloway said they redirected their musical careers to a different audience and time slot.

"It's still an 11 o'clock show, but it's 11 a.m. And we like the 11 a.m. crowd a lot better," he said.


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