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The Cedar Hosts Koo Koo Kanga Roo and Purple Funk Metropolis for the Holiday Weekend!

Koo Koo Kanga Roo is a dynamic synthpop duo from here in Minnesota. Some would wonder what a duo with no instruments does on stage. They push a button of course! But you’d be surprised at the exciting nature of this concert. It’s a party! It’s dancerize! It’s electronic music that both kids and adults can enjoy! They played a double show this Thanksgiving weekend and it was a blast to go to them both.

Neil from Koo Koo Kanga Roo by Renee Jones

While presenting a mix of short, interactive songs with longer comedic songs, Bryan and Neil from Koo Koo Kanga Roo don’t stop moving on stage. They have dance moves for every song, but don’t forget to watch their hilarious facial expressions!

They did pause between songs to tell jokes and banter. Laugh, groan or grin – all brought a reaction that jumpstarts the adrenaline and creates interest.

Purple Funk Metropolis took the stage first. They are impressive in size but also in musical performance. They sure made us dance. The timing and transitions were incredible with 7 members. There were two guitars, drums, a bassist, trumpet, saxophone, and keyboard! 

Purple Funk Metropolis – Photography by Renee Jones

Kids and jazz may not sound like they go together, but this kid-centered audience was very receptive! A lot of the instrumentalists played solos and I liked that the bandmates supported each other so much they all ducked down a little to make the solo stand out. 

Thankfully, it didn’t take long for Bryan & Neil of Koo Koo Kanga Roo to walk out on stage and pause for a great reveal. They looked relaxed and confident. The audience cheered in anticipation but abruptly quieted in curiosity.

A huge banner with one shiny gold word brought wilder cheers – KOO. They exclaimed, “We are now an abbreviation!” With that, Koo Koo Kanga Roo started with one of their more popular songs “The Coolest Person”. 

Bryan of Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Photography by Renee Jones

A song about friendships and knowing that your friend is the coolest person, it’s a catchy, positive song that will last for years to come.

They told us how it’s great to be in their hometown, playing shows for fans with whom they have grown. They have spent the past 10+ years cultivating friendships with these fans. They always make the kids and adults feel special by including them in their shows. They high five or hug their adult fans and friends. 

Their fans span all ages and cross various groups of interests. I’ve seen those in clubbing wear, or some in spikes and patches on a denim vest, or a beanie-wearing dad, all doing the “Dino Stomp” and “Ninja Training.” I’ve seen hip grandmas wearing the double scoop tee to shows & dancing along. (Life goals here!) And no one can miss the huge crowd of teachers shouting every lyric!

Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Photography by Renee Jones

When a crowd of adults embraces their inner youth, the awakening is thundering and joyful. Or maybe it also lives quietly inside their hearts, as many adults still simply stare. But I know it’s there. 

Who needs a mini-vacation? Go see Koo Koo. 

Who needs a break from homework or paying bills? Dance to Koo Koo. 

Who needs to train for their 5k or American Ninja warrior audition a different way? Dance your body stronger with KOO!

Neil of Koo Koo Kanga Roo by Renee Jones

They played one of their new songs, “Hot sauce”, a spicy single that makes us dance with as much fervency as their other hits.

“Glitter” made me shriek with excitement, causing me to shoot a glance around hoping no one saw that. Behold, a glitter monster did indeed come to life on stage.

Glitter Monster by Renee Jones

The monster bobbed and wiggled and danced in glittery glee. It grew wings and almost took over the audience.  The hilarity of this made many laugh and shriek with glee.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo by Renee Jones

The interactive songs were at a new level of entertainment with the imaginative “Wobbly Man” and “Pop See Ko.”

“Wobbly Man” by Koo Koo Kanga Roo – photography by Renee Jones

They had no trouble finding a volunteer for “Pop-See-Ko.” The excited volunteer stole the show with her smooth & sassy dance. She can definitely pop-see-koo! (see what I did there?!) 

A special treat for tonight’s show were old beloved favorites “Cody the Coyote” and “Roller Coaster,” both of which I have done countless times with my kids.

“Roller Coaster” by Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Photography by Renee Jones

By this point, I was wondering how Bryan & Neil were still standing. They have amazing stamina. I’m guessing they don’t need a gym membership?

With quite the vast library of songs, each show is a little different. They always play the interactive hits and favorites, but with the adult show, they may play the longer versions and tell a few more jokes.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo encouraging the crowd to sing – Photography by Renee Jones

The favorite hit “Awesome Rainbows” ended the show. Flying out came the rainbow parachute from elementary school! It is a highlight of the show and a great way to end. Everyone dove under and danced like crazy. I caught a picture of this adorable child staring with wonder and admiration.

Young Fan of Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Photography by Renee Jones

Check them out on YouTube for music videos or their workout videos! 

Their tour takes them to the Southwest through January! Be there or be square. 

Written by Renee Jones

Writer, Photographer, and Editor at Music in Minnesota


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