Rolie Polie Guacamole
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Rolie Polie Guacamole

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Children's Music


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"'Tis the Season for Christmas Tree Lightings"

'Tis the Season for Christmas Tree Lightings
All over the neighborhood, lights are being lit and Santa Claus is stopping by.
by Georgia Kral
On Thursday night, residents of the Boerum Hill community attended a ?tree lighting? at the Belarusan Church on Atlantic and Bond Streets. The event featured Brooklyn Ballet, singers from PS 238 and 61 and the musical group Rolie Polie Guacamole and was sponsored by The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation.?
- Carroll Gardens Patch

"Of Hummus and Guacamole"

Of Hummus and Guacamole
With songs dedicated to açaí berries and hummus, Brooklyn-based trio Rolie Polie Guacamole has amassed a young Park Slope fan base
by Alyssa Bereznak

It's Wednesday evening at Fifth Avenue's Perch Cafe and Rolie Polie Guacamole lead singer Frank Gallo is making an imaginary bowl of hummus.

As bassist Andrew Tuzhilin and drummer Christian McCarthy play backup, he smooshes his hands together, mashing up make-believe chickpeas, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. His audience—a wiggly group of toddlers, preschoolers and parents—follows suit. Now, in a moment of truth, the cooks must taste their concoction.

"What else should we put in it?" Gallo asks.

"Umm, electric," says a small voice from the audience.

"Cheese!" says another.

"Cotton balls!"

"Tahini," a parent finally yells.

Gallo mashes each ingredient one by one and then breaks into song: "Someone someone someone must love us love us love us/to give us all this tasty tasty hummus hummus hummus."

Though he and his Brooklyn-based children's jam band may not offer the strictest of culinary instruction, their songs about eating healthy and being active have earned them a dedicated Park Slope fan base.

Four years ago Gallo, Tuzhilin and McCarthy, all scruffy bearded twentysomethings, would never have guessed they'd be spending their days grooving with four-year-olds—let alone praising açaí berries for their purpleness.

Gallo and Tuzhilin met at Fair Lawn high school in New Jersey, where they initially bonded over an English class assignment for which they recorded their own songs. Once they went off to college in 2004, they'd meet in the summertime to record music, usually for Gallo's grunge band Anatomy. One day, in a moment of clarity atop a mountain, Gallo called Tuzhilin and suggested they form a children's band.

"I had been writing children's songs, but wasn't used to playing anything but punk and grunge," Gallo said.

For inspiration, Gallo often turned to his childhood experiences, drawing from class field trips to write songs like "Museum of Natural History." He also consulted his father Lou, who had been working as a children's musician for the past 15 years.

While on lunch breaks during brainstorming sessions, they'd often go to Castro's on Myrtle Avenue and eat guacamole. One day, in an absentminded rhyme Tuzhilin came up with the name Rolie Polie Guacamole and it stuck. They recruited McCarthy to fill out the band and began playing small gigs and festivals. A year later, in May 2008, they released their first self-titled album.

After getting a gig teaching music and movement classes at the Ninth Street YMCA, Rolie Polie Guacamole slowly but surely began to connect with the Park Slope community.

Gallo saw proof of this by the time they released their second CD "Time For Hummus." They'd decided to throw a release party at the Church of Gethsemane, complete with free hummus, guacamole and açaí juice. The band also ordered 150 purple balloons, which they dropped from a balcony while performing "Açaí"—a song in which Gallo sings "let it rain down purple berries." He said that almost every person who'd seen them play in the past year came to the event.

"It felt like a really big accomplishment," Gallo said. "This whole local thing we'd grown for a year really culminated at the 'Time For Hummus' release."

When it comes to practicing the healthy lifestyle they preach, the bandmembers of Rolie Polie Guacamole are nearly foolproof. Gallo has been a strict vegan for six years (excepting the honey he eats from his backyard beehive) and McCarthy is both a Pilates and skateboard instructor. According to Tuzhilin, he and Gallo were raised to appreciate natural living.

On any given day of the week, you can find Rolie Polie Guacamole playing a birthday party, teaching music and movement courses, leading sing-a-longs at Perch Cafe or performing at the Park Slope farmer's market.

Though McCarthy is the only bandmember who lives in Park Slope (Gallo lives in Windsor Terrace and Tuzhilin in Red Hook), they feel at home in the neighborhood. Their fan base includes children like Odin Kilroy, 2, who comes to shows and plays alongside the band with his miniature guitar and five-year-old Kaya Chase-Kohn, who is the self-proclaimed president of Rolie Polie Guacamole's fan club.

Both Kilroy and Chase-Kohn live near JJ Byrne Playground and frequent Rolie Polie Guacamole's shows at the farmer's market and Perch Cafe. According to Chase-Kohn, her presidential responsibilities include "well, not really anything"—but she "likes [Rolie Polie Guacamole] a lot."

Though Gallo is reluctant to stray from his strong local fan base, the band's growing popularity has inspired him to think bigger. Rolie Polie Guacamole is currently recording a CD of classic children's song covers.

Gallo has also begun brainstorming for a TV show. The concept is Blues Clues meets Brooklyn, where Rolie Polie Guacamole lives in a tree in Prospect Park, communicates with a computer generated beehive and visit a local business every episode. That last element is important to Gallo. He said even if the band eventually aims for national recognition, they'll always make an effort to stay connected to Park Slope.

"The more you do it," said Gallo, "the greater sense of a community you get." - Park Slope Patch

"Recent Fun"

"Rolie Polie Guacamole - I‘ll try to stash a copy of her favorite CD [Time for Hummus] in the diaper bag. She likes to dance to this one (she boogies a bit on her own, awkwardly)." - Outta Jo - Jo (Nov 6, 2010)

"2009: The Year in Band Names"

• Electric Courage Machine
• The Phenomenal Handclap Band
• Rolie Polie Guacamole
• It Hugs Back
• Koo Koo Kanga Roo
• Afternoon Naps
• Mkng Frndz” - AV Club - Kyle Ryan (Dec 11, 2009)

"Rolie Polie Guacamole to perform at arts center in Tiverton"

The Four Corners Arts Center is pleased to present the Brooklyn children’s band Rolie Polie Guacamole on Saturday, June 26, at 4 p.m. at the Meeting House at Tiverton Four Corners, 3850 Main Road. The event is free and open to the public. - Herald News - (Jun 11, 2010)


"My faith was renewed. Everybody looked nicer on the way back home. Even Roly Poly Guacamole or whatever the f*ck they were called, the bearded boy band singing outside the library. I almost shed a tear for their rendition of Joni's timeless classic, the "Circle Game."because it does go round and round. But kind of in a nice way." - F*cked In Park Slope - Allison (Oct 19, 2010)

"Kids Music Listings this Weekend: October 1,2,3"

What a perfect marriage! Rolie Polie Guacamole at a greenmarket. The perfect kid jam band starts a weekly stand at the Farmer’s Market. - A Child Grows In Brooklyn (Sep 30 2010)

"Free Kids Concerts in Ft. Greene continue tomorrow"

Tomorrow’s music is performed by Rolie Polie Guacamole. This Brooklyn-based quintet speaks absolute, child-relatable truths about the trials of ordering at Mexican restaurants, waiting for the train in wintertime, and the divine sanctuary that is the Museum of Natural History. - A Child Grows In Brooklyn (Jul 20, 2010)

"Things to Do - Rolie Polie Guacamole CD Release Party"

The Brooklyn-based jam band plays songs from its whimsically titled second album, Time for Hummus. As expected, complimentary snacks include hummus and guacamole. The debut of the group's claymation music video kicks off the event, and after the tunes, kids can get crafty with Private Picassos or check out the band's first picture book. All ages.
Tomorrow 4pm–6pm

Read more:
- Time Out New York Kids (Mar 17, 2010)

"Things To Do"

This Brooklyn-based jam band are regulars at music festivals–catch them surrounded by books instead of nature today. Kids can expect to hear acoustic rock, funk and folk tunes like “Always Brush Your Teeth” and “My Mama Said.”
- Time Out New York Kids (Mar 20, 2009)

"Rolie Polie Guacamole in Providence"

November 13, 2008

Kidoinfo is always on the hunt for new music, and our latest cool find is Rolie Polie Guacamole. Frank Gallo (from Brooklyn, NY) and Andrew Tuzhilin (who recently moved to Providence to play in a rock opera at Brown) released their first children’s album this year with eleven original songs that are fun and will definitely get your kids up and moving. Their acoustic folk funk sound is groovy even for the adults. When we heard them perform live at LoveBugs, the new second-hand kids’ store on Hope Street, a few weeks ago, my son Ethan had a front row spot to watch Frank and Andrew play and was thrilled when he came home with their CD. The “Rolie Polie Guacamole” theme song is one of my favorites on the CD, and I also enjoyed the hummus song (not on the CD). All this singing will make you and your kids hungry while teaching them about the healthy ingredients that go into these dishes! The band is also available for birthday parties and recently played a guacamole making party at The Spot on Thayer Street.

Rolie Polie Guacamole is starting to make monthly visits to Providence to play, including a once-a-month guacamole making party for kids of all ages at The Spot. You have three chances to catch them in Providence this November.
- Anisa Raoof - Kid-o-Info (Nov 13, 2008)


Roley Poley Guacamole ep (2006)
Roley Poley Guacamole, Carpenter Paul & Tick Tock

Rolie Polie Guacamole (2008)
Rolie Polie Guacamole, The Museum Of Natural History, Sing With Me & This Land Is Your Land

Time For Hummus (2010)
Wake Up Shake Up, Time For Hummus, Bird Bellyful, Red Light Green Light & Açai



Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin created Rolie Polie Guacamole in late 2006. In 2007 they played the "Green Meadow Festival" opening for Tom Chapin. Followed by Sound Quilt 6. They then set out to complete the first album.

Their first full length CD was recorded in Nj at Clearcut Recording and released in May of 2008. The self titled album has 11 original songs and one rocking cover, "This Land Is Your Land" sung by Jean Rohe. Jean's voice appears through out the album. Other favorites include "Rolie Polie Guacamole" , The "Museum Of Natural History" and "Carpenter Paul". Christian McCarthy plays drums, and Jordan Simms piano and organ. Franks parents Kate Vereau and Lou Gallo make vocal guest appearances'. Elisa Guzman Pemjean, sings Rolie Polie Guacamole in Spanish. The album artwork was done by Miriam and Robert Rayevskey.

After completion of the first CD it was released in Providence and Brooklyn. Frank and Andrew took to the road in the summer of 2008 playing in Va, Penn, Ny, and Ri. After the summer Andrew moved to Brooklyn. They started playing shows in Ft Greene at Tillies Cafe. Through out the fall Frank and Andrew developed new songs for the second Lp and prepared material for their own music class. They rocked Lou Gallo's "I'm Home" CD release pajama party in Midtown. The director of the Prospect YMCA enjoyed the show and decided to hire Frank and Andrew to do their music class at the Y. The Vanderbilt Y did the same.
In January 2009 Frank and Andrew launced their own musement (music and movement) class at the YMCA. They also offered shows and classes working with local business at The Brooklyn Public Library, Gumbo, Perch, Love Bugs, Vox Pop, & Still Hip.

While playing to the wonderful Brooklyn home crowd and teaching to produce the second album.
Frank and Andrew began recording in the Winter/Spring of 09' Time For Hummus. The effect of the musment class comes out in the interactive nature of the album. In songs such as: Red Light Green Light, Bird Bellyful, Wake Up Shake Up, Apples, and Time For Hummus.

The same cast returned of the second record Frank, Andrew, Christian, Jean, along with some new friends. Jay Rodriguez added Flute and Sax. Idalja Temmer and Laura Talon recorded the drum tracks. The rest of the record was made in Nj at Clearcut Recording with Max Caselnova. It was finished in early 2010.

On March 20, 2010 in Park Slope the band rocked the Time For Hummus CD release partyto a packed house. Sambazon Açai gave free juice to all who attended. The first book Sing With Me, illustrated by (Jen Gaudiomonte), and the bands first music video Rolie Polie Guacamole (Miriam Rayevsky) were also premiered. The band played locally in early 10' at the Bell House and Jalopy Theater.
The summer of 2010 saw some big outdoor shows in Brooklyn there was huge turnout for the Ft. Greene Park show.
The JJ Byrne/Washington Park concert series was also a great string of shows. As the summer rolled on Frank and Andrew hit the road playing, NYC, NJ, MA, RI.

As summer came to a close Frank and Andrew were offered a weekly gig at the Farmers Market in Park Slope which runs until December. They played at the Atlantic Antic in September in front of Gumbo. October was a busy month on the home front, Park Slope Parents invited RPG to play the "Harvest Fest" to a packed JJ Byrne Park. The quartet rocked the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library for their annual family day. Then the band traveled to Concord Mass to do a fund raiser. The month was finished back at JJ Byrne with a Guacamole Halloween show in the park.

Currently Rolie Polie Guacamole is playing locally and working on an album of conventional children's songs. Frank and Andrew are writing the 3rd album and working on a pilot.