The Okee Dokee Brothers

The Okee Dokee Brothers

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
BandCountryBluegrass

The Okee Dokee Brothers play family music that originates from their mischievous backyard adventures as childhood best friends. Listening to their banjo and guitar is like Huck and Tom whitewater rafting with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. www.okeedokee.org

Biography

It’s surprising to witness a parent telling their child, “How many times do I have to tell you to turn that music…UP! Is that all the louder it gets? We need bigger speakers…” But, The Okee Dokee Brothers’ music is full of surprises and it serves as a connection point for parent’s and their children. In every song there is room for kids to dance and parents to feel like kids again.

As childhood best friends and band mates growing up in Denver, Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing dreamed of being professional singer-songwriters. Then, one day (poof!) they were all grown up and playing their music on the scene. After years
of touring the Midwest with their bluegrass band, Joe and Justin decided to keep their folk roots, but return to where it all began: childhood imagination. That’s when they moved to Minneapolis to start their “kindie” band called The Okee Dokee Brothers.

Inspired by their own backyard adventures, The Okee Dokee Brothers currently perform original music that reminds audiences of their own make-believes and treehouse-pretendings. Listening to their banjo and guitar is like Huck and Tom whitewater rafting
with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger down the Mississippi. The Okee Dokee Brothers believe that music should be an energetic, interactive, and fun experience where kids can enjoy dancing, singing and playing instruments with their families.

As an independently managed band, the young duo has gained a loyal grassroots following that is drawn to their witty lyrics, off-the-wall humor, strong musicianship, and unique folk style. By appealing to the musical needs of the entire family and recognizing that kids deserve quality music, The Okee Dokee Brothers are working full-time to regain the integrity of the children’s music genre.

Lyrics

Neighbors

Written By: J. Mailander, J. Lansing

Neighbors

My neighbor next door
Likes to dance on the floor
But sometimes she dances on the ceiling
And next door to her
Lives a cat without fur
Owned by a poet without any feelings

And we’re all just neighbors, neighbors
Hey there, neighbor
Do me a favor without much labor
Be my, be my neighbor

My neighbor down the block
Chews on pebbles stones and rocks
His brother told him they were edible
There’s a lady up the street
Who eats only meat
She says it’s cruel to murder a vegetable

Some neighbors paint homes
Some paint basilica domes
Some paint graffiti on the highway
Some lean left and some lean right
Some work days and some work nights
But we all like to dance on a Friday

Some neighbors place bets
While rootin’ for the Mets
I don’t know why, but some bet on the Dodgers
Some are gamblers some are saints
Some file noise complaints
I’d keep it down, but I’m no Mr. Rogers

Bluegrass for Breakfast

Written By: J. Mailander, J. Lansing

Bluegrass for Breakfast

I woke up this morning
‘Cause bluegrass was coming from the kitchen
The clankin’ of pots and spoons
Sounds like breakfast is a-fixin’

You know it’s bluegrass for breakfast
Load up my plate real fine
It’s bluegrass for breakfast
Big helpin’s gonna make my eyes shine

I head down the stairs a snappin’ and a-singin’
With eggs and bacon a-fryin’
The flapjacks cook while the banjo’s a-ringin’
And the guitar strings are a-flyin’

I can have jazz for supper
And hip-hop for lunch (Yeah boyee!)
Reggae for snack time (Ya mon, no problem)
And blues for brunch
Rock and roll for the picnic I pack
And lullabies for my midnight snack (but I gotta have…)

Hero

Written By: J. Mailander, J. Lansing

Hero

Maybe I can’t fly through the sky
Like Peter Pan and Super man
Maybe I can’t swing like the king
Of the jungle man like Tarzan can
Maybe I can’t of course use the Force
Like Yoda and Skywalker
Maybe I can’t respond like James Bond
007 smooth talker

A Hero never sleeps
And a hero never weeps
And could I ever be a super hero from a story?
Do I got the guts, the glitz or the glory?

Maybe I’m not as good as Robin Hood
With my homemade bow and arrow
Can’t find the bones of Davy Jones
Like my home boy Cap’n Jack Sparrow
Maybe I ain’t the lord of the sword
Like Arthur and Lancelot kickin’ it Camelot
I’m no Sherlock Homes
I’m no Indiana Jones
I’m no Han Solo
I’m no Frodo

Well I got one thing up on those
fancy shmancy super heroes
I don’t need all the glory and glitz
To make a change or to make a difference
I can stand up and save the day
With just the words I choose say

A Hero is always there
And a Hero will always care
You can always be a hero in my story
You can be a hero in my story

Antidisestablishmentarianism

Written By: J. Mailander, J. Lansing

Antidisestablishmentarianism

What is the longest word
In the English language? (2x)

Antidisestablishmentarianism

28 letters in one little word
28 letters ain’t that absurd?

That’s more than the alphabet (2x)
That’s 2 more than the alphabet

Now I’m gonna spell it for you
Cause that’s what kid’s musicians do:
A-N-T-I-D-I-S-E-S-T-A-B-L-I-S-H-M-
E-N-T-A-R-I-A-N-I-S-M (2x) All together now!

It’s got 1 R, 1 L, 2 M’s and a D
3 E’s, 3 T’s, 3 N’s and a B
4 A’s, 4 S’s
And best of all, it’s got 5 I’s
(That’s more than Mississippi)

(But what does it mean?)
Opposition to the withdrawal of state support
Or recognition from an established church,
Especially the Anglican church of 19th century England.
(What’s that - supposed to mean?)

Who cares…

Auctioneer

Written By: J. Mailander, J. Lansing

Auctioneer

Who’s the fastest talker in the world
Well that’s the Auctioneer
How does he do it and what does he say?
Now you’re about to hear
(Lights, camera, auction!)

We’ll start the biddin’ at 25 25 dollar
Can I get a 25 dollar?
Thank you sir, now keep it alive
With 35 35 give it a nice holler

Did I hear 40 from the lady in green?
It’s a 40 dollar bid, but you gotta be seen
Now 45 45 dollars in the back
Make it 55 dollars from the man in black

Now 60, 60
Don’t get yourself left behind
Now we’ve got 75 75 75 dollars
But you can’t change your mind

I’m lookin for 85 85 chance of a life time
95 95 give me a life line
Do I hear a hundred heck of a deal?
Will you give a hundred? That’s a steal!

Now there it is 100 in the front row
Hundred dollars can’t be a no-show
Gotta be bold if the bid’s gonna hold
Goin’ once, going twice, now it’s
SOLD!

Discography

Kids With Beards (2008)
Take It Outside (2010)
¡Excelente Fabuloso! (2010) - Spanish Language album

Set List

Our set list is compiled of 90% original material and the rest of the songs are public domain folk songs.

We offer the option of a 2 person band for smaller shows, and up to a 5 person band with bass, drums and electric guitar for larger shows.

Our show lasts anywhere between 20-60 minutes, but our average concert length is 45 minutes.