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February 8, 2014 at 7:21 PM

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Recess Monkey rocks


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Recess Monkey, the rock 'n' roll group for kids (and families) rocks the Bainbridge Performing Arts Center with high-energy sounds and interactive performance Saturday. A trio of teachers, they mesh indie-rock roots with and childhood themes in original compositions. They've produced 11 CD's since the group formed 8-years-ago. Here, musician Drew Holloway calls for everyone to freeze in place but has his guitar pressed against his face. Youngsters were invited to come up front and dance during the dozen-song set. The longer they played the closer the kids got.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Some youngsters attain serious air as they dance to the Recess Monkey rock songs for almost one-hour Saturday on Bainbridge Island. Kids were encouraged to come from the audience and be in front of the band while they played. The longer they played, the closer the kids got, some wandering among the performers until retrieved by parents, but the band never missed a beat.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Recess Monkey musicians in their silver pants are ready to play when they get a two-minute curtain call at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Center. They played an almost hour-long set. Guitarist / vocalist Jack Forman says "there's no better referendum to your show" than kids.

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