Arts & Entertainment

Recess Monkey to rock libraries

For three Seattle-area elementary school teachers, singing silly rock tunes to kids makes for even more fun than teaching.

This trio of teachers, who call themselves Recess Monkey, are bringing their fun-loving show to the Mid-Columbia.

Five concerts are planned at Mid-Columbia libraries.

"We write our own music and much of that is inspired by the kids we teach," said Jack Forman, the group's bass player. "And even though we play mostly to kid audiences, we find our adult fan base is growing as well."

The Tri-City gig is the first on the trio's inaugural national tour, which will take them through 20 shows in 16 days.

A Recess Monkey concert is never dull, Forman added. The music is packed with puns, jokes, stories and all sorts of shenanigans that appeal to all ages.

"Kids and adults will get up and bebop during our concerts," Forman said. "We love that. We're huge Beatles fans, so there's some nostalgia to the show as well."

The group has released four albums since they began playing together a couple years ago. Forman's bandmates are Daron Henry and Drew Holloway.

Tri-City performances are July 21 at 10 a.m. at the main branch of the Mid-Columbia Library on Union Street in Kennewick; at 2 p.m. at the Pasco library, 320 W. Hopkins St.; and at 6 p.m. at the Prosser library, 902 Seventh St.

Then July 22, the trio perform at 10 a.m. at the Keewaydin branch, 405 S. Dayton St., Kennewick and at 2 p.m. at the West Richland library, 3803 W. Van Giesen St.

Admission is free.

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