Arts & Entertainment

Recess Monkey back for more

The three Seattle school teachers who are Recess Monkey return to the Tri-Cities with an album they say is part Magical Mystery Tour, part Mr. Rogers and part Muppet Show.

"All of the songs on Field Trip were inspired by field trips we've taken with our classes. ... It's all based on the kids that we teach and our memories of being young," said Jack Forman, who sings and plays bass and piano, in a press release.

Their fifth studio CD features a whole new cast of characters: sack lunches that come to life while their owners explore new territory, a brigade of lice that invades a classroom (something the members of Recess Monkey have all encountered as teachers), and an octopus with a penchant for "knock-knock" jokes.

The album is among the best kids' music of 2009, according to

"Recess Monkey are arguably the most inventive and imaginative, certainly the most prolific, kids' band around today. Field Trip is ... full of ridiculously catchy songs, witty and silly lyrics and a smidgen of fascinating scientific facts," the review states.

The group performs Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. at the main branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick, and 2 p.m. at the West Richland library, 3803 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland.

The Aug. 5 shows will be at 10 a.m. at Keewaydin Park branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries at 405 S. Dayton St., Kennewick and at 2 p.m. at the Pasco library, 320 W. Hopkins St.

The concerts, which are part of the Mid-Columbia Libraries' summer reading program, are free.

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