I enjoyed arriving early to The Majestic Theatre in Midtown Detroit. My date and I sat to the side of the venue eating lollipops and watching as the guests filtered in. Adults my age entered, some wearing tshirts of their favourite ska bands, some dressed for a night out, some dressed as the Aquabats. Children entered, and it was obvious that for the vast majority of them this was their first concert. A lot of the children dressed for the headliners as well. A couple of the children wore tshirts that said “KOO” in gold letters.
The Koo shirts were not random red herrings, but in fact just as appropriate for the setting as were the blue spandex of the Aquabats’ fans. Koo Koo Kanga Roo is one of the opening acts for the Aquabats’ Holy Guacamole tour which has just begun. Detroit was stop number three so if you want to catch the act at a city near you your chances are pretty good.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo is a high energy duo that sounds like a rock band but acts like a kindergarten. They engage their audience with every song. Sometimes it’s call and response built into their lyrics, sometimes it’s big, silly dance moves. Usually it’s a combination of both. Even though the vast majority of the crowd was there for the Aquabats, Koo Koo Kanga Roo won them over and had everyone dancing and singing along. They are an incredibly silly act and I find their refusal to take themselves seriously at all to be incredibly refreshing.
Fans lined up to greet the duo and kept them busy through the entire intermission. I had to wait until the Aquabats began their set for my turn to talk to them. And of course get a selfie.
The Aquabats, of course, run a silly, high-energy show themselves. I’m in awe of how long they’ve kept up their momentum, having lost none of their appeal in the decades they’ve been together. Despite it being long past bedtime for my three-year old, he was excited to stay and see them perform.
“Are you asleep?” I asked on the drive home. “Yes,” came the reply from the backseat. Here’s to many more concerts with this music loving guy.
Disclosure: I received press admission to this event.